WotLK Classic Phase 4: Random Dungeon Finder Guide
With Phase 4 of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic finally upon us, one of the most highly anticipated features has made its debut – the Random Dungeon Finder (RDF). For those who have been eagerly awaiting this addition to the game, your patience has been rewarded. In this detailed guide, we'll take a closer look at how RDF works, its benefits, and what to expect in this exciting new phase of the game.
↖ What is RDF?
RDF is a game-changing feature that allows players to find groups for dungeons quickly and efficiently. With this tool, you can queue up for dungeons, including normal dungeons, heroics, and the Defense Protocol dungeons (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma). Let's break down what you need to know about RDF.
↖ How Does RDF Work?
RDF operates as a tool that streamlines the process of forming groups for dungeon runs. Here are the key elements of how it functions:
- Queuing for Dungeons: RDF offers players the ability to queue for individual dungeons, including normal dungeons, heroics, Defense Protocol Alpha, Defense Protocol Beta, and Defense Protocol Gamma.
- Item Level Requirement: For testing purposes, the item level requirement for queuing for Defense Protocol Gamma dungeons is currently set at 200. However, keep in mind that this is for the testing environment only and may change in the future.
- Rewards: Participating in RDF not only allows you to experience dungeons with a randomly formed group but also grants you rewards. These rewards include experience points, gold (although it's currently listed as gold, it's actually 18 silver), and a "Satchel of Helpful Goods" that often contains items like shoulders, capes, belts, or boots to aid in levelling.
↖ Issues and Incomplete Functions
Before diving into RDF, it's essential to be aware of the known issues and incomplete functions currently present in Phase 4 of WOTLK Classic:
- Pre-made Group Finder: This feature still needs to be implemented and is missing from the interface. Blizzard intends to add it in a future PTR update.
- Daily Dungeon Completion Rewards: The rewards for daily dungeon completion still need to be finalized. Currently, all these activities reward two Emblems of Triumph and WotLK Classic gold.
- Activating Alpha, Beta, or Gamma: Sometimes, you must click the mysterious device object to activate Alpha, Beta, or Gamma dungeons manually. In the final release, Blizzard intends for the desired additional difficulty to automatically activate upon entering the instance.
- Group Chat: Group chats inside of groups formed via RDF use Battleground chat instead of instance or party chat. Players need to type /bg to communicate with their group.
- Ready Check Visual Bug: When the dungeon queue pops, the ready check marks do not fill in for each group member as they accept the queue. This is a visual bug that will be resolved in a future PTR update.
- Recing Timer: There is currently a 15-minute timer for re-queuing after doing a random dungeon. This will not be present in the live release.
↖ Benefits of RDF in Phase 4
Now that you know how RDF works and the issues currently being addressed, let's explore the benefits of participating in RDF during Phase 4:
- Levelling Efficiency: RDF provides an efficient way to level up characters, especially when using full heirlooms. The added experience points and helpful goods make the levelling process smoother and faster.
- Currency Rewards: Every boss in Defense Protocol Gamma dungeons drops a new currency. This currency can be used to purchase item level 245 raid rewards, including coveted trinkets. This change eases the gear acquisition process, making it less painful to acquire specific items.
- Encouraging Full Dungeon Clears: To promote teamwork and prevent boss skips, and Blizzard has made it so that every boss in Gamma Dungeons drops the new currency. This incentivizes players to clear more of the dungeon rather than simply rushing to the final boss.
- Natural Progression: RDF introduces an item-level restriction to dungeons, creating a natural progression path. Players must queue for Alpha, then work on improving their gear to access Beta and, ultimately, unlock Gamma dungeons.
The introduction of RDF in Phase 4 of WOTLK Classic brings a long-awaited feature to the game, providing numerous benefits for both new and returning players. While there are some known issues and incomplete functions during the PTR phase, these are expected to be resolved before the official release. With RDF, levelling and gearing up your character has never been more accessible and efficient. So, embrace this new tool, form dungeon groups, and embark on epic adventures in the world of Azeroth.
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