News and Guides for WoW Classic

Layers Return for Arugal and Faerlina Layers Return for Arugal and Faerlina The rollercoaster of layer additions and removals continues, as Classic isn't quite done with them yet! Many players have been asking for their return in the wake of queues and it seems Blizzard agree, as the Arugal and Faerlina get theirs back, after Herod and Whitemane got theirs the same back on May 28th. WoW Classic WoW Classic Yesterday at 21:06 by Starym
Classic Hotfixes for June 4th: World Buff Logging Classic Hotfixes for June 4th: World Buff Logging The Advanced Logging feature was improved to better track World Buffs! We also recently heard one of the original WoW designers talk about the intention behind World Buffs, and you can check that out here. WoW Classic WoW Classic Yesterday at 00:57 by Starym
WoW Classic 1-60 Solo Speedrun Leveling Record: 48 Hours WoW Classic 1-60 Solo Speedrun Leveling Record: 48 Hours It seems DesMephisto isn't the only one speeding to max level, as a Classic record has been broken! TommySalami has managed to get from level 1 to 60, completely on his own, unaided, in almost exactly 2 days (48 hours, 17 minutes, to be exact)! He has the entire journey chronicled in a video series on his twitch page, with a combination of solo dungeons and open world mobs, and a whole lot of AoE, with the below final ding coming in the 15th installment of the series. WoW Classic WoW Classic Jun 04, 2020 at 08:09 by Starym
40 Shamans Clear All of Molten Core 40 Shamans Clear All of Molten Core The mono-class raids are back in full swing it seems, after yesterday's (almost) all mage Ny'alotha, except this time it's on Classic (and there's not that 1 Demon Hunter a lot of the other "mono" raids tend to use, which would be somewhat difficult to pull of in Classic anyway). Хасу (Hasu), GM of <Нам Везёт Мы Играем> took 39 more shamans into Ragnaros' lair and came out victorious! WoW Classic WoW Classic Jun 01, 2020 at 05:21 by Starym
Layers Added to WoW Classic Realms: May 29th Layers Added to WoW Classic Realms: May 29th Blizzard has enabled a second layer for Herod and Whitemane in the North American region. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 29, 2020 at 21:43 by Stan
World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour Another weird one today, as we have the entirety of Diablo 2 and the Lord of Destruction expansion getting speed run (without any glitches/hacks etc.) solo in under an hour! It took Slimo 59 minutes and 29 seconds to get to Baal and down him, with a lot of time spent on leveling to 18 for Teleport, followed by a looot of blinking around the various maps and spamming Nova and Static Field all over the place. The probably biggest moment (aside from Diablo and Baal dying) comes at the 27 minute mark, when a massive amount of farming the first pack in the Jail level 1 results in the big Teleport breakthrough, at which point the speed takes off and acts melt away, with the entirety of act 5 actually taking less than 6 minutes! Blizzard Blizzard 7 comments May 29, 2020 at 07:40 by Starym
100 Elites in 1 Solo Pull: Almost All of Sunken Temple Cleared at Once by Mage and Paladin 100 Elites in 1 Solo Pull: Almost All of Sunken Temple Cleared at Once by Mage and Paladin We have some crazy pulls today as both a mage and a paladin have been doing some massive mob gatherings over in Sunken Temple, downing almost all the dungeon's mobs in 1 pull (with around 100 elites for the mage and 72 for the paladin. First off we have Taiwaneseninja using the mage's frost spells to control the pull and get pretty much all the dragonkin and trolls in the temple to 1 location, while using the many ledges/glitch spots to better bunch the mobs up (and manage to use a bandage or two). WoW Classic WoW Classic May 29, 2020 at 06:08 by Starym
Character Transfer Restrictions: May 28th Character Transfer Restrictions: May 28th Blizzard posted an updated list of Classic realms that are restricted from character transfers. These include Faerlina, Herod, Pagle, Sulfuras, Whitemane, Golemagg, Sulfuron, and other realms. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 28, 2020 at 20:30 by Stan
Upcoming Black Lotus and Warsong Gulch Adjustments Upcoming Black Lotus and Warsong Gulch Adjustments Blizzard is working on a series of hotfixes that they hope to release in the next few days. First, they are increasing the spawn rate of Black Lotus. The second hotfix affects some Warsong Gulch places that should not be accessed by players. The final hotfix tags you as busy if someone else tries to start a trade with you if you are engaged with the mailbox or bank. WoW Classic WoW Classic 3 comments May 28, 2020 at 17:01 by Stan
Diablo 2 Remaster? A Classic Revival to Be Announced at IGN Summer Diablo 2 Remaster? A "Classic Revival" to Be Announced at IGN Summer IGN's Summer of Gaming event has posted a schedule for their June events, which has brought up some interesting questions and theories. We know Blizzard are participating in the event and one of the entries on the schedule is labeled as an "Unannounced Classic Revival", without any attribution for which studio it belongs to. As we all know, Diablo 2 remaster rumors have been swirling around since BlizzCon 2018, with the recent Diablo: Resurrected one having stirred things up (the one about Activision-owned studio Vicarious Visions working on the remaster and it coming out this year). Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments May 27, 2020 at 20:44 by Starym
BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On Unfortunately it seems we won't have a BlizzCon this year at all, not even in digital form, with Blizzard working on something for early next year. The esports events will continue, however, presumably as standalone entries. BlizzCon BlizzCon 10 comments May 26, 2020 at 19:43 by Starym
Original WoW Designer on World Buffs and Their Creation/Purpose Original WoW Designer on World Buffs and Their Creation/Purpose World Buffs are a very important part of the Classic raiding experience, both for the top-end, speed running guilds as well as a lot of the less hardcore ones, and the buffs themselves are somewhat controversial as they require a lot of additional coordination and effort, as well as pressure as 1 wipe will get a whole lot of people angry.

