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Today’s Beta patch has opened Wintergrasp and Strand of the Ancients for public testing, the first two Siege battlegrounds! Other tweaks and bug fixes are fairly minimal, mostly fixing small things like quests not acting correctly or some older content giving incorrect errors.

Wintergrasp and Strand of the Ancients are now open for testing. Strand of the Ancients should be the same as it always has been, a 15v15 siege played over two rounds, alternating attackers and defenders.

Wintergrasp on the other hand has received fairly large changes, primarily in that it is now a battleground that is temporarily available as opposed to the open world hybrid it was once. The reason for this change is mostly due to the faction imbalances on most servers making something like Wintergrasp effectively impossible to play fairly.

Among these small fixes are two important things for Phase 1 of WotLK Classic — Harold Winston will no longer sell Kirin Tor ring upgrades before the appropriate Phase, and Epic gems that aren’t supposed to be available in Phase 1 have been removed until the correct Phase.

These two changes, while simple and minor corrections are fairly meaningful for a lot of players. This should help alleviate the worry that Phase 1 will be absurdly expensive and that the Kirin Tor rings will be “required” gear for Phase 1.

Kaivax – (Source)

Beta Test Release Build 45166
August 17, 2022

Testing Updates

  • Wintergrasp is now available for testing.
    • The zone is open for exploration.
    • When we initialize the instanced battleground, it will support up to 120 players from each faction.
    • We may lower the capacity for testing purposes.
  • Strand of the Ancients is now available for testing.
  • The Ring of Valor (Orgrimmar Arena) is now available.
  • The “Show Low Level Quests” option has been added to the minimap.
  • Adjustments have been made to the Emblem of Heroism quest reward implementation.


  • Fixed a bug preventing spells with optional additional effects like Faerie Fire from being reapplied when the target is affected by certain Auras.
  • Casters are not using the correct Glancing Blow calculations for attacks.
  • Spell animations should no longer playing several full loops of the animation before they disappear.
  • For the quest “Riding the Red Rocket”, riding the Rocket Propelled Warhead into the enemy faction’s boat should blow up the boat and provide quest credit.
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from completing the quest “City of Light”.
  • When you accept “The Emissary” or “The Trident of Naz’jan”, Veehja should no longer only cast Riplash Blessing on herself.
  • When using the Argent Cannon, your targeting indicator should no longer pop to your feet at a higher angle than intended.
  • You should no longer receive the error “This raid is not yet available” if you try to enter Blackwing Lair.
  • Fixed a bug causing Slahtz to often become invisible.
  • Harold Winston no longer sells Kirin Tor Ring upgrades before the appropriate content phase.
  • Enchants that provide mana every 5 seconds (mp5) should now update mana regen on the character info panel.
  • Removed Epic gems that should not be available until a later content phase.
  • Naxxramas
    • Instructor Razuvious dying should now despawn Death Knight Understudy in the event of a wipe.
  • Death Knight
    • Death Runes should no longer stay active after swapping specs.
    • Newly created Death Knights should no longer spam achievements to other players in the chat window.
  • Druid
    • Glyph of Hurricane no longer incorrectly buffs Insect Swarm and debuffs Hurricane.
  • Hunter
    • Hunters can no longer remove Exotic Pets from the stable if they are not talented into Beast Mastery.
  • Priest
    • Mana Burn should now break fears as expected.
  • Mage
    • Applying buffs that increase stats after Molten Armor is already applied should not lower your critical strike chance significantly.
  • Paladin
    • Greater Blessing of Sanctuary should once again be able to be cast.
  • Warlock
    • Fixed an issue where Warlock’s Drain Soul channel would incorrectly cancel if a killing blow was dealt to an enemy that was not the target of Drain Soul.
  • Warrior
    • Slam should now correctly delay auto attack timers for the duration of Slam’s cast time.

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1 month ago

Whew, thank god for not having to spend 10k+ gold right away. Great update and great read.

1 month ago

is the server down right now? It’s acting like it was updated and I need to quite Launcher, restart and update. I updated but the Population column says “Incompatible”.

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