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This page follows the in-game timeline from the release of ''World of Warcraft'' through present day as it applies to the players.
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This page follows the in-game timeline from the release of ''World of Warcraft'' through present day as it applies to the players.
   
 
(After all, {{Achievement|What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been}}!)
 
(After all, {{Achievement|What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been}}!)
   
==2001==
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== Important ==
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== 2001 ==
 
'''September 2''' - ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' announced<ref>Web Archive - Fusion NET: {{ref web|title=Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20071103122615/http://www.games-fusion.net/press/content/blizzard_entertainment_announc.php}}</ref>
 
'''September 2''' - ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' announced<ref>Web Archive - Fusion NET: {{ref web|title=Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft|url=http://web.archive.org/web/20071103122615/http://www.games-fusion.net/press/content/blizzard_entertainment_announc.php}}</ref>
   
==2004==
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== 2004 ==
 
[[File:Login screen Classic.jpg|thumb|The original [[loading screen|login screen]]. This was the longest-running login screen, being the login for two years and one month.]]
 
[[File:Login screen Classic.jpg|thumb|The original [[loading screen|login screen]]. This was the longest-running login screen, being the login for two years and one month.]]
 
'''Early in the year''' - ''World of Warcraft'' [[Beta]] testing
 
'''Early in the year''' - ''World of Warcraft'' [[Beta]] testing
   
'''November 23''' - ''World of Warcraft'' launches in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
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'''November 23''' - ''World of Warcraft'' launches in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
 
* Starting [[level cap]] is 60
 
* Starting [[level cap]] is 60
 
* Only [[Eastern Kingdoms]] and [[Kalimdor]] available at launch.
 
* Only [[Eastern Kingdoms]] and [[Kalimdor]] available at launch.
* Starting races:
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* Starting races:
 
** Alliance: [[Human (playable)|Human]], [[Dwarf (playable)|Dwarf]], [[Night elf (playable)|Night Elf]], [[Gnome (playable)|Gnome]]
 
** Alliance: [[Human (playable)|Human]], [[Dwarf (playable)|Dwarf]], [[Night elf (playable)|Night Elf]], [[Gnome (playable)|Gnome]]
 
** Horde: [[Orc (playable)|Orc]], [[Troll (playable)|Troll]], [[Undead (playable)|Undead]], [[Tauren (playable)|Tauren]]
 
** Horde: [[Orc (playable)|Orc]], [[Troll (playable)|Troll]], [[Undead (playable)|Undead]], [[Tauren (playable)|Tauren]]
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* Starting classes:
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** Alliance & Horde : [[Druid]], [[Hunter]], [[Mage]], [[Priest]], [[Rogue]], [[Warlock]], [[Warrior]]
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** Alliance only : [[Paladin]]
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** Horde only : [[Shaman]]
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* Starting professions:
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** Gathering : [[Herbalism]], [[Mining]], [[Skinning]]
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** Production : [[Alchemy]], [[Blacksmithing]], [[Enchanting]], [[Engineering]], [[Leatherworking]], [[Tailoring]]
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** Secondary : [[Cooking]], [[First Aid]], [[Fishing]]
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* Starting Instances :
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** Dungeons : [[Ragefire Chasm (original)|Ragefire Chasm]], [[Deadmines (original)|Deadmines]], [[Wailing Caverns]], [[Shadowfang Keep (original)|Shadowfang Keep]], [[Blackfathom Deeps]], [[The Stockade (original)|The Stockade]], [[Gnomeregan]], [[Scarlet Monastery (original)|Scarlet Monastery]], [[Razorfen Kraul]], [[Uldaman]], [[Scholomance (original)|Scholomance]], [[Razorfen Downs]], [[Stratholme (original)|Stratholme]], [[Zul'Farrak]], [[Temple of Atal'Hakkar]], [[Blackrock Depths]]
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** Raid : [[Onyxia's Lair (original)|Onyxia's Lair]], [[Molten Core]]
   
