Burning Crusade was the first-ever expansion in WoW Classic! Burning Crusade brought a whole host of changes and additions to the classic WoW experience when it first launched. Burning Crusade upped the level cap to 70, introduced flying mounts, brought new raids, introduced two new races—Draenei and Blood Elves, brought a brand new continent for players to explore, and added new depth to PvP with new arenas and much more focus.
Burning Crusade was the update that the first wave of WoW players was waiting for. However, now, Burning Crusade Classic is no longer just an expansion to WoW Classic—it’s an entirely separate game. When Blizzard reintroduced WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic they decided to split them up as separate experiences.
This can be a bit bothersome for players, but for those that love WoW Classic and don’t want to additions that Burning Crusade Classic brings, they can enjoy them separately.
The Burning Crusade Classic rerelease isn’t the exact same expansion that was originally released, unlike WoW Classic which is fully faithful to the original.
Blizzard made a few changes to Burning Crusade Classic.
- Raids and raid bosses were buffed a bit to make the bosses deal more damage and have more HP.
- Alliance Paladins can access Seal of Blood, which was previously only usable by Horde Paladins.
- PvP Arena matchmaking was overhauled to make it more in line with the current PvP experience.
- Blizzard modernized the Looking for Group mechanic from Burning Crusade Classic to make it function better.
Overall, the changes weren’t drastic, and Blizzard implanted them to make Burning Crusade Classic a smoother experience for players.
What is the difference between WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic?
WoW Classic is exactly what it sounds like—the classic experience of the original base game of World of Warcraft. None of the new additions from expansions are in WoW Classic. It’s the same game that was first released in 2004. The level cap is set at 60 and none of the new mounts, flying mounts, raids, or races are in WoW Classic.
It’s a retro experience for players who miss the old era and for players who never got to experience it.
Burning Crusade Classic is a lot like Wow Classic, but with all the introductions and improvements that the original Burning Crusade expansion added. As mentioned before, the level cap is now 70, two new races are in the game, a whole new continent is introduced, and new raids are playable.
The core of Burning Crusade Classic is based on the core of WoW Classic, so in that way, they are alike. Players will not have much trouble transitioning from WoW Classic to Burning Crusade Classic—even with the new additions and changes.
PvP gets a broader and more focused approach in Burning Crusade Classic and there are new arenas to battle on.
Each game operates on separate servers, so there is no intermingling with players from either game. Some players love this, as it keeps their WoW Classic experience intact, and some aren’t as big of a fan of it as it confines WoW Classic to the basic game that it originally was.
Though there is a fee to do so, players can ‘copy’ their character from the WoW Classic and use them in Burning Crusade Classic. Both games have separate servers to keep the games on their own.
What is the difference between Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Shadowlands?
Shadowlands is the latest WoW expansion. It was released in late 2020 after being pushed back from its original 2019 release date. Not to be confused with Burning Crusade Classic, which will still be rolling out updates as well.
Some players might think that Shadowlands and Burning Crusade Classic are tied together, but they’re not. Shadowlands is the newest expansion for the modern version of World of Warcraft, while Burning Crusade Classic is the rerelease of the first expansion Blizzard put out for WoW.
Shadowlands reduces the level cap back to level 60 like in the original game—taking players from 120 back to level 50 to level up to 60 again. Blizzard cited an effort to rebalance and refresh the game.
Shadowlands introduces a new world with five new zones: Ardenweald, Bastion, Maldraxxus, Revendreth, and the Maw. There are eight new dungeons—four for leveling and four more accessible at max level. Shadowlands brought players a new ‘endless dungeon’ that is available for solo or group play.
The four zones of Shadowlands are ruled by Covenants–Night Fae of Ardenweald, Kyrian of Bastion, Necrolords of Maldraxxus, and Venthyr of Revendreth–and each Covenant has a unique campaign to play through.
Players must reach level 60 before being able to commit to a covenant, but alt characters can commit at the start of Shadowlands.
Tips and tricks for Burning Crusade Classic
- It’s best to farm dungeons at lower levels like 60-65.
- Prioritize getting reputation over getting to level 70.
- At level 68, start your Kara Attunement. You can farm XP toward level 70 and finish your Kara quests!
- Warriors and Rogues are no longer the best DPS classes for dungeons, Hunters and Warlocks are.
- 900g is needed for flying, so save up your gold!
- Engineering is no longer the best profession. All professions are pretty well balanced, but Leatherworking is the most beneficial for raids.
- With quest rewards, stack up Hit Gear while leveling. You want to have hit gear and spell hit for when you’re ready for raids. This is the best way to prepare for that.
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