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WoW: Phase 2 of Burning Crusade Classic - What's coming, what's not?
WoW: Phase 2 of Burning Crusade Classic - What's coming, what's not?1 WoW: TBC Classic - Blizzard's phase preview2. WoW: TBC Classic - So what's coming for sure with Phase 2?2.1 WoW: TBC Classic - What to expect in the Serpentshrine3. WoW: TBC Classic - What to expect in the Eye of the Storm Fortress3.1 WoW: TBC Classic - The second Arena Season3.2 WoW: TBC Classic - What else is confirmed? WoW: TBC Classic - What might be coming with Phase 2?4.1. quest line for Epic Flight Form and the Raven Lord4.2. new quests for Sha'tari Skyguard4.3. new quests for Netherwing faction4.4. new quests for Ogri'la faction in Shear Ridge4.5. other potential new features of Phase 2Phase
1 of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic is now a few weeks old and the eyes of many players are slowly turning to the upcoming challenges of Outland. In fact, it shouldn't be too much longer until the responsible parties at Blizzard reveal concrete details about the second phase and make some content available for testing on the public test server.
In this article, we dare a preview and tell you which innovations will certainly come with the next phase of TBC Classic and behind which content is a question mark. We base our assessment on the original patch cycle of Burning Crusade, the information confirmed by Blizzard so far and our experiences with WoW (buy now 14,99 € )Classic.
WoW: TBC Classic - Blizzard's Phase Preview
In the course of the official announcement of TBC Classic during BlizzCon Online 2021, the Blizzard developers already gave us a preview of the phases of the Outland adventure. Later, they corrected the distribution of the arena seasons, so that the current phase plan looks like this:
Phase 1 of TBC Classic
- Magtheridon's Chamber
- Gruul's Lair
- Start of Arena Season 1
Phase 2 of TBC Classic
- Serpentshrine (already available in 2007 TBC launch)
- Fortress of Storms (already available at TBC launch in 2007)
- Start of Arena Season 2
Phase 3 of TBC Classic
- Hyjal Peak (already available at TBC launch in 2007)
- Black Temple (came with patch 2.1)
- Start of Arena Season 3 (came with Patch 2.3)
Phase 4 of TBC Classic
- Zul'Aman (came with patch 2.3)
Phase 5 of TBC Classic
- Sunwell Plateau (came with patch 2.4)
- Start of Arena Season 4 (started some time after the patch, on June 24, 2008)
- Isle of Quel'Danas (came with patch 2.4)
- Dungeon Terrace of Magisters (came with patch 2.4)
WoW: TBC Classic - So what's coming for sure with Phase 2?
When phase 2 of TBC Classic starts, we will definitely get access to the two raid challenges Serpentshrine and the Eye in the Fortress of Storms, which were already part of the launch package back in 2007. In addition, the second arena season will begin at launch or shortly thereafter. IMPORTANT: You can already master the Attunement questlines for the two new raid instances!
WoW: TBC Classic - Two of these three raid bosses await us in Phase 2: Kael'thas and Lady Vashj. Source: Blizzard
WoW: TBC Classic - What to expect in the Serpentshrine
After the two raid quickies in Phase 1, the Serpentshrine is the first half-sized 25-player instance you will enter in the TBC era. A total of six bosses await you in the center of Zanga Marsh. However, before you can march through the entrance and ride the (beware! Deadly!) elevator down, you must first complete a series of quests that will take you to the slave quarters, where Nar'biss the Heretic will give you the quest The Cudgel of Kar'desh. You complete this quest by defeating Gruul and the Terror of the Night (Karazhan). By doing so, you will receive the Mark of Vashj, which will grant you access to the Serpent Shrine.
- Raid for 25 players
- 6 bosses
- Final boss Lady Vashj
- In the Serpent Shrine, the tokens for the gloves, pants, and helmet of the Tier 5 set drop.
