This Week in WoW History: Trial of Valor, Heroes of the Storm, Green Fire, Hallow's End
Hey everyone, and welcome to another bit of WoW History! Every week, we look down at important events that happened in WoW for that week.
Some content includes the first-ever non event exclusive Murloc pet, a much sought after feature for Warlocks, and Heroes of the Storm receives it's official name! Well, what are you waiting for? Let's go!
October 16th, 2016
On this day, the
raid was uncovered! A preview was released with everything this instance had to offer. Trial of Valor was released as a complimentary raid to the
, and helped prepare players for the upcoming assault to
Trial of Valor served as a way to wrap-up the Stormheim storyline, where you have to once again prove your worth to
, and help him escape his curse by defeating
, Helya's faithful guardian, and
herself, the ruler of Helheim.
As a complimentary raid, Trial of Valor still doesn't drop raid gear, but it was famous for it's stat sticks
, the highest obtainable without relying on Titanforging back then, and dropping all relic types.
The raid also has it's own exclusive transmog sets - the Normal-mode set can be obtained by finishing the quest
, obtainable after defeating Odyn for the first time. The sets from other difficulties are obtained
by killing bosses of these respective difficulties.
Check out our Trial of Valor preview here!
October 17th, 2015
The first non-Blizzcon exclusive Murloc has been found!
can be found inside a
in a cave deep into the Riplash Strand, in
. Terky was originally part of an iCoke promotion in Taiwan, so it was one of the rarest WoW pets. Since then, another murloc pet has become available,
, available on Seabreak Isle far off the west coast of
Terky's mystery might've sparked the fire to add more secrets into the game, like things you can't find even with datamining and requiring a lot of manpower from the community. Legion is filled with secret things, including the
. Let's hope they keep this trend in the future!
Check out when we reported this!
October 17th, 2013
Not so much WoW related, but Warcraft related - Blizzard's MOBA, formerly known as "Blizzard DOTA" and "Blizzard All-Stars" had it's official name revealed -
Heroes of the Storm
! This reveal happened with a video made by popular youtuber and cartoonist
, as the first video on the Heroes of the Storm's YouTube page. Check the video below!
There is also an easter egg near the end of the video - try to find it!
And check out when this was reported!
October 16th, 2012
Datamining of the 5.1 PTR patch unveiled something very interesting for Warlocks on this day: Blizzard finally added the much-sought after Green Fire! Very skilled Warlocks can obtain
, which imbues all their fire spells with fel energy, by engaging on a epic quest chain starting with a rare drop from the
. This quest chain leads you all around Outland till you end up
and defeating the master of the mysterious Council of the Black Harvest,
This quest chain, and specially the final fight were very challenging for Warlocks doing it in it's intended gear, very reminiscent of old challenges for
. The difficulty of this quest chain made it memorable enough to serve as inspiration for the
Mage Tower Artifact Challenges
Green Fire is still possible to obtain, although the challenge is pretty much gone at this point. Warlocks that managed to obtain it before Warlords of Draenor was released got the Feat of Strength
, and the title .
Green Fire itself is not account bound, so you need to complete the entire quest chain on every Warlock you desire to have it on. The title is account-bound for all the Warlocks on your account.
, the Warlocks introduced by this quest chain, became champions for the Warlock's Class Hall in Legion. The Warlock's Class Campaign involves rebuilding the Council of the Black Harvest, which was left in disrepair since Kanrethad's "disappearance". Jubeka is obtainable during your class campaign and Kanrethad, during the Legionfall quest chain.
Check out when we reported this
October 18th, 2005
The first ever Hallow's End is here! The event based on Halloween that has since become a yearly tradition started out very small, which only a handful of masks and Innkeepers Trick or Treating, as well as the Wickerman Festival, which involves the burning of giant scarecrows in hopes of a better tomorrow.
The event has since evolved to involve things like the
and his coveted mount
, transformation wands that allows transformation all-year round, disguises of famous WoW characters like
and much more! Hallow's End should be starting out again by the time this post is online, so have fun Trick or Treating!
You can check out the archive.org cache of the Hallow's End event here
! And don't forget to
check out our Hallow's End guide, already updated with 2017 additions!
October 20th, 2004
Our first lookback all the way to 2004! WoW was still in it's beta stages, and game site
(a very popular gaming stream website before the rise of YouTube, nowadays a modding website) wrote one of the very first reviews on the game.
GameFront, calling Blizzard "the 500 pound gorilla of gaming", showcased the company's past successful games and WoW's improvements over popular MMOs of the 2004 era such as EverQuest and Asheron's Call 2, and commenting on Blizzard's entrance into the MMORPG world as "bright and promising". WoW's popularity after all these years has proved them right, time and time again.
You can read the archive.org version of GameFront's review here!
I love Hallow's End and I wish the broom mounts were a thing all year round. They don't even need the instant cast, just let me live my full-on witch fantasy!
Any Warlocks achieved green fire when it was actually incredibly hard? Or any Halloween stories? They don't even need to be ingame, as long as they're WoW related! Let us know in the comments.
See you next week!
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