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Wrath Classic Beta Development Notes


Kaivax
Jun 22, 2022
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Welcome to the Wrath of the Lich King Classic Beta!

The team has been working hard to get Northrend ready for you to jump in and begin your adventures, and we’re excited to have you join us! Over the coming weeks we will post notes and updates in this forum with each new update to the Beta.

Beta Test Release Build 44301
June 22, 2022

Level Cap: 76
Focus:

  • Questing/Level-up Experience
  • Northrend Zones
  • Dungeons
  • New Spells, Talents, and Abilities
  • Death Knight Starting Experience
  • New Systems and Features:
    • Revamped Group Finder
    • Vehicles
    • Quest phasing
    • Glyphs and Inscription
      Note: To facilitate Glyph testing, a Glyph Vendor has been placed in Dalaran, near the Inscription building.

Kaivax
Jun 22, 2022
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For the first week of Beta we are capping leveling to 76 and addon usage is prohibited. We will raise the level cap to 80, allow flying in Northrend, and open up level 80 Heroic dungeons for testing and allow addons in the coming weeks.

One of the major areas we would like feedback on is the functionality of the newly revamped Group Finder tool. You can find a deep dive of information about the tool here. Please put it through its paces and let us know what you think!

As this is a beta, there are some systems and features that are not fully implemented and there are many bugs present. Below you will find a selection of Known Issues that you are likely to encounter that may impact your gameplay.

As always, we’d encourage you to use the in-game bug reporter (Onscreen or Default Hotkey: F6) to send us information about any bugs or other issues you encounter.

Known Issues

  • General
    • Mana and Energy Regeneration are not functioning properly.
      • Note: These systems are usable but they have some display bugs and other functionality issues that are inauthentic to original Wrath of the Lich King.
    • Crews are not spawning on Transports, which can block the completion of certain quests.
    • The Argent Tournament Grounds in Icecrown are currently under… “de-construction” and are a work-in-progress with multiple misplaced objects and missing terrain.
    • Exiting a vehicle may rarely cause you to become disconnected.
    • The Vendors and Vendor Inventory in Dalaran are not yet configured correctly and contain items from later content tiers.
    • An interface error will occur when inspecting another character.
    • Many NPCs in Orgrimmar are spawning slightly below ground level.
    • Horde and Alliance Death Knights are not properly put in separate phases in the Death Knight starting experience.
  • Items
    • Items that increase haste rating are not increasing spell haste.
    • An interface error will occur when attempting to open the socketing interface on an item with a prismatic socket.
    • Item tooltips sometimes show the “Equip:” bonus text in the incorrect location and format.
  • Quests
    • The “Battle for the Undercity” part of the Wrathgate questline in Dragonblight has multiple progression-blocking issues currently. We encourage you to please check back on this quest in a future build should you reach it.
  • Death Knight
    • Some Races of Death Knights are missing their spooky voices.
    • After spending a rune, the subsequent recharge begins partially completed.
    • Death runes do not currently function properly.
    • Risen Ally is not able to properly use its abilities.
  • Hunter
    • Auto Shot will not properly fire during the Steady Shot cast.
    • The Beast Mastery talent does not grant 4 additional Pet Talent points currently.
    • The Lock and Load talent proc doesn’t currently trigger from Freezing Arrow or Freezing Trap.
    • The Pet talent Wolverine Bite doesn’t function properly and is usable without landing a critical hit when first learned.
    • A Warp Stalker’s Warp ability can sometimes crash the client.
  • Warlock
    • Warlock pet stats are scaling from warlocks incorrectly and are too powerful.
    • Chaos Bolts are not currently piercing absorbs or partial immunities.
  • Shaman
    • Feral Spirits occasionally do not properly engage hostile targets.
  • Paladin
    • Sacred Cleansing does not currently increase the target’s resistance to Diseases, Magic or Poisons.
    • Greater Blessing of Sanctuary cannot be self-cast.

