WoW: Wrath Of The Lich King Classic Is Going To Be Even More Old-School Than You Remember

Blizzard is bringing back World of Warcraft’s wildly popular Wrath of the Lich King expansion, but when it arrives, it may be even more old-school than some players remember.

Wrath of the Lich King was a revolutionary expansion in many ways. It was during the expansion that Blizzard’s MMORPG peaked in terms of subscription numbers, and the expansion introduced the game’s first new class in the Death Knight, added achievements, and featured a fan-favorite villain that served as the perfect base to build an entire expansion around. While many players, and Blizzard itself, maybe didn’t realize it at the time, Wrath of the Lich King also started to lay the foundation for what would become the modern-day version of the game, with the addition of convenience features like automated dungeon matchmaking and markers on the map telling players exactly where to go to complete their quests.

Those two features specifically won’t be present in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. That was a conscious decision on Blizzard’s part in order to preserve what Blizzard describes as Classic’s “core values.” While many players consider the game’s 2010 Cataclysm expansion as the major turning point in the history of the game, when many of the game’s classes and systems were updated to be more similar to how they are now, those seeds were actually planted with the final Wrath of the Lich King patch. Wrath of the Lich King Classic will still operate on the expansion’s last patch, only minus the features that, in the WoW Classic team’s mind, started to erode the social-focused experience of the MMORPG.

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Author: Cameron Koch