WoW Season of Discovery Phase 4: PTR Coming Soon

The final phase of World of Warcraft SoD is coming soon as the Senior Producer recently shared more information.

WoW Season of Discovery Phase 4: PTR Coming Soon
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World of Warcraft Season of Discovery has hit quite the stagnation as many players have quickly fled to play Cataclysm Classic given how terrible the reception for Phase 3 was. It seems that the WoW Classic team was rather short on resources and people, given how lackluster Phase 3 was perceived after 2 weeks of active gameplay. 

Many guilds complained not only about the lack of content to do besides PvP and the weekly raid which did not merit any items worth pursuing given the drastic power spikes from Phase 1's raid. 

With that in mind, we will take a look at the most recent update from the Senior Game Produced Josh Greenfield as the community is still wondering how Phase 4 will pan out given the rather disappointing launches of Phases 2 and 3. 

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WoW SoD Phase 4 PTR Confirmation

WoW SoD Phase 4
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Recently, Josh Greenfield stated that the Season of Discovery PTR is coming for players to test out. Previously, the devs did not share any of their plans and ideas with the community, as the core concept of this iteration of WoW Vanilla was to bring new and exciting ways for players to relive the glory days of Azeroth. 

Alrighty friends, we are ramping up for Season of Discovery PTR, are finishing a few things up, and fixing a few bugs before we go live. Just wanted to give an update before EoD Monday so you know we are still working towards getting it out in the next few days, just need to finish a few things up first.

Hopefully, the feedback from the dedicated player base will result in positive changes not only to the core gameplay systems but also to the ideas Season of Discovery has brought forward. We also hope that the devs shed light on the fun aspects of the game without ultimately sacrificing the Vanilla experience, but instead freshening it up a bit. 

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WoW Season of Discovery: Success or Failure?

WoW Season of Discovery
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Despite all of the negative sentiment and constant barrage of ridicule and criticism from players, Season of Discovery was able to bring some of the hype back to the players in the Classic community. Phase 1 was marked with child-like wonder as thousands of players were running rampant searching for secrets, Easter eggs, the new class runes, and raiding in the Blackfathom Deep instance. 

However, in Phase 2, things started to look rather bleak as some players were able to report a lot more issues with the new raid, the overpowered PvP experience, the major design flaws behind gear, itemization, and the age-old "Exploit early, exploit often" dilemma. 

Hopefully, the WoW Classic team is able to mitigate this by learning from their mistakes in Phases 2 and 3. Not only did the in-game gold inflation affect the economy, but it also led to players getting behind on resources from the Nightmare Incursions which seemingly were not tested properly for exploits and farming strategies. 

Overall, this will be the team's final attempt to redeem themselves and prove to the community that this experimental Vanilla iteration was well worth all of the frustrating moments, ultimately encouraging Blizzard to try out more ways of revitalizing old content by even possibly going the Classic+ route. 

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