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WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Battle.net details special events getting underway today to celebrate this weekend's 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft, Blizzard's MMORPG which launched on November 23, 2004. Here's word on what to expect, with last night's references to "tomorrow" now representing today:

This weekend marks World of Warcraft’s 10th anniversary, and we’d like to thank you for exploring Azeroth with us for all these years. To help celebrate, tomorrow we’re unleashing some great anniversary-themed in-game content for you to enjoy, whether you’re taking a stroll down memory lane or experiencing some of WoW’s defining conflicts for the very first time.

To make sure everyone has plenty of opportunity to take part in the celebration—while still being able to enjoy everything Warlords of Draenor has to offer—all of the anniversary content launching tomorrow will be available until the beginning of 2015. Check out the details below—we’ll see you there!

When: Friday, November 21–Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST

A Fiery New Friend
Everyone who logs in during the anniversary period will receive a feisty, fiery new Molten Corgi to love, pet, and call their own. Cuddle at your own risk.

Maximum Molten Core
One of WoW’s classic 40-player raids, Molten Core, will be available in Raid Finder for level 100 players (average item level 615 required). Making it through the underground gauntlet and defeating Ragnaros will reward players with a Core Hound mount and a Warlords of Draenor Raid Finder–quality helm—100% guaranteed! For a walkthrough of the non–Raid Finder version of the dungeon, check out our earlier Revisiting Heroism’s Past – Molten Core guide.

Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues
To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’re opening a special Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets for players to take part in: one for level 90–99 characters and another for level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, this Battleground has a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde.

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27. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 22, 2014, 12:41 HoSpanky
 
So, I was on the fence about going back to WoW. Then the girlfriend saw the Molten Corgi and decided it was enough reason to go back.

Here's what's new:
You finally get promoted, and you have an instanced garrison. It contains land plots to place buildings, but only a small number. Every non-profession building offers a pretty awesome bonus, but you can't even have half of them. There's no flying in the new landmass, even after hitting level 100, but gathering professions don't matter as much now. The garrison has a mine and herb garden that you can collect from, even without those professions. There's a limited amount they produce, but it still killed the market for materials.

Annoying state like Hit are gone, replaced with ones you actually will want to fiddle around with. You can no longer change secondary stats on armor, it's back to researching what armor you actually want to get.

The entire economy seems to have taken a massive kick to the junk, likely designed to keep people from making absurd income on the auction house. Will see how that shakes out over time.

You not only get the garrison, but you get followers (mostly through questing) that can be sent on missions. Success gets you xp for that follower, plus either bonus XP or upgrades for them, money/gear for you, or resources for the garrison. Resources are the currency you use to upgrade the garrison OR spend to send followers on missions. They show up all over the place, and there's also a building you can make to gain resources from cutting down trees.

The garrison changes the game significantly, if you can't already tell. The facebooky Follower minigame is oddly satisfying, and benefits you in various ways.

Actual combat is largely the same, with better attack telegraphs from large enemies, with far more punishment for ignoring them.

Visually, the game looks pretty fantastic, most of the time. The vastly upgraded character models are sadly almost always covered with armor. You'll notice them on the login screen but after that they're almost completely forgotten. They're used for in-engine (but video) cutscenes, and they look pretty good there, especially the lip-synch. They aren't remotely up to the detail level of starcraft 2's in-engine scenes, but they're still drastically better.

Time will tell if it holds our attention more than a couple months, but for now it's fun enough.
 
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26. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 22, 2014, 09:07 Muscular Beaver
 
TM/SS battles were just amazing. Even if there were only a few people.
A battleground wont do it justice.
As for raids... I did a few raids in vanilla incl. MC to exhaustion, but never really liked it. So... meh.
 
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25. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 22, 2014, 07:41 Wetworks24
 
nin wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 14:01:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:36:
I can't believe that it jumped back up over 10M subscribers. Boggles the mind. I bet Blizzard didn't even imagine that.

Here are a few classic entertaining WoW vids for folks.

The Ballad of the Noob.

The Internet is for Porn.


One more.


This was always my favorite, such a great video

Blind by Percula

Top notch production values.
 
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24. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Nov 22, 2014, 04:42 Tulwinn
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 17:47:
Answered my own question, logged into battlenet and my account is already upgraded to include MoP. I might have to try this...
Yep, even if you quit at Vanilla you now have all the expansions except Warlords
 
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23. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 17:47 Mr. Tact
 
Answered my own question, logged into battlenet and my account is already upgraded to include MoP. I might have to try this...  
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22. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 16:44 Mr. Tact
 
So, I would or wouldn't have to buy MoP also to be current? Starting to get drawn in....  
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21. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 16:37 Mr. Tact
 
Man, just the idea of a Core Hound mount is almost enough to make me pick this up again after three years. I'll think about it...  
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20. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 16:22 raVen
 
Ant wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 15:51:
Will players without expansions be able to play? I still have my WoW installation on my very old, updated Windows XP Pro SP3 box, from over a decade ago. However, I haven't been updated it for many years. But then I have no time for gaming even reading BN daily. Maybe Christmas break?
It'd probably be faster to download the newer version. Tons of asset changes, and even a new asset format. They've gone on record saying an old disc install is going be less optimal an install than just downloading everything again.
If you've got decent internet speeds, you can get going pretty quickly with the battle.net launcher.
 
