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After some confusion with a new Classic PTR build coming up and showing the Chronoboon Displacer as not working during the pre-patch, Blizzard hav now confirmed that this was a mistake and players will still be able to save their World Buffs during the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch!
I just confirmed with our dev team that yes, we intend Chronoboom Displacer to be usable in version 2.5 so that players who are raiding Naxx during pre-patch shouldn’t experience any difference.
I think the datamined item is just an older design that’s still hanging around, but isn’t being used at this time.
Yesterday saw the announcement of all the details surrounding the Burning Crusade Classic launch, including the various costs for some services, and the WoW community is not all that happy about one specific part.
There have been many comments on basically every aspect of the expansion's pricing, most of them negative, as they've been perceived to be either too expensive, or that they shouldn't have been added at all. While the character level boost was the prime target of backlash before this announcement (and is still pretty high on the list, but for a different reason), the new king of the negative comment hill is the price for character cloning.
Blizzard yesterday announced the price of the cloning service which allows players to both move their current Classic characters into the Burning Crusade and also keep them in the Vanilla Classic Era servers. Prior to this announcement it was unknown what the pricing of the service would be, and many players assumed it would either be free, have one-time cost for all characters, or a very low price per character. Well, Blizzard went for the worst of the three options, as the cost for cloning is $35 for each character you choose you want to both stay and move on. The reactions were pretty extreme on this one, as it's so far removed from player expectations, with a focus on the price point but also the fact that it costs Blizzard nothing to do it:
There are of course also those defending the move, or at least giving it some context, but they get downvoted pretty quickly and most of them actually then delete the comments, so there aren't many:
Just as a counter argument, even having the option to have Classic Era servers and keeping your characters there AND moving them on to TBC is a big addition, definitely worth something as the expansion itself is free, but the pricing on this is a little extreme. The worst part here, as you're seeing from the comments, is the fact that it completely confirmed fears of the "slippery slope" that was brought up when the character boost was announced back during BlizzConline, and now players are just waiting for what else is coming to the formerly fairly "micro"transaction-free Classic.
Here are the main threads where the discussion is most active, but there are many more both on the Classic and retail reddits:
Dark Portal Pass $39.99, Deluxe Edition $69.99, Character Clone $35 35 USD to copy ONLY ONE character is utterly criminal Classic Era - Character Cloning Service $35 TBC expansion is free, you do NOT have to pay $39 to play the game. You can also read this official support article on further details on the cloning process.
If you would like to continue playing on Era realms with the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, Blizzard made a blog post that highlights what to expect with the launch of the pre-expansion patch. Read on for details!
Greetings WoW Classic adventurers!
With Burning Crusade Classic arriving on June 1, we want to share more details on what you can expect when we release the pre-expansion patch for Burning Crusade Classic and launch our Era realms.
Beginning with patch day, players will have the opportunity to make a choice for each existing Classic character. Will that character continue into Burning Crusade Classic or remain in the Classic era?
Currently, when you log in to WoW Classic, you can see general information on what’s coming by clicking the Burning Crusade Classic button at login.
What’s Happening to my Realm?
As of the pre-expansion patch, all current World of Warcraft Classic servers will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. When you first log in, you’ll then make a choice on each existing character whether to advance that character into Burning Crusade Classic or choose to play on a World of Warcraft Classic Era realm available as a new game download on the Battle.net Desktop App.
Each character can be unlocked once for free either in Burning Crusade Classic or World of Warcraft Classic. If you want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, you can opt in to the “Character Clone” service for a fee.
Choose Your Game
When you log in to the Battle.net App, you’ll see the following options under the “Game Version & Account” selection screen under “Live”: World of Warcraft Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and World of Warcraft.
As mentioned during the BlizzConline Deep Dive Panel for Burning Crusade Classic, with the pre-expansion patch, players will be provided the option to play their character on the new Classic era realm just as it was as of the last day before the patch or continue on into Burning Crusade Classic.
It’s important to note that all current realms will progress to Burning Crusade Classic content. World of Warcraft Classic era realms are new but retain the same names as before and exist as they did prior to the pre-expansion patch.
All the characters that you created and played before servers come down for the patch will appear on the same realms. You’ll see those realms listed in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic games. That means you’ll see all your pre-existing characters in both versions of the game.
To explain what you’ll see on patch day, let’s take a further look at the details.
Burning Crusade Classic
If you last logged into World of Warcraft Classic before patch day, your default option in the Battle.net Desktop App will be Burning Crusade Classic. If you want to move on into Burning Crusade Classic, select that option.
At login and character select, you will see a Burning Crusade Classic screen. You can select the realms you played on before the patch and see your characters listed on those realms.
You’ll notice each of your existing characters will be required to make a choice as indicated by the “Choose Expansion” text shown beneath your character name.
For example, Moonrasmin shown above hasn’t made a choice yet. Upon selecting Moonrasmin, you’ll be presented with the option to make a choice for this character.
When you select the “Play Burning Crusade” button, you will need to confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.
Once you click “Accept,” your character will now be part of Burning Crusade Classic. While Outland won’t be available to play with the pre-expansion patch, you will have the ability to begin leveling and playing Blood Elf and Draenei races and the Jewelcrafting profession with early access.
