Deathwing flying over a zone and destroying everything in his sight.
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WoW Cataclysm Classic: Exact start time and date

Deathwing will leave Azeroth in ruins. Are you ready?

15 years after the original World of Warcraft Cataclysm released, you’ll get a second chance to play Deathwing’s iconic expansion and see how Azeroth changed. Cataclysm Classic is coming out soon, and below you’ll find the countdown showing when the expansion starts.

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Cataclysm Classic is the second release of this expansion, and it will undergo a couple of changes. On top of regular Heroic dungeons, you’ll have access to Titan Rune dungeons, account-wide transmogs, and a ton of guild perks available from the start. This expansion will feel the same but different from the original release. Here’s the exact start time and date of Cataclysm Classic

WoW Cataclysm Classic release date and time

A boss in WoW Cataclysm.
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WoW Classic Cataclysm releases on May 20 at 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT on May 21 at 12 am CEST. As usual, this expansion has a worldwide release and all players will be able to access it at the same time.

Below, you’ll find the countdown showing how many days, hours, and minutes you have to wait until Cataclysm Classic’s release:

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Once it’s live, there’s a high chance the servers will be buggy or even offline. So, keep your eyes peeled on the official WoW X (formerly Twitter) page

What to expect from WoW Cataclysm Classic

Cataclysm Classic is taking over Wrath of the Lich King’s spot, and that means the previous expansion will become unavailable. The level cap is increasing from 80 to 85, the old zones will assume a new form, and all the new content, like dungeons, will be added. For those familiar with the expansion, it’ll be a another wave of nostalgia. However, if you’re like me and never played the early expansions in WoW, it’s the perfect time to experience the game’s glory days.

But that’s not all. Blizzard Entertainment has three more big patches planned for this expansion—Rise of the Zandalari, Rage of the Firelands, and Hour of Twilight. Each new patch will introduce more fresh features as well as one more raid. Unlike the original Cataclysm, the patch cadence will be faster, allowing players to burn through content and before turning to other WoW game modes, like MoP Remix.


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