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‘World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic’ pre-expansion patch is now live

By Dandi Galvez Published May 25, 2021 5:00 am

The champions of Azeroth can begin preparing for their adventure to Outland with new features and content in the Burning Crusade Classic pre-expansion patch—now live!

Burning Crusade Classic is a faithful recreation of the original release of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, a 2007 expansion to the original World of Warcraft MMORPG.

In Burning Crusade Classic, enter the Twisting Nether and finally explore Outland—the shattered remains of the once beautiful orc homeworld, Draenor. Battle to level 70, ride majestic flying mounts, and master two additional races: the mystical blood elves and the pious draenei.

The pre-expansion patch introduces Burning Crusade Classic’s core systems, including the ability to create Blood Elf and Draenei characters, ahead of the game’s global launch on June 2. For a limited time, players can also take part in the pre-launch event, Battle for the Dark Portal, which unleashes Highlord Kruul and a host of demonic invaders upon Azeroth.

Beginning today, WoW Classic players can:

  • Choose Your Era: Players will make a choice for each of their characters, to progress into Burning Crusade Classic or continue their adventures in the Classic Era.
  • New Playable Races: The Blood Elves of Silvermoon and the Draenei of the Exodar are now playable from level 1 in their respective all-new starting areas.
  • New Profession: Jewelcrafting is now learnable and can be leveled up to 300.
  • New Talent Systems: Players can explore the changes made to their characters’ talent trees and try out new builds and abilities

Digital bundles, optional services and extras are now available in the shop to help players kick off their adventures in Outland in style, and get them caught up and ready to enter the Dark Portal when it opens on June 2.

These include the Dark Portal Pass which players can use to boost a character of their choice to level 58—an action limited to one per account, new races excluded, Burning Crusade Classic realms only—where they will be equipped with gear, a mount, consumables, and some gold which is everything they need to be able to jump through the Dark Portal at launch; a Deluxe Edition that includes the Dark Portal Pass, 30 days of game time, a Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount for Burning Crusade Classic and higher-fidelity Viridian Phase-Hunter for modern WoW players, a Dark Portal Hearthstone, and Path of Illidan toy; and an optional Character Clone service that lets you play a copy of an existing WoW Classic character on both a Burning Crusade Classic server and a Classic Era server

More information on what’s coming with the pre-expansion patch can be found at the World of Warcraft blog.

(Images from WoW Burning Crusade Classic)