On This Day: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Launched Fifteen Years Ago on January 16, 2007
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On this day, January 16, 2007, 15 years ago,
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
was released. The Burning Crusade was the first expansion for the very well received game, and was highly anticipated. Introducing the enigmatic Illidan Stormrage and his "You are not prepared!" catch-phrase as well as two new and highly popular races, the expansion is remembered fondly all these years later. Fondly enough that Blizzard released a Classic version so that players could relive, or experience for the first time, that journey through the Dark Portal into the broken world of Outland, hopefully sans the server issues and crashes that came with what was the fastest selling PC game ever at the time.
Several years have passed since the Burning Legion's defeat at the Battle of Mount Hyjal - and the races of Azeroth have continued to rebuild their once shattered kingdoms. With renewed strength, the heroes of the Horde and Alliance have begun to explore the broken lands beyond the Dark Portal. What dangers or rewards await mortal champions in Draenor? And what will the Alliance and Horde do when they discover that the demons they thought vanquished have returned to renew their terrible Burning Crusade?
The Burning Crusade Features
The character level cap was raised to 70
Blood Elves became a playable race for the Horde.
Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Warlock
Draenei become a playable race for the Alliance.
Hunter, Mage, Paladin, Priest, Shaman, Warrior
Previously only Horde players could be Shaman and only Alliance players could be Paladins. The introduction of these new races allowed both factions access to all classes.
New World and Zones: Outland and Azeroth
Outland was a new world on the far side of the Dark Portal that included 7 new zones:
Wälder von Terokkar
. A new neutral sanctuary,
, was open to both Alliance and Horde. A precursor to Shadowlands' Covenants, players of both factions were asked to ally themselves with one of two groups in Shattrath,
New starting zones were laid out for Blood Elves and Draenei. For the Blood Elves,
in Quel'Thalas gave the Horde a foothold in the Eastern Kingdoms, and for the Draenai,
off the west coast of Kalimdor. The
Insel von Quel'Danas
was added as a contested zone at the north of Quel'Thalas.
New System: Flying
was added to Outland zones. For the very first time players could soar over the land after reaching level 70 and purchasing the requisite training, and that can of worms was opened. Along with flying came the introduction of flying mounts and the Druid Flight Form which could be earned through a
New Profession: Jewelcrafting
Along with Jewelcrafting came socketed gear, allowing for some level of customization.
The Burning Crusade introduced 16 new dungeons, as well as dungeon hubs where several different dungeons could be accessed conveniently. Heroic Mode was also introduced, giving chances at higher level and epic gear.
Die Zerschmetterten Hallen
Caverns of Time
Vorgebirge des Alten Hügellands
Der schwarze Morast
Isle of Quel'Danas
Terrasse der Magister
The Burning Crusade introduced 8 new raids, and also set the maximum raid size to 25 people. The large 40 person raids would remain as was, but future raids would top out at 25 people. This paradigm stayed in place until the introduction of flex and Mythic raiding at the end of Mists of Pandaria.
Höhle des Schlangenschreins
Festung der Stürme
Der Schwarze Tempel
New PvP content included the new new battleground,
Auge des Sturms
and the Team Arena System, with 3 arenas, Ring of Trials in Nagrand, the Circle of Blood in Blade's Edge Mountains, and the Ruins of Lordaeron over Undercity.
Patch 2.1: The Black Temple
May 22, 2007
The Temple of Karabor was the center of draenei worship until its priests were slaughtered by demonically corrupted orcs. In the massacre's aftermath the warlocks of The Shadow Council seized the structure and gave it a new name: The Black Temple.
When The Alliance invaded Draenor after The Second War, the orc shaman Ner'zhul hastily opened several dimensional portals in order to escape. The resulting magical backlash ripped the world apart. Drawn by these portals, the pit lord Magtheridon arrived in what had come to be known as Outland and took the temple as his seat of power.
His dominion over Outland remained unchallenged until the arrival of Illidan the Betrayer. The pit lord proved no match for the wielder of the Twin Blades of Azzinoth. Today Illidan occupies the temple, awaiting any and all who would challenge his rule.
Der Schwarze Tempel
New quest hubs: The Ethereum Prison, Skettis, Nether Drakes, Ogri'la
Patch 2.2: Brewfest
October 2, 2007
started right here.
Brewfest has begun and members of the Horde and Alliance can enjoy a multitude of activities, quests, items, and even Ram Racing. As Brewfest is about beer and food, revelers can sample the best beverages available in the world.
Patch 2.3: The Gods of Zul'aman
November 13, 2007
The stronghold of Zul'Aman has stood for millennia as the Amani trolls' seat of power and bastion of the fearless, cunning warlord Zul'jin.
Zul'jin has spent several years plotting behind Zul'Aman's walls. Furious at the Horde for allowing his hated enemies, the blood elves, to join its ranks, he eagerly embraced a scheme that the witch doctor Malacrass recently proposed: to seal the power of the animal gods within the bodies of the Amani's strongest warriors.
Now Zul'Aman's army grows more powerful by the day, hungry to exact vengeance in the name of its fearless leader, Zul'jin.
Guild Banks introduced
Dustwallow Marsh revamp
For more information about this patch, check out our retrospective that also included Wrath of the Lich King and Warlords of Draenor:
On This Day: Patch 2.3, Wrath of the Lich King, and Warlords of Draenor Launched on November 13, 2007, 2008, and 2014
Patch 2.4: Fury of the Sunwell
March 25, 2008
The glorious fount of arcane energy known as the Sunwell empowered the high elves for millennia, until the death knight Arthas laid siege to the elven kingdom and corrupted its sacred energies. Seeing no other alternative, a band of survivors led by Prince Kael'thas destroyed the ancient fount. Over time the surviving elves fell prey to a crippling magical withdrawal.
Now, promising salvation for his people, Kael'thas has returned. Soon the Sunwell will shine once again, but whether the sacred fount will usher in deliverance or destruction remains to be seen.
Insel von Quel'Danas
opens, including a dungeon, a raid, and a quest hub
Patch 2.4 also marks this very sad passing:
In Memoriam: Gary Gygax
Blizzard Entertainment would like to dedicate the patch in memory of Gary Gygax. His work on D&D was an inspiration to us in many ways and helped spark our passion for creating games of our own. As avid D&D players and fellow game developers, we were all saddened by the news of his passing; we feel we’ve lost a true adventuring companion. Thanks for everything and farewell, Gary. You will be missed.
The advent of
allows new characters to level through the Burning Crusade expansion and experience it similarly to the way it was intended. If you missed this expansion, or if you'd like to re-experience it, create a new character, and talk to Chromie! Alternatively, you can explore a facsimile of the expansion with
Burning Crusade Classic
Edit: Removed Warrior class as option for Blood Elf.
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