An XP boost is available to help you level and prepare for the expansion.
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​It's almost time to head back to Northrend when World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic releases on September 26. It will release at precisely 3PM (PT) globally.

The Lich King, Arthas Menethil, is the main threat in Wrath of the Lich King. Players on both the Alliance and Horde will need to work together to take a stand against Arthas as he plans to erase life across all of Azeroth.

Wrath of the Lich King is often called the best World of Warcraft expansion, and I'm inclined to agree with that. It's easily the expansion I spent most of my time playing back in the day.

Ahead of the September release of Wrath comes a nice 50% experience gain buff. Those of you still playing through Burning Crusade Classic will get an experience buff called "Joyous Journeys." This will increase all experience gains by 50%. This will be good for maxing out your character prior to Lich King's arrival, making a new character, or leveling some alts.

If you really hate experience buffs, for whatever reason, you can turn it off or on by vising an innkeeper in a capital city. This experience buff will end for everyone when Wrath of the Lich King Classic releases.

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Wrath of the Lich King Classic™ will thrill both veterans and newcomers with a host of improved features and content to explore:
  • The Grim Frozen North – Heroes will begin their journey in one of two zones in Northrend—Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord—and adventure through some of the most epic vistas and beloved storylines in all of Warcraft before breaching the seat of the Lich King’s power in Icecrown.
  • The Rise of Death Knights – Available to both factions and starting at level 55, Death Knights—World of Warcraft’s first hero class—harness the powers of darkness to help combat the evil that threatens Azeroth. While Death Knights are limited to one per server and require a level 55 character on that server to create, in Wrath Classic, we will be bypassing that requirement for a player’s first Death Knight.
  • New Profession—Inscription – This new profession allows players to scribe mystical glyphs that modify the properties of spells and abilities (cooldowns, damage, etc.), and craft powerful trinkets and off-hand items.
  • Achievements Unlocked – Achievements are coming to WoW Classic, giving players new rewards for their exploits and accomplishments.
  • Dungeons & Raids – Relive seminal 5-player dungeons like Azjol-Nerub and the Culling of Stratholme, and lay siege to Naxxramas as a 25- or 10-player raid—an update of its original iteration as a 40-player raid in pre-expansion World of Warcraft.
  • Included With Existing World of Warcraft Subscriptions – As with previous WoW Classic releases, anyone who subscribes to World of Warcraft can also play Wrath of the Lich King Classic at no additional cost.