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WoW WotLK Classic Raid Lockouts and other Changes

In the new Blue Post on the US WoW Forum, Blizzard has announced some new changes for WoW WotLK Classic. These include changes to the “Looking for Group” tool, as well as to the achievements and the raid lockouts (or raid IDs) for WoW WotLK Classic. We have summarized the important changes in this article.

WoW WotLK Classic Raid Lockouts Changes

Faction and Race change now possible?

A few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that it would not be possible to change faction or race in WotLK Classic. This feature should not destroy the MMO feeling in the role-playing world of WotLK Classic. However, Blizzard’s opinion has changed now. So for the release of Wrath of the Lich King Classic, there will be a paid race and faction change. How much this change is going to cost, however, has not yet been decided.

Are the Heroic and Normal Raids now sharing an ID?

This change will probably surprise many players. The heroic and normal raids will now share an ID or lockout in WoW WotLK Classic. However, this does not affect the 10-man and 25-man versions of these raids. So it means you can only enter a raid twice a week instead of four times. From now on, players will have to decide whether to play the raid on “Normal” or “Heroic”. This change has some advantages and also disadvantages. The advantage is that it allows the phases to be stretched out. So the gear from the raids will be much more difficult to obtain. A disadvantage, on the other hand, is that you now need twice as long to farm your gear.

This change will affect two raids. These include the Trial of the Crusader and the Icecrown Citadel. However, it will still be possible to change the difficulty level between each boss. For example, you’ll be able to take on the entire Icecrown Citadel on normal and the final boss on heroic. Since this switch between the difficulty levels of the individual bosses is possible, we don’t see this change as too tragic. However, there will be some people who belong to the “no-changes” faction and they won’t welcome this small change.

Achievements and Mounts no longer Account wide?

As in the original World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King, mounts and achievements will remain on the character you unlocked them with. So they will not be available account wide. If you want to have a certain mount again on a second character, you will have to farm it once again. The reason Blizzard is doing so is not yet known. However, we assume that rare mounts and achievements or titles will gain in worth this way. It also supports the role-playing factor of the game.

LFG Tool Cross Faction?

It’s safe to say that almost everyone now knows that Blizzard is removing the Dungeon Finder and instead implementing the LFG (Looking for Group) tool. Blizzard is currently testing this tool on the PTR servers and responding to the players’ feedback. One reason for this implementation is that players do not only level up to level 80 while doing dungeons. Rather, this should happen much more in the open world through quests and through interactions with other players.

Therefore, it will probably also be possible for players of the Horde and Alliance factions to come together through the LFG tool. As a result, it would also be possible to find a group for dungeons or raids on one-sided faction servers. We also don’t know yet if it will be possible to trade wotlk gold or items in this LFG group. In the future, we will see how exactly it will be implemented.

We can expect some more changes until the release in September. What do you think about it? Do you care about these changes?

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