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Patch 3.0.2, aka "The Echoes of Doom", is the patch that changes many aspects of World of Warcraft in preparation for the launch of the second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. We won't be seeing Death Knights or Northrend (or at least, we're pretty sure we won't, unless they're planning on a big surprise). In addition to four European servers closing due to Russian player migration.

Full patch notes are available, but they aren't the notes we expected. Ghostcrawler said today that not all new talents and abilities are going in the game today because they were balanced to L80 and no one can get to that level until the Wrath launch. The game will be hotfixed to squash any bugs. If you are having problems downloading the patch using Blizzard's torrent downloader, you can get the patch files directly ( or here for EU patch files) from our sister site Big Download.

Latest news and guides:
Read on for what you can expect, but remember that these were based on the full patch notes from the PTR and are currently being revised based on the notes that actually went live:

  • Stormwind Harbor: if you're Alliance, head over to northwestern Stormwind to see the brand-new harbor built to transport explorers to the Borean Tundra (if you're Horde, you can still go to Stormwind, I guess, as long as you don't expect a warm welcome). We have a full gallery if you'd like to see it but don't have any characters in the beta or on the PTR.

Gallery: Stormwind Docks

Stormwind docks locationHappeningsConstruction crewYikesA worker bee
  • Confused about the caster item stats getting hit the simple stick? We have you covered with our Spellpower 101 guide.
As an additional note, four European servers are scheduled to close permanently with the launch of patch 3.0, due to the success of the Russian version of World of Warcraft attracting Russian players from EU servers. The realms affected are Shadowmoon, Warsong, Stonemaul, and Molten Core, and players on those realms are offered free transfers even after the realms themselves have been officially closed.

Recent news:
Click here for the latest news on the "Echoes of Doom" patch.

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