World of Warcraft: Classic artwork showing off Ragnaros

If you've already reached level 60 in WoW Classic and are currently looking to get yourself geared up for raiding, you'll be glad to hear that Blizzard has now announced that the Dire Maul dungeon is coming next week, on October 15th! While it was originally a part of Phase 2 (which also includes PvP ranks and world bosses), Dire Maul has been pushed a little bit forward in order to keep a steady stream of content.

For those of you that might be unfamiliar with Dire Maul, it is a three-wing dungeon filled to the brim with bosses and goodies. Much like Blackrock Depths, Dire Maul is an absolutely massive dungeon that is almost impossible to clear in one run. Combine this with some great visual design and atmosphere, the somewhat unorthodox "Tribute" run that has you spare bosses instead of killing them, as well tons of amazing items that can compete with Molten Core epics, and you've got yourself a recipe for one of the most popular dungeons in the entirety of World of Warcraft.

Certain classes will get even more value out of Dire Maul as it is the center of a couple of class-exclusive quests. Paladins and Warlocks will be able to acquire their epic mounts through a lengthy and expensive questline, while Mages will get some lovely new water to help regenerate their ever-increasing mana pool. The Mage quest is thankfully quite easy, especially when compared to the Warlock and Paladin ones, so I'd highly recommend doing it as soon as it becomes available.

The final thing worth mentioning about Dire Maul are the Libram enchants. These can be acquired by collecting rare books throughout Dire Maul, and then bringing them alongside a whole bunch of materials to one of the High Elf NPCs. It is a fairly laborious process, not to mention an expensive one if you're buying things directly, but these enchants are fairly powerful across the board, so it's well worth the investment.

That's pretty much everything you need to know. So gather your party and prepare to roam the labyrinthine ruins of Dire Maul!

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