WoW Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary With Special Corgi Pet, 40-Man Raid in November

World of Warcraft turns 10 years old later this year, and Blizzard plans on making the anniversary a special one for longtime players.

Remarkably, considering its continued success, World of Warcraft will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this November, having originally launched on November 23, 2004. To celebrate, Blizzard will be hosting a special in-game event and giving away a new pet.

Whether you're interested in PvP or PvE content, there will be at least one thing for you to do during the event. PvE players at the level cap will be able to take part in a special 40-player Raid Finder version of the Molten Core raid. Completing the raid will get you a Core Hound mount and an accompanying achievement.

PvP players can relive the old Horde-versus-Alliance battles that used to take place around Tarren Mill and Southshore, where I can fondly remember being killed countless times. Blizzard will offer a "team deathmatch-style" Battleground that is "based on that timeless struggle." Being a proper Battleground, there will actually be a victor determined this time around, whereas those old battles never really ended.

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Finally, by logging in during the anniversary event, you'll be able to get yourself the adorable Molten Corgi pictured to the right.

A date for when the event will run has not been announced. Blizzard describes this all as a "quick preview," so it's possible we haven't heard about everything it will offer. We do know it's not the only new content coming to WoW this year, as the game's next expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor, is scheduled for release this fall. Blizzard plans on unveiling the expansion's cinematic video and release date at a special event next week.

As of June 30, WoW had 6.8 million subscribers, according to publisher Activision Blizzard. That's a significant drop from where it was three months earlier, but it's still a huge figure, and one likely to increase when Warlords of Draenor is released.

What are your fondest memories of the past decade of WoW? Let us know in the comments.

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RoachRush
RoachRush

You guys begging for classic servers are letting nostalgia overwhelm you. Back then, it took forever for some quest items to drop and certain mobs to respawn. Hell, it took a long time just to do the stupid peon quest in the Orc starting zone just because half of them were awake! Some of you claim to miss that it took all of your attention and skills to kill a mob, but we have that right now with rare spawns and Timeless Isle (AND it's more rewarding).

And don't get me started on 40 man raids. The lag, the hopeless search to recruit so many damn people (and having them varied on top of that), and the boss fights aren't nearly as dynamic as today's bosses (skip a few bland raids like Dragon Soul)


I do dislike how they made dungeons a faceroll now instead of requiring actual teamwork and usage of CC, but at the same time, that's what Challenge Mode is for. So whoever complains about dungeon difficulty without running any Challenge Modes really has no say in the matter.


The only thing I truly dislike in today's WoW is LFR. It does take away that wonder of accomplishment when facing raid bosses. Pretty much after LFR is done, very VERY few people even want to tackle the normal level content, much less heroic. If LFR featured less amount of bosses than the normal and heroic level raids, or if normal and heroic had bonus content (ie. Algalon in Heroic Ulduar), it would tickle people's fancy to actually try it.

Darth_Doom
Darth_Doom

I still wish the game would go back to its old format for leveling and also wish the game was more solo friendly.  I don't have a whole lot of friends on WoW so it would be nice to experience everything the game has to offer solo.

MrGaines
MrGaines

Tell me that these guys weren't payed for this. This is terrible. Nobody knows about mythic raiding and the other guy has to read it off a flash card? This is not a troll, flame, or a comment aimed at angering anyone. This comment is about quality control.

Rakou
Rakou

40man MC was among the worst raiding experiences I've had in WoW.



Aurigon
Aurigon

If the turnout for the 40 man MC raid would be good, they might start to seriously think of changing their course. After all, Activision WoW is but a game for kids, Blizzard WoW was true, epic WoW. But alright, a harder game being loved more than an easy one is just something too hard to get for them. Truth is if Vanilla realms were opened and turned out all right, they'd be forced to fire all the so-called designers who made WoW the joke it currently is, and they clearly don't wanna do that.

wexorian
wexorian

Good old days 40 ppl gather up for molten core miss those days, Last 2 expansion nothing special was added i'v droped game last year not going to return, coz blizzard not listening to players, and No new content was added since last august.

oflow
oflow

They should celebrate by bringing the real war back to warcraft.  Bring back the beta OP imbalances like undead being immune to polymorph but being able to be turned lolol.

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

They should celebrate by making Vanilla and TBC servers. They just might get those 800k they lost and then some.

Bowser05
Bowser05

MOLTEN CORE?! Way to get me interested again Blizzard. I like it. I'm definitely going to give it a go. That was my favorite Raid.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

Oh man..those Tarren Mill open world PvP days sure brings back a lot of memories. And my longest 26hour Alterac Valley.


Can't wait to go raid 40man Molten Core again. And we get a cute flame corgi to top it all off? Count me in!