Also importantly, two bosses in the Serpentshrine require selected players in your raid to obtain Resistance gear! When fighting Hydross, you will need a tank with as much Frost Resistance as possible and a tank with as much Nature Resistance as possible. It can also help if your add tanks have some Frost and Nature Resistance gear equipped. The fight against Leotheras, meanwhile, requires a player (preferably a Warlock) with as high a Fire Resistance value as possible to tank the boss' Demon form.
WoW: TBC Classic - The Serpentshrine is the first major 25-player raid instance of the Outland era. Source: buffed
WoW: TBC Classic - What awaits you in the Eye of the Storm Fortress
The second raid of Phase 2 also requires you to complete a (long) series of quests before you can enter the Fortress of Storms. Before you can take on the actual quest for the Key of Stormsat Khadgar, however, you must first complete a long chain of quests in Shadowmoon Vale, which includes killing several elite enemies. To obtain the key, you will then be sent to the Shattered Halls, Shadow Maze, Steam Chamber, and Arkatraz dungeons.
Last but not least is Magtheridon. It's worth the effort, as you'll need to defeat the final boss, Kael'thas, to progress to Stage 3 (unlocking Tier 6 raid access). In addition, the final battle against Kael'thas can result in the dropping of one of the most sought-after mounts in Outland. Oh, and there's Tier 5 set pieces and other great loot too, of course.
- Raid for 25 players
- 4 bosses
- Final boss Kael'thas Sunwalker
- In the Fortress of Storms, the tokens for the shoulder guard and chest piece of the Tier 5 set drop.
For the bosses in the eye, you don't necessarily need resistance gear. The only one that does require a lot of arcane damage is Solarian, the high astromancer . Depending on which version of the boss will end up on the live servers, it can be helpful to protect yourself at least a little bit, with Purple Badgesand large arcane protection potions for example.
WoW: TBC Classic - The second arena season
Compared to the first arena season of TBC Classic, not much will change in the second season. Say: Of the new season 2 items, once again only the PvP shoulders (rating of 2,000) and PvP weapons (rating of 1850) will require a personal rating. All other items can be purchased for Arena Points without restriction. The current Season 1 epics will then be for sale for honor. Saving honor points now might be worth it.
WoW: TBC Classic - What else is confirmed?
In a post on the official forums, Blizzard confirmed back in May that the epic engineer goggles would be coming with Tier 5 content in Phase 2. In the original Burning Crusade, these weren't available until patch 2.1. In addition, with the two raid instances come new crafting recipes that will give your virtual hero an item upgrade or two. Here are just a few examples:
- Pattern: Belt of the Monsoon
- Plans: Red Belt of Battle
- Blueprints: Red Boots of Desolation
- Pattern: Boots of the Purple Falcon
- Pattern: Belt of the Deep Shadows
- Pattern: Belt of the Long Walk
- Pattern: Boots of Sorcery
- Pattern: Boots of Natural Grace
- Plans: Belt of the Guardian
- Plans: Boots of the Protector
Also, with Stage 2, we get access to the following weapon upgrades:
- Blood Moon
- Messenger of the Storm
- Treacherous Edge of the Plains
For the level 3 version of the weapons you need on the one hand five Nethervortex each (also only available from phase 2) and on the other hand the level 2 version of the corresponding item.
WoW: TBC Classic - What might be coming with stage 2?
The first phases of TBC Classic are very different from the first content patches from 2007. The raids from phase 2 were part of the launch package back then, as well as the raid instance Hyjal Peak, which will only come with phase 3.
At the same time, the first content patch, 2.1, which went live less than four months after launch, was so packed with content that Blizzard shouldn't hold all the new stuff back until Phase 3. And they're certainly willing to bring content forward, as evidenced by the epic engineer goggles, for example, which are scheduled to come into the game in Phase 2 rather than Phase 3. Below, we'll introduce you to other Patch 2.1 additions, some of which Blizzard should be releasing as early as Phase 2.
