Hardcore mode has long enticed players with its challenging gameplay and specific rule sets. Even I, as a level 15 paladin, once ventured into this unforgiving mode but fell short of success. However, the recent surge of players returning to Hardcore mode on classic realms has caught Blizzard’s attention, prompting them to announce the introduction of Hardcore domains.
This summer, World of Warcraft Classic is introducing a new way to adventure through Azeroth with Hardcore realms! In these Classic Era realms, character death is permanent, making the stakes higher than ever for those heroes brave enough to embark on this daring challenge!
Hardcore realms will enter PTR on June 29th and will be officially released later this summer.
One Life is All You Get
In Hardcore realms, death is permanent, which has significant implications for how you adventure through Azeroth. You won’t be able to run back to your corpse and revive, nor can you be resurrected by spells like a Shaman’s Reincarnation.
Linger in The Afterlife
However, you may continue to exist in the game world as a ghost. As a ghost, you can observe, communicate, and, if needed, pass on the leadership of a guild to another still-living character.
Deadly and Deliberate PVP
Hardcore realms are PvE servers, where players survive and progress against the odds in a dangerous world. With such high stakes, Blizzard wants PvP to be optional and intentional. Blizzard has made adjustments to how players enable and enter PvP, and they have introduced a brand-new feature, ‘Duel to the Death,’ for those who truly seek to test their mettle against other champions!
To ensure a fair experience for all players, Blizzard is implementing various safeguards. These include preventing many quest-related NPCs from being attacked by players of the opposing faction and ensuring that most creatures will return to their spawn area much sooner if they are being kited.
Make The Challenge Your Own
Hardcore realms provide a solid foundation for all players who wish to undertake the challenge while also allowing room for optional player-driven restrictions for that extra level of danger.
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