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19. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 15:57 Minuit
 
Reactivating your account will take only seconds. Patching the game so that you can log in... Well, better start now if you want to log in before the end of Christmas.  
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18. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 15:54 Koshmar
 
They gave everyone with a retail copy of WoW up to Pandaria for free I believe so you would only have to purchase WoD  
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17. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 15:51 Ant
 
Will players without expansions be able to play? I still have my WoW installation on my very old, updated Windows XP Pro SP3 box, from over a decade ago. However, I haven't been updated it for many years. But then I have no time for gaming even reading BN daily. Maybe Christmas break?  
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16. No subject Nov 21, 2014, 15:21 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Jivaro wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:18:
holy shit...MC. Oh the memories...
Yeah...MC...I don't miss the trash clearing, but I do miss the content and people from back then. Our first Lucy, Mags, and Gehn kills were done with 25 people. Funny how people were suddenly online the following week after that, we'd just started raiding and banging our head against the wall. Shit, first couple of months MC was a two-day clear as well. I chuckle at that. I haven't played in shit 4 years? I got so burned out.

BobBob wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:37:
What is the profile of typical MMO player? Besides exercising and leisurely reading books (I suppose it's a question of priority), I can rarely find more than 20 to 30 minutes of free time to play a video game.
Well when I played heardcore I was single(5-6/day plus 8-9hrs on a raid day) I was a mage class lead(I also filled our guilds mage tank rolls in TBC--I loved that content), and ran 3 raids a week Ony, AQ, and lultrollz instance in STV in vanilla. Later I ran raids for Kara, Gruul, and Naxx. I'm not married, but C/O as they call it here. She plays a lot still, upwards of 30 hours a week. Two of my friends from college still play, they're hooked up & met via a LARP, funny enough my sister introduced them. They play upwards of 35 hours a week, run a moderately successful guild on one of the RP servers for casual raiders(raid team is 50 people). I'm trying to remember which server it was, it was one of the ones that split off Earthen Ring. Half of the people I know from HS and Uni still play.

Considering I can still put in a 12hr gaming session without a problem, I could probably play if I wanted to. I keep hearing really good things about this expansion, so we'll see.

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15. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 14:17 Necrophob
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:50:
Yakubs wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 11:44:
"Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues
To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’re opening a special Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets for players to take part in: one for level 90–99 characters and another for level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, this Battleground has a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde."

This is a perfect microcosm for WoW design philosophy. After having removed everything interesting about the original game, let's bring it back but put theme-park structure around it so everyone can opt out of having their feelings hurt.

Some of those battles at TM were effing amazing. Soooo much fun.

I played WoW for about a year on dial-up before finally getting DSL. What prompted the upgrade? Freaking Tarren Mill. WoW actually worked ok on a dialup, but put a bunch of people in one spot like that, and WoW turned into a slideshow for me.
 
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14. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 14:01 nin
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:36:
I can't believe that it jumped back up over 10M subscribers. Boggles the mind. I bet Blizzard didn't even imagine that.

Here are a few classic entertaining WoW vids for folks.

The Ballad of the Noob.

The Internet is for Porn.


One more.

 
https://soundcloud.com/trentreznorandatticusross/sets/before-the-flood-soundtrack-1
https://dancewiththedead.bandcamp.com/
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13. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 14:00 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 13:44:
Most of the people I know who do it are single (or have very understanding spouses).

Or play with them, which is pretty common.

My wife plays, but because of her job rarely has free time that she wants to use to log on during the week; most of my game time comes from insomnia and being up five or six more hours a day than she is.

I don't think WoW is any more time intensive these days than Netflix. You can binge forever and get everything you want at once, but you definitely don't have to just to get some enjoyment out of it. As long as you're not concerned with being a top raider or decked out in the best of everything, anyway.
 
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12. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 13:57 BobBob
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 13:44:
Most of the people I know who do it are single (or have very understanding spouses). I quit Asheron's Call well more than a decade ago, before I got married. Played some Eve Online casually while married, but that's actually a game you can solo an hour at a time if you want.

Come to think of it, you're right. Marriage reduced my gaming time by a huge percent. Beyond business, I just realized almost everything else I do is because of her.
 
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11. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 13:44 jdreyer
 
BobBob wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 12:37:
What is the profile of typical MMO player? Besides exercising and leisurely reading books (I suppose it's a question of priority), I can rarely find more than 20 to 30 minutes of free time to play a video game.

Most of the people I know who do it are single (or have very understanding spouses). I quit Asheron's Call well more than a decade ago, before I got married. Played some Eve Online casually while married, but that's actually a game you can solo an hour at a time if you want.
 
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10. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 13:04 Verno
 

Some of those battles at TM were effing amazing. Soooo much fun.

Yeah they were awesome, I loved the back and forth. Horde was severely outnumbered on our server so we always struggled and had to really work together.

I really miss the world of this game, very well realized and I had a real sense of awe/wonder exploring it at the time.
 
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9. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 12:50 Cutter
 
Yakubs wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 11:44:
"Southshore vs. Tarren Mill—The Battle Continues
To recapture the feeling of the endless tug-of-war of early WoW PvP, we’re opening a special Team Deathmatch–style Battleground based on the timeless struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill. We’ll have two different brackets for players to take part in: one for level 90–99 characters and another for level 100. Unlike the old days of Tarren Mill vs. Southshore, this Battleground has a clearly defined victor, so you’ll need to work as a team or face crushing defeat. A win will gain you a shiny new title: either Tarren Mill Terror for the Alliance or Southshore Slayer for the Horde."

This is a perfect microcosm for WoW design philosophy. After having removed everything interesting about the original game, let's bring it back but put theme-park structure around it so everyone can opt out of having their feelings hurt.

Some of those battles at TM were effing amazing. Soooo much fun.
 
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8. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Celebrations Nov 21, 2014, 12:37 BobBob
 
What is the profile of typical MMO player? Besides exercising and leisurely reading books (I suppose it's a question of priority), I can rarely find more than 20 to 30 minutes of free time to play a video game.  
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