The World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Mastery event takes place on November 16th, 2021. Open your Discord servers and start planning with your fellow guild member right now. In what is serving as yet another reboot of the Classic World of Warcraft experience, their aim is to give all players a fresh start and an even playing field. Although it also kind of sounds like WoW is just deleting player progress and starting again?
WoW Classic Season of Mastery will open up name reservations on November 11th. Players with an active subscription or game time on their WoW account will be able to create one character per WoW account according to the WoW website. Here’s a world map of staggered reservation times for your quest planning needs:
World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Mastery release date
We’re looking at a worldwide release date and time of November 16 at 3 PM PST, or 11 PM GMT. Here’s another useful map with release times for your local timezone:
World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Mastery Features
There’s a wide range of improvements and features coming to the Season of Mastery. Over a twelve-month period, players can expect new phases to unlock every two months. Here’s the current outline for the six phases according to the WoW website:
Phase 1 (WoW Classic Season of Mastery Launch)
- Molten Core
- PvP Honor System and Battlegrounds (up from Phases 3 and 4)
- Blackwing Lair
- Darkmoon Faire
- Darkmoon deck drops begin
- Ahn’Qiraj War Effort begins
- Ahn’Qiraj raids open as the war effort dictates
- Scourge Invasion
Raid Boss Updates
The original release of WoW Classic was made to re-create the difficulty and challenge of patch 1.12 from the original World of Warcraft release. While we strived to bring a faithful re-creation of that release, many raid encounters turned out to be easier than the first time around—players simply were more experienced and prepared, and patch updates greatly increased player power.
With that in mind, WoW is planning a few changes to make those early raid bosses pack a bit more of a punch, and attempt to recapture the original challenge they presented. These changes currently include (but are not limited to):
- World buffs (like Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer and others) disabled in Raid instances
- Restoring mechanics that were removed early on to some Raid bosses
- No boss debuff limit (up from 16 debuffs in WoW Classic)
- Increased health on bosses, to offset player buffs and the removed debuff limit
The intent with these changes is for this experience to feel somewhat more challenging than WoW Classic did in 2019.
Due to Season of Mastery’s faster content release cadence, we’re also planning several improvements and changes. Increased experience gains compared to the first iteration of WoW Classic. Our current plan is to set them close to what the 1-60 XP rates are in Burning Crusade Classic™ with a bigger focus on quest XP increases.
In addition, there are certain improvements that weren’t in the original WoW Classic release but can help create a better experience, such as:
- Meeting Stones converted to Summoning Stones
- Increased Mining and Herbalism nodes
World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Mastery Fine Print
Here are all the instructions and details you’ll need to know when registering your name and realm, and ultimately when the event goes live. Make sure to read the following before making your choice, as this cannot be reversed:
- After WoW Classic Season of Mastery is live, you’ll be able to create additional characters up to a maximum of 50 characters in each of our three games:
- Up to 50 characters total in World of Warcraft Classic (includes Season of Mastery)
- Up to 50 characters in Burning Crusade Classic
- Up to 50 characters in World of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
- Characters that were created for the WoW Classic Season of Mastery Open Beta will not be available to use in WoW Classic Season of Mastery.
- For the name reservation period only, we will have a limit on the number of characters that can be reserved on a realm. When the realms go live, the limit will be removed.
How to play World of Warcraft Classic: Season of Mastery
To create a character and play WoW Classic Season of Mastery, you will need to download and install the client first.
- Open the Battle.net desktop app and select World of Warcraft in the game selection menu.
- Select World of Warcraft Classic. If you have more than one World of Warcraft account, you’ll see a second dropdown for Account. In that column, select the active account you want to play on.
- Click the Install button. You’ll see an installation progress bar that will show you when the installation is available to play.
- Once the installation is complete, click the Play button.
You’ll need to select the Season of Mastery realm you want to play on which will be identified in the Realm list. Then select Create New Character. You’ll be able to choose your faction, class, and race, as well as fully customize your new character and name them. If you change your mind about a character and have already reserved one, you will need to delete the one you made. Please note, the name associated with the character you deleted will be immediately available again to be claimed.
Before you put your plans too firmly in place, we encourage you to gather your allies together to select your new home realm. If you’re looking to reconnect with your old friends and guildmates, be sure to check out the Classic Connections forum. Oh, and don’t forget to sync your chronometer with your friends too!