This week in WoW History: Emerald Nightmare, Onyxia's Lair, Lament of the Highborne
Hey everyone, ready for another installment of WoW History?
This week is very busy, including the release of Emerald Nightmare, the first preview of Dragon Soul, and the very first Pirate's Day! Let's take a look.
September 20th, 2016 - Emerald Nightmare Opens
On this day, the first raid of Legion,
is released! Initially avaiiable on Normal and Heroic difficulties, players can delve deep into the root of the Nightmare in Val'sharah and finally put an end to
and his corruption over the Emerald Dream!
Other highlights of what was released this week include:
Mythic Keystone Dungeons:
Inspired by the Greater Rifts of Diablo III and the replacement of Challenge Mode dungeons from Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor, Mythic Keystones are a new mode of content that features an endless scaling challenge in 5-man dungeons.
World Bosses were also first released on this day. Every week, a World Boss spawns in Broken Isles, together with a World Quest that has it's defeat as a objective. Killing at least 8 Broken Isles World Bosses gives you the achievement
, which also unlocks a new appearance for your Artifact weapon.
Legion PvP Season 1:
Players can finally put their Honor talents to good use, as the first PvP Season in Legion started on this day! You can check our
Legion Season 1 PvP Guide
for all the rewards that were and are still available, including mounts and transmogs.
Click here to check our Survival Guide for the Emerald Nightmare release, as well as all features that were implemented!
September 20th, 2012
Appear Offline Option to appear soon on the Battle.Net Client!
Blizzard has announced that they're working on the much coveted "Appear Offline" option on the Battle.Net client. While you have this option active, all your Real ID, Battle Tag, and in-game friends will be unable to see you online.
We're still waiting, Blizzard!
Check here when we reported this!
September 19th, 2011
On this day, the NDA for Blizzard interviews regarding patch 4.3 was finally released, so we got to learn about the dungeons of that patch! 4.3 is the Hour of Twilight patch, which includes the
raid, and three new dungeons! In an
interview with Joystiq (now assumed by Engadget)
, Tom Chilton talks about how the story will progress and how players will finally meet Deathwing, and wrap up the story of Cataclysm.
The first instance is called
, and it sends players into the future to see what Deathwing's victory means.End Time shows a grim future for Azeroth, where Deathwing isn't stopped by the Demon Soul. Going through the ruins of the dragonshrines in Dragonblight, players meet the future versions of famous lore characters that are struggling with Deathwing's victory.
The second instance is called
, where players go back in time and obtain the Demon Soul, the only item capable of destroying Deathwing.
In this instance, you travel back to the past, all the way to the end of the War of the Ancients, and meet lore characters such as Mannoroth and Queen Azshara herself.
The third and final instance is called
, where players escort Thrall to Wyrmrest Temple and the battle begins.
In the Hour of Twilight, you're back to the present, and your group helps Thrall escort the Demon Soul all the way to Wyrmrest Temple, where the assault on Deathwing can finally begin.
After going through all these dungeons, player arrive into the Dragon Soul raid, where you start chasing Deathwing from Wyrmrest Temple and eventually defeating him in the Maelstrom.
You can check out Tom Chilton's interview, as well as more details of the 4.3 dungeons and Dragon Soul itself, here!
September 22, 2009
As part of the celebration of WoW's 5 year anniversary,
has been revamped as a level 80 raid!
Her original loot has been updated for WotLK levels, and included replicas of Tier 2 helms, revamped weapons that were originally Vanilla drops, such as
, and a new version of
, that had it's original quest removed.
A new drop specially from this version is the rare mount
, a drake mount made to look just like Onyxia herself!
The vanilla meme
Onyxia Wipe Animation
got achievements referencing it:
Another very popular meme back in Vanilla, complaining that Onyxia is somehow using her Deep Breath ability more often, also got an achievement referencing it,
The original version of Onyxia's Lair was removed from the game. Players who did kill the original, level 60 version of Onyxia before it's removal obtained the Feat of Strength
September 19th, 2008
No quarter! Rejoice, everyone, fer th' first annual
event happened on this day!
Based on the popular
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
holiday, that happens every year on September 19th, now you can become a honorary pirate for a day!
will appear in Booty Bay, and if you share a drink with her, you'll officially become a pirate with the achievement
Although this is a very small event, it did evolve over the years. Since then, you can defeat the rare shark
and obtain the toy
, which allows you to swear just like a pirate! Another new addition is
, sold by DeMeza, which summons Petey the Parrot to sit right by your shoulder.
If this is not enough piracy for you, you can download the addon
, which gives you more pirate swears!
Check our our Pirate's Day guide here!
September 19th, 2007
Lament of the Highborne gains a official trailer!
The sad song that talks of the dirge of the Elven Races now has a trailer version, sung by Sylvanas Windrunner. The song was originally revealed during a quest chain in
, that starts with
. This short quest chain brings you to Sylvanas herself in Undercity. After completing the event,
and witnessing Sylvanas sing the song
, you can obtain the lyrics in form of
, one of the rewards you get after obtaining a
, summons banshees that sing this song.
The trailer itself shows Sylvanas as a high elf, and the suffering The Lich King inflicted upon her.
You can watch the trailer here
How have you fared into the Emerald Nightmare? Do you have any stories including the Cataclysm Caverns of Time dungeons? Did you cry during the trailer of Lament of the Highborne? (I did, don't judge me!)
Enjoy your week!
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