World of Warcraft Classic: Roadmap and Release Dates for 2024

WoW Classic Roadmap and Release Dates 2024


Hello and welcome to our WoW Classic Roadmap and Release Dates for 2024 blog post. Here we will do our best to cover all the things that are coming to our favorite game and to give na estimate on when the next major patches and expansions will be released!

Blizzard has outlined a robust roadmap for World of Warcraft Classic, ensuring a steady stream of content and improvements for players throughout the year. As the current Winter season concludes, the Wrath of the Lich King Classic experience reaches its culmination with the reintroduction of the Ruby Sanctum Raid. This iconic raid, marking the conclusion of the original Wrath of the Lich King expansion, will be revisited as the Cataclysm Classic Beta launches towards the end of the winter months.

We are also offering help for WotLK Classic services, and the new Ruby Sanctum Raid, so feel free to check those out, if that is something you’re interested in!

With these exciting developments, 2024 promises to be a monumental year for World of Warcraft enthusiasts, both in the classic realms and the ongoing saga of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight and The War Within. Players can look forward to a diverse range of experiences, challenges, and adventures as the Warcraft legacy continues to unfold.

If you wish to read more about World of Warcraft the Worldsoul Saga, feel free to check our our World of Warcraft: The War Within post. You can also check out our World of Warcraft Retail: Roadmap and Release Dates 2024 post, if you are interested in what awaits us for WoW Dragonflight and the War Within in the Year 2024!

World of Warcraft Classic Cataclysm and Season of Discovery Roadmap 2024

WoW Classic Roadmap and Release Dates for 2024

WoW Classic Season of Discovery Expectations for 2024

The Season of Discovery in 2024 for World of Warcraft Classic promises several exciting updates:

Winter Update:

  • Level Boost: Level 40 boost in the final winter months.
  • Features: New Runes, a new PvP event, and the introduction of a raid version of the classic Gnomeregan dungeon.
  • Note: Datamined items from the upcoming Gnomeregan raid hint at improved versions of items from the original dungeon.

If you need help with Leveling or the Gnomeregan Raid, feel free to check out our WoW Season of Discovery services!

Spring Update:

  • Level Cap: Increased to 50.
  • Additions: More Runes and a new raid for level 50.
  • Speculation: Possibilities for the new raid include Crypts of Karazhan or Scarlet Monastery, aligning with the theme of classic dungeons evolving into raids.

We are also here to help out with any Runes or Raids that you might need!

Summer Update:

  • Level Cap: Raised to 60.
  • Enhancements: Additional Runes and endgame activities for players.
  • Progression: Players can experience the final stages of the Season of Discovery, reaching the level cap and engaging in endgame content.

Autumn Update:

  • Expansion: Further expansion of end-game content, providing a continued and enriched experience for players.

The Season of Discovery unfolds throughout the year, offering a progression of levels, raids, and activities, ensuring that players have a dynamic and engaging experience in World of Warcraft Classic. The expansion of classic dungeons into raids adds a nostalgic and challenging dimension to the game, catering to both new and veteran players alike.

WoW Cataclysm Classic Expectations for 2024

Exciting developments await World of Warcraft Classic fans with the introduction of Cataclysm Classic:

Beta Release:

  • Timing: Anticipated by the end of winter and early spring.
  • Events: Pre-patch event expected around the end of March and into April.

Cataclysm Classic Expansion:


  • Introduction of Worgens and Goblins.
  • Improved Guild Features.
  • Account-Wide Collections.
  • Introduction of the Transmog system.

Official Patch Release:

Additional Updates:

  • 4 new raids.
  • 7 dungeons.
  • 2 heroic dungeons.
  • PvP battlegrounds.
  • Introduction of Darkmoon Island.

Later additions:

  • Rise of the Zandalari: Expected near the end of summer.
  • Rage of the Firelands: Anticipated in the autumn months.