Kaivax
Jun 29, 2022
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Beta Test Release Build 44369
June 29, 2022

Level Cap: 80
Focus:

  • Flying In Northrend
  • Normal and Heroic Max-Level Dungeons
  • Questing/Level-up Experience
  • Northrend Zones
  • Dungeons
  • New Spells, Talents, and Abilities
  • Death Knight Starting Experience
  • New Systems and Features:
    • Revamped Group Finder
    • Vehicles
    • Quest phasing
    • Glyphs and Inscription
      • Update: We’ve placed additional Glyph Vendors in Shattrath near A’dal

Kaivax
Jul 21, 2022
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Beta Test Release Build 44729
July 20, 2022

Testing Updates

  • The Death Knight starting zone is now separated into different phases by faction.
  • The Guild event log is now functional.
  • Addons are now enabled in the Wrath Classic beta.
  • We will start a Beta Arena Season on July 21.
  • Initial raid testing will begin on July 21.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug causing players to disconnect when exiting a vehicle.

  • Fixed a bug that generated unintended errors when opening the Auction House.

  • Heroic Dungeons now drop Emblems of Heroism.

  • Quests

    • Entering a Horde siege engine should no longer generate an error during “The Plains of Nasam”.
    • “The Battle for The Undercity” should no longer include Deathguard Elites who spawn and prevent the quest from continuing.
    • Fixed a bug on “Mystery of the Infinite” where summoned creatures could unintentionally be level 80.
  • Classes

    • Death Knight
      • Numerous fixes have been made to make Runes functioning as expected, and recharge rates are fixed.
      • Fixed a bug with Ebon Gargoyle summon casting inconsistently.
      • Fixed bugs causing dual spec swap issues with Buffed Ghouls and Unholy Frenzy.
    • Druid
      • Berserk should no longer remove Tigers Fury.
    • Paladin
      • Judgement spells should now trigger Seal of Corruption.
    • Warlock
      • Fel Armor ranks 1 and 2 should now provide health regeneration
      • Demonic Pact and Flametongue Totem should no longer stack.
  • Player versus Player

    • Fixed a bug causing Battleground scoreboards to incorrectly display Honor accrued.

Selected Known Issues

  • Ring of Valor and Strand of the Ancients are disabled at this time.
  • A bug is preventing Fishing from being testable at some low skill levels.
  • A bug is preventing Kel’Thuzad from properly giving credit for the “Scourge Leader Identified” step of “The Plains of Nasam”.

Kaivax
Jul 27, 2022
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Beta Test Release Build 44832
July 27, 2022

Testing Updates

  • Crew members now spawn on transport ships. This includes The Skybreaker and Orgrim’s Hammer, the flying airships in Icecrown.
  • Alliance and Horde players now start in separate layers in Acherus, the Ebon Hold when they first create a Death Knight.
  • Daily Normal Dungeon quests now grant two Emblems of Heroism.
  • Daily Heroic Dungeon quests now grant two Emblems of Valor.
  • The first week of Arena testing has completed, and a test weekly reset was performed. We have more details about Arena updates here.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a LUA error when viewing the Auction House.
  • The tooltip for Resilience now properly displays the correct information in the character info sheet.
  • Eligible players can now properly use the Turbo-charged Flying Machine.
  • Fixed many errors with talent tooltips.
  • Dungeons and Raids
    • Players who die inside Naxxramas will no longer respawn in Eastern Plaguelands.
    • Sapphiron now casts the intended Frost Aura.
    • Fixed a bug preventing the Four Horsemen from dropping loot.
    • Fixed the Embalming Slime that was unintentionally placed under Patchwerk.
    • Druids should no longer be forced out of shapeshift forms in Culling of Stratholme.
    • Fixed a bug with Volkhan’s Molten Golems in Halls of Lightning.
  • Death Knights
    • Rime now works as intended.

