World of Warcraft’s Classic edition is out now and it’s popularity even took Blizzard themselves by shock with the many hour-long queue times, record-breaking stock rise and hitting over 3 million streams on Twitch – an achievement for any game to take the #1 leading spot from popular games like Fortnite and PUBG. Although, those players who opt in to play the up-to-date “retail” version are getting a special treat to celebrate the release and the 15th anniversary of the genre-defining MMO.
Blizzard is planning a host of celebrations for the coming months in the regular WoW, the first of which is an in-game event in WoW’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. The event is a “special raid” that challenges players to go up against some of WoW’s most fearsome bosses.
The actual in-game anniversary event this year will run from November 16 to November 30. It’s pretty simple, really. Everyone who logs in during that time will get a special 15th Anniversary achievement, a celebration package with an XP boost tabard during the event (likely 15%), and a Lil’ Nefarian pet. To commemorate the milestone anniversary, Blizzard will have a special raid featuring nine bosses from three different expansions — Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm. Defeating all nine bosses will give you the new Obsidian Worldbreaker mount inspired by Deathwing.
Raid bosses that will be featured in the limited-time-only raid will include Chromie’s Memory: Burning Crusade, Kael’thas Sunstrider, Lady Vashj, Archimonde, Chromie’s Memory: Wrath of the Lich King, Heigan the Unclean, Anub’arak, The Lich King, Chromie’s Memory: Cataclysm, Cho’gall, Nefarian and Ragnaros.
These are all raid bosses that veterans know well, but will pose a challenge for anyone unfamiliar with them. Given their difficulty when they were relevant, they might even pose a challenge to people who know better. For WoW’s 10th Anniversary, the Molten Core raid event was accessed via LFR. The 15th Anniversary raid wings are listed under the Time walking category, so they might require pre-made groups to complete them. We’ll also have Time walking vendors up during the anniversary via Historian Llore in the Alliance main city, Stormwind City and Historian Ju’pa in the Horde main city, Orgrimmar.
For PVP players, an “old-school-inspired” version of Alterac Valley will be coming with the anniversary event. The battleground will have a special achievement tied to it for the anniversary. Players who participate and complete the achievement can earn two new mounts: a Stormpike Battle Ram for Alliance and a Frost wolf Snarler for Horde. You can see what these two mounts look like in Wowhead’s data-mining of the patch 8.2.5 PTR.
Those who successfully take down the bosses will earn the Obsidian Worldbreaker mount. Blizzard said this creature was inspired by the mighty Deathwing the Destroyer, a creature that many long-term players have requested as a mount for many years now.
For those looking for something a little more simple, Blizzard is also giving away a series of “limited-time bonuses” simply for logging into Battle for Azeroth. The items include the Lil’ Nefarian pet, a special in-game achievement, and other bonuses; the full list will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
WoW Classic is proving to be extremely popular, so much so that players are facing lengthy server queues, even though Blizzard added an additional four servers ahead of launch. Additionally, many players have also been offered free realm transfers in efforts to lower the queue times.
Fortunately, if you’re someone who likes to dabble in both worlds of warcraft, you can access both versions of the game under the same subscription.