Quest line for Epic Flight Form and the Raven Lord
WoW: TBC Classic - Once druids gain access to their epic flight form quest line, the Raven Lord will be on many players' wish lists. Source: buffed Druids, as you know, do not have to buy a flight mount to fly across Outland. They learn the skill for free through Flight Shape, but may then fly slow flight mounts if they wish. Cost savings: 891 gold pieces. Meanwhile, Fast Flight Sh ape is not yet in the game. Druids who currently want to fly fast through the air must buy a fast flying mount (200 gold without reputation discount) in addition to Skilled Riderfor 5,000 gold (without reputation discount).
At that time, the Fast Flight Mount, or rather the corresponding quest line, came into play with Patch 2.1. Now the question is whether Blizzard really wants to make all druids wait until phase 3. From our point of view, that doesn't make much sense. After all, many players are already flying through the world with the fast flight mount. By the way, you won't learn the first Fast F lying order from your class teachers until you buy Skilled Rider. So don't wait to spend 5,000 gold until Blizzard has implemented Fast Flight Shape.
Cool for all classes: As part of the quest line, Druids learn how to summon the boss Anzu in Sethekk Halls (Heroic). The boss can drop one of the most sought-after mounts of the Burning Crusade era, the Raven Lord.
New Sha'tari Skyguard Quests
The Sha'tari Skyguard is an air force set up by Shattrath to deal with threats in the outer regions of Outland. You can meet Skyguard followers as early as Phase 1, but the reputation gain is associated with daily repeatable quests that take you to the Skettis in the high mountains of Terokkar, and those very quests came into play back in Patch 2.1.
Not only do the new one-time and repeatable quests add a lot of gold to your wallet, but at the Revered reputation level, you'll be able to purchase epic trinkets such as the Silver Cross of the Skyguard and the Airman's Bow of the Noblemute, as well as fancy Riding Nether Rays, which cost 200 gold and come in a variety of colors, from Trader Grella in the forests of Terokkar.
WoW: TBC Classic - You can earn these flying rays from the Sha'tari Skyguard faction. Source: Blizzard
New quests for the Netherwing factionIn the
original Burning Crusade, the Nether Dragons of the Netherwing faction in Shadowmoon Vale were even more popular than the Riding Nether Rays. Even now, you can take the first steps to the Nether Dragon with the quest Kindness ofMordenai. However, you won't be able to take the full path until Blizzard continues the quest line, which is exactly what happened in the original Burning Crusade with patch 2.1.
Through various unique and repeatable Netherwing quests, you'll be able to move your reputation from Hateful to Honorable until you're finally allowed to get aNetherwing
Honorable. These also come in several colour variations and are always linked to their own final quest.
WoW: TBC Classic - The Dragons of Netherwing are among the most popular flight mounts in Outland. Source: Blizzard
New quests for the Ogri'la faction in Shear Ridge
If you currently fly over the Ogre Plateau of Enlightenment in the Shear Ridge, you won't find much exciting there. That changed with patch 2.1, when Blizzard introduced a new daily quest hub for the Ogri'la faction.
You can expect various tasks such as bomb attacks with your own flight mount or 5-player challenges, through which you slowly but surely increase your reputation among the local ogres. You won't be able to earn a mount this way, but the Ogri'la do have one or two epic items lying around the faction trader.
Other Potential New Features of Phase 2
There are other minor new features that were introduced with Phase 2.1. For example, Blizzard expanded the Consortium's quest offerings from the Benevolent tier onward to include more missions that revolve around the machinations of the devious Astraleum.
With the introduction of the Tier 5 raid realm, Blizzard may also expand Trader G'eras' offerings for Badges of Justice. At which you could not only buy Urnether for ten badges from patch 2.1 onwards, but the selection of epic items that cost badges was also expanded on a large scale over the course of the TBC era.Support buffed - it'll only take a minute. Thanks!
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