WotLK Classic May 22nd: This Week In WoW – Trial of the Grand Crusader Release Date, Defense Protocol Beta, Arena Season 7, Onyxia’s Lair, & More

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In this big announcement for Blizzard, several essential details have been revealed about the specifics of Phase 3 and a date for when Trial of the Grand Crusader goes live. On Tuesday, June 20th, Phase 3 will officially start with the weekly server resets; on Thursday, June 22nd, at 3 P.M. PDT, The Trial of the Crusader, Trial of the Grand Crusader, and the level 80 version of Onyxia’s Lair will be available for players to enter.

Details about the next level of Titan Rune Dungeons – Defense Protocol Beta – are also mentioned. This greater difficulty will add new effects to bosses and creatures and give them increased health and damage. Bosses will drop 10-man Ulduar loot, and the final boss will drop the new currency: Sidereal Essence. This new token can be exchanged in Dalaran for 10-man Ulduar Hardmode loot.

Also coming with the new phase will be the Trial of the Champion, a 5-player dungeon at the Crusader’s Coliseum in the Argent Tournament Grounds; also at the Grounds will be new quest chains, daily quests, and rewards.

The weekly reset on the 20th also marks the start of the next Arena Season.

Finally, beginning May 23rd, the Joyous Journeys 50% experience buff returns, creating the perfect incentive to level an alt or a new main in anticipation of the new phase.

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Each week we’ll look ahead to what’s in store for World of Warcraft, share the latest news, and keep you in the know byte by byte. The icy winds of Icecrown continue to blow, and it won’t be long until they croon with the Call of the Crusade.

Heed the Call of the Crusade the Week of June 20

It won’t be long before the Call of the Crusade goes out across the lands of Northrend. Wrath of the Lich King™. Here’s what’s in store-


  • (New) Titan Rune DungeonsDefense Protocol Beta: Embrace the challenge of Titan Rune Dungeons, where you’ll take on a new higher-level difficulty in which creatures and bosses have a variety of dangerous new effects as well as additional health and damage. Bosses killed with Defense Protocol Beta active award loot from the 10-player version of Ulduar. The final boss will also award a new currency: Sidereal Essence. Sidereal essence may be exchanged for rewards from 10-player Hard Mode Ulduar gear at the Animated Constellation vendor in Dalaran.
  • Trial of the Champion– Head to the Crusader’s Coliseum at the Argent Tournament to begin the challenge in this 5-player dungeon.
  • The Argent Tournament: Join the Argent Tournament to undertake new quests and daily quests while showing off your jousting prowess for new rewards.
  • Wrath of the Lich King PvP Season 7 Begins

OPENING ON JUNE 22 AT 3:00 P.M. PDT (6:00 P.M. EDT)

  • Trial of the Crusader and Trial of the Grand Crusader: Undertake the challenges of the Trial of the Crusader and Trial of the Grand Crusader 10 and 25-player raid.
  • Level 80 Onyxia’s Lair: Face Onyxia in her lair in the level 80 version of this encounter

We look forward to seeing you on the tournament grounds.

News and Events This Week

  • May 23
    • (Event) Wrath Classic: The Joyous Journeys 50% Experience Buff Returns
    • (Event) Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Raid Finder Wing 2 Opens
    • (Event) PvP Brawl: Deep Six
    • (Event) Step into the Firelands During Cataclysm Timewalking
  • May 25
    • (Promotion) New Promotion
    • (Event) New in-game event
  • May 26
    • (Article) Blues News
    • (Reminder) Purchase the Guardian Pack by May 31
    • (Reminder) Last Day for the May Trading Post, May 31

Stay tuned here to the official World of Warcraft news site as we journey through the week together.

About the Author


I am an avid WoW Classic player and love Druid, Priest, and Rogue and look forward to maining a DK in Wrath. When I'm not gaming or writing, I'm catching up on reading and spending time with my family, my parent's dogs, and my pet snake, Gloria.

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