WoW: Finally! The TBC pre-patch is here, the servers are online!

image

Update from 3:40pm:
The last update for today (hopefully)! The servers are online, the pre-patch is live. All details about the new features can be found here:

  • WoW: What's all coming with the TBC Classic pre-patch on May 19? (Update)

Update from 2:48pm:
New hour, new lucknew shift. Here's the tweet:

Recommended Editorial ContentAt this point you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal information, external embeds will not be displayed until you confirm this by clicking "Load all external content":Load all external contentI agree to have external content displayed to me. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.

So until 16:00 the maintenance work should now go.

Update from 14:00:
Uffz, this is going to be a similar "never-ending story" as with the US servers. Once again, there was an update from Blizzard on Twitter:

Recommended Editorial ContentAt this point you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your privacy, external content will not be displayed until you click "View all external content":View all external contentI agree to view external content. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.

So 3:00pm is supposed to be it now. Fingers crossed that this is the last postponement for the pre-patch!

Update from 12:44:
Maintenance has now been extended until 14:00 for the European region. In the meantime we can see the list of servers again, and there we can see the German names of the realms, i.e. Klingenhauer, Ewige Warte, Großdrachenruf and Co.

A few weeks ago Blizzard had "Germanized" the WoW Classic servers for the first time without announcing it and created a real addon chaos. Let's hope it doesn't come to that this time.

Update from 10:08 AM:
According to the Realmstatus page, the US TBC Classic servers are finally online. At least in theory. Practically, some players seem to have problems creating new characters at the moment - see the latest comments from this forum post. For us, the timer is still set to 13:00.

Update from 09:15:
And there was already the next update from Blizzard: The maintenance work in the US area is now to last another hour longer, so until 10:00. The start time for the EU area still stands at 13:00.

Original message:
As we all know, the pre-patch of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic was supposed to go online on the US servers yesterday, May 18. But instead of Blood Elves, Draenei, and all the other new additions, there were only several posts from Blizzard officials. The content of the messages? Sorry, we have to extend the maintenance (again).

The latest update was given by community manager Kaivax about two hours ago on the official forums: "We've made the decision to keep the servers offline for two more hours while we take care of the issues that have come up during maintenance."

The US servers are now scheduled to come online at 09:00. And what about us? Well, maintenance has now been extended for us as well, from 09:00 to 13:00. Should there be any further postponements, we will of course keep you updated here.

Update for the realm status of the WoW servers

By the way, Blizzard has also updated the website where you can check the realm status of the WoW servers. There you will also find a tab for "Burning Crusade Classic.

  • Click here for the realm status of the WoW servers

Also worthwhile is a visit to the WoW Classic Reddit. There, many players are processing the waiting time with all sorts of entertaining memes. Here is a small selection:

Recommended editorial contentAt this point you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal information, external content will not be displayed until you click "View all external content":View all external contentI agree to view external content. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.Recommended editorial contentThis is where you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal information, external embeds will not be displayed until you confirm this by clicking "Load all external content":Load all external contentI agree to external content being displayed to me. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.Recommended editorial contentThis is where you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your personal information, external embeds will not be displayed until you confirm this by clicking "Load all external content":Load all external contentI agree to external content being displayed to me. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.

Meanwhile, Blizzard is hoping players will be patient:

Recommended Editorial ContentAt this point, you will find external content from [PLATTFORM]. To protect your privacy, external content will not be displayed until you click "View all external content":View all external contentI agree to view external content. This means that personal data is transmitted to third-party platforms. More about this in our privacy policy. External content Read more in our privacy policy.

How are you spending the wait for the pre-patch of WoW (buy it now €14.99 ): Burning Crusade Classic? Tell us in the comments!