The Lich King's arrival begins again at the end of the month.
World of Warcraft Wrath of the Lich King Death Knight

Blizzard announces that the pre-patch for Wrath of the Lich King Classic for World of Warcraft Classic will go live on August 30. This will set in motion a series of events that will eventually lead up to the launch of the full Wrath of the Lich King Classic on September 26.

Blizzard provided a look at the exact dates on their pre-patch announcement page on what all will be happening in the MMORPG and when. With the pre-patch drops on August 30, players will be able to create their first Death Knight Hero class character. Players will also be able to begin learning and partaking in the Inscription Profession.

Active players going through Burning Crusade Classic can begin preparing for Wrath of the Lich King by enjoying a "Joyous Journeys" buff that will increase experience gains by 50%.


To set you on the path to success, we’ve laid out the roadmap of the events ahead.
  • August 30
    • Pre-patch Begins: Wrath of the Lich King Pre-patch Launches and Fresh Start Realms go live during regional maintenance.
  • September 6–13
    • Zombie Plague Event: A mysterious affliction begins to make its way through the capital cities. Players must be vigilant to avoid falling victim to its deadly effects.
  • September 13 – Launch
    • Scourge Invasion Event: In several locations throughout Azeroth, players must coordinate a defensive stand against the attacking Necropolis and defeat Scourge forces to gain powerful rewards.
  • September 20–October 6
    • Brewfest Begins: Do you love eating delicious fair food, drinking bountiful beverages, and riding rams around barrels of apples? Partake in activities and timed events to earn Brewfest souvenirs and achievements during this brewtiful holiday event.
  • September 26
    • Wrath of the Lich King Classic Launches: At 3:00 p.m. PDT, Wrath of the Lich King Classic will launch, and players are welcome to log in.
  • October 4 and 5
    • Arena Season 5 Begins: Season 5 will begin with the weekly reset.
  • October 6
    • Naxxramas, The Eye of Eternity, and The Obsidian Sanctum are Available at 3:00 p.m. PDT
      • Naxxramas, the giant Necropolis and the seat of the dreaded lich Kel’Thuzad, floats over Wintergarde Keep in Dragonblight, eager to aid the Lich King and his deadly machinations.
      • Located in the center of Coldarra, the Eye of Eternity will challenge players to defeat the blue dragon aspect, Malygos.
      • Dragonblight is home to the Obsidian Sanctum where players must venture below Wyrmrest Temple to bring an end to Sartharion and his lieutenants, Shadron, Tenebron, and Vesperon.