Less than four months after the release of patch 1.2, which introduced the 5-man dungeon Maraudon, came patch 1.3 and yet another new 5-man dungeon -- or rather, three new 5-man dungeons rolled into one. Patch 1.3 introduced Dire Maul to the game. Dire Maul's three-in-one format remains rather unique in World of Warcraft. Nothing like it has ever been attempted again. Patch 1.3 also included many other noteworthy details:
- Blizzard began its trend of implementing popular addons into the game's default UI.
- The first steps towards capping the number of players that could enter a dungeon or raid were put in place.
- The very first incarnation of the Dungeon Finder tool appeared. No, it wasn't useful in any imaginable way.