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Two Years of World of Warcraft: Classic
26.08.2021 в 17:55
World of Warcraft: Classic launched two years ago today, on August 26, 2019. Since then, Classic has gone through all six phases of the original game's content and stepped through the Dark Portal, into Burning Crusade. Today, let's celebrate what World of Warcraft: Classic has brought to the game by taking a look at all the biggest pieces of news of the last two years.
August 26, 2019: WoW Classic Launches
August 27, 2019: Blizzard's Stock Rises
Stock sees a sharp 6% Rise after yesterday's close, on August 26, 2019. Stock peaked at $52.22 and was selling at $50.35, an increase over the previous day's close at $48.69.
viewership for World of Warcraft peaked over 1.1 Million on Monday. As reported on
The Esports Observer
September 24, 2019: World of Warcraft Subscription Revenue Tripled
WoW revenue skyrocketed in August, attributed to massively increased subscription counts due to Classic WoW. Interestingly, their total revenue was still lower than that of last August, when Battle for Azeroth launched, which also had benefitted from a gigantic marketing campaign and expansion box sales, whereas Classic revenue comes from subscriptions only.
WoW Classic drives a huge jump in subscribers.
World of Warcraft subscription revenue grew an estimated 223% in August compared to July. Despite this, total revenue was still lower than the Battle for Azeroth expansion last August.
February 12, 2020: Blackwing Lair Launches
February 12, 2020: Progress & Calamity defeats Nefarion in 47 Minutes
With Blackwing Lair opening just a single hour ago, we've already seen Classic World First clears, with <Calamity> of Mograine-EU and <Progress> from Firemaw-EU defeating Nefarian and clearing the highly anticipated raid only 42 minutes after launch!
Edit: Blizzard has
citing both <Progress> and <Calamity> defeating Nefarian at 23:42:21 UTC. With the two kills so incredibly close together, it's hard to call either the clear winner, so congratulations to both.
WarcraftLogs is still processing ranks, as these kills came in very quickly after one another, but they we can see the top ranks and their times on their
Blackwing Lair Progress
page, in which <Calamity> is reported ahead of <Progress>.
April 16, 2020: Zul'Gurub Launch and 5 Priest Hakkar Killed
Several raid groups have cleared Zul'Gurub since went live today with Phase 4 of Classic WoW, but <BLaDE of KiLL> on Arugal-OCE was not only one of the first groups to defeat Hakkar, they did so with all 5 High Priests still alive! Long considered nearly impossible, this is a major accomplishment never achieved during Vanilla WoW (
: See below for evidence regarding a previously unknown first kill by Chinese group Seventh Heaven). Most groups leave Hakkar for last, as any living High Priest will buff the boss with a dangerous new ability:
Верховная жрица Джеклик
): Deals ~1500 AOE damage and silences everyone in the area for 8 seconds.
Верховный жрец Веноксис
also deals ~800 Poison damage to the raid.
Верховная жрица Мар'ли
): Stuns the person in the top of the aggro threat for 6 seconds, resetting their threat.
Верховный жрец Текал
): Hakkar gains 150% increased attack speed.
Верховная жрица Арлокк
): Gouges the person in the top of the aggro threat for 2 seconds, resetting their threat.
August 3, 2020: The First Gongs at Ahn'Qiraj are Rang
Blizzard released blue posts talking about the Ahn'Qiraj War Effort turn-ins on US and EU servers. Five US servers and four EU servers are able to bang the gong after their weekly reset!
The respective US and EU realms that have completed the War Effort and will be able to bang the Scarab Gong at reset, in order of completion, are:
Sulfuras, Skeram, Incendius, Netherwind, Earthfury
Golemagg, Firemaw, Mograine, Earthshaker
August 28, 2020: 49 Scarab Lords on Fairbanks
Although they fell a bit behind other servers in the War Effort, the gates of Ahn'Qiraj have finally been opened on Fairbanks-US/PvP. Going a bit slower isn't necessary a bad thing though, as it's given the server time to amass an astounding
49 Scarab Lords
across the server!
Despite not actually setting out to delay the opening of the gates, the lack of preparation resulted in quite a bit of extra time for players to work on the
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- although upon realizing the opportunity laid before them those efforts became surprisingly well coordinated, with a separate discord and spreadsheets tracking player and war effort progress. Even still, they only expected perhaps a dozen players to actually complete the grind.
December 3, 2020: The Scourge Invasion Begins and Progress kills Kel'Thuzad
The guild Progress has achieved the World First clear of Classic Naxxramas!
Progress has a number of achievements in WoW Classic, including
EU First AQ40
World First Blackwing Lair
February 19, 2021: Burning Crusade is Coming
June 16, 2021: Burning Crusade Classic Arena Tournament
Blizzard has announced the dates, qualifiers, and prize pool for the upcoming Burning Crusade Classic Arena Tournament. The event will be a 3v3 Arena Tournament with qualifiers on July 17-18 and the main event taking place July 23-25 with the top 8 qualifying teams. All teams competing in the qualifiers have the chance to earn the "Vanquisher" Title, by finishing in the top 10% of all teams.
July 29, 2021: Burning Crusade Classic Phase 2 Testing on PTR
Slay the twisted Lady Vashj and her vicious fiends in her watery lair—Serpentshrine Cavern.
Raid Bosses: 6
Location: Coilfang Reservoir, Zangramarsh
Infiltrate the heart of a crystalline fortress to end the madness of the corrupted Kael’thas Sunstrider and his warped loyalists.
Raid Bosses: 4
Location: Tempest Keep, Netherstorm
Arena Season 2
Brutalize your faction’s enemies on the battlefield with the advent of Arena Season 2. Victorious players will earn Arena Points to exchange for better gear so they can fight against other similar-skilled opponents.
Ogri’la and Sha’tari Skyguard Daily Content
Make new allies in Outland with the Ogri’la and Shatari Skyguard factions. Complete daily quests to earn these factions’ favor and in turn receive lucrative rewards.
Share raid and dungeons spoils amongst your guildmates with the Guild Bank. This in-game storage allows guild members to withdraw and deposit items and currency, making it easier to determine at glance what consumables you have available (or need to make!) for your next group activity.
Group Browser Tool
Find like-minded players and make new friends with the Group Browser Tool (
default hotkey: i
). Simply list your class and specialization so group leaders on your realm can invite you to their party or raid.
August 19, 2021: New Classic Era PTR
This past week, a new Classic Era Public Test Realm quietly went live. We had a chance to roam around and take a few screenshots, trying to figure out what Phase the realm was on. Now that the servers are offline, the community is speculating what this PTR could be testing.
F R E S H
Now that the realms have gone offline
, speculation is beginning to run rampant within the community. "Is Blizzard testing Classic FRESH?" is one of the most asked questions, and to be honest,
it isn't much of a surprise
. Vanilla WoW, or Classic, is one of the greatest games ever made, with all of its flaws and
min-maxing with World Buffs. But if Blizzard is testing Classic Fresh launch, what are they testing to change?
Back in June of this year,
Blizzard sent out a survey
asking the community about potential Fresh and potential changes with the next launch of Classic. Things like Summoning Stones, higher difficulty bosses, higher debuff limit, a barbershop, faster XP, and
no world buffs
. Blizzard went even further, asking about a Phase cadence for the next iteration of Classic, which is a really interesting question. Imagine two month long phases on a clean 1 year cycle, with more loot from raid bosses to compensate for a shorter phase.
F R E S H
, every summer.
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