Wrath of the Lich King Classic Arthas artwork without logo

[Update]: Wrath of the Lich King Classic has added the WoW Token, and the community isn't happy about it.

If you long to return to the World of Warcraft of yesteryear, you'll be quite happy to hear that Wrath of the Lich King Classic has now arrived. It brings with it the continent of Northrend full of new zones to explore, the original iteration of Death Knights with all of their crazy builds, the Inscription profession, as well as a bunch of decently challenging dungeons to plunder for loot.

In terms of changes, Wrath of the Lich King Classic has rebalanced the classes using the final patch of the original expansion, which thankfully means that we won't have to go through months of incredibly imbalanced PvP before seeing some semblance of sanity. Speaking of which, shared Arena rating has been removed in favor of individual rating, with the goal being to help improve the overall matchmaking quality and make it so players are more likely to group up with new people. Finally, and most importantly, Wrath of the Lich King Classic has not added the controversial Dungeon Finder, so you'll have to create groups the old fashioned way.

What all of this nostalgia looks like in action, that you can find out through two of the recent trailers. Have a gander, starting with the remastered cinematic and ending with the more gameplay-focused launch trailer:

If you're itching to dive into raiding, worry not as Phase 1 of Wrath of the Lich King Classic will be launching the very next week - on October 6th! As expected, Phase 1 will bring with it Naxxramas, the Eye of Eternity and the Obsidian Sanctum, so there should be plenty of bosses to smash your face against for a few months.

The final thing worth mentioning is that Wrath of the Lich King Classic is 'free' for everyone that is currently subscribed to World of Warcraft. So if you're looking for something to help you pass the time before the exploration focused Dragonflight expansion launches on November 28th, you really can't go wrong with revisiting Wrath of the Lich King.

You can learn more about Wrath of the Lich King Classic, as well as keep an eye on any future updates, over at the official website. Enjoy!