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It seems the uproar over the ClassicLFG addon has reached Blizzard's ears and they agree with most of the community! The addon and ones like it will be "severely limited" in a patch a few weeks after Classic launch and Blizzard clarified that even though the addon goes against the intention of Classic itself, the author certainly had no ill will and was just trying to help. They also pointed out that they'll be keeping an eye on similar social-network creating addons in the future.
Classic LFG (source)
We’ve been closely following the community discussion around this add-on for WoW Classic, as well as analyzing it to make sure we understand how it works. After careful examination, we believe the nature of ClassicLFG is incompatible with our social design for Classic. Thus, in an upcoming patch (in the weeks following launch), we will be adding restrictions to the Classic add-on API that will significantly limit this add-on and others like it.
In line with what we shared at BlizzCon last year, we intend to be very careful about allowing add-on functionality that might undermine aspects of the social dynamics that are core to the Classic experience, even in cases like this where it’s clear that the addon author had no ill intent and was simply trying to provide a service to the Classic community. Ultimately, if a streamlined group-finding system was something we considered compatible with Classic, we would have kept the modern Premade Group Finder tool rather than choosing to remove it from the Classic client.
It’s difficult to articulate a clear-cut rule for exactly when an add-on crosses the line. However, when an add-on goes beyond presenting information or providing aesthetic customization, and attempts to create an interconnected social network that relies on other players also using that same add-on, we are likely to scrutinize it particularly closely.
Classic LFG and similar addons will be severely limited after launch.
We've put up a hub for our realm population reports so that you can quickly find updates about Classic population.
We've created this hub to house the latest realm population reports. Initially, the plan was to have these updates in the How to Pick a Realm and Create a Character in WoW Classic, but since we're posting the reports separately, we figured it would be better to just create a hub for them and add it to our Classic News Menu.
Latest Realm Population Updates
In this section, you're going to find short updates about server population, links to blue posts, etc.
August 22nd: Blizzard announced new realms for EU and the US launching Monday.
August 20th: Classic WoW AMA Recap - Blizzard discussed launch and population here. Free character transfers will be available to players on overpopulated realms after launch. August 19th: New Realms Announced - Two new German and an English realm have been announced. Blizzard is also launching two new servers in the US. ________________________________________________________________
August 16th: Blizzard Urges Players to Stay Away from Herod (US) & Shazzrah (EU) - Long queues are expected on select realms at launch. ________________________________________________________________
August 13th: Faerlina Will Be the Main Streamer Realm - Most streamers decided to play on Faerlina (US). August 11th: Avoid Streamers in WoW Classic - A project with the goal to help you avoid streamers in WoW Classic. ________________________________________________________________
Latest Realm Population Reports
Here, you will find links to our latest realm population reports that we normally do a daily basis.
Realm Population Report #1: August 14th Realm Population Report #2: August 15th Realm Population Report #3: August 16th Realm Population Report #4: August 17th Realm Population Report #5: August 21st Realm Population Report #6: August 22nd Realm Population Report #7: August 23rd A place for all our latest Classic realm population reports!
WoW Classic is nearly upon us and here's our Classic hub to help you out!
Welcome to our WoW Classic content hub! Here, you will find links to our latest Classic news coverage and guides.
WoW Classic is set to launch on August 26 in the US // August 27.
WoW Classic Launch Date: August 27th See below for details on the exact time you can log in and experience the origins of World of Warcraft.
Blizzard will use a new technology called layering to ensure a smooth launch. They've fixed a lot of bugs since we last looked at layering and provided more clarifications in the latest Reddit AMA.
Layering Technology in WoW Classic Clearing Up Layering Misconceptions Character Creation
An active subscription is required to play the game and to reserve up to three characters ahead of launch. We've created a short guide, where we go through how to install the game, realm types and differences to help you pick the best server.
Avoid Streamers in WoW Classic Faerlina Will Be the Main Streamer Realm in WoW Classic How to Pick a Realm and Create a Character in WoW Classic Realm Population Reports
We also post realm population reports on a regular basis to inform you about the current realm population, based on available data.
Classic Realm Population Hub Realm Population Report #1: August 14th Realm Population Report #2: August 15th Realm Population Report #3: August 16th Blizzard Urges Players to Stay Away from Herod (US) & Shazzrah (EU) Realm Population Report #4: August 17th New Realms Coming in WoW Classic: August 19th Realm Population Report #5: August 21st Realm Population Report #6: August 22nd New Realms Coming on August 26th Realm Population Report #7: August 23rd New & Returning Players
It doesn't matter if you're completely new to the game or a veteran, here are some interesting links to get you started with Classic WoW
WoW Classic Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) WoW Classic Official Survival Guide Glossary of Classic WoW Terms Reconnect with Friends
If you're looking for old friends that you played Vanilla with, the community resources listed below may prove to be useful:
Introducing Vanilla Friends WoW Classic Connections WoW Classic Guides
Our team has been hard at work to bring you guides for WoW Classic before launch! The goal is to have Class, Dungeon, Profession, and Reputation guides up as soon as possible with Raid guides and more to follow in the coming weeks.
