World of Warcraft Classic Season of Mastery has a brand new update that will bring The Ahn’Qiraj War Effort into the special mode today at 3PM PDT along with some adjustments to the content. There are some tweaks to make some encounters harder and some easier, as well as economic changes to suit the mode, and more.
The centerpiece is, of course, The Ahn’Qiraj War Effort, with The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj and The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj. Changes to the contents are in line with what the Season of Mastery represents, faster progression with challenge but also some differentiation to keep things interesting. With that in mind, you will only need half as many total resources as before for the war effort. There's also a reduction in time until the auto completion of the war effort objectives will start. The Gates will open on the realms within a month of the event’s initiation.
The Temple has some surprises in store, with some of the most meaningful challenges coming from difficulty tweaks. There are also helpful elements too, such as the piles of quicksand you’ll find all over that will give nearby players stackable movement speed bonuses when interacted with. Additional challenges will open and the reputation reward for the “Brood of Nozdormu” quest “The Hand of the Righteous” is now doubled.
Yet if you’re in the Season of Mastery, you’re there for the challenge. And they’re bringing it. Extra challenges will be available after defeating Skeram and interacting with the Prophecy of Chaos”. The real differences though, will be in the boss encounters. The baseline for Fankriss the Unyielding hasn’t been given any new mechanics, there is a tweak meaning that you’ll have to “engage the existing mechanics in a much more meaningful way”, according to the patch notes, a move made due to this encounter having been considered not on par in difficulty as others in the original.
Perhaps most challenging and most exciting for those that are hungry for a challenge is the increased difficulty for C’thun. He has been “restored to his original, most horrific form” (AKA pre-nerf).