WoW: Will Blizzard announce WotLK Classic soon? Dataminers find hint


You may have noticed: Yesterday evening, on March 3, 2022, the Blizzard developers gave the PTR of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic an update. Included: the troll raid Zul'Aman, strong leather drums, "imba" maces that can now be carried one-handed, and ... various database entries with the path "Interface_Wrath.". Wait, please what?!

WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Cinematic Trailer

Dataminer doing dataminer things

In fact, WowHead's dataminers have found several entries in the "ManifestInterfaceData" database that are linked to the second WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

  • 4494450: Interface_WrathFrameXML => Bindings.xml
  • 4495926: Interface_WrathGlueXML => GlueButtons.xml
  • 4497347: Interface_WrathGlueXML => CharacterCreate.xml
  • 4497349: Interface_WrathGlueXML => CharacterCreate.lua

This is especially exciting because we are slowly but surely approaching the finale of WoW (buy now )

: Burning Crusade Classic. In other words, if Blizzard is planning a Classic version of WotLK (which we strongly expect), the Classic team should make an announcement in the coming weeks or months and make the content available for testing on a PTR. Read also these interesting stories 49

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A look back at the most popular WoW expansion

With twelve million subscribers at peak time, Wrath of the Lich King was clearly the most successful WoW expansion of all time (and certainly, in general, the most successful MMO content ever released). But was WotLK also the best WoW expansion? If we look at our poll from February 2021

, where you were asked to choose the best WoW era, the Northrend adventure at least bagged the most votes by far. 3,423 of 7,309 participants voted for WotLK. Burning Crusade came in second with 1,628 votes.

We explained why WotLK was a special expansion in our article 13 Nostalgic Memories of Wrath of the Lich King

. One reason, for sure: the Lich King. From his first attack on the Horde and Alliance capitals to the thrilling finale in Icecrown Citadel, Arthas as the villain shaped the entire expansion in a way that hardly any (or even any?!) later bosses have managed to do. 04:32
WoW: The Wrath Gate - In-game cinematic from Wrath of the Lich King

In terms of staging, Blizzard went one step further compared to TBC. For example, with the epically staged in-game sequence at the Wrath Gate. Or with the partly blatant change of the areas through our actions, thanks to phasing. In addition, the fantastic music pieces that caress our auditory canal in the Northrend zones. WotLK was an experience that also had a new, very strong class in the form of the Death Knight, and two of the best raid instances in WoW history in Ulduar and Icecrown Citadel.

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What's the story: Would you be excited about the announcement of WotLK Classic? Would you head to Northrend when TBC Classic is through and Blizzard releases the second expansion in a Classic version? Or will the second expansion leave you cold? After all, you can visit and experience Northrend in retail WoW as well. Tell us in the comments!

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