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Hide From Homepage > WoW ClassicFeb 26, 2020 4:45 pm CT

When will WoW Classic Phase 5 start?

WoW Classic’s massive Phase 5 is gearing up to go live very soon. The patch will introduce the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj event and all its intended bugs. It’s the big release that a lot of veteran players have wanted to relive for years, and it’s likely only a month away.

Up until now, every new patch for WoW Classic has roughly followed a monthly schedule. Both PVP battlegrounds and Dire Maul launched earlier than expected, so it’s clear that Blizzard has no problems with keeping the update schedule adaptable based on the general interest and progress in the game. That means that Phase 5 should arrive around mid-May, possibly as early as May 10 or soon after.

Phase 5 introduces a ton of things to the game as it nears its final update with Naxxramas. This is where Blizzard introduced a lot of new gear and items to help players catch up for the high-end content. But most notable, this is where the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj event starts. The whole thing takes place in Silithus and requires the entire server to supply material in order to open up the gates to the 20- and 40-player raids. It’s also where the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest starts for the lucky person looking for that unique title and mount.

Part of the fun of Phase 5 will be watching the progress of each server as they get closer to opening the gates. Surely the big guilds will have a lot of this planned out, but the final parts will be a blast to watch on Twitch. After all, this is the event that a lot of people cite as one of WoW’s defining moments as a tremendous MMO.

If you want to dig into the nitty gritty of the loot changes for Phase 5, you can check out Wowhead’s guide. A lot of the regular dungeons will get upgrades, so be ready to look for groups to pick up the dungeon set gear. And if you haven’t quite made it to level 60, I’d say this is an excellent incentive if you want to see a pretty historic moment for  the game.

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