WoW Classic Class Guides WoW Classic Dungeon Guides Which Profession is the Best for My Class? WoW Classic Profession Guides WoW Classic Reputation Guides Content Release Phases
To allow for meaningful progression, Classic will have 6 content phases that will be released over the course of the game to mimic Vanilla patches. In the initial phase, players will be able to access Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, and Maraudon.
Phase 1 (Launch) Molten Core
Open World PvP only (no honor or rewards) Phase 2 Dire Maul
Honor System (including Dishonorable Kills)
PvP Rank Rewards Phase 3 Blackwing Lair
Darkmoon Faire deck drops begin
Alterac Valley (version 1.12 4.1k)
Warsong Gulch Phase 4 Zul'Gurub
Arathi Basin Phase 5 Ahn Qiraj War Effort begins
Ahn'Qiraj raids open when the war effort dictates
Dungeon loot reconfiguration: Tier 0.5 dungeon gear, Relics, drop rates, and location changes Phase 6 Naxxramas
World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands WoW Classic Addons
Nobody is forcing you to use addons for Classic, but for those of you who don't want to waste their time with searching for every single quest, here's a list of addons that we previewed throughout Beta:
AtlasLootClassic (Loot Helper) Classic Addon Azeroth Auto Pilot Classic Addon IAmAMerchant Classic Addon ClassicLFG Addon Details (Damage Meter), Vendor Price, WeekAuras2 Classic Questie (Classic Quest Helper) Classic Addon TukUI (Classic User Interface) WoW Classic AMAs & Interviews
On August 20, Blizzard conducted an AMA on Reddit and we've learned more about the intended player cap for dungeons, loot tables, and other sub
WoW Classic Reddit AMA Recap: August 20th Eurogamer Wow Classic Interview WoW Classic "Not a Bug List"
Here we have a list of the most common misconceptions. Features that are perceived by players as bugs.
Not a Bug List (Final) WoW Classic "Fixed Bugs List"
A list of bugs that have been fixed thanks to thousands of detailed bug reports sent by beta and stress testers who provided invaluable feedback over the course of testing!
Fixed Bugs List Classic Spotlights
Links to articles that cover a variety of Classic topics.
Anathema/Benediction Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian Classic WoW Racials and Passives Players Form Lines to Complete Quests on Beta Riding Skill & Cost in Classic WoW Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker It's almost time for Classic and our content hub has you covered with the latest news and guides!
We're four days away from Classic launch. New realms are coming in both regions on August 26, and Blizzard will also be lifting the 3-character limit per server soon.
Check out our WoW Classic Realm Population hub for a full history of recent population changes!
Gehennas is now marked as Full. Both new German servers went from Low to Medium.
The following realms will open on August 26, 2019 at 19:00 p.m. CEST:
Flamelash - PvP - English Gandling - PvP English Mograine - PvP - English Nethergarde Keep - Normal - English Razorgore - PvP - English Name Type Language Population Firemaw *new* PvP English Medium Gehennas PvP English High Full Golemagg PvP English Full Hydraxian Waterlords RP English Medium Mirage Raceway Normal English High Pyrewood Village Normal English High Shazzrah PvP English Full Zandalar Tribe RP-PvP English Medium Auberdine Normal French Medium Sulfuron PvP French High Everlook Normal German Full Lucifron PvP German Full Razorfen *new* Normal German Low Medium Venoxis *new* PvP German Low Medium Хроми (Chromie) Normal Russian Medium Пламегор (Flamegor) PvP Russian High US Realms
The following realms will open on August 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PDT:
Incendius - PvP - Eastern Bigglesworth - PvP - Pacific Old Blanch - Normal - Pacific Westfall - Normal - Eastern Name Type Time Zone Population Atiesh Normal Pacific High Blaumeux *new* PvP Pacific Low Mankrik Normal Eastern Full Myzrael Normal Pacific High Pagle Normal Eastern Full Skeram *new* PvP Eastern Medium Stalagg PvP Eastern High Faerlina PvP Eastern Full Fairbanks PvP Pacific High Herod PvP Eastern Full Whitemane PvP Pacific Full Bloodsail Buccanneers RP Eastern Medium Grobbulus RP-PvP Pacific Medium Thalnos PvP Eastern Full Oceanic Realms
Name Type Time Zone Population Arugal PvP Australian Eastern Time High Remulos Normal Australian Eastern Time Medium
Blizzard is celebrating the release of WoW Classic with a 4-and-a-half-hour streamed event live from the HyperX esports arena in Las Vegas.
If you're interested to see Asmongold, Esfand, iAmKate, and other streamers, you can find more information about the event here .
Live from the HyperX esports arena in Las Vegas, celebrate the launch of WoW® Classic with the World of Warcraft® community during a 4-and-a-half-hour streamed event: HyperX Kickoff to WoW® Classic. Featuring interviews, panels with top streamers, and cosplayers. Plus, a chat with a member of the WoW® dev team, take part in giveaways, and more!
When: Monday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m. PDT (1:00 p.m. CDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT)
Where: Official Warcraft Twitch
You won’t want to miss a moment!