The Season of the Championship was hugely popular among WoW: Classic fans, but has been somewhat forgotten with the release of the final phase in July 2022. No wonder, after all, WoW WotLK Classic then lured the Classic fans to Northrend and at the end of the year the online role-playing game Dragonflight was released for the live servers. So there’s a lot to do in and of itself in the World of Warcraft. But with that End of Seasonal Servers for Season of the Championship, which access ended on February 14, 2023, Classic aficionados who’ve had a blast with the SdM adjustments are wondering what’s next… at best, a second season of the Championship. Or a season of whatever; a new classic mode would not necessarily have to be called “championship”.
WoW Classic player and Youtuber Solheim also asked the same question, hoping for a second season to start fairly soon. Looking for clues as to what to pack into a second Classic season, Solheim dug into some interviews with Blizzard’s Classic developers and offered some theories, which we cover below. Take a look at Solheim’s video.
Season of hardcore
From an interview with Patrick Dawson, World of Warcraft Production Director (buy now ), Solheim pulls the information that the Classic devs are looking at what the Classic players are playing and liking to potentially apply to a season. And many players, according to Solheim, are particularly dedicated to the Classic version of the Ironman Challenge. This means that their hardcore characters have to do without the use of talent points, professions, potions and dungeon visits while also only wearing gray or white items on their pixel bodies. There are a wide variety of rule sets, the classic hardcore variant is the one in which your character only has one life. If he dies, the hardcore run is over for him.
So how about a season aimed primarily at the hardcore fans on the Classic servers? An alternative would be to increase the season-of-championship effects even further, turning them to full stop to make dungeons and raids even more challenging – of course combined with the prospect of even better loot.
Season of Affixes
Before Brian Birmingham left his position as Lead Software Engineer at Blizzard (and of unsightly management methods reported), he mentioned in an interview that for the Season of the Championship, the idea of applying affixes from the live version of WoW to old raids, such as Volcanic for Molten Core, was toyed with. Eventually the idea was scrapped, instead the raid bosses were customized differently. Basically, the thought of implementing the retail affixes for increased difficulty in raids and maybe even in dungeons would be interesting – of course primarily for classic fans who like to fight through instanced content.
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are no Burning Crusade era servers, so a second season for WoW: Classic could potentially include the first WoW expansion as well.
season of battles
For PvP fans, it would certainly be interesting to see the existing ranked battlefield system on the retail servers in WoW: Classic, because the honor system is one of the weakest in Warcraft history. The grind is just incredibly time consuming if you want to climb up the ranks, so a different scoring system for player versus player combat would certainly be appealing to some WoW fans.
That said: In the best case, a second season of WoW: Classic would of course offer something exciting for all game tastes. What the Blizzard people ultimately decide is still in the stars – there is not even an official announcement as to what will happen with Classic seasons. Are the Classic devs still resting a little on their WotLK success? Or is there actually another classic season on the mat? Does a second season have a future? What do you all mean?