WoW Classic Phase 5 launch date: War Effort start time and AQ release news

Plenty of stuff is happening this week, if you’re a fan of WoW Classic and are ready to experience the release of the new Phase 5 content.

The good news is that we know exactly when things will be kicking off connected to the WoW Classic War Effort and how long gamers will have to wait until they can start the next part.

As you might expect, it will take a while for everything to unlock and the new Ahn’Qiraj raid can be unlocked.

From what has been shared so far, the WoW Classic Phase 5 release date has been set for July 28, 2020, across all servers.

This will be the time that the server-wide event will start kicking off and the War Effort can begin.

Blizzard has confirmed that the start time for the War Effort has been set for 5pm BST, or 9am PT, if you live in the United States.

The dev team has confirmed that this will occur with the weekly raid reset in each region, because the content involves Blackwing Lair.

A new message from Blizzard explaining its schedule for the upcoming WoW Classic launch adds:

“This is the time when the War Effort will begin and each faction can turn in immense amounts of supplies that, once completed, will require five days to be transported to Silithus.

“The initial War Effort requires a great deal of supplies to be turned in by your faction on your realm. If this is not complete 30 days after the content is unlocked, small amounts of supplies will begin turning in automatically, as they did in the version 1.12 of original WoW.

“The gates still require somebody to “Bang a Gong!”, but this will help ensure that all realms have the chance to unlock Ahn’Qiraj before Naxxramas is released.


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“Due to the raid requirements in the quest chain leading up to the “Bang A Gong!” quest, the earliest that the gong-ringing can occur in Silithus on highly-motivated realms will be just over a week later.

“Once the gong is rung on a realm, the 10 Hour War begins. Once the 10 hours has elapsed, “Bang a Gong!” can never be turned in anymore, the two Ahn’Qiraj raids will open, and the “Treasures of the Timeless One” quest will become available.

“During the 10 Hour War, world bosses do not only spawn in Silithus. Resonating Crystals that spawn major enemies will appear in Tanaris, Feralas, Thousand Needles, and Barrens.

“This is important to know because we expect there to be an overcrowding issue in Silithus on realms whenever large groups of players all go to Silithus at the same time.

“While the negative effects of overcrowding can’t be eliminated, we’re taking several steps to mitigate the worst outcomes.”

Details on becoming the Scarab Lord can be found below, courtesy of Blizzard:

“Ringing the gong can only be done by players who have completed all of the steps of the Scepter of the Sands quest chain before the end of the 10-hour window.

“In addition to raid requirements, players are able to use the Proxy of Nozdormu to deputize other players to help them amass Silithid Carapace Fragments, so this is likely a guild-wide effort to help a chosen individual complete the quest chain.

“Only the first player on a realm to ring the gong will be announced across the zone in Silithus. On realms that have multiple layers, once the gong is rung on one layer, the 10 Hour War will begin on all layers. All players who complete the questline and turn in “Bang a Gong!” before the 10 hours are up will receive the Black Qiraji Resonating Crystal mount.

“Any player who completes the questline up through “The Might of Kalimdor” will be eligible for “Treasures of the Timeless One,” which rewards an Epic weapon, regardless of whether they were able to complete “Bang a Gong!” in time.”

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