'''November 24''' - [[Portal:Main|WoWWiki]] Launched<ref>Wikipedia: {{ref web|title=WoWWiki|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoWWiki#History_and_description}}</ref>
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'''November 24''' - [[Portal:Main|WoWWiki]] launched<ref>Wikipedia: {{ref web|title=WoWWiki|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoWWiki#History_and_description}}</ref>
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'''December 3''' - WoWWiki first [http://web.archive.org/web/20041204230425/http://www.wowwiki.com/Main_Page archived] at Web.Archive.org (Internet Archive)
   
 
'''December 18''' - [[Patch 1.2.0]]
 
'''December 18''' - [[Patch 1.2.0]]
 
* [[Maraudon]] added
 
* [[Maraudon]] added
   
==2005==
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== 2005 ==
 
[[File:Talismanofbindingshard.jpg|thumb|The first ever legendary item drop.]][[File:Leeroy Jenkins Jeopardy clue.jpeg|thumb|What is ''World of Warcraft?''.]]
 
[[File:Talismanofbindingshard.jpg|thumb|The first ever legendary item drop.]][[File:Leeroy Jenkins Jeopardy clue.jpeg|thumb|What is ''World of Warcraft?''.]]
   
'''February 11''' - ''World of Warcraft'' launches in Europe
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'''January 18''' - ''World of Warcraft'' launches in South Korea
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'''February 11''' - ''World of Warcraft'' launches in Europe
   
 
'''March 7''' - [[Patch 1.3.0]]
 
'''March 7''' - [[Patch 1.3.0]]
 
*[[Dire Maul]] added
 
*[[Dire Maul]] added
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*Introduction of World Bosses :
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**[[Azuregos]]
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**[[Lord Kazzak (tactics)|Lord Kazzak]]
   
 
'''March 23''' - The first [[legendary]] item ever to appear to players in the game drops, {{loot|Legendary|Talisman of Binding Shard}}. It is immediately hotfixed out of the game.
 
'''March 23''' - The first [[legendary]] item ever to appear to players in the game drops, {{loot|Legendary|Talisman of Binding Shard}}. It is immediately hotfixed out of the game.
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'''October 10''' - [[Patch 1.8.0]]
 
'''October 10''' - [[Patch 1.8.0]]
 
*Corrupted Blood fixed
 
*Corrupted Blood fixed
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*New World Bosses :
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**[[Dragons of Nightmare]] : [[Lethon]], [[Emeriss]], [[Ysondre]] and [[Taerar]]
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**[[Abyssal Council|Abyssal High Council]] : [[Baron Kazum]], [[High Marshal Whirlaxis]], [[Lord Skwol]] and [[Prince Skaldrenox]]
   
 
'''November 16''' - ''World of Warcraft'' is featured in a question on the game show ''Jeopardy!''
 
'''November 16''' - ''World of Warcraft'' is featured in a question on the game show ''Jeopardy!''
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJT20WxfHss None of the three players knew the answer.]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJT20WxfHss None of the three players knew the answer.]
   
'''November 23''' - [[WoW Insider]] launches.<ref>WoW.com: {{ref web|title=The Queue: A trip down memory lane|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2009/11/11/the-queue-a-trip-down-memory-lane/}}</ref>
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'''November 23''' - [[WoW Insider]] launches.<ref>WoW.com: {{ref web|title=The Queue: A trip down memory lane|url=http://wow.joystiq.com/2009/11/11/the-queue-a-trip-down-memory-lane/}}</ref>
   
==2006==
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== 2006 ==
 
[[File:Make-love-not-warcraft.png|thumb|The Characters of ''South Park'' in [[World of Warcraft on South Park|Make Love, not Warcraft]]. L to R: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny.]]
 
[[File:Make-love-not-warcraft.png|thumb|The Characters of ''South Park'' in [[World of Warcraft on South Park|Make Love, not Warcraft]]. L to R: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny.]]
 
'''January 3''' - [[Patch 1.9.0]]
 
'''January 3''' - [[Patch 1.9.0]]
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'''December 14''' - ''Burning Crusade'' cinematic trailer released
 
'''December 14''' - ''Burning Crusade'' cinematic trailer released
   
==2007==
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== 2007 ==
 
[[File:Login screen The Burning Crusade.jpg|thumb|The ''World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade'' login screen debuted with patch 2.0.1 and was the game login screen for one year and 11 months.]]
 
