venture into ahn'qiraj on april 21st season of mastery featured image
  • Author: Pride
  • Date: April 19, 2022
  • Expansion: WoW Classic

The Season of Mastery Classic servers have been in a state of limbo recently, dropping players rather rapidly — there are only 7500 characters with a logged raid at the time of writing this article. It appears that Blizzard is willing to support SoM nonetheless, and with an announcement on the official forums, as well as a massive blog post on the topic, they just revealed that Phase 5 content will become available on April 21st.

As it has been the case with previous phases so far, Phase 5 content has a faster pace. Only half the regular materials are required to complete the war effort, and the auto-completion system needs less time too — all realms will have the war effort completed automatically one month after it is initiated. Furthermore, players will get double Brood of Nozdormu reputation from the “The Hand of the Righteous” repeatable quest, so overall the gate opening event will be significantly faster now.

More interestingly, Blizzard has chosen to enhance the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj raid in 2 new ways:

  • Players will be fighting C’thun’s “original, most horrific form”. It is not 100% clear what Blizzard means by this, but some players are interpreting it as the infamous “pre-nerf” version of C’thun, that players in 2006 deemed to be “mathematically impossible”. It is possible that it is a brand new “hard mode” version of the fight, similar to other raid bosses in the tier — only time will tell.
  • Players will find an NPC inside the raid called “Prophecy of Chaos”. Players with a certain amount of Brood of Nozdormu reputation will be able to “undertake additional challenges within the Temple” through this NPC — which sounds similar to “hard mode” encounters from more recent World of Warcraft raids.

Season of Mastery players aren’t that many, but they certainly have a reason to be hyped right now!

What are your feelings on this announcement? Are you going to be trying out hard mode C’thun and the challenges imposed by this “Prophecy of Chaos” NPC? Let us know in the comments below!

Blizzard Entertainment – (Source)

The great desert fortress of Ahn’Qiraj, long sealed behind the Scarab Wall, is home to the insectoid qiraji, a savage race set to mount an assault to devastate the continent of Kalimdor. But something far more sinister lurks behind Ahn’Qiraj’s walls: the Old God C’Thun, an ancient entity whose pervasive evil had suffused Azeroth since time immemorial.

The next Content Update for WoW Classic Season of Mastery will be available worldwide on April 21, at 3:00 p.m. PDT. At that time, the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort will begin, and both factions must heed the call. Any hero brave enough to undertake the epic quest to become a Scarab Lord will be able to begin their journey.


Due to the faster release cadence of Season of Mastery, we’ve made some adjustments to the War Effort:

  • Half as many total resources as before are now required.
  • Reduced the time until auto-completion of War Effort objectives begin.
    • With this change, the gates of Ahn’Qiraj will open on all realms within a month of the event being initiated.
  • The “Brood of Nozdormu” reputation reward from the repeatable quest “The Hand of the Righteous” has been doubled.

In addition, those who venture into the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj will now encounter the mysterious Prophecy of Chaos, which will allow those in good standing with the Brood of Nozdormu to undertake additional challenges within the Temple. C’thun has also been restored to his original, most horrific form; you can expect this nightmarish Old God to present a much greater challenge than his original WoW Classic incarnation.

If you’re not familiar with the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort and how it all works, read on!


Supplies are needed to fuel the war effort against the sinister forces of Ahn’Qiraj. You’ll need to work alongside other members of your faction to contribute the resources needed open the ancient citadel’s gates and begin your siege on the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj and the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj.

Both Horde and the Alliance will need to bring a steady stream of supplies to the Valley of Spirits in Orgrimmar or to the Military Ward in Ironforge. Each turn-in will reward Ahn’Qiraj War Effort Supplies containing useful items and Alliance Commendation Signets or Horde Commendation Signets, which can be used to gain reputation with your faction.

While many of the necessary supplies can be obtained as loot drops or purchased from the Auction House, having a profession that helps you acquire these supplies will also come in handy. Here is a list of items you’ll need to set your sights on collecting.

Baked Salmon (Cooking – 275)
Arthas’ Tears (Herbalism – 220)
Firebloom (Herbalism – 205)
Iron Bar (Mining – 125)
Heavy Leather (Skinning/Leatherworking – 150)
Light Leather (Skinning/Leatherworking – 1)
Lean Wolf Steak (Cooking – 125)
Linen Bandage (First Aid – 1)
Mageweave Bandage (First Aid – 210)
Medium Leather (Skinning/Leatherworking – 100)
Mithril Bar (Mining – 175)
Rainbow Fin Albacore (Cooking – 50)
Peacebloom (Herbalism – 1)
Roast Raptor (Cooking – 175)
Rugged Leather (Skinning/Leatherworking – 250)
Silk Bandage (First Aid – 150)
Tin Bar (Mining – 65)
Stranglekelp (Herbalism – 85)
Wool Bandage (First Aid – 80)
Thorium Bar (Mining – 250)

Both Factions:

Copper Bar (Mining – 25), Purple Lotus (Herbalism – 210), Runecloth Bandage (First Aid – 260), Spotted Yellowtail (Cooking – 225), Thick Leather (Skinning/Leatherworking – 200)

Once the resources for the War Effort have been gathered by both the Horde and the Alliance, supply chains will make their way from Ironforge and Orgrimmar to Cenarion Hold in Silithus. Once these resources reach Cenarion Hold, players who are on the quest line to create the Scepter of the Shifting Sands will be able to undertake the “Bang a Gong!” quest in order to complete it.


During the War Effort, players will also be able to begin earning reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu by turning in Silithid Carapace Fragments. You’ll need to turn in the Head of the Broodlord Lashlayer to begin the quest “The Path of Righteous” or be deputized by another player who has Proxy of Nozdormu before these fragments will begin to drop for you.


Players will also be able to begin a quest series to create the Scepter of the Sands, which will enable them to ultimately ring the gong on the realm they are on. The first player on each realm who completes the quest and rings the gong will become the realm’s “Scarab Lord” and receive the Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal, which will summon a ridable Qiraji battle tank that can be used in the outdoor world as well as within the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj.

Players who complete the Scepter of the Sands quest chain and ring the gong in the first 10 hours of the gong being rung initially will also receive the Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal.

Any other players who complete the quest line past the 10–hour period won’t receive the mount, but will still receive rewards from the “Treasure of the Timeless One” quest, which includes one of four epic weapons, experience, reputation, and a little money for your pocket.


Once the gong is rung on a realm, it will mark the beginning of a 10-hour war heralding the arrival of Anubisath and Qiraji warriors, which can be found in the Barrens and Thousand Needles (for lower-level players) and Silithus, Tanaris, and Feralas (for higher-level players). Defending against these incursions will give players a chance to earn gold, experience, and reputation with the Brood of Nozdormu, along with a higher chance for rare drops.


At the completion of the 10-hour war, the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (a 20-player raid dungeon) and the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj (a 40-player raid dungeon) will open, allowing players access to the dangers and treasures within.

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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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1 year ago

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