1. Onyxia: Experience the Evolution of Warcraft

    Hello everyone!

    We've been hard at work on the project we announced back in March of this year, and we have seen that a lot of you are eager to learn more about it! We are excited to share with you some news about the project, too, and we think that you will be too! The time has come to finally give you an update on the project!

    The Beta for this realm will be available on August 14th, 2023.

    We'd like to reiterate the concept of this new realm!

    We are beyond excited to reveal our next project, which is the culmination of many years of dedication and expertise in hosting amazing gaming experiences that many can enjoy. We are honored to present to you Onyxia, the next realm with the Warmane stamp of excellence.

    Onyxia is currently officially a placeholder realm name, although we are fond of it, suggestions and ideas are welcome and the name itself is subject to change.

    Onyxia is a unique realm that will progress through three expansions: Vanilla, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King. This realm will offer you the opportunity to experience the evolution of World of Warcraft from its beginnings to its peak. You will be able to explore the original continents, face the challenges of Outland and Northrend, and witness the rise and fall of the Lich King.

    Onyxia is inspired by our previous realm, Frostmourne, which taught us a lot about how to create a fun and engaging seasonal realm.

    We have applied the feedback and suggestions we received from countless players to improve and refine our realm design. Keep an eye at this section over the coming months as we will modify realm design based on Beta feedback and add more information as time passes. Onyxia will feature:

    • Experience rate of x5
    • Quality of Life features
    • You will be able to experience the original spells, talents and mechanics, gear stats and functions of each expansion, without having to switch your standard WoW client that you own and use to play on Warmane realms with.
    • Marketplace similar to Icecrown model.
    • Character trading and the trading system available as on Lordaeron.
    • Each expansion season will have a set duration. The content of each season will be divided in tiers. The content of the first tier will be available on day one. Every few months, the content will progress further.

    Content progression:
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    • Vanilla:

    • Phase 1: Molten Core, Onyxia's Lair, Maraudon

    • Phase 2: Dire Maul, Azuregos, Kazzak

    • Phase 3: Blackwing Lair, Darkmoon Faire

    • Phase 4: Zul'Gurub, Green Dragons

    • Phase 5: Ahn'Qiraj War Effort, Ahn'Qiraj raids

    • Phase 6: Naxxramas, Scourge Invasion

    • The Burning Crusade:

    • Phase 1: Karazhan, Gruul’s lair, Magtheridon’s Lair,

    • Phase 2: Serpentshrine Cavern and The Eye in Tempest Keep

    • Phase 3: Mount Hyjal, the Black Temple, and Arena season two

    • Phase 4: Arena season three and the 10-man raid Zul’Aman

    • Phase 5: Sunwell Plateau and Arena season four

    • Wrath of the Lich King:

    • Phase 1: Naxxramas, The Eye of Eternity, The Obsidian Sanctum, Vault of Archavon

    • Phase 2: Ulduar

    • Phase 3: Trial of the Crusader, Onyxia's Lair

    • Phase 4: Icecrown Citadel

    • Phase 5: The Ruby Sanctum

    We aim to bring you a new and captivating journey in the expansions that we all enjoy. Our team has been working tirelessly, perfecting every feature of our WoTLK realms and applying them to the previous expansions as well. We are confident that we can deliver a high-quality realm that will satisfy all kinds of players. All of the work invested in this realm will also benefit our other realms where appropriate.

    We hope you join us on our next journey!

    Kind regards,

  2. -- FAQ post --

    It is important to remember that this is going to be a BETA. Once the realm is open and people have play-tested some, we will be opening something for suggestions. Some information regarding the official launch of the realm will remain vague, because they are things that are likely subject to change based on the feedback we get.

    Talents: Will reflect the expansion that is current on the realm. Vanilla content = Vanilla talents, etc.

    Marketplace: To elaborate on what we said on the main post, the plan is to have item releases similar to Frostmourne, but the items will be available sooner. This means that the top guilds will be able to clear the content and get their achievements and whatnot without the assistance of the shop, but the items will arrive sooner on the shop than they did on Frostmourne.

    B.Elfs and Draenei: Disabled until TBC content.

    RDF: Will be enabled with Vanilla.

    Dual-Spec: Will be enabled with Vanilla.

    Debuff limit: Will not be enforced on Vanilla.

    Level cap: Will be level 60 on the Beta realm.

    Raid sizes: 40-man raids will be 25-man instead.

    The beta realm has been added to the realm selection. Characters can be created.

    The realm will open up at around 10:00 server time. We are not looking to stress test the realm and there is no realm first race towards anything. So we are intentionally keeping the time a bit vague.

    At this point we are looking for bugs regarding the state of the vanilla classes, mechanics, spells, formulas and whatnot. There are a million things that have been changed between WoTLK and Vanilla and we might have overlooked some areas.

    Some information to take note of:
    - Class mechanics will be like vanilla
    - Diminishing returns will be like vanilla
    - Buffs from unfriendly targets will be hidden like vanilla
    - Spell scaling will be like vanilla
    - Stat scaling will be like vanilla. Even the formulas and numbers in the character info screen will be adjusted to the vanilla formulas (eg shamans will no longer get attackpower from agility, spirit to mp5 formula was adjusted and more.)
    - Hunter talent trees have been adjusted to be vanilla-like. We could not fit the old system into the WoTLK client so we went with something very similar.

    This is only a small sample of the systems and adjustments we had to make to fully support vanilla. We are looking forward to showing it off to you all.

    Also please note that none of our decisions are final and we are reading the feedback here, in the upcoming beta and elsewhere.

  3. Talents will be Vanila or 3.3.5?
    Talents will reflect the expansion the realm is currently progressing through. If we are in Vanilla, Vanilla talents it is.

  4. when can we start playing on this beta server ?

  5. when can we start playing on this beta server ?
    Did you literally not just read the article?

  6. Will our progress be lost on the beta when the official alpha come later on? Are you guys planning to reset everything or?

  7. Can`t wait, but in my opinion X5 is to much. I was expecting atleast x3 for better experience. This rush through content make people not learning mechanics , there on class/spells etc. which happens now on Icecrowm because of the fast rates.

  8. What will be the difficulty of the realm? Are raids/heroic dungeons scaled like in Lordaeron or are they normal like in Icecrown?

  9. Hi ? will there be a way to have a patch to play on Onyxia with the different languages; English, Spanish, French etc.
    And finally I think it would have been nice to have an aesthetic patch on Onyxia, ie another visual for mounts, equipment, etc..

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