MattyTheButcher
MattyTheButcher

Makes me wonder how old EQ is? I played it from launch day for about 7 years lol.

chuckles471
chuckles471

I want to be cynical.  But ten years is some achievement...  Even though it is mostly Chinese gold farmers(Sorry, I tried).

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

My fondest memories? Vanilla WoW. Sorry but it is still. This event sounds awesome and had I a rig to play ti on I'd participate but meh this could run on a console and no idea why it isn't already. I am not investing into another rig for pc gaming after mine went to pot


oflow
oflow

40man raid is pretty cool.  Back when raiding was actually raiding.

Remember back in vanilla it actually took a good year or two for people to even down Ony and clear BWL but most people were very happy to be playing?  Now raid content is cleared in the first week and everybody gripes.

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

I remember the 5 year anniversary... They made all the people that missed the first day to sub miss out on the grand prize.

Requested that they make it a week after launch. But they just went ahead... No sympathy for the people that couldn't register for days, because of the servers being over loaded and coming down all the time for hours.

Glad I been WoW sober for now for 4 years.

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

Blizzard really just needs to release classic servers and be done with it.

bernard978
bernard978

Just think of all the games you could've owned with the subscription money.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@wexorian They might listen is you used actual words like Cause, not coz or proper pluralization and capitalization like "last two expansions" not "Last 2 expansion"...

ahpuck
ahpuck

@KamuiFei That's a great idea, I wouldn't mind leveling a Vanilla toon just for the heck of it. Unfortunately those days are never coming back.

OldDirtyCR
OldDirtyCR

@Kinguard73 It's not a console friendly game at all. It's built from the ground up with mouse+keyboard in mind. With the amount of stuff they'd have to change to make it even playable control wise it would be a whole new game. I run out of keys to bind stuff to and have to resort to combinations (ctrl+shift+1 or something along that line) for spells. 

 If you seriously played WoW vanilla then you can imagine why it will never hit consoles. 

ROConnor316
ROConnor316

I was playing some of the new stuff on day 1 of pandaria and got kicked for "not knowing tacs". Was expected to learn boss movements and positioning from YouTube beta play BEFORE the xpacs/updates were released. Stops being fun and turns into a chore. Someone mentioned in another post about 26 hour alterac valley matches? Now it's never more than about six minutes. The game is about loot, nothing more. Too many kids, too serious, not fun enough to warrant the time and effort I was putting in to it.

sortajan
sortajan

@oflow 40mans were a fucking chore. 10mans are easier to form, maintain, and schedule; and you can built closer and more friendly relationships with your fellow raiders. I don't think there needs to be a strict correlation between the size of raids and their difficulty. There is, but there doesn't need to be.

nedrith
nedrith

To be fair quite a few of the end bosses that people were unable to clear were nerfed right before they were taken out.  Rags, the final boss of BWL who escapes my mind and I believe even Ony were all nerfed shortly before their first kill because they were deemed impossible.


Even still 40 mans were my best time in WoW.  Could of been that I was in my favorite guild of all time during that portion of the game but also the fights seemed to have more to them.   TBC everything just seemed easier.  A raid finder for a 40 man would of been impossible until people were decked out in AQ gear or Naxx gear as they required teamwork and people to pay attention to the degree that no PUG would of likely of accomplished.


Here I was hoping that 40 mans were returning to WoW permanently, that might get me to come back and play the game.

Jasbro
Jasbro

@StarsiderSajun Pretty sure there are classic servers on those private servers floating around the interwebs.


But it would be cool to get an official one, which will never happen sadly, unless the game dies so much so that the remaining playerbase cries for it.

Jasbro
Jasbro

@bernard978 I've owned every game i've ever wanted to play since WoW first came out and still paid a subscription to it.


I think your argument could have had more validity if you'd said something better, like a house or something or a new car.


I know there are some people out there that say they regret playing WoW for so long, but they are idiots imo, if you didnt enjoy the game and have fun why would you have subbed for such a long time, since when does regretting something you enjoy become a thing?.

Slammer612
Slammer612

@starhowl I am sure their feelings for you is mutual

oflow
oflow

@nedrith I was actually in a raiding guild that cleared AQ40 and got to Naxx in vanilla.

40mans were fun but also a burden for a lot of other reasons.  I remember buffing the raid and the first guys you buffed buffs would actually expire before you could finish buffing the entire raid lolol.  I also AFK'd a bunch in MC.

Remember farming resistance gear? Not fun at all.  

nedrith
nedrith

@Jasbro @StarsiderSajun There are, but not only are they technically illegal, very few of them have enough population to really feel the same.  Then you have all the ones with 5x exp/Gold rates or loot drop rates or benefits for donating. It's usually hard to find a private server for any game that can really give the same feel a official server does.