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The official Warcraft twitter shared some stats for Classic Hardcore, showing us just how many characters of each class have died since launch! The below stats are probably more about how popular each class is than how good they are at surviving, but it's a fun stats block nonetheless!
Shamans win the survival stat - or lose the popularity stat, depending on how you look at it!
And here's the official tweet:
A direct continuation of Classic/Vanilla WoW has been talked about pretty much since Classic launched back in 2019. There's two general directions that this could take: the smaller one where there's just mechanical additions, class tuning and maybe some new items and the like, and the bigger one where we actually get a new expansion specifically for Classic.
Well, with today's BlizzCon sneak peak we do know that something is coming to Classic.
Now, obviously that may just be referring to the continuation of what we've seen so far, aka that we're getting Cataclysm Classic (since showing the Cata logo there would be a little to obvious). However, it might also mean that Classic+ isn't just a pipe dream.
Enter a recent "leak" from 4chan. Aside from today's BlizzCon logo, one of the reasons this particular leak may be slightly more credible is that is specifically mentions Chris Metzen as leading the project, and he was very recently promoted back to full-time and given the role of Executive Creative Director.
Here's a screenshot of the now deleted thread, as captured by Drakyry:
A second Warlords of Draenor-like scenario, this time focused on the Dark Portal not opening when it did and the new timeline continuing straight from Vanilla. Another very interesting piece in there is that the Emerald Dream would be one of the two new zones, which would fit very nicely with retail's 10.2 and have some very useful development overlap. Also to note, the Reawakened Phase-Hunter model comment is referring to the process of newer models being "downgraded" visually to fit in with the old aesthetic, as happened with the Phase-Hunter mount from Burning Crusade Classic. Also the mere idea of Ogres as a playable race is enough to root for this one.
The name itself is a little suspicious, as there were several "Awakenings" 9.0 leaks back before Shadowlands, which also talked about a world revamp. Now, obviously this particular leak is an extremely long shot, but it does seem likely we'll be seeing something come for Classic Era. It's been developed pretty heavily since Classic's original launch, with Season of Mastery and now the very successful Hardcore realms.
As MrGM explains below, there should be something coming as there have been many encrypted patch 1.15 builds on the CDN for a while now (even more than there would normally be for an expansion), so Classic Era will be expanding, and probably in a big way.
So, completely fake or actually could be real? Would you even want it to be real with these details?
A new mount briefly appeared on the Wrath Classic 3.4.3 PTR called Nightmarish Emerald Drake. It was only visible for a short time and was removed from the collection soon after.
It's possible the mount will be available as a subscription reward. Content creator MrGM caught a glimpse of the mount and shared in on Twitter for everyone to see.
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So we've seen quite a few deaths in Classic Hardcore so far, but this particular wipe may just beat them all. This Korean group had a really bad time in Zul'Gurub, and managed to execute the perfect formation... for death.
Venoxis really only has one deadly mechanic to him in phase 1, but before getting into what exactly happened, let's just take a look at this pretty shocking pull, first spotted by esuvii.
8 players down, a Holy Wrath indeed. If you're wondering why the tank is just sitting there with Flask of Petrification on, it's because the boss can be reset when he exits his room, so he's actually safe. Unlike the rest.
There's a whole lot of chaos there, with the Hunter pet moving in right before the lightning, the Rogue starting to move in too quickly, the Warrior coming in from ranged as well and more. It really was very much a big mess, as you can see from this actually quite pretty screenshot (shared by Namseyn?
A perfect chain. Of death.
And here's a look from one of the Mages' perspectives (as shared by Striking-Bison-8933?
That's probably the most dramatic group death I've seen so far in Classic Hardcore. Hopefully other players will learn from this and not be quite so eager to hug their tanks/the boss.
It's been a month since the launch of Classic Hardcore and players have been flocking to the new experience. While we know what makes it all interesting for those playing, we also know what we as an audience are really here for. A whole lot of deaths!
Luckily the aptly named WoW Hardcore Clips Youtube channel has covered the first four weeks of deaths in the new mode/servers. While overpulling is definitely the No.1 cause of death in the clips below, there's more than that in there, with various different frustrated language death reactions, and more than just deaths as well.
What's your favorite?