One of three original World of Warcraft designers, Kevin Jordan, aka "the guy that designed all the spells in the game", has been talking about the buffs and how they came to be, as well as exploring why they're so important in Classic right now.
WoW Classic WoW Classic May 26, 2020 at 06:53 by Starym
Another BWL Speed Run Record, with a Cool Video to Boot! Another BWL Speed Run Record, with a Cool Video to Boot! The Blackwing Lair speed runs continue unabated, and there's been a few more fastest runs, with Progress claiming the most recent/current record, taking only 20 minutes and 30 seconds to get Nefarian and co. down! Their run was actually a massive jump both from the current second place holders SALAD BAKERS (1 min 10 sec) and from the last one we covered, GUSY (1 min 23 sec), so this one will probably stay up there for a while. To make things even better, they conjured up a little celebration video as well, with some of their... ahem, "fans" "cheering" them on at the start. The video itself is pretty short, with highlights of the kills and a pretty damn good soundtrack as well, so let's take a look. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 20, 2020 at 06:52 by Starym
Player Levels to 60 by Killing Only Boars in WoW Classic Player Levels to 60 by Killing Only Boars in WoW Classic We have another South Park Live to Win champion on our hands! DrFive had taken it upon himself to ignore every non-boar mob in Classic and get to max level as close to how the boys from South Park did as possible (but obviously couldn't quite stay in Elwynn Forest only). This isn't the first time someone has taken up and completed this very weird challenge, as it was conquered on retail back in 7.3.5, but that one took a trip to Outland to finish things up.

This Classic attempt took almost 10 days played, 10,000 boars downed, 30 deaths and 22 million damage, but it was a success in the end, so let's take a look at the final moments, as well as some details on how he got there (including a whole lot of rested XP, help in pre-clearing Razorfen Downs etc):
WoW Classic WoW Classic 3 comments May 17, 2020 at 19:34 by Starym
Layers Disabled on US Classic Realms Layers Disabled on US Classic Realms It seems the crowding has been (somewhat) alleviated, as Blizzard have disabled layering on all US servers, after having enabled it for select servers around a month ago. It remains to be seen when the same will come for EU servers. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 14, 2020 at 22:32 by Starym
New Blackwing Lair Speed Record by GUSY New Blackwing Lair Speed Record by GUSY Nefarian and co. are having a really bad month, as APES' previous speed clear record has been taken down! The previous fastest guild had already taken 26 seconds of the time we had previously reported, and the new champions GUSY have taken another 20 seconds off that, which may not sound like much, but when your clear is that fast to begin with, it's still pretty impressive. WoW Classic WoW Classic 3 comments May 13, 2020 at 07:09 by Starym
WoW Classic Hotfixes: May 12th WoW Classic Hotfixes: May 12th Today's hotfixes focus on Classic and a fix for the recently announced permanent addition to it, War Games. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 13, 2020 at 01:20 by Starym
War Games in WoW Classic Are Here to Stay War Games in WoW Classic Are Here to Stay Players recently discovered that War Games are available in WoW Classic, and according to Blizzard, they are not going anywhere. WoW Classic WoW Classic May 11, 2020 at 21:56 by Stan
Worlds Fastest Blackwing Lair Clear by APES World's Fastest Blackwing Lair Clear by APES The guild APES of Gehennas EU managed to clear Blackwing Lair in 22 minutes and 39 seconds. Currently, this is the world's fastest clear of the Classic raid. Congratulations! WoW Classic WoW Classic May 06, 2020 at 12:26 by Stan
WoW Classic Hotfixes: May 5th WoW Classic Hotfixes: May 5th In today's round of Classic hotfixes, Blizzard fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the correct amount of reputation with Cenarion Circle from killing Abyssal High Council while in a raid and players will now receive a raid lockout warning when entering Zul'Gurub with a party member that has already downed Gahz'ranka WoW Classic WoW Classic May 05, 2020 at 22:02 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Blizzard had 32 million monthly active users in the first quarter of 2020. WoW's community increased further driven by both new and returning players. Shadowlands is still planned for 2020. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments May 05, 2020 at 20:39 by Stan
Warlock Main Tanks All of ZulGurub Warlock Main Tanks All of Zul'Gurub Well, it seems this time of year is simply weird composition time, as we have even more crazy things happening, this time on Classic. Istandinfire has taken not only their own Voidwalker's job, but the raid tank's job as well, as he takes on all the boss in Zul'Gurub, with only Mandokir and Jindo giving him some trouble, as they weren't properly registering him as the tank in their threat wipe mechanics. He also tanked a lot of the trash, but it was mostly AoEd down as is usual.

