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Discussion > WoWNov 17, 2021 8:00 am CT

What would you think if Blizzard extended the Season of Mastery to retail WoW?

Icecrown Citadel in Northrend during Wrath of the Lich King

I don’t know if it would work, but between Mythic+ dungeons, World Quests, and the way Torghast apes Nephalem Rifts, there’s already quite a bit of Diablo 3 in World of Warcraft nowadays. The transmog system with the wardrobe definitely took a few pointers from D3, the way legendaries have become more and more prevalent definitely feels like a legacy from it as well. So maybe WoW needs Seasons? Maybe the Season of Mastery we’re seeing in WoW Classic could work transplanted to retail WoW?

I mean, I’m not going to pretend I know how it should be implemented. I’d probably make it work alongside Chromie Time — you roll a new level 1 character, choose an expansion to Mastery your way through, and then hit 60 and run the endgame content from that expansion scaled for that level. Maybe import the concept of Phases, so that if you were doing Wrath of the Lich King in Chromie Time, the raids would unlock on a Phase by Phase basis, so that Naxx, Sartharion, and Malygos would open first, followed by Ulduar, then Trial of the Crusader, followed by ICC and Ruby Sanctum. Meanwhile, if you were doing Cataclysm content for your Season of Mastery, you’d instead unlock Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent, and Throne of the Four Winds, followed by Firelands, and then Dragon Soul. You could stagger the releases as best fit the phased rollout, of course.

But maybe it’s a terrible idea — people roll plenty of alts in WoW already without the justification of a new Season and if the Season of Mastery required new servers to work, it could get cluttered fairly quickly. Ultimately, I turn to you all — do you think the Season of Mastery should remain a WoW Classic idea, or could it be adapted to work for retail World of Warcraft? 

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