World of Warcraft Classic has been out for over a month and its first batch of added content, in the form of the Dire Maul dungeon, is coming sooner than expected.
Eager adventurers will be able to take on the ogres of Dire Maul as soon as next week, starting with October 15. The dungeon was initially planned to arrive with World of Warcraft Classic's Phase 2 of content, but Blizzard opted to "get it out there as soon as possible" instead.
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With Dire Maul now set to arrive ahead of plan, Phase 2 will bring two major additions to World of Warcraft Classic when it launches before the end of the year.
One of these additions is world bosses, which will see Azuregos roaming Azshara and the notorious Lord Kazzak taking to the Blasted Lands.
If the former will be primarily the target of Hunters looking to obtain the Ancient Sinew Wrapped Lamina bag which increases ranged attack speed by 15%, the latter will be the main target of Priests looking to get the epic Beneditction staff.
Phase 2 also introduces the PvP Honor System to World of Warcraft Classic, which enables players to gain Honor from defeating those of the opposing faction. Honor can then be spent on faction-specific titles and powerful gear.
The Dire Maul dungeon is remembered by veteran World of Warcraft players for a number of things, including the so-called "tribute runs". These saw players disguising themselves as ogres – the primary inhabitants of the dungeon –, sneaking past otherwise hostile guards, only to be named king of the Godrok tribe which, aside from being a cool title, gained them extra loot and buffs.
Even ahead of Dire Maul, World of Warcraft Classic was a success for Blizzard, who once claimed players wouldn't want it. The title increased subscription revenue by 223% in August.
World of Warcraft Classic is available on PC and only requires a monthly subscription to Blizzard's MMO.