Naxxramas Opening Time and Scourge Invasion Adjustments

Following the release of WoW Classic patch 1.13.6 on December 1, we’ll open Naxxramas and kick off the Scourge Invasion on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST)(9:00 a.m. December 4 AEDT).

The Scourge Invasions coming to WoW Classic next week have been adjusted in some ways that differ from how they were originally configured to operate in 2006. Here’s a look into the details behind that.

Original WoW

On June 20, 2006, Scourge Invasions began, including bonus dungeon bosses, vendors, quests, and a series of undead invasion outdoor events. The Invasion part of the event came in three stages. Necrotic Shards spawned in each zone being attacked and are surrounded by undead enemies which must be defeated to destroy the Shard. They most notably drop Necrotic Runes, which were used as quest objectives and as currency to purchase Consecrated Sharpening Stones and Blessed Weapon Oils.

The stages progressed per-realm. The first stage ended when 50 zones were defended, the second at 100, and the third ended at 150 zones defended. At the end of each stage, any player on that realm could speak with NPCs in capital cities to receive an item with limited charges that provided a minor scaling stamina buff for 1 hour. Once a total of 150 zones were defended, the invasions portion of the event ended permanently.

Regardless of the number of zones defended, the rest of the features of the Scourge Invasion event were configured to end after three weeks, taking away all bonus dungeon bosses, vendors, quest NPCs, and vendors.

WoW Classic

Given the number of endgame players per realm nowadays, as well as how much more knowledgeable players are when it comes to optimizing gameplay, we feel that it is pertinent to make several changes to the event. We calculated that it would be easy for some realms to be completely done with the invasion portion of the event in less than five days, so our primary goal is to allow more time for players to participate and not feel rushed.

  • The number of zones needed to complete each stage has been increased to 100/200/300.
  • The total duration for the bonus dungeon bosses, vendors, and quest givers has been increased from three to four weeks and will end on December 31.
  • An additional one-week period has been added, beginning after 300 zones have successfully been defended on each realm. During this extra week, invasions will continue to spawn to allow players a final chance to participate and gather the rewards.
    • This additional week cannot extend beyond the end date of December 31.

These adjustments feel like a solid way to allow players more breathing room to enjoy Naxxramas and still participate in this one-time event.

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to joining you in Naxxramas at 2:00 p.m. PST on December 3!


Thank you for making the end that much more bearable. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.



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NOw only if this was also done for the AQ opening event, we could have participate more…


good news thanks


Thank you SO much for extending the Scourge Invasion!!! Many concerns about getting everything before it ended - this is fantastic!


Whew. I was worried that the event would be over in a day or two given how many players are on Classic realms.


It shows they learned from a mistake and are improving for the future.

You can be salty and miserable, wallowing about what happened months ago, or you can be glad at the fixes and play on. Your choice.


Wheres the #nochanges crowd?


Very good change.


At least they learned from it, though. This kind of common sense approach rather than “treat the game as a museum piece” approach is so much more better and makes me more confident in how they will handle tbc


i’m really happy with these kind of changes for the spirit of the original. rock on


The fact that they finally have some hindsight only for the last phase of classic… a whole year later really speaks volumes about this small indie company. P-please understand! don’t be so negative!

I’m sure classic TBC will be filled with hindsight decisions too!

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So why these changes to the invasion schedule but not any changes to the AQ war effort?

These are good changes. Thank you.


Awesome, now I won’t have to go into a mad dash to farm all the necrotic runes for the consumes on my mage

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Behind you.

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Thanks for adjusting it to allow us more time to experience the invasion!!! Would still have loved to see Naxx pushed out until after Christmas but can’t get everything I suppose

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Either A) UNderestimated the people: As usual
B) Still underestimating the popularity of the original game vs retail

Looks like a good change, thank you!