WoW Classic Phase 2 Coming in Late 2019
In a short
interview with PCGamer
, World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas announced the intent to push Phase 2 before the new year. While no precise date has been given, this should come as welcome news to players who are looking for more to do after already having reached level 60 and begun clearing Molten Core and Onyxia's Lair.
"I think it's a matter of later this year, I think we can say definitively," Hazzikostas told me. "Within that timeframe? It's going to depend on a few factors."
Layering was another topic discussed in the interview; Hazzikostas noted that the system allowed much larger server populations which otherwise could not have coexisted together in one gamespace - layering allowed those players to get through the early stages of the game on servers filled beyond regular capacity. As players invariably quit or play the game less, those populations settled down to reasonable numbers, allowing layers to be scaled back over time. The result is over populated servers that scale back to high population ones, rather than a reasonable population losing players over time until it was underpopulated.
As we previously covered, layers have already
, with many servers back
down to just one
, though the system is meant to be turned off entirely by Phase 2 in order to avoid exploitative issues, especially with the upcoming world bosses.
"When Kazzak is up, we only want one Kazzak," Hazzikostas said. "That's kind of a central dynamic of how that needs to play out in the outdoor world."
Phase 2 Content
Although there is no new raid instance in Phase 2, there are two new world bosses which drop very competitive loot, a new 5 player dungeon with several wings, and the PvP Honor system.
, which rewards Hunters with
in the Blasted Lands.
Another source of
for Priests trying to obtain
A 5 man dungeon split into three wings, similar to Scarlet Monastery: DM East, West, and North. In addition to a wealth of new and high level loot.
Each class has a special rare drop book which rewards a
Mages will be able to learn Rank 7
Warlocks and Paladins will need to go in order to complete their Epic Mount questlines.
Warrior or Paladin Tanks will want to begin the questline for
Several new quests for
style gear enhancements.
PvP Honor System
Allows players to earn honor in order to gain PvP ranks, unlocking faction themed titles and very powerful gear rewards. Due to competing not only against enemy players in PvP combat, but also friendly players in rank brackets, this is remembered as one of the most time consuming grinds in the history of WoW, though many players also consider it one of the most rewarding.
Ranks award titles ranging from Private/Scout to Grand Marshal/High Warlord, special tabards and potions, battle standards, and up to a full set of rare and epic gear. See a full list in our
Classic PVP System Overview
While the Honor system point curve was adjusted in Patch 1.12.0 in order to allow more players into each rank bracket, we currently have no information if Phase 2 will use the initial and more stringent criteria, or the adjusted values from the later patch. Battlegrounds are also not available until Phase 3, so the only way to accrue Honor will be through Open World PvP, which is expected to once again create hotspots such as Tarren Mill v Southshore. Dishonorable Kills also exist, so rank-focused players may want to be careful about who they fight or group with.
Unlocks an additional "bag slot" which holds up to 12 keys, so that players will not use regular inventory slots on carrying around items like
Said to be added in the
first patch of WoW Classic
, assumed to mean Phase 2.
Remember, there are 6 total Phases of Classic WoW, roughly correlating to the Vanilla WoW content cycle. You can see what else is coming up in each of them with our
Six Phases of Classic WoW
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