[[File:Login screen The Burning Crusade.jpg|thumb|The ''World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade'' login screen debuted with patch 2.0.1 and was the game login screen for one year and 11 months.]]
 
'''January 9''' - [[Patch 2.0.3]]
 
'''January 9''' - [[Patch 2.0.3]]
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*[[Outland]] added
 
*[[Outland]] added
 
*{{alliance}}[[Draenei]] and {{horde}}[[Blood Elf]] races added
 
*{{alliance}}[[Draenei]] and {{horde}}[[Blood Elf]] races added
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*[[Paladin]] for Horde and [[Shaman]] for Alliance classes added
 
*[[Eye of the Storm]] battleground added
 
*[[Eye of the Storm]] battleground added
 
*[[Jewelcrafting]] profession added
 
*[[Jewelcrafting]] profession added
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*[[Hellfire Citadel]], [[Coilfang Reservoir]], [[Auchindoun]], [[Tempest Keep]], [[Escape from Durnholde Keep]] and [[Opening the Dark Portal]] dungeons added
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*[[Karazhan]], [[Gruul's Lair]], [[Magtheridon's Lair]], [[Serpentshrine Cavern]], [[Eye (Tempest Keep)|The Eye]] and [[Battle for Mount Hyjal]] raids added
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*[[Doom Lord Kazzak (tactics)|Doom Lord Kazzak]] and [[Doomwalker]] world bosses added
   
 
'''May 22''' - [[Patch 2.1.0]]
 
'''May 22''' - [[Patch 2.1.0]]
 
*The [[Black Temple]] added
 
*The [[Black Temple]] added
   
'''August 3–4''' [[BlizzCon 2007|BlizzCon]]
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'''August 3–4''' [[BlizzCon 2007|BlizzCon]]
 
*''[[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King|Wrath of the Lich King]]'' expansion announced
 
*''[[World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King|Wrath of the Lich King]]'' expansion announced
   
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*[[Northrend]] added
 
*[[Northrend]] added
 
*[[Death knight]] class added
 
*[[Death knight]] class added
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*[[Inscription]] profession added
 
*[[Strand of the Ancients]] battleground added
 
*[[Strand of the Ancients]] battleground added
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*[[Utgarde Keep]], [[Nexus]], [[Azjol-Nerub]], [[Violet Hold]], [[Gundrak]], [[Culling of Stratholme]] and [[Ulduar]] dungeons added
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*[[Obsidian Sanctum]], [[Archavon]] and [[The Eye of Eternity]] raids added
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*[[Naxxramas]] revamped to level 80
   
 
'''November 23''' - All players logging in are awarded [[Baby Blizzard Bear]] and {{achievement|WoW's 4th Anniversary}}
 
'''November 23''' - All players logging in are awarded [[Baby Blizzard Bear]] and {{achievement|WoW's 4th Anniversary}}
   
==2009==
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== 2009 ==
 
[[Image:MTN_DEW.JPG|thumb|right|"Game Fuel". Wild berry for Alliance, citrus cherry for Horde]][[File:Splashscreen.JPG|thumb|During the countdown to the Battle.net merger, Blizzard offered a [[Unhatched Mr. Chilly|companion pet]] to accounts that merged before the deadline.]]
 
[[Image:MTN_DEW.JPG|thumb|right|"Game Fuel". Wild berry for Alliance, citrus cherry for Horde]][[File:Splashscreen.JPG|thumb|During the countdown to the Battle.net merger, Blizzard offered a [[Unhatched Mr. Chilly|companion pet]] to accounts that merged before the deadline.]]
   
