- Author: Passion
- Date: September 18, 2023
- Updated: October 5, 2023
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
In todays “This Week in WoW” post, Blizzard has given us an official release date for Phase 4. On October 10th the new Phase begins, and on October 12th, Icecrown Citadel opens.
Phase 4 brings with it the dungeons The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection. This trio of dungeons found above Icecrown Citadel offers item level 219 gear on Normal difficulty, as well as 232 gear on Heroic. Additionally, players can get their hands on a Battered Hilt, culminating in an item level 252 weapon of their choosing.
We are also finally receiving the Random Dungeon Finder(RDF). This includes the ability to queue for Defense Protocol dungeons, including the new difficulty, Defense Protocol Gamma, or Heroic+++. These names are getting exhausting. Each boss in Defense Protocol Gamma will drop a Defiler’s Scourgestone, a new currency that can be used to purchase item level 245 Trial of the Crusader items.
Icecrown Citadel will be fully released right out of the gate, instead of being drip fed bosses over time. This includes both Normal and Heroic difficulties. The raid will have an attempt limit, similar to Trial of the Grand Crusader. As of writing this, the attempt limit is set to 50, meaning a raid is allowed to wipe a total of 50 times in one week before being locked out until next reset.
The Shadowmourne quest has also received a few changes, primarily in how long it takes to finish the quest. The original weapon took between 18-24 weeks to complete, whereas in Wrath Classic you can expect 8-10 weeks instead. This is done in part to compensate for the overall shorter content duration in Classic versus the original release.
We are also receiving the collections interface significantly earlier than expected. Originally added in Mists of Pandaria, this interface allows players to access their mounts, pets, and heirlooms across their entire account, instead of per character. Rerollers rejoice!
Phase 4 also brings a few class tweaks, primarily revolving around Warlocks and their use of Demonic Pact. A particularly noteworthy change is another step in Blizzards quest to remove any playstyle that ends with “-weaving”. This year we lost snakeweaving and clamweaving, now they have come for trapweaving. Hunters will be granted the spell “Trap Launcher: Explosive Trap”, allowing them to fling Explosive Traps from range, similar to Freezing Arrow.
The full announcement, including the release date can be found below.
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 Citadel will sweep the lands of Northrend beginning the week of October 10. Will you and your allies have what it takes to face the Lich King in his stronghold?
Prepare to Face the Lich King in Patch 3.4.3
Patch 3.4.3 becomes available the week of October 10, bringing with it a variety of updates to Wrath of the Lich King Classic including:
- New Dungeons
- The Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron, and Halls of Reflection
- Random Dungeon Finder
- New Titan Rune Dungeons: Defense Protocol Gamma
- New Collections User Interface
- And more.
Icecrown Citadel Opens on October 12
Engage in twelve encounters across five wings within the Lich King’s stronghold when the Icecrown Citadel opens its doors on October 12 at 3:00 pm PDT (22:00 GMT) globally. Players can undertake the challenge of this raid dungeon in either Normal or Heroic modes. The Shadowmourne Legendary quest chain will also be available to Death Knights, Paladins, and Warriors who believe they have what it takes to wield this legendary two-handed axe.
Read the Wrath Classic 3.4.3 PTR development notes to learn more details.
News and Events This Week
- September 19
- (Event) Pirate’s Day Holiday
- (Event) World Quest Bonus Event
- (Event) PvP Brawl: Shado-Pan Showdown
- September 20
- (Event) Brewfest Holiday
- September 22
- (Article) Blues News
Stay tuned here to the official World of Warcraft news site as we journey through the week together.