Let's take a look at the full run (including the talent spec) and then hear what he has to say about it below.
WoW Classic WoW Classic 4 comments May 04, 2020 at 08:08 by Starym
Free US Realm Transfers End Today Free US Realm Transfers End Today The free character moves that were instituted almost a month ago due to the higher population related to the pandemic are coming to a close in the US today, at 3:00 pm PDT. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 30, 2020 at 20:51 by Starym
WoW Classic Hotfixes: April 28th WoW Classic Hotfixes: April 28th The latest Classic hotfixes make battleground holidays start at the same time for all realms in the Americas region. Players can now undelete characters on locked realms, and a bug has been fixed that caused fewer than all four Dragons of Nightmare to spawn. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 28, 2020 at 17:08 by Stan
Level 10 Rogue Explosive Sheeps Whole Deadmines Ship + Boss At Once Level 10 Rogue Explosive Sheeps Whole Deadmines Ship + Boss At Once We're shifting gears from massive mono-class/role shenanigans to the solo arts, as we behold a rogue take down the entire docks and ship full of mobs and VanCleef all at the same time, without  even using any abilities. The level 10 twink had some serious world buffs and as many agility items he could get his hands on, resulting in a 107% dodge value. The coup de grace was delivered via Explosive Sheep (or rather, 10 of them), as all the pirates and the boss himself were taken down by that engineering wonder. WoW Classic WoW Classic 1 comment Apr 28, 2020 at 08:59 by Starym
Diamond Flask & Nightfall Working As Intended in WoW Classic Diamond Flask & Nightfall Working As Intended in WoW Classic The behavior of Diamond Flask and Nightfall matches WoW 1.12 and the Reference Client, and both items are working as intended in WoW Classic. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 25, 2020 at 00:05 by Stan
Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Last Thursday was Take Your Child to Work Day and Blizzard initially planned on hosting on-campus activities for Blizzard's parents and their kids, but due to COVID-19, they had to get creative and host it online, so they've come up with some epic art tutorials with Samwise Didier and storytelling by Chris Metzen. Blizzard Blizzard Apr 24, 2020 at 23:09 by Stan
ZulGurub Enchant Stacking and Buff Slots Hotfixes Zul'Gurub Enchant Stacking and Buff Slots Hotfixes We have more issues arriving for the Zul'Gurub enchants, after the recent enchanted item trading situation, as two separate problems have been found. First off we have the same bug present as happened for the Devilsaur Armor bonuses, which is disabling the ZG enchant buffs on specific items (like the Highlander’s Leather Shoulders). The second issue is that the ZG enchants aren't on the passive buff list, which means they can be knocked off easily. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 24, 2020 at 19:26 by Starym
Free Character Moves Do Not Cause a Cooldown on the Paid Character Transfer Service Free Character Moves Do Not Cause a Cooldown on the Paid Character Transfer Service Blizzard today clarified that Free Character Moves do not incur a cooldown on the Paid Character Transfer service in WoW Classic. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 21, 2020 at 16:55 by Stan
ZulGurub Enchant Trading Hotfix Zul'Gurub Enchant Trading Hotfix Here comes the first part of the hotfixes for the Zul'gurub enchants trading issue, as the enchants will now lo longer work if the player is the wrong class or not level 60. There will be another hotfix coming that will prevent the trading of enchanted items altogether as well. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 21, 2020 at 00:30 by Starym
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