 
'''April 14''' - [[Patch 3.1.0]]
 
'''April 14''' - [[Patch 3.1.0]]
*[[Ulduar]] added
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*[[Ulduar (instance)|Ulduar]] raid added
 
*[[Argent Tournament]] added
 
*[[Argent Tournament]] added
 
*[[Dual Talent Specialization]]
 
*[[Dual Talent Specialization]]
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'''August 4''' - [[Patch 3.2.0]]
 
'''August 4''' - [[Patch 3.2.0]]
 
*[[Crusaders' Coliseum]] added
 
*[[Crusaders' Coliseum]] added
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*[[Koralon the Flame Watcher|Koralon]] added
 
*[[Isle of Conquest]] battleground added
 
*[[Isle of Conquest]] battleground added
 
*[[Instance Lock Extension]]
 
*[[Instance Lock Extension]]
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* Improved [[Dungeon Finder]]
 
* Improved [[Dungeon Finder]]
   
==2010==
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== 2010 ==
 
[[File:ChinaWoWundead.jpg|thumb|Due to societal censorship issues in China, bones are covered up, as with this [[Forsaken]]. This led to the need for a massive graphical editing for ''Wrath of the Lich King'' to be approved.]]
 
[[File:ChinaWoWundead.jpg|thumb|Due to societal censorship issues in China, bones are covered up, as with this [[Forsaken]]. This led to the need for a massive graphical editing for ''Wrath of the Lich King'' to be approved.]]
   
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* [[Real ID]] is implemented.
 
* [[Real ID]] is implemented.
   
'''June 30''' - Closed Beta for ''[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm]]'' begins.<ref>{{ref web|url=http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/press/pressreleases.html?100630|accessdate=2010-06-30|publisher=Activision Blizzard|title=Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Test for World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™}}</ref><br>Patch 3.3.5 in Europe.
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'''June 30''' - Closed Beta for ''[[World of Warcraft: Cataclysm]]'' begins.<ref>{{ref web|url=http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/press/pressreleases.html?100630|accessdate=2010-06-30|publisher=Activision Blizzard|title=Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Test for World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™}}</ref><br />Patch 3.3.5 in Europe.
 
* The [[Ruby Sanctum]] opens.
 
* The [[Ruby Sanctum]] opens.
   
'''July 6''' - Blizzard announces their intention to have [[Real ID]] names visible when posting on the official forums.<ref>http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=25626109041</ref> This resulted in a massive outcry against the idea, based primarily on concerns about privacy issues and potential harassment.
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'''July 6''' - Blizzard announces their intention to have [[Real ID]] names visible when posting on the official forums.<ref>http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=25626109041</ref> This resulted in a massive outcry against the idea, based primarily on concerns about privacy issues and potential harassment.
   
 
'''July 9''' - Due the overwhelming flood of criticism, Blizzard rescinds their plan to put Real ID names on the official forums.<ref>http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25968987278&sid=1</ref>
 
'''July 9''' - Due the overwhelming flood of criticism, Blizzard rescinds their plan to put Real ID names on the official forums.<ref>http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25968987278&sid=1</ref>
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'''October 17''' - ''World of Warcraft Cataclysm'' cinematic trailer released.
 
'''October 17''' - ''World of Warcraft Cataclysm'' cinematic trailer released.
* Parts of the trailer were aired on television in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys/Minnesota Vikings football game on the same day. The commercial asked "Where will you be when the Cataclysm begins"
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* Parts of the trailer were aired on television in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys/Minnesota Vikings football game on the same day. The commercial asked "Where will you be when the Cataclysm begins"
   
 
'''October 22-23''' - [[BlizzCon 2010]]
 
'''October 22-23''' - [[BlizzCon 2010]]
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*[[Tol Barad]] World PvP zone added
 
*[[Tol Barad]] World PvP zone added
 
*[[Archaeology]] secondary profession added
 
*[[Archaeology]] secondary profession added
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*[[Throne of the Tides]], [[The Stonecore]], [[Vortex Pinnacle]], [[Lost City of The Tol'vir]], [[Halls of Origination]] and [[Grim Batol (instance)|Grim Batol]] dungeons added
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*[[Blackrock Caverns]], [[Deadmines]] and [[Shadowfang Keep]] dungeons updated to level 80+
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*[[Pit Lord Argaloth|Argaloth]], [[Bastion of Twilight]], [[Throne of the Four Winds]], [[Blackwing Descent]] and [[Occu'thar]] raids added
   
