Congratulations everyone .. we got there in the end!
Blizzard have just posted a new video .. and it's very cool!!
The WoW Classic Release date is August 27th, with the beta starting May 15th!
The WoW Classic Beta will let you create and level up characters, as well as participate in server stress tests. The developers are keenly interested in all types of feedback, maintaining fidelity to the original game, and have implemented a new bug report system to make submitting feedback easier.
Beta invites seem pretty limited, so make sure that you have opted in for potential beta invites on Battle.net.
When you’re logged in to http://account.blizzard.com/games, click on Games and Subscriptions. Scrolling down will bring up a prompt to “Go to Beta Profile Settings.” Click on that, and then make sure WoW and WoW Classic are checked. You can also go to www.wowclassic.com.
WoW Classic Overview
This faithful, authentic recreation captures the danger, excitement, and glory of the original World of Warcraft, and invites players to relive some of the adventures and moments that defined its legacy.
On August 27, veterans and newcomers will be able to relive World of Warcraft’s epic origins as they assemble a 40-player raid to take on the fiery hazards of Molten Core; fight for their faction in the ongoing world PvP struggle between Southshore and Tarren Mill; muster a realm-wide war effort to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj; and much more.
RELIVE AN ERA LOST TO LEGEND – Return to Azeroth as it was during the Drums of War update (patch 1.12), which represents the original WoW® at its most content-complete.
PHASED CONTENT ROLLOUT – Following its launch, World of Warcraft Classic’s content will be released over the course of multiple phases reflecting the game’s original order. Re-experience WoW history unfolding as heroes gear up for Blackwing Lair; players battle for PvP Honor and Rank rewards; and entire realms band together to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj.
INCLUDED WITH EXISTING WOW SUBSCRIPTIONS – Anyone who subscribes to World of Warcraft can play WoW Classic at no additional cost. Explore the far corners of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms before and after the world-shattering events that changed Azeroth forever.
CLOSED BETA TEST & STRESS TESTS – Starting May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test, helping ensure WoW Classic nails its goal of authenticity. Players will also get a chance to help put our servers and technology through the paces in a series of stress tests from May through July—opt in now at www.wowclassic.com.
CLASSIC GAMEPLAY WITH TODAY’S CONVENIENCES – Experience the authentic gameplay of 2006 built on the infrastructure of WoW today, with server technology providing a smooth and stable experience; support for modern PC hardware; and access to Blizzard Battle.net’s social features.
Content Release Schedule
WoW Classic releases on August 27th, and while we don’t know the full content release schedule, we asked a few questions as to the future at our WoW Classic interview.
On August 27th, Phase 1 content will unlock, including Molten Core, Onyxia, and launch dungeons. However, we won’t know the release dates for Phase 2 through 6 before the launch of WoW Classic—and when they are revealed, it will be one-by-one, based on the community’s interest and readiness for the next patch.
Battle for Azeroth and Classic patches will likely not land on the same day, similar to Blizzard staggering other major game updates across the network.
For more information, head over to Wowhead.
Looks like there might be some fun stuff planned for the 15th Anniversary.
There's a collectors edition you can buy, that gives you in-game and real life goodies:
"Commemorate 15 years of conflict, adventure, and camaraderie by pre-ordering the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition—available October 8, 2019.
Each set contains a treasure trove of collectible items celebrating the history of Azeroth, including:
Behold Ragnaros, he who is ancient when this world was young! Bow, mortals, before this 10+ inch immortalization of the Firelord himself.
Add to your pin collection and adorn your home with the head of Onyxia, Broodmother of the Black Dragonflight.
Map of Azeroth Mouse Pad
Gaze upon the realms your character has explored these past 15 years while you prepare for the next adventure.
Fine Art Prints
Reach into Azeroth’s vivid past with eight frameable fine art prints.
30 Days of Game Time
Extend your stay in Azeroth with 30 days of game time to aid you on your next adventure.
Take to the skies with these majestic alabaster mounts—living stone tributes to a pair of familiar flying creatures.*Alabaster Stormtalon for Alliance characters
Alabaster Thunderwing for Horde characters
It’s a monumental year for World of Warcraft as we celebrate 15 years of epic adventures and community—don’t miss out on getting these treasured collectibles to mark the occasion.
Pre-order the 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on the Blizzard Gear Store, or check availability with your favorite video game retailer in the coming days.
If you can’t wait until October to get your hands on the new Alabaster Stormtalon or Alabastor Thunderwing, don’t worry. We’ll be introducing these mounts to the Blizzard Shop and in-game shop as a standalone bundle in August. Players who purchase these mounts this way and also attach a 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition to their World of Warcraft account by March 31, 2020 will receive a $25 credit to their Blizzard Balance."
