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  • Author: Pride
  • Date: October 5, 2021
  • Expansion: WoW Classic

Players have long requested that Blizzard add fresh Classic Era servers, and last week Blizzard delivered with the announcement of Season of Mastery.

We are now one step closer towards Classic+, with Kaivax announcing that the Season of Mastery beta has now begun.

This beta will work in a similar way as the Classic beta did back in 2019, with players are capped at level 30. But there will be a few differences, such as the experience rate of quests being increased by 25% across the board, more mining and herbalism nodes, and Warsong Gulch & the Honor system being available from the get-go.

Other promised features, such as increased buff / debuff limits, the removal of world buffs in raids and nerfs to boosting, will come at a later week, with Blizzard’s plan being to test something specific each week. This week will focus on leveling speed and flow, according to Kaivax, so if you’re planning on trying the beta out, Blizzard requests that you focus feedback and bug reports on those areas.

Let us know if you’re going to be trying the beta out and what your experience was!

Kaivax – (Source)

As outlined in our Season of Mastery blog post 119, there are a number of changes coming in this new Season of WoW Classic. In this Beta, testers can expect to experience the following today and over the next several weeks:

Week 1 of open Beta (October 5)

  • Player Levels will be capped at 30.
  • Character templates will not be available.
  • The Rate of XP gain from Quest turn-ins has been increased by 25% globally.
  • Mining and Herbalism Node availability is increased.
  • The PvP Honor System is enabled.
  • Warsong Gulch is enabled.

We plan to make incremental additions to the Beta server(s) each week. The following planned Seasonal changes are not yet active in the Season of Mastery Beta. These adjustments and others will become active in future Beta updates over the coming weeks:

  • Increased Debuff and Buff limits.
  • Increased health for raid bosses.
  • Restored raid boss mechanics.
  • Removal of world buffs in raid instances.
  • Meeting Stones converted to Summoning Stones.
  • Adjustments to curtail powerleveling and boosting.

Our focus for testing this week is leveling speed and flow. With future Season of Mastery Beta updates, we’ll continue to summarize the gameplay areas that we’d like to focus feedback and bug reports on during the Beta testing period.

  • The latest test versions of World of Warcraft include new code and data related to forthcoming improvements to our methods and systems for handling player misbehavior. This does not include anything testable at this time.

Thank you for participating in the WoW Classic Season of Mastery open Beta!

About the Author

Pride

Classic WoW is my jam, with a passion for PvP. Most know me as Baranor, the ret paladin guy, but I'm secretly a druid main, don't tell anyone. In my free time I play Switch games, particularly JRPGs. Some day I'll be making my own games and I humbly hope you play those too!

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