World of Warcraft: Classic Season of Mastery
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World of Warcraft: Classic Season of Mastery (abbreviated as SOM) is the first seasonal launch of World of Warcraft: Classic following its original debut in 2019. A fresh take on Classic, it gives players a chance to start fresh in new realms with additional changes for a more challenging raiding experience.
The open beta started on October 5, 2021. It was released on November 16, 2021.
Phases have been adjusted and will unlock every couple months in a 12-month period.
- Phase 1 (Launch): Molten Core, Onyxia, Maraudon, PvP Honor System and Battlegrounds
- Phase 2 (December 16, 2021): Dire Maul, Azuregos, Kazzak
- Phase 3 (February 10, 2022): Blackwing Lair, Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon deck drops begin
- Phase 4 (March 3, 2022): Zul'Gurub, Dragons of Nightmare
- Phase 5 (April 21, 2022): Ahn'Qiraj War Effort begins, Ahn'Qiraj raids within 30 days as the war effort dictates
- Phase 6 (July 28, 2022): Naxxramas, Scourge Invasion
There are some changes to make raiding more challenging compared to the 2019 release. All the changes are listed on patch 1.14.1, with notable changes listed below:
- World buffs (like and others) disabled in Raid instances
- Restoring mechanics that were removed early on to some Raid bosses
- No boss debuff limit (up from 16 debuffs in 2019 Classic)
- Increased health on bosses, to offset player buffs and the removed debuff limit
Due to the faster phase release cycle, there are a few quality of life improvements:
- Faster leveling (increased experience gains), following along the lines of leveling from 1-60 in Burning Crusade Classic, from an buff
- Meeting Stones converted to Summoning Stones
- Increased Mining and Herbalism nodes
- ^ WoW Classic Season of Mastery is Now Live!. Blizzard Entertainment (2021-11-16).
- ^ Season of Mastery Phase 2 Begins December 16. Blizzard Entertainment (2021-12-13).
- ^ Season of Mastery: Descend Into Blackwing Lair on February 10. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-02-01).
- ^ WoW Classic Season of Mastery: Enter Zul'Gurub March 3. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-02-28).
- ^ Season of Mastery: The Ahn’Qiraj War Effort is Now Live!. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-04-21).
- ^ Season of Mastery: Enter the Dread Citadel Naxxramas on July 28. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-07-27).