World of Warcraft Classic Era
To join and play on Classic Era realms, you will select the World of Warcraft Classic game in the Battle.net Desktop App and install it as a new game. If you already have existing characters prior to patch day, they will appear on the same realms where they were originally created.
When looking at your selected realm and pre-existing Classic characters, each character will show a requirement to choose an expansion. (For this purpose, you can consider WoW Classic Era as its own expansion!).
As an example, when Misha is selected in the character select list, you’re presented with the options screen as follows:
After selecting the “Play Classic Era” button, you’ll confirm your choice by typing in the character’s name in the confirmation screen.
Clicking “Accept,” will set you on your way to continuing your journey in the World of Warcraft Classic Era.
What’s a Clone?
For players who want to play a character in both Burning Crusade Classic and World of Warcraft Classic, we have a new optional service we call “Character Clone.”
This optional service will only become available on a character after you have made a choice for that character in another game. For Thuata, shown below, she was unlocked in Burning Crusade Classic.
Upon installing and logging into the other game, in this case, World of Warcraft Classic, you’ll see Thuata listed and is greyed out. The text under her name now reads as, “Clone Available.” A Clone icon will appear next to Thuata’s name as shown below. A tip will appear on mouse-over of the Clone icon.
If you click the Clone icon, a confirmation window with more information will appear. It shows the “cloned” date of the character which includes all progress on the character up to that date.
Clicking “Accept will take you to the store screen which will allow you to purchase the Character Clone service.
Upon completing the transaction, Thuata is ready to play.
We hope this information helps prepare you for your adventures to come and we’ll see you soon!
The pre-expansion patch arrives on May 18. Everyone who wants to prepare early will have the option to buy a Dark Portal Pass, allowing them to boost 1 character of their choosing on a Burning Crusade Classic realm to level 58. As previously hinted through datamining, there's also a Deluxe Edition of the Burning Crusade Classic that comes with the Viridian Phase-Hunter mount and toys.
Are you prepared? World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic™ launches on June 1, and the pre-expansion patch arrives on May 18. As with WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic will be included with every WoW players’ subscription at no additional cost.
For those who haven't played WoW Classic recently, or if you're looking to enhance your experience, we have a host of special items just for you.
Starting on May 18, after the weekly scheduled realm maintenance, everyone who wants to prepare early to join the adventure when Outland opens on June 1 will have the option to purchase the Dark Portal Pass, allowing them to boost one character of their choosing on a Burning Crusade Classic realm to level 58 (limit one per World of Warcraft account; not usable on blood elf or draenei characters). The boosted character will receive:
Apprentice Riding skill Race-specific mount Weapon skills up to level 58 Access to certain flight paths A set of level 58 magic (green) quality gear Up to four Runecloth Bags (14 slots each) A little bit of gold to start their journey
Intrepid explorers looking to further enhance their Burning Crusade Classic experience can purchase the optional Deluxe Edition. This edition includes all the items from the Dark Portal Pass, featuring:
The Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount, a creature that draws on the otherworldly energies that transformed Draenor into Outland, for use only in Burning Crusade Classic and designed to match the look of the original expansion The Viridian Phase-Hunter mount, a variant for use in modern World of Warcraft (including Shadowlands) and reflecting the game’s current visual style A Dark Portal Hearthstone for use in Burning Crusade Classic, providing a unique visual effect inspired by the gateway between worlds The Path of Illidan toy for Burning Crusade Classic, which causes your character’s footsteps to leave flickering fel fire in their wake for a short time The Dark Portal Pass, which boosts one character to level 58 (same restrictions as standalone Dark Portal Pass apply; upgrading from the Dark Portal Pass to the Deluxe Edition does not grant a second boost.) 30 days of World of Warcraft game time, providing access to WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and the modern game
For more information on World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, visit the official site.
The Burning Crusade Classic is just a month away. Blizzard just confirmed that the game will release on June 1, 2021.
Beyond the Dark Portal in the Blasted Lands lies a realm shattered by the machinations of the Burning Legion: Outland, the once beautiful orc homeworld of Draenor. Seek out its mysteries beginning June 1 when Burning Crusade Classic™ launches around the world.
Before that, however, every hero must make a choice. Beginning on May 18, after each regional scheduled maintenance, the Burning Crusade Classic Pre-expansion Patch will be released, and each character must choose whether to advance onward to Burning Crusade, move to a Classic Era realm, or use the Character Clone service to play in both games. Read more about this process.
Heroes who choose to cross the Dark Portal will find themselves in Hellfire Peninsula, an aptly named barren wasteland, where fel orcs and cruel demons roam free. The established outposts of Thrallmar (for the Horde) and Honor Hold (for the Alliance) are not able to deter this endless tide of darkness on their own. It is up to you to fight for this shattered world to rid it from evil. . . or watch its demonic denizens consume everything you hold dear.
Join the Global Launch
World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic will launch in the Americas, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia/New Zealand at the same time. Wherever you live and whatever path you choose to take, you can be part of one global adventure beyond the Dark Portal.
Check the details below for the exact time you can start playing and begin your journey into Outland.
For more information on World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic, visit the official site. We look forward to seeing you in Outland, hero!