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It's time to find out what's going to be happening with PvP when Classic releases this Summer and beyond! Blizzard have just clarified that the initial experience will be very Vanilla, as there will be no formal system for PvP, which means no Honor points, Honorable of Dishonorable kills etc.

That will all change in Phase 2 as the system we all remember kicks in, with PvP ranks and the (dis)Honorable kills. Phase 3 will see Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch enter the mix, with Phase 4 hosting Arathi Basin, and then we either skip Phase 5 or there was a typo, as the next phase mentioned sees Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands world PvP objectives pop up.

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Since we broke down the six phases of content that we’ll be rolling out for Classic, we’ve heard the increase in requests for PvP details so we wanted to get you up to speed on our plans there.

As was the case when World of Warcraft originally launched in 2004, there won’t be a formal PvP system in WoW Classic at the outset. You’ll still be able to PvP, of course, and there will be no Dishonorable Kills, so you’ll be free to repeatedly hunt down every player and NPC in, say, Stranglethorn Vale to your stealthy heart’s content.

That’ll change once phase 2 rolls around and we add the Honor System, which will introduce Honorable Kills, Dishonorable Kills, and PvP Rank Rewards. The items you earn from the PvP Rank Rewards will be the versions from patch 1.12. Keep in mind though, just as it did originally, it will require a substantial time investment to rank up through the Honor System. For those interested in the Rank Rewards, earning epic gear will require consistent dedication over a long period of time as a top contributor on your realm. We don’t expect to see many people running around with these items early on, but we’re certain Hillsbrad Foothills will still see its fair share of action!

In the third phase, we’ll introduce the first Battlegrounds: Alterac Valley (version 1.12) and Warsong Gulch, alongside with their associated vendors. One thing to note is that there were a couple of updates to these vendors over the course of the original patch releases, so some items won’t be available right away. For example, the Spell Penetration trinkets available from the Warsong Gulch vendor weren’t introduced until Patch 1.9, so we’re currently thinking that we’ll add these in phase 5.

The Arathi Basin Battleground will follow in phase 4, along with its specific vendor. It’ll be interesting to see how many people stay behind to guard the flag. ?

Finally, in phase 6, we’ll have the world PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands, which will come out at the same time as Naxxramas.

Here’s what the PvP content looks like mapped to the phases we recently posted about:

Phase 1 (WoW Classic Launch)

You can PvP one another in the world, but there is no tracking, and no formal rewards for doing so.

Phase 2

Honor System (including Dishonorable Kills)

PvP Rank Rewards

Phase 3

Alterac Valley (version 1.12)

Warsong Gulch

Phase 4

Arathi Basin

Phase 6

World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands

As we mentioned before, we haven’t yet determined exactly when each of the content phases will occur but we’ll keep you updated as they draw closer.

We’re here reading what you have to say, so we wanted to thank all of you for your feedback and discussions about Classic. Keep it going!

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I actually really liked the PVP system in Vanilla because the titles were super cool. I got my Night Elf warrior (I was in middle school in vanilla so played alliance like the dweeb I was) to knight captain an d the very cool plate armor setl!

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Wait, all these years of saying they could never bring back original Alterac Valley, that it was a shock that it still worked with new coding and was too complex...and here it is, like all that was just nothing?  

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2 hours ago, Migol said:

Wait, all these years of saying they could never bring back original Alterac Valley, that it was a shock that it still worked with new coding and was too complex...and here it is, like all that was just nothing?  

It's not the original AV though, it's the 1.12 version, which isn't too different from the live version.

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1 hour ago, jinsu2301 said:

It's not the original AV though, it's the 1.12 version, which isn't too different from the live version.

What’s the difference?  I didn’t start until TBC and have no idea what that means.

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So it's the boring, rush rush rush version of AV and not the original one where the BG could literally last for days? Damn. That was one of the biggest things I was hoping to see when they announced the whole Classic project. I haven't had an active subscription to the game since 2009, and this makes me even less interested in playing again.

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10 hours ago, Todd said:

So it's the boring, rush rush rush version of AV and not the original one where the BG could literally last for days? Damn. That was one of the biggest things I was hoping to see when they announced the whole Classic project. I haven't had an active subscription to the game since 2009, and this makes me even less interested in playing again.

No, it can still last for days. Reinforcements weren't added until late TBC, so if both sides turtle, it can technically last forever.

10 hours ago, Misuteri said:

What’s the difference?  I didn’t start until TBC and have no idea what that means.

There's a list of all the changes to AV on Wowpedia, but in short, some of graveyards and other buildings where shifted, certain areas where blocked off, and a handfull of NPCs where moved or completely removed.

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The AV I remember had really tough npcs, had boss summons the entire alliance or horde could rally behind, had Korrak appear and cause havok, etc.     You had to employ strategy when both sides had organized groups (IE Guilds) mixed in with the pugs.     We always sent a team of rogues and druids to harass their back graveyards and towers to force them back, had chokes where we snet our hunters on cliffs, defended Drek because he was awesome, etc.

Current AV is just a sad, sad joke comparatively.

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