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WoW TBC Classic: Raid logging will get worse with phase 2

Have you also had the feeling in recent days and weeks that there is less and less going on in the Outland of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic? At the same time, I see more and more often in the Guild Discord that other games are being played in my filter bubble. And I, too, have been taking advantage of the calm before the Phase 2 storm lately to catch up on Greedfall, bog down in Humankind, and continue the story of Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers.

On one hand, this is unsurprising. Burning Crusade may present you with a mountain of work in the early days and weeks - leveling to level 70, the reputation grind, attunements, leveling professions, farming badges, and more - but once you've climbed that mountain, there's little left for your character to do aside from raid instances and a few dailies (at least if you're only mildly enjoying TBC Classic PvP). Then you either take a Twink, farm gold and stuff for the upcoming phases or just do something else.

On the other hand, I find this remarkable when I consider that there was no such "down phase" in WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) Classic at all. In Classic, I logged in every day, even if it was just to get the world buffs for the upcoming raid evening or to farm gold and materials - the enormous consumption of consumables had to be managed, after all. It was also much less common for the rest of the guild to log into World of Tanks or Hunt: Showdown instead of Classic.

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Preview of Phase 2 of TBC Classic

Looking at the upcoming content for Phase 2, there are plenty of reasons to log back in more often:

  • The Fortress of Storms and Cave of the Serpentshrine raid instances, which will certainly be crunchier than Karazhan, Gruul's Lair, and Magtheridon's Chamber.
  • the new factions Ogri'la and Skyguard of Sha'tari, which bring some daily quests and new rewards to Outland.
  • The quest line for the druid's epic flight form, which also brings the Raven Lord, a mount that not only druids are keen on.
  • The lowered barrier to entry for PvP as well as the significantly shorter battleground queues in combination with the PvP parts from Season 2.

But despite these new features, I'm sure raid logging will become even more prevalent in Season 2 than it currently is. The new factions are just a purely optional story, and the rewards available there turn out to be only mildly exciting (aside from the cool mount nether rays). And yes, the new raid instances will be quite a bit more difficult, but that won't increase the farm effort for consumables by a lot. Wiping in TBC Classic is nowhere near as expensive as it was in WoW Classic.

In addition, the most preparation-intensive phase of TBC Classic is already behind us. Phase 2 has the most boss fights with Solarian, Hydross and Leotheras, where resistances play an important role. In addition, Phase 5 brings a whole host of profession recipes into play, providing us with best-in-slot items. The materials for all of these things - aside from the Nether Vortexes - have already been farmed over the last few weeks and months. Add to that the long Attunement questlines we had to complete for SSC and TK (and even the Ogri'la).

For Phase 3, on the other hand, we "only" have to kill Kael'thas and Lady Vashj in terms of Attunements. Much more time-consuming is the Shadow Protection gear for the Tier 6 raids, though that will be a task for the entire guild anyway, since you need lots of Heart of Darkness from the Black Temple. There's not really much to do outside of the raid instances - aside from the optional Netherwing grind - until the final stage, when the Isle of Quel'Danas and the Magister's Dungeon Terrace come into play.
It's only with the final phase of TBC Classic that open-world content comes into play that will keep a large number of players busy for an extended period of time. Source: Blizzard And you know what? I don't think it's a bad thing at all. I'm about to become a dad for the second time, I want to play New World and Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker, and I want to get a Playstation 5 for Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring in early 2022, but I still want to kill all the bosses up to and including Kil'jaeden with my TBC Classic guild. How am I supposed to balance all that when TBC Classic is eating up every spare minute? Exactly, I can't.

What do you think about this topic? Do you feel the same way or do you see it completely different than me? Do you have something against raid logging or do you enjoy it when there is enough time for other stuff despite WoW? And which phase of TBC Classic are you looking forward to the most? Tell me in the comments!

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