Important Note: The roadmap is subject to potential changes based on player feedback gathered by Blizzard. Cataclysm Classic promises to recreate the nostalgia of 2010, bringing back memorable content and introducing new features to enhance the Classic experience.

WotLK Classic Ruby Sanctum Release Date

The Ruby Sanctum is the final Raid of the WotLK Expansion. It was imagined as a filler Raid before the Cataclysm release. However this time around, we can expect it to Release somewhere in mid-January of 2024. This means that the Icecrown Citadel and the Lich King himself on Heroic will still be opponents that we’ll be fighting and the Ruby Sanctum will provide us with an additional source for acquiring the gear that we need.

It will have multiple amazing best in slot items that will have some more use this time around compared the the original release of the Raid. If you need help with the Ruby Sanctum Raid, feel free to check out our site!

Season of Discovery Phase 2 Release Date

Season of Discovery is simply one of those things that we just need to test and try out. With the amazing mix of old & new bundled up in the well known land of Azeroth, but with a multitude of additions to the world as well as classes, simply changes the view that we take when playing the game.

We are currently in the Phase 1 of Season of Discovery and the hype is real, the time flows by while you’re having fun, so we can expect the Phase 2 of WoW Classic: Season of Discovery to be just around the corner and come in the Winter, we expect it to be somewhere around February 2024! Things we can expect with Phase 2 are:

  • Level Cap Increase: From Level 25 to 40.
  • New Runes
  • New PvP Event
  • New Raid: Gnomeregan

After the release of Phase 2, we have a small addition that was promised on Blizzcon and that is..

WoW Classic Hardcore SSF Mode Release Date

With Hardcore being a huge impact on the community and for the first time bringing the “1 life” theory into the WoW universe, it brought about many changes as well as impacted Blizzard on broadening their horizons. That’s why in order to make the game even more fun for the Players, a Solo-Self-Found Mode is being implemented.

The SSF servers are set to go live somewhere at the end of Winter / start of Spring, we expect it to be somewhere around March 2024!

Season of Discovery Phase 3 Release Date

With SSF mode being out on Hardcore, it won’t be long before the Season of Discovery enjoyers get another huge update after having some time to experience the Hardcore SSF mode. The WoW Classic SoD Phase 3 is expected to come out somewhere in Spring, we believe that this Phase will come out somewhere around April or early May to give Players time to enjoy the Phase and also have some time to play before Cataclysm Classic comes out.

Cataclysm Classic Pre-Patch Release Date

Cataclysm Classic is the next step in the WoW Classic evolution chain and it is closer than you might think. There was a lot of speculation on which Expansion the WoW Classic ‘thing’ is going to end, but WotLK won’t be the one. The coming of WoW Cataclysm Classic Pre-Patch at the end of Spring will mark the end of the WotLK Classic Era and we will be moving on the regular trajectory towards the future past.

We expect the Cataclysm Classic Pre-Patch to land somewhere around April or May in 2024. With the Pre-Patch we will see:

  • The Pre-Patch Event
  • Worgen & Goblin Races
  • Improved Guild Features
  • Account-Wide Collections
  • The Transmog implementation

soon thereafter…

WoW Cataclysm Classic Release Date

Despite millions enjoying the current World of Warcraft version, a substantial number of nostalgic Warcraft veterans desired the classic game, yearning to relive the captivating content and gameplay. Blizzard seized this opportunity, launching WoW Classic in 2019 to cater to the older player base. Since then, Classic servers have evolved with Blizzard consistently re-releasing expansion packs. After WOTLK Classic’s organic conclusion, gamers eagerly awaited the next chapter in WoW Classic, and their inquiries have now been addressed.

The WoW Cataclysm Classic is the next chapter of the WoW Classic franchise and it is set to launch in the first part of the Year 2024. Judging by the Roadmap it is set to release in early Summer, which we predict will be somewhere in Late May or early June. With the release of Cataclysm Classic we can expect:

  • The progression of the Campaign Story
  • 4 Raids right off the bat
  • 7 Dungeons
  • 2 Heroic Dungeons
  • PvP Battleground
  • Darkmoon Island

If you are interested in reading more about Cataclysm Classic specifically, feel free to read our World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic Announced post.

