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<APES>, the World First Classic guild to defeat Ragnaros and Onyxia, are done with raiding.
Maitoz, the guild owner of <APES>, explained on stream why he's quitting World of Warcraft after 15 years and the reason why the guild is done with raiding
He's been playing the game for his entire adult life (about 15 years) and "feels saturated". Maitoz also said that after Blackwing Lair, "Classic turned into a money factory for boosters/GDKP".
You can watch that portion of the stream below (last 16 mins if the timestamp doesn't work on mobile).
The first level 60 (in the West) has arrived! Jokerd has managed to keep the lead he's had pretty much throughout the latter part of leveling and close out the competition on top. The AoE mob grind strategy turned out to be the the correct one, helped by the new layering tech which allows for much faster mob respawns. It took around 92 hours of real time (sleep, or what little he got, included) to get to the top, and he managed to do it with over 360,000 people watching him live on Twitch!
He went with a frost mage speed clearing build and was completely focused on the Plaguelands in the final dozen or so levels and we have a guide for his build ready right here!
Huge congratulations to Jokerd on his achievement, taking his own route through it and coming out on top! Now you can finally play the game. The rest of the field is significantly behind, sitting around level 56-57, which shows just how good Jokerd is. Not to mention the player base overall is hovering around the level 20 mark. As for the Asian server guilds, we don't know exactly where they're at, but it's entirely possible the already had a level 60 today, seeing as how they were in the lead in the early competition.
The WF level 60 arrived 93 hours after Classic launched, claimed by a gnome mage!
Gorak's Guide has been a steady producer of great and very funny WoW machinimas for quite a while now, and he's back with another one! This time the theme is the end of Classic and arrival of BC, but I've also included an earlier one we skipped, as it's my favorite in quite a while (well that and the World Buff one).
Here's another crazy accomplishment, as Rommildrey managed to finish up their huge Classic goal JUST before Burning Crusade Classic hit, and got 60 characters to level 60 without boosting, dungeons or questing!
Yes, you read that right, all 60 characters were leveled exclusively by killing mobs, completely reliant on rested experience. So how long did this all take? Around 316 days played, including everything related to it (bank transfers etc), and if you calculate that you'll probably conclude there was some multiboxing happening, or they spent basically ALL their time on leveling for the past 2 years.
While the below images only show 58 characters, Rommildrey assures us that there were 2 extra level 60 Warlocks there, but they had to be deleted. And really, why would someone lie when 58 is just as insane a number as 60.
And here's a whole lot more info from Rommildrey on this awesome goal that they accomplished:
In WoD I decided to level 100 characters to 100 for the fun of it, as leveling was super easy with recruit a friend, heirloom gear and just overall more smoothed out leveling. It didn't scratch the itch for a hard leveling experience, so when they announced classic WoW I pretty much instantly knew I wanted to do 60 60s, knowing that the leveling in the game is the slowest and hardest that it ever was.
I was motivated the whole way through because I knew that I wanted to do it, I knew it was going to scratch that itch and make me stop wanting to do big insane projects like this. I think it worked, I only kinda want to do 70 70s for Burning Crusade.
I wouldn't say I had a favorite zone, I would basically find humanoids of the levels I needed at that particular time so I rarely interacted with the rest of the zone apart from the inn keeper and and the mobs I was grinding.
There were plenty of areas that sucked at times, like grinding the trolls in northern STV, had tons of traffic from ZG and a huge number of 60s helping level 30 warriors grind for their Whirlwind Axe. Not often very friendly. The blood elves in Azshara were also pretty painful at lower level, their aggro range is huge and their heal is massive if you fail to interrupt it.
The gear I was leveling with was basically just the best greens for that class, passed on by the other characters that didn't need it. So when a green str/agi item drops on my warlock, instead of vendoring it I can give it to a warrior, rogue, feral druid or paladin etc. So for the most part I had best in slot green gear on most of my characters.
I love grinding, so to me it was basically just a super chill grind the whole way through until I was nearing the end and closer to pre-patch. Going mob by mob means I had a lot of free time to watch shows, movies, listen to and discover new music etc.
Haha I was waiting for someone to call me out on that! In my final days of grinding 2 of my warlocks to 60, I had to continue grinding despite knowing they were going to be deleted in a few days to be replaced by paladins. I assure you they did exist!
About 316 days played working on this project, including banking, transferring items etc.
I found 3 pairs of Edgemasters, 1 Wardens Staff, 2 Glowing Brightwood Staves and probably 45-50 other random epics worth very little. I also got every single bad BOE blue possible, just not a single good one.
Until I decide if I want to continue on to 70 70s and 80 80s, all of my Faerlina and Stalagg characters will probably just rot, I was fully prepared for blizzard to cap characters allowed to be brought into BC since boosting was such a big thing, so I never really had any intention of doing anything with them after classic wow.
I do plan on going fairly hard in Burning Crusade, I will probably get use out of most of my Herod characters.
A really crazy feat, and we hope to see Rommildrey again with 70 level 70ies in two years time!
With World Buffs leaving the Classic meta tomorrow with the Burning Crusade's launch (at least for those that decided to move on to the expansion), awesome and funny machinima maker Gorak decided to give them a fond farewell, by comparing the original Vanilla experience with the buffs to the way they were handled in Classic! The results are pretty great: