New Classic Era PTR - Possible FRESH?
This past week, a new Classic Era Public Test Realm quietly went live. We had a chance to roam around and take a few screenshots, trying to figure out what Phase the realm was on. Now that the servers are offline, the community is speculating what this PTR could be testing.
Classic Era PTR Character Copy
When the Classic Era PTR first went live, the first thing we tried to do was copy our characters from the Classic Era realms. Unfortunately, the Character Copy service did not work, at all. Oddly enough, the characters from the Classic PTR back when the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj were being tested were still there. If you can remember that far back, that AQ PTR never actually came down. It was live for nearly a year, mostly only utilized by the
Warsong Gulch community
, to play games without using "real" consumables on live realms.
Classic Era PTR Realm Phase
Since some players characters were still on the server from the previous Classic PTR, we went out to try and figure out what Phase the realms were on.
Light's Hope Chapel is completely empty. Definitely not Phase 6.
Ahn'Qiraj Gate is closed and there are no War Effort NPCs in Silithus. Definitely not Phase 5.
Blackwing Lair's Orb of Command was there, but we couldn't zone in. Maybe Phase 3?
The Orb of Command being present definitely was intriguing, but to try and figure out what Phase the Classic Era PTR was on, you can also consider that Dire Maul was there and
you could enter it
. Zul'Gurub's Yojamba Isle was barren. The City Battlemasters were present but
you could not queue battlegrounds
. In conclusion, that means the Classic Era PTR was on some pre-Blackwing Lair launch Phase 3 state? With Battlemasters disabled?
was on the Classic Era PTR, available for purchase from
in Eastern Plaguelands.
This character had a Spirit of Zandalar on it while it was logged off from the previous PTR.
F R E S H
Now that the realms have gone offline
, speculation is beginning to run rampant within the community. "Is Blizzard testing Classic FRESH?" is one of the most asked questions, and to be honest,
it isn't much of a surprise
. Vanilla WoW, or Classic, is one of the greatest games ever made, with all of its flaws and
min-maxing with World Buffs. But if Blizzard is testing Classic Fresh launch, what are they testing to change?
Back in June of this year,
Blizzard sent out a survey
asking the community about potential Fresh and potential changes with the next launch of Classic. Things like Summoning Stones, higher difficulty bosses, higher debuff limit, a barbershop, faster XP, and
no world buffs
. Blizzard went even further, asking about a Phase cadence for the next iteration of Classic, which is a really interesting question. Imagine two month long phases on a clean 1 year cycle, with more loot from raid bosses to compensate for a shorter phase.
F R E S H
, every summer.
If Classic Fresh is coming, what changes would you like to see?
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