In exactly one month, the time will finally come: On February 19 and 20, BlizzCon Online will take place. Many players hope that Blizzard will announce classic servers for The Burning Crusade on that day and that they will have concrete details for us. Because if it goes according to the rumor mill, the launch of TBC Classic should already take place on May 04.
One open question is especially important to many Outland fans: What patch level will the TBC re-release be based on? For WoW (buy now 14,99 € ) Classic, the developers had to fall back on the last patch 1.12 due to the lack of an earlier version. This mainly affected the strength of the characters and thus the difficulty of the raid and dungeon challenges.
With regard to the TBC re-release, however, the Blizzard managers should now have the individual patch levels available. So it's theoretically possible to recreate the original TBC patch cycle. But what does that actually mean? What has happened apart from bug fixes and balancing adjustments in the course of the TBC era? Which features were added and when? We have dug through the patch notes from back then for you.
Patch 2.0.1: Pre-Patch for The Burning Crusade
- Release: December 05, 2006
- New/revised talents and abilities
- Reworked honor system / introduced toughening / opened first two arenas
- New user interface for group searching / Players can now be summoned via meeting stons before an instance.
- Companions scale with their master's stats
- HoTs are stackable
- Weapon skill changes
- Control effects work for a maximum of 12 seconds in PvP
Patch 2.0.3: Dark Portal Opening Event and Launch
- Release: 09. January 2007
- Launch of TBC then took place on January 16, 2007
- Opening of Outland with numerous quests, factions, dungeons and raids up to and including Tier 5 area (Karazhan, Maghteridon's Chamber, Gruul's Lair, Serpentshrine's Lair, Fortress of Storms, Hyjal's Peak)
- Access to Blood Elves (Horde) and Draenei (Alliance) and their respective starting areas
- Paladins for Horde, Shamans for Alliance
- Jewelcrafting profession
- Eye of the Storm Battleground
Patch 2.1: The Black Temple
- Release date: May 22, 2007
- Introduction of the Black Temple raid
- New Epic Flight Form quest line for Druids
- New quests and rewards around the Astraleum Prison
- New quests and rewards around the Skettis in the High Mountains of Terokkar
- Continuation of the Netherwing faction quest series (Netherdragon mount reward!)
- New quests and rewards around the Ogri'la at the Ogre Plateau of Enlightenment.
- Introduction of the Lordaeron Ruins Arena
- Elixirs will now be divided into two categories: Combat and Guardian. Only one type of elixir can be active at a time.
- Weakening of Invulnerability Potions and Vials of Petrification.
- Introduction of the engineer's epic goggles.
- Significant simplification of many enemies in dungeon and raid instances.
Patch 2.1.2: Important intermediate patch
- Release June 19, 2007
- Start of Arena Season 2 (old Arena and Honor items are now cheaper)
- Druids can no longer pick herbs in flight form.
- Re-design of PvP trinkets: Now remove all movement restricting effects and effects that cause loss of character control.
- Simplification of various enemies in dungeons and raids (such as fewer (and smaller) waves before each boss in Hyjal).
Patch 2.2.0: Introduction of voice chat
- Release: September 25, 2007
- Introduction of Voice Chat
- Improvement of the chat interface
- Simplifications for various dungeon and raid enemies.
- With Patch 2.2.2 (October 02, 2007): Introduction of Brewfest and Gloom Nights
Patch 2.3: The Gods of Zul'Aman
- Release: November 13th, 2007
- New raid Zul'Aman for 10 players
- Introduction of the guild bank
- New quests and neutral goblin city in the Dusk Marshes
- The experience requirement for leveling up between level 20 and 60 has been lowered. Quests give more experience between level 30 and 60, as do dungeon quests between 1 and 60. Elite quests between 1 and 60 have been simplified.
- Introduced Weapon Lore as a value. Weapon skill bonuses no longer exist.
- Almost all items and enchantments with healing bonuses now also give bonuses to spell damage (about 1/3 of the healing bonus).
- Daily quests for battlegrounds and dungeons
- New rewards for Arena Season 3
- Requirements for Heroic Instances keys lowered to Benevolent.
- Simplification of various dungeon and raid enemies
Patch 2.4: Fury of the Sunwell
- Release date: March 25, 2008
- Introduction of the Isle of Sunwell with quests, dungeon and raid
- More loot, gold and badges of justice from many bosses
- It is now no longer necessary to do a vote quest to enter Hyjal.
- It is now no longer necessary to do a voting quest to enter the Black Temple.
- It is now possible to fight Lady Vashj and Prince Kael'thas without first killing the other bosses in the associated instance.
- The Master's Key is no longer required to enter Karazhan. However, the gates of Karazhan will need to be opened with the Master Key as before.
- More experience for party and dungeon quests on Outland.
- Battleground tokens can be exchanged for honor and gold
- Introduction of worldwide Arena Tournament
- From 24 June 2008: Start of Arena Season 4
Patch 2.4.3: Mounts with 30!
- Release: July 15th, 2008
- Mounts are now available from level 30, training costs 35 gold.
- Simplification of enemies in Sunwell instances
Incidentally, the most glaring downgrades to raid bosses from Karazhan to Sunwell did not occur until patch 3.0.2 on October 2008. With the pre-patch for WotLK, the health and damage of all creatures and bosses were noticeably lowered. So these changes shouldn't matter for the TBC re-release at launch (and beyond).