World of Warcraft Classic is now live and players are racing through starting areas and leveling up in the 2004-inspired throwback. The game is even more popular than expected and Blizzard has increased server capacity to accommodate the influx of players who are ready to for the vanilla WoW grind. Although some players are excited to race through endgame PvE dungeons and raids, there are other players who are sharpening their skills for the upcoming PvP Battlegrounds.
The early days of World of Warcraft offered some incredibly exciting PvP matches as the metagame developed and players learned the ins and outs of the original Battlegrounds. Although there are no Battlegrounds available right now in WoW Classic, that doesn't mean the community isn't busy getting ready for the upcoming Horde versus Alliance battles.
World of Warcraft: Classic is rolling out some content in a phased approach and Battleground are a part of that system. Although we don't know the exact date of the Battlegrounds launch, we do know a bit of information about what will be coming to the Classic servers and which phase the content will arrive during.
Which PvP Battlegrounds Will Be In WoW Classic?
Alterac Valley (version 1.12) and Warsong Gulch, alongside with their associated vendors will both be available in WoW Classic.
When Will Battleground Be Available In WoW Classic?
WoW Classic's planned content has been broken down into six phases. We're currently in the first phase and PvP Battlegrounds are going to be released as a part of phase three. Phase two rolls our the Honor System, but there will still only be world PvP until phase three hits. At this point, Blizzard has not estimated when phase two or three will release.
Some players speculate that these releases will vary depending on how quickly the average players progress through the Classic content. There are theories that each phase will be spaced out by three or four months, but right now that is just speculation.
Will WoW Classic Battlegrounds be Cross-Realm?
"Cross-realm battlegrounds were a feature of 1.12 and are important for matchmaking, so you’ll be seeing cross-realm battlegrounds in WoW Classic when Battlegrounds are introduced in Phase 3 of the content roll-out plan."
Cleary there are still a lot of unconfirmed details up in the air when it comes to Battlegrounds. It's very exciting to know that Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch are on the way, but PvP fans (who have selected the best WoW Classic PvP classes) are still going to be on the dark in terms of a release date for at least a bit longer.
Blizzard is definitely just focusing on keeping the Classic launch as smooth as possible for now, but it seems very likely that additional details about future content will start to roll out after things slow down and the average players start to progress through the game a bit further.
Until PvP content launches, there is still plenty that WoW Classic players can do to keep busy. Obviously leveling takes up a lot of time, but mastering professions and making enough Gold to purchase those expensive riding skills are also great activities to use to stay busy while waiting for phase three details to arrive.
Be sure to check back for more WoW Classic strategy guides, news, and updates in the coming days. Until then, For The Horde!
World of Warcraft Classic is available now on PC. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available now on PC.