 
== 2011 ==
 
== 2011 ==
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'''October 21-22''' - [[BlizzCon 2011]]
 
'''October 21-22''' - [[BlizzCon 2011]]
* [[Mists of Pandaria]] announced
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* ''[[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria|Mists of Pandaria]]'' announced
   
 
'''November 20''' - [[WoW's 7th Anniversary]]
 
'''November 20''' - [[WoW's 7th Anniversary]]
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* [[Dragon Soul]] is added
 
* [[Dragon Soul]] is added
   
==2012==
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== 2012 ==
March 21 - Mists of Pandaria closed beta opens.
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'''March 20''' - ''[[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria|Mists of Pandaria]]'' [[Beta#Mists_of_Pandaria|closed beta]] announced.
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'''March 21''' - ''Mists of Pandaria'' closed beta opens with [[Patch 5.0.1]].
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'''March 29''' - First of several waves of [[Beta#Beta_invite_waves|beta invites]] to primarily [[Annual Pass]] subscribers.
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'''May 24''' - Non-Annual Pass players who expressed interest in ''Mists of Pandaria'' beta on their Battle.net account start getting beta invites.
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'''July 25''' - ''Mists of Pandaria'' release date announced to be September 25, 2012.
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'''August 28''' - [[Patch 5.0.4]] on live servers. Systems pre-release patch and most of the expansion all in one.
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*[[Account-wide achievements]], mounts, and pets
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*All races available to all players<ref name="allRaces504">{{ref web|work=Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/6994738/All_Races_Available_in_Patch_504-8_16_2012|title=All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4|author=[[Blizzard Entertainment]]|date=16-Aug-2012 10:00 AM PDT}}<br/>&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forum (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5153835643|title=All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4|author={{blizz}} [[Qoennon]]|date=16 Aug 2012 17:06 UTC}}</ref>
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*[[Area of Effect looting]]
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*[[BattleTag]] support
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*Massive class changes
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**Specialization and talent revamp
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*Tons of new items
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*Some profession updates
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** New battlegrounds and revamped dungeons
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*[[Cross-realm zones]]
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'''September 13''' - [[Patch 5.0.5]] on live servers.
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* Technically the patch that will be running when the expansion is enabled, but mostly bug fixes.
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'''September 17''' - World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle<ref name="officialTheramoresFallEvent">{{ref web|work=Official Community &gt; General Discussion forum (US)|url=http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/6412423849#1|title=#1 - Theramore's Fall: One Week at Level 85|author={{blizz}} [[Kaivax]]|date=28-Aug-2012 2:35 PM PDT}}&nbsp; &nbsp;{{ref web|work=Official Gameplay &gt; General forum (EU)|url=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5208782233#1|title=#1 - Battle of Theramore: One Week at Level 85|author={{blizz}} [[Vaneras]]|date=28 Aug 2012 15:22 UTC}}</ref>
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* Available to level 85 characters for 1 week before expansion release
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'''September 25''' - ''[[World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria|Mists of Pandaria]]'' expansion released in North America and Europe.
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*Level cap raised to 90.
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*Continent of [[Pandaria]] added.
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*[[Pandaren (playable)|Pandaren]] race added.
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*[[Monk]] class added.
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*[[Pet Battle System]]<ref name="patch504PetNotes">{{ref web|work=Perks N Peeves|url=http://wowpetaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/08/patch-504-reminders.html|title=Patch 5.0.4 Reminders|author=[http://wowpetaddiction.blogspot.com/p/about_25.html Quintessence]|date=24-Aug-2012|quote=Pet Battles. We'll have to wait until the MoP release date to access this new ability and minigame. The upside is that players do NOT have to upgrade to MoP to participate.}}</ref>
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*[[Scenario|Scenario system]]
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*[[Stormstout Brewery]], [[Temple of the Jade Serpent]], [[Mogu'Shan Palace]], [[Shado-pan Monastery]], [[Gate of the Setting Sun]] and [[Siege of Niuzao Temple]] dungeons added
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*[[Scarlet Halls]], [[Scarlet Monastery]] and [[Scholomance]] dungeons revamped
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*[[Mogu'Shan Vaults]], [[Heart of Fear]] and [[Terrace of Endless Spring]] raids added
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*[[A Brewing Storm]], [[Arena of Annihilation]], [[Brewmoon Festival]], [[Crypt of Forgotten Kings]], [[Greenstone Village]], [[Theramore's Fall]] and [[Unga Ingoo]] scenarios added
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*[[Salyis's Warband]] and [[Sha of Anger]] world bosses added
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'''September 27''' - ''Mists of Pandaria'' expansion released in Korean and Taiwan.
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'''November 27''' - [[Patch 5.1.0]]
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*New [[world PvP]] conflict and factions
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*[[Brawler's Guild]]
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*[[Item Level Upgrades]]
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*[[Battle pet]] upgrade system
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*New Scenarios:
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**[[A Little Patience]]
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**[[Assault on Zan'vess]]
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**[[Dagger in the Dark]]
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**[[Domination Point]]
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**[[Lion's Landing]]
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== 2013 ==
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'''March 5''' - [[Patch 5.2.0]]
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*New Daily Quest Hub: The [[Isle of Thunder]]
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*New Raid: [[Throne of Thunder]]
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*Legendary Quest continues
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*New World Bosses:
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**{{mob|boss=|Nalak, the Storm Lord}}
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**{{mob|boss=|Oondasta}}
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**New World Boss System
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*New scenarios
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*Sunsong Ranch farming improvements
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'''May 21''' - [[Patch 5.3.0]]
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* New Battleground: [[Deepwind Gorge]]
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* New Arena: [[The Tiger's Peak]]
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* New Scenarios:
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** [[Battle on the High Seas]]
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** [[Blood in the Snow]]
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** [[Dark Heart of Pandaria]]
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** [[The Secrets of Ragefire]]
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* [[Heroic Scenarios]]
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* Quest Campaign: Escalation
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* XP needed for level 85 - 90 reduced by 33%.
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'''August 14''' - Blizzard trademarks "The Dark Below".
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*The concept of "The Dark Below" is not new to WoW, previously mentioned here: http://www.wowwiki.com/Dark_Below. With speculation over the past few months about the possibility of a Burning Legion expansion, players are convinced we will soon be descending into the dark depths of Azeroth!
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'''September 10''' - [[Patch 5.4.0]]
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*New Area: [[Timeless Isle]]
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*New Raid: [[Siege of Orgrimmar]]
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*Legendary Quest continues
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*[[Flexible Raid]] Difficulty
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*[[Proving Grounds]]
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*[[Connected Realms]]
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*Redesigned Arena System
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*New World Bosses:
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**August celestials: [[Chi-Ji (tactics)|Chi-Ji]], [[Niuzao (tactics)|Niuzao]], [[Xuen (tactics)|Xuen]] and [[Yu'lon (tactics)|Yu'lon]]
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**[[Ordos]]
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'''November 2013''' - Blizzard trademarks "Warlords of Draenor".
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* mmo-champion reported that "Warlords of Draenor" was trademarked in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, and EU! It is highly speculated that this will be the next expansion.
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'''November 8''' - [[World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor]] Announced. (references in page)
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* Blizzard announces at [[BlizzCon 2013]] the next expansion for the series "Warlords of Draenor." (references in page)
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** [[:File:World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Announcement Trailer|Announcement trailer]] is released revealing new zones, new character art, level cap raise to 100, one free level 90 to everyone, garrisons and much more. (references in page)
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** No new races, classes or professions announced, reporters say Blizzard said there would be no new hero class, leaving speculation to a possible new regular class. [http://www.gamespot.com/articles/everything-you-need-to-know-about-world-of-warcraft-warlords-of-draenor/1100-6416073]
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'''December 10''' - [[Patch 5.4.2]]
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*[[In-game shop]]
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 21:02, November 15, 2014

This page follows the in-game timeline from the release of World of Warcraft through present day as it applies to the players.

(After all, Money achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been!)

Important Edit

Add proper references and/or citations when adding a timeline 'