World of Warcraft Classic hit the market a month ago, and most of the fans have already hit level 60 and also cleared Molten Core and Onyxia, which are the two endgame raids. Since before its launch, Blizzard stated that the new dungeon of the game, the raids, and the PVP features would come to us in six main phases, but we don’t really know when will these updates arrive.
In a recent interview with the director of the game Ion Hazzikostas, we know when phase two will happen: by the end of the year. Hazzikostas said that it would definitely happen this year, but that it will depend on some factors.
What’s the most essential thing from phase 2?
One of the biggest things about phase 2’s launch is definitely “layering,” which is the new system that has helped WoW Classic to survive after players rushed to get on the servers on the very first day of launch. With the help of layers, a server could actually handle a lot of players just by giving them different copies of the same world – they spread the population, so they won’t all be in the same area, at the same time.
If we don’t have layering, they won’t be able to handle all the players from their servers. Without layering, they would have had a lot of servers underpopulated. Instead, in the first weeks of the launch, they had servers overpopulated, even when there were login queues. They have now stabilized the population, and they are handling the entire thing very well, and they will in the next years successfully. But layering is not a thing for the long run. Hazzikostas says that one of the new features which will come in phase 2 is about world bosses, such as Azuregos and Kazzak. The thing is that there should only be one version of them. Layering makes it easier to farm the enemies for getting loot. When it’s time for Kazzak, they only want one to be there. This is how the outside world needs to be played.
We also come with good news: the process of retiring layering would take place in weeks. The community manager, Kaivax, said that the most populated servers already have two layers, and 13 are permanently getting only one. This thing is good for capital cities, as well. At launch, it also felt like ghost towns, because everyone was spread on so many layers. Once every server gets rid of one layer, phase 2 will be so much closer to launch. This is actually very good news: phase 2 comes with a lot of additional power for bosses, besides the Dire Maul dungeon. This dungeon will, without a single doubt, come with a brand new terrifying chapter in the so-silly, still going argument in Classic for those who have been here since the beginning.