Kaivax
Aug 5, 2022
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Beta Test Release Build 44930

August 3, 2022

Testing Updates

  • Talent Preview Mode is now active. It can be turned on in the Game Menu → Interface → Features menu.
  • The Eye of Acherus, Mind Control, and similar possession interactions now use the proper action bar.
  • Northrend story capper quests now have items/Emblems of Heroism to reward players for completing storylines in each zone.
    • Developers’ notes: Wrath Classic adds phasing, a way to make the world to change around players during key storyline moments and feel more alive by making your actions have impact on your surroundings. Phasing can, however, place players in situations where two grouped friends in different phases, due to being on different steps of key quest chains. We’re testing adding Emblems of Heroism and other bonus rewards to quests that put players into different phases, providing a reason to finish off zone storylines and make it more likely that you’ll end up in the same phase as most other players you might group up with. This is not meant to be a permanent, farmable supplement or replacement for Heroic dungeons or similar content. We likely added a few quests such as repeatable or daily quests that we did not intend to, and we’re going to review the affected quests and make adjustments in future beta builds.
  • This build includes functionality for Battleground, PvP, Raid, and Dungeon weekly/daily quests, available from Archmage NPCs in Dalaran.
  • This build includes functionality for Battleground, PvP, Raid, and Dungeon weekly/daily quests, available from Archmage NPCs in Dalaran.
  • This build includes functionality for random Battleground rewards with daily wins. Please note: these are not final reward values.
  • Level 60 Onyxia should be available once again.

Fixes

  • Alterac Valley NPCs should now be the correct levels for all brackets. Also resolved some issues where Drek’thar and Vanndar could sometimes fail to spawn.
  • Gathering profession nodes should no longer be able to fail.
  • Spell and melee haste ratings are now providing the full intended benefits.
  • Items with Mana Regeneration now correctly applying the proper amount of regen as intended.
  • The tank icon on the LFG tool is no longer distorted.
  • The LFG tool now has options to list world PvP activities.
  • Fixed an issue preventing all dungeon portals from being accessed in Eastern Kingdoms.
  • Fixed a LUA error when attempting to copy a character to the Beta realms.
  • Players should no longer need an additional 1% Hit above the intended 8% to hit-cap against Raid-level enemies.
  • Creatures now begin landing crushing blows at 4 levels above the player level of their target, rather than 3, as intended.
  • Classes
    • Shadowmeld now properly drops combat.
    • Death Knight
      • Raise Ally now works properly.
    • Hunter
      • Ammo is no longer consumed when using Arcane Shot and Explosive Shot while Lock and Load is active.
      • Spore Cloud from Sporebats no longer stacks with other armor debuffing abilities like Faerie Fire.
      • Volley now correctly ticks a full 6 times when used near maximum range, as intended.
    • Paladin
      • Paladins can no longer incorrectly cast certain abilities while Forbearance is active.
      • Sacred Cleansing gives the proper spell resistance bonus.
    • Shaman
      • Characters are no longer knocked out of stealth when healed by Healing Stream Totem
    • Warlock
      • Demon Armor and Fel Armor will no longer provide extra bonuses from the talent, Demonic Aegis, when the player changes specializations or activates dual specialization.
      • Summoning a Felguard will no longer generate an error message.
    • Warrior
      • Taste for Blood will now properly allow the usage of Overpower.
      • Critical Block correctly gives the chance to critically block.
  • Dungeons and Raids
    • In the Culling of Stratholme, it is no longer possible to kill Mal’Ganis at the start of the instance, which would prevent players from completing the dungeon.
    • Naxxramas
      • Fixed an issue where the doors to the Four Horsemen encounter would sometimes not open after a group wipes.
      • Extra enemies should no longer attack alongside Instructor Razuvious when engaging him in combat.
      • Fixed an issue with Heigan The Unclean where his slime waves would not properly spawn during the dance.
      • Sapphiron’s Frost Aura should no longer affect players in Iceblock.
  • Professions
    • Engineering Enchants now properly override one another.
    • Glyphs can now be linked inside of chat channels.
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