Patch 2.5: Battlegrounds, Elemental Invasions, and the Keyring coming Dec 10!
Patch 2.5 on Dec 10
Blizzard has announced more details of their newest Classic patch, set to drop with the reset on December 10. The highlights include:
Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley
We will be able to queue up for these battlegrounds at their respective BG entrances as well as directly with the battlemasters in capital cities.
The battlegrounds are cross-realm with battlegroups based on your region. How this plays out will still have some questions as Oceanic and South American specific servers lists are very limited. Will these servers get rolled up into simply a West and East server group? Regardless it seems like PvE and PvP servers will commingle together.
We will now have elemental invasions taking place in Azeroth. Hopefully this will help some of the elemental material prices a bit!
Finally! we have our keyring. Bank slots rejoice! The keyring can hold up to 32 unique keys. Lets hope that the keybar addons will already have this working...
Future Paid Transfers?
Paid character transfers client support has been added in game. The feature is not available however Blizzard is hinting that this is coming. More info on that will come down the line.
Full patch notes
With scheduled weekly maintenance in each region, we will update WoW Classic to version 1.13.3, which includes several updates to the game. We will deploy this patch with weekly maintenance starting at 7:00 a.m. PST (10:00 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, December 10.
World of Warcraft Classic Version 1.13.3
The fields of battle are open, and the Alliance and Horde are set to clash over Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley.
Warsong Gulch is a 10v10 game of capture-the-flag, with each faction attempting to carry their opponents’ flag all the way back to their own base, while preventing the opposition from doing the same. Players fight in level-ranges in Warsong Gulch: 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and level 60.
Alterac Valley is a large 40v40 tug-of-war zone, with many quests, objectives, and areas of interest. All players at level 51 and higher are placed into a single level-range in this epic struggle, with rewards via reputation as well as quest rewards. Some Alterac Valley rewards are highly sought, such as Don Julio’s Band, Lei of the Lifegiver, and Ice Threaded Arrows/Bullets.
The Alliance entrance to Warsong Gulch is in Silverwing Grove in Ashenvale Forest, and the Horde entrance is near Mor’shan Base Camp in the northern Barrens. The Alliance and Horde entrances to Alterac Valley are in northern Hillsbrad Foothills. Both Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley can also be entered by speaking with the appropriate battlemaster in your capital city.
Battlegrounds are cross-realm, which means you’ll fight alongside allies and against opponents from all of the realms in your region.
Across Kalimdor, Blazing, Thundering, Watery, and Whirling Invaders now occasionally appear in Un’goro Crater, Azshara, Winterspring, and Silithus respectively. The elementals appear to be seeing just how far into these territories they can penetrate before being beaten back by the forces of the Horde or the Alliance.
The key button in your micro menu now opens your Keyring, an additional bag for keys only, that scales up to hold 32 keys.
The lua API has been modified 1.7k to prevent some addons from using communications channels in ways that are contrary to the spirit of the game.
This patch includes client support for the Paid Character Transfer service, which may be enabled at a future date.
The World of Warcraft Classic executable file on your PC has been renamed.