Season of Discovery Phase 4 Release Date

Soon after Cataclysm Classic comes out and after Players got a bit of time to work through their Character progression, check out the Raids and Dungeons as well as enjoy a bit of Transmog competitions. We will move towards the 4th Phase of SoD. The Season of Discovery Phase 4 is set to release at the middle of Summer, we expect it to come somewhere around July of 2024.

With the new Phase coming out, we can expect some updates as well:

  • Raised Level Cap: Level 60
  • New Runes
  • End Game Activities

After this we will have the release of two major patches for Cataclysm Classic.

WoW Cataclysm Classic – Rise of the Zandalari Release Date

The Rise of the Zandalari, an event unfolding in Northern Stranglethorn and the Cape of Stranglethorn. We expect this Phase to come out in late summer / early autumn which would put it somewhere around Late August/early September of 2024.

Here, players discover the Zandalar tribe’s initiative to reunite all troll tribes. Facing the loss of troll territories, the Zandalari aim to consolidate their forces and reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs. The rebuilding of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub hints at a potentially intense expansion. However, Vol’jin and the Darkspear tribe opt out, fearing the consequences of a war that could worsen the world’s condition post-Cataclysm.

This Event is one of the more memorable Quest-chains and is definitely something that will be worth re-living or experiencing for the first time, depending on you being a veteran or a Player that is playing Cataclysm for the first time!

WoW Cataclysm Classic – Rage of the Firelands Release Date

You thought that Ragnaros was defeated? Well shame on you! These things never end easy in WoW, especially not if we look at WoW Classic which is bringing these old Bosses back into life. Firelands was one of the better and more interesting Raids in Cataclysm and getting to enjoy this Raid as well as everything that comes with it is truly a great experience.

Rage of the Firelands marks the introduction of the Firelands Raid and marked the end of the Season before, it might be the same this time around, but we are yet to get more information. We believe that the release of this specific Patch will come somewhere in the middle of autumn, more specifically late October or early November of 2024.

This update includes a new daily quest hub in Hyjal and introduces two additional daily quest zones known as The Regrowth and the Molten Front. The expansion continues Thrall’s storyline and introduces the Dungeon Journal feature for enhanced gameplay information.

The last thing we were made aware from the Roadmap was the Season of Discovery End Game Content Updates.

WoW Season of Discovery End Game Content Updates

With us being Level 60 in Season of Discovery, getting the last of our Runes and finishing End Game activities, the Question is what comes next for this part of the WoW Classic universe. Our expectation is that this content update will be the last coming to SoD and it will come out in late November of 2024.

We expect this last content update to be mostly about releasing the remaining Raids:

  • Molten Core
  • Zul’Gurub

and whether or not we’ll be seeing something else is completely up to Blizzard and the community. We expect that the activity on SoD Servers will be the deciding factor on whether or not we’ll be seeing AQ20/AQ40 or even some other yet unseen Raids such as the speculated Mount Hyjal Raid.


To conclude, we surely do not envy anyone that wants to keep up with the pace of WoW WotLK, Cataclysm or SoD Classic servers, and we shutter at the thought of having to keep up with all that’s coming to WoW Retail and trying to manage all of these games that you’d want to play.

Blizzard is showing and giving us all that we want, but it seems to be going much too fast for everything to be followed up on properly and in order to keep all our Characters up to date it will definitely be a trying task. This is where InstantCarry with our services can jump in and help you out. Whether you need help with WoW Season of Discovery, WotLK Classic, Retail or other games, feel free to contact our Livechat or Discord we are available 24/7!

We truly feel that WoW has an amazing year ahead, for both Classic and Retail, so make sure to keep up with our InstantCarry blog to stay informed, up to date and on top with all the News that are coming to your favorite games!