This Week in WoW History: Patch 7.1.5, Grimtotem Spirit Guide, Early Beta Website
Hey everyone, and welcome to another bit of WoW History! Every week, we look down at important events that happened in WoW (or Blizzard!) for that week.
This week we have some controversial topics, such as a World First kill and a pseudo challenge for a hunter tame of old. Let's get started, then!
January 10th, 2017
Patch 7.1.5 is released!
is the first small patch of Legion, introducing or updating minor systems. Highlights include:
Mists of Pandaria Timewalking:
A new weekly event, several Mists of Pandaria dungeons are tuned to timewalking difficulty. A new timewalking vendor has been added to the
, which sells Mists of Pandaria-based items for
Check out our Mists of Pandaria Timewalking guide
New Season of Brawler's Guild:
Brawler's Guild has returned, tuned to Legion levels! New rewards include the mount
and the order hall champion
Check out our Legion Brawler's Guild guide!
New minor celebrations that usually last for a day and don't have tangible rewards, but add a bit more flavor to WoW, such as
Check out some of the micro holidays in this post
Check out our Patch 7.1.5 Survival Guide here!
January 9th, 2011
The first World First of Cataclysm happened on this day!
was the first guild in the world to kill
. This kill was somewhat controversial back in the day as it sparked the first debates on class stacking. Paragon brought
11 Feral Druids
to the kill, as their
ability would scale exponentially with the encounter's mechanics. This debate continued through the expansion, especially in
. and is still relevant to high-end guilds to this day.
Check out the video for the kill below!
January 15th, 2008
The Hunter community was in uproar on this day, after the removal of the
Grimtotem Spirit Guide
as a tamable pet.
This spirit wolf was considered a challenge to tame, as it was a mob spawn from
. These wolves would only stay active for 7.5 seconds before despawning, so using items like
and a Priest to
the mob when you're ready were vital for the process.
The controversy also happened because of that, while Blizzard thought that the spirit wolf didn't fit into the Hunter class fantasy, they kept the tamable version in the game, only to go back on their decision and remove it shortly after. The mob summoned by Spirit-Shifters was replaced by
, which were not tamable. However, Hunters who got to tame this beauty were allowed to keep them.
The issue of spirit creatures being tamable by hunters was solved at the released of the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch, with the implementation of the
family of pets. The appearance of the Grimtotem Spirit Guide also became tamable again during Cataclysm, with the rare mob
, the Wolf Spirit.
January 8th, 2006
Blizzard released a tool to track the
Ahn'Qiraj War Effort
With this nifty tool on their website, people on their servers could keep track of the resource gathering on real time, and plan what to farm to speed up the process. This also kept track of server standings and ended up creating competition between the servers
, who were first and second in the standings. The competition culminated in people creating alts on their rival servers to attempt to crash them from overpopulation.
Ultimately, Medivh became the victor of the battle.
You can check out an archived version of the War Effort Tracker here!
January 14th, 2003
... 2003? Have we really gone that far? In one of the earliest snapshots of the old WoW website, Blizzard gave us preview on a few zones:
Blizzard also released a world map where all these zones are marked, but... have you noticed how there is no Kalimdor? Kalimdor wasn't even complete at this stage in development! Kalimdor would be announced later in the development cycle. Orcs and Tauren were already announced as playable races, and Durotar/Thunder Bluff were already shown to be their starter zones, so it was already under construction.
old Town Hall website
, you could see previews of the races already announced (Humans and Dwarves, as well as the aforementioned Orc and Tauren), and screenshots from the early zones (and early character models!)
I was on Aerie Peak during the War Effort, and I actually used the event as a way to boost all my non-human reputations. I was pretty close to Gnomeregan exalted at the end of it!
Are you a Hunter that managed to tame the old Grimtotem Spirit Guide? Or do you have any additional War Effort stories? I've written a full compilation of the War Effort event
on my most recent Classic Spotlight post
Tells us your stories and see you next week!
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