There will also be in-game events:
Later this year, Blizzard will be rolling out a series of in-game activities in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth™ in celebration of the game’s 15th anniversary, culminating in a 25-player raid (accessible through Raid Finder) that will pit players against some of the most iconic bosses from throughout the game’s history. Players who make it through this epic trial will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount, designed to evoke the terrible visage of the ancient Dragon Aspect Deathwing the Destroyer.
For players that do not have as much time to complete anniversary events, fear not! By simply logging in, you will earn the Lil’ Nefarian pet. His namesake, Nefarian, was the final boss of Blackwing Lair—another notable raid from Classic WoW.
Congratulations everyone .. a fun and productive night (running around, screaming, is productive, right?!)
We got the first boss down, and had a decent go at the second. Not bad at all
The following roster updates have been made today:
From Pup to Cub
Abet, Annabelle, Arfur, Bellemorté, Bellémorte, Bluedabdi, Cambellar, Chaleeli, Chalice, Charisma, Cheska, Chikara, Chiwawa, Chulip, Chérub, Eonéx, Frenanna, Fzero, Grimaldie, Leonoxx, Lexxodear, Lexxodon, Molocks, Myrah, Orphic, Oxblood, Paragus, Parselist, Rilla, Rool, Shainos, Shannos, Shannosx, Shianti (x3), Sit, Southman, Southwind, Svalm, Tsunzu, Varelse.
From Cub to Juvenile
Helenback, Narishka, Orela, Pawstrong, Stricken, Tiabelle, Viginti.
From Juvenile to Wolf
(alts placed in Wolf Alt rank)
From Wolf/Wolf Alt to Werewolf
For additional information on how the ranks work, please see that section in the guild info. If you believe there has been a mistake, feel free to reply below and I'll look into it.
If anyone regularly raids and was already (prior to today) at the Wolf/Wolf Alt rank, and wasn't placed in the Werewolf rank, please let me know. Anyone who regularly raids and who has been promoted today to the Wolf/Wolf Alt rank will then be reviewed at the next set of promotions.
Since the changes to the way the roster and permissions work, it is much more difficult to ensure characters are correctly linked. Whereas previously anyone with invite rights also were able to adjust your public roster note in order to add your "main" when you had an alt invited, this is now not possible. The only people able to amend you public note now are you, when you're on that character, or an officer. We currently have at least two characters in the guild that we think are alts .. but don't know for sure. These are marked with "ALT?" in their notes.
Characters that have nothing in their public notes linking them to other characters are much more likely to be removed for inactivity (As all linked characters are checked for activity prior to removal for inactivity).
Please do ensure that all your alts are marked up as such on your public note in the guild roster to prevent any being removed by accident.
Please also do not add anything in the public note section of your alts, other than the "main" character name. You may, if you wish, add your real name against your "main" - but no other information. Gear scores, roles, etc .. all often change and should not be included. See the Guild Rules for additional information.
As I was in the process of dealing with the roster updates on the website, I took the opportunity to clear out some inactive accounts. All these accounts (barring two individual, low level, one character accounts) were 6 months or more inactive. If any of them wish to return in the future, they're welcome to reapply and mention that they were previously a member.
Some were removed completely, some were placed in MiA. Those in MiA can just log in with the character remaining in the guild, as normal, and ask for any alts to be reinvited.
Those removed are:
Zhorazh, Draxit, Ganzfeld, Itsnotaskirt, Evillicious, Rizla, Yukionna, Totemictrip, Darkteddy, Drogeth, Erogdush, Slippryslope, Semilance, Khalod, Aequitas, Seregor, Kazumbaq, Harey.
All of their alts, if they had any, have also been removed.
Those placed in MiA are:
Kathrella, Moozll, Llian, Kronvilar, Konfor.
All of their alts, if they had any, have been removed.
Please do ensure that all of your alts are marked as such. When I check for removals, I check the last login date of all of the characters linked to an account - if you're on an alt that isn't linked to your account, and your other characters remain dormant, they may get removed by accident. I realise it's not as easy now that Blizzard have removed the option to add public notes to other characters unless you're an officer ... but you can still either ask an officer to do it, or add the note yourself, when you're on the character in question.
Also ensure that the ONLY thing in your public notes is the link info, ie, "<name's alt>". Anything else makes maintaining the guild roster more difficult. Regularly ignoring this request may result in your removal from the guild. Thank you.
Note: If you wish to show your real name, or preferred nickname, we recommend using the addon Identity-2 - this allowed you to place anything you want after your character name in guild chat (ie, >Willoh [PE] )