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World of Warcraft Classic Phase 3 Release Date and More Announced

As Blizzard promised, World of Warcraft Classic's timeline continues to move forward. World of Warcraft Classic Phase 2 is nearing completion, with the last of Phase 3 now having an official release date. Phase 3 marks the biggest change in World of Warcraft Classic since launch. The new phase introduces the Blackwing Lair raid starting February 12.

Phase 3 of World of Warcraft Classic has been planned for release in early 2020 for a long while now. It may not not be arriving exactly as Blizzard planned, but it's close enough. Blizzard decided to split off the PvP part of Phase 3 and release it early. The Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley battlegrounds were launched on December 10, marking the start of the Phase 3 transition. The PvE portion of Phase 3 remains on schedule.

The Blackwing Lair attunement quest, which players will have to complete in order to enter the raid, will arrive on January 10. The raid itself is set to be released on February 12, going live simultaneously for all realms at 3 PM PST / 6 PM EST / 11 PM GMT.

This represents a break from tradition for Blizzard, who in the retail game have always unlocked new raids at different times for North America, Europe, and Asia. This has long been a point of contention for those who participate in or follow the race for the world first completion in a new raid, but for Blackwing Lair it seems everyone will start on a level footing. Whether Blizzard might consider making the same change for retail in the future remains to be seen.

Raiders hoping to get a step on Blackwing Lair will be pleased to hear that the raid's attunement quest, Blackhand's Command, should now be available. Completion of this quest will be required to access Blackwing Lair when it launches on February 12.

Putting aside the unknowns for now though, it’s a good sign that Blizzard is willing to move around the content to keep players engaged. This isn’t something you see in the live game; probably because the schedules are carefully planned as the content itself is created. With the old game, everything is relatively finished. Blizzard has a good idea of how players will react because we’ve done this all before. Stay tuned to 5mmo.com and we will be the first one to inform you all the latest. Besides, our website also offer Cheap Vanilla WoW Gold for players.