World of Warcraft is nearing its 10th anniversary. Can you believe that? 10 years running and it's still the most popular subscription-based MMO in the world. I'd hope Blizzard is as impress with that as I am, and according to this announcement for an anniversary celebration it appears they certainly are. Starting this November, World of Warcraft will be adding a couple of fun events to the game. How about a throw-back Battleground featuring Tarren Mill vs. Southshore? Or a "boosted" 40-man Molten Core? Then there's the rewards...
Before we get to the rewards, let's talk about these new gameplay events in a bit more detail. Vanilla World of Warcraft players will recall the Tarren Mill vs. Southshore war, and it was a war, very fondly. This was a time before Arenas and Battlegrounds, a time before the PvP rating system was introduced into the game. The war in Alterac was just because the Alliance and Horde wanted nothing more than to fight. The battles would go on for hours with dozens and occasionally hundreds of players. Those were truly the glory days. A Deathmatch-style Battleground will certainly rekindle a bit of that old fun. Still, when there are clear win conditions a bit of the magic does disappear. Plus, who knows what the player cap will be. There is no player cap in our hearts and memories.
Molten Core, the first full 40-man raid dungeon, ignoring the standalone Onyxia battle, also holds a very nostalgic place in Vanilla World of Warcraft players' memories. Wiping and then taking 10-minutes running back to a boss. A new raider pulling a Core Hound pack that was meant to be skipped and wiping all 40 players. Priests fighting over that damned Eye drop. I'll never forget that feeling of Ragnaros' Hammer finally dropping from his hand, announcing our victory. Blizzard wants new players to experience that too, and if they can recreate that highly challenging, tense experience while also keeping it tuned for 40-man raid finder, then they're unbelievably talented. At the very least, it'll be like a theme park ride. Us old Molten Core veterans may break down crying half-way through though. Core changes a man. Note that the instance will be for max-level players only.
Now for the rewards! It wouldn't be an anniversary celebration without rewards, and let me just say that Blizzard is doing the right thing here. Just for logging in during the event, just so everyone who attends the party feels excited to be there, Blizzard will give out free Molten Corgi pets. They are adorable. Who really needs anything else? For the overachievers, defeating Raganaros in the Molten Core will unlock two things: an achievement and a Core Hound mount. Every end-game raider will want it. Unfortunately there are no announced rewards for the Alterac Battleground.
That's World of Warcraft's 10th anniversary celebration. The corgi alone makes me want to resubscribe, just for a bit. Overall though, I think I might prefer holding onto my memories rather than refreshing them with updated, changed experiences. That said, I'll be going back for Warlords of Draenor anyway, so win, win for me!