WoW Classic Week one Recap

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It has been a week since World of Warcraft Classic and its successful launch surprised a lot of people (specially Blizzard). This week was a busy week, full of news. Let’s take a look at what happened in Week one of World of Warcraft Classic.

Pre-Launch

Blizzard WoW Classic team did an AMA on reddit on 20 August. You can read it here. This AMA brought a lot of interesting and good questions, like the future of Classic.

Five days prior (22 August) to World of Wacraft Classic Launch, Blizzard gave this warning to players :

Each of the Full realms has a LOT of characters to the extent that it may be more than can fit into the queue system. As a result, you may not be able to get into the queue when you want to play and even if you do, it will likely be a very long wait. For a better play experience, we highly recommend that players avoid creating characters on any realm marked as Full.

But it seems the warning went largely unnoticed as we see in the next few days.

WoW Classic was originally planned to launch with 25 realms. But a lot of realms added in between the original announcement and 27th of August.

Launch

The long awaited day is finally here. A lot of people are staying at character creation screen to avoid the long queues and a lot of people are in queues already.

World of Warcraft Classic has officially launched. The queues are HUGE.

Shazzrah EU

The world is overcrowded. Most people experience lag and you can’t tag mobs. The best strategy was to stay at the same spot that you killed a mob, waiting for it to respawn.

Crowded Tauren Starting Zone
This is only one scope.

People are forming lines for quests. Unbelievably polite. Queues in queue.

the line actually moved.

World of Warcraft reached it’s peak viewers in twitch and broke a lot of records. World of Wacraft became the Most watched game of the month after launch with 63M hours watched, the trending game of month with 400% growth and the second most streamed game with 1.3M hours streamed. The top game of twitch based on average viewers and World of Warcraft reached 1.1M viewers, above all of games and only 100k below Fortnite to break the month’s record of peak viewers.

World of Warcraft Twitch report

Method is also streaming the world first race to level 60 and Molten core, presented by WSOE (World Showdown of Esports).

Day 2

Ion Hazzikostas did an interview with Forbes, which you can read here.

A lot of people had random disconnects on most of the realms, which kicked them back to the queue. Blizzard said they were monitoring.

Few players are near level 40 while majority of players are in level 10-20 bracket. WoW is still doing very good in twitch.

They were also a lot of new realms added.

Day 3

Blizzard has finally increased realms capacity, putting an end to queues on most of the realms.

The highest level was ~50. Majority of players are at 15-25 bracket.

Day 4

Classic World First level 60 has been claimed after 4 days by Jokerd.

He had been using AoE Farm tactic, Using Frost Nova and moving far away from adds and Casting Blizzard and repeating this process till mobs die.

Method guild members were close to level 60 and started attunement quests for Onyxia’s Lair and most of them are near level 60.

Day 5

KennyMarsh from Method Stream reached level 60!
He was doing the reputation for Hydraxian Waterlord, which is required to summon Ragnaros.



World First Classic Ragnaros claimed by <Apes>, a day after world first 60. We have full detailed article about it, which you can read it here.

Day 6

<Apes> Claimed World First Classic Onyxia. You can also read about it here.

Day 7

Nothing much happened here, aside from the hotfix from Blizzard, to fix the xp gained by party of 6 people giving more xp than intended.

Thanks to player reports and feedback, we’ve identified a bug affecting how XP was calculated for parties of 6 or more players.

We are rolling out a hotfix right now, to all realms, that should correct this. Going forward, XP awarded should be significantly lower for parties of 6 or more players.

Again, thank you very much for your feedback.

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