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Rumor: Naxxramas and Burning Crusade Classic Beta Release Dates

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We have some rumors to take a look at for Classic (as noticed by Barrens Chat), with a core member of the Nostalrius team talking about probable release dates for both the next raid (and Phase 6), as well as the beta for the as-yet-unconfirmed Burning Crusade Classic expansion!

In case you weren't aware, Nostalrius was a private Vanilla WoW server which Blizzard shut down, but then they also invited the staff of the project over to the Blizzard offices to talk about the then still under development Classic WoW, and possibly even borrowed some information from the private server when creating Classic. This lends some credibility to the above as it is possible some Nostalrius members do have contacts inside Blizzard and could potentially have inside info.

Now, about the timeline itself, this would put Phase 5 at a little over 4 months duration, which is longer than any phase in Classic so far, as the average length has been about 3 months. The extended duration for Phase 5 doesn't seem like that big of a stretch though, as it brought a big 40 man raid, a 20 man one and a solid amount of additional content. However, previous phases did mostly have in-between patches, with things like Dire Maul and battlegrounds coming out about a month after a phases release. You could argue the War Effort for AQ changes things, as many servers haven't even opened their gates yet, so a 4 month P5 duration doesn't seem like quite that much.

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The beta rumor, however, is a little more far fetched, as there isn't much to compare it to other than the original timeline of Vanilla and TBC, where it gets relatively close, as the original TBC beta started a year and 10 months after Vanilla released, and according to this rumor, the Classic TBC beta would start about 1 year and 8 months after WoW Classic was released. It would also mean that Phase 6 and Naxxramas would also last around 4 months, same as Phase 5 and AQ.

Now whether you put any faith in this rumor is entirely up to you, but on our end it seems that the Naxxramas and Phase 6 dates make at least some sense, but the TBC beta is a bit too far off (and also we don't even officially know that it's coming at all) so it sounds a bit less reliable. In any case, all of these timelines are very loose, especially with the new working conditions due to the pandemic, so any rumors and guesses will always be at least a little off.

If you're looking for more dates to compare, we've recently taken a look at all the Classic phase durations and compared them to the same patch periods in Vanilla, and you can check that out here.

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1 hour ago, D3monaz said:

If we get TBC in 21...hoping for WotLK in 2022-23 

And then no more vanilla expansions.

Make new content after WotLK.

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1 hour ago, Ravenclaw89 said:

Can you imagine Cata Classic? 

 

Can't wait for WotLK ?

No Cata Please ?

As Knuda said: No more Vanilla after WotLK ? ? 

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I think it would be stupid not to continue with TBC and after that WotLK.

Classic, TBC and WotLK are the big 3 of WoW, if it comes to lore, content and nostalgia. Nothing was perfect, but not bad/not good in an acceptable way. After WotLK, the rapid (self made) decline of WoW started and they would be wise to start something new after WotLK.

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41 minutes ago, Helvorn said:

I think it would be stupid not to continue with TBC and after that WotLK.

Classic, TBC and WotLK are the big 3 of WoW, if it comes to lore, content and nostalgia. Nothing was perfect, but not bad/not good in an acceptable way. After WotLK, the rapid (self made) decline of WoW started and they would be wise to start something new after WotLK.

I think they should stop with WotLK, I don't see them making all expansions as classics, it would be weird. 

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I think they should keep the current servers progressing toward WotLK, then open 2-4 servers just to keep the legacy Vanilla and TBC servers, with a monthly "twist" to the raiding encounters just to add some flavor and keep it from just dying out. As far as classic+, I think that should be reserved for after WotLK or for the Vanilla legacy servers.

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3 hours ago, Ravenclaw89 said:

I think they should stop with WotLK, I don't see them making all expansions as classics, it would be weird. 

It would be like a cracked server with different expansions ?

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