Yesterday, the Shadow of the Necropolis patch came to World of Warcraft. The long-awaited patch 1.13 includes the scourge invasion and the Naxxaramas raid tier. Classic Phase 6 is now officially in motion.
Naxxaramas finally graces players’ screens in its original form for the first time since 2006. Coming as somewhat of a surprise, Blizzard released the patch alongside an HD version of its original release trailer from 2006.
Level 60 players can now experience the bliss of getting that sweet, sweet tier 3 loot. With each class’ tier set containing 9 pieces, players who remember the original Naxxaramas experience will know the grind to get geared. That’s fine, though, because Naxxaramas is an expansive 40-person raid with plenty to get prepared for before anyone can even set foot in the front door of the necropolis. Naxxaramas is now floating over the Eastern Plaguelands in the Eastern Kingdoms, so get ready to get attuned.
Hopefully, if you are already level 60, you have some Argent Dawn reputation ready for the new reputation recipes. With the scourge invasion event, new top-tier recipes for phase 6 are finally available for purchase from Argent Dawn vendors. And if you’re leveling a 50-something character like I am, try not to get killed by packs of level 60 players grinding for scourgestones in the Plaguelands.
Blacksmiths, tailors, and leatherworkers can now craft the absolute best gear in the game. Not to mention new potions, enchantments, and engineering recipes. The dropped loot from Naxxaramas and the new craftable items are, for now, the best items obtainable in Classic WoW. At least until The Burning Crusade comes out. As an armor specialized blacksmith, I am excited to finally be able to craft the Titanic Leggings. I’d be rich in no time if it weren’t such a difficult recipe to get.
It is still unconfirmed as to whether The Burning Crusade will even come out at all, though. It seems inevitable, but speculation is still rampant. Nothing has been officially stated by Blizzard yet, but the consensus seems to be it is all-but-confirmed.
While Blizzard asked in a Twitter survey earlier this year if Classic players would be willing to play The Burning Crusade, there is little to no information regarding its future implementation. Personally, I am hoping there is a way to play all the future expansions independently, ideally while keeping your WoW Classic characters. It’s just a pipe dream, but hey, maybe I’m not alone in hoping for that. Either way, World of Warcraft Classic isn’t going anywhere soon.
The nostalgia train keeps on rolling, and it does not seem like it will stop. As someone who started playing World of Warcraft just as The Burning Crusade was rolling out in 2006, I am very excited to be able to play the Scourge Invasion for the first time. Especially in an official Blizzard release.
This is as close as it gets to the real thing, and I can’t complain. If you need me, I will be gearing up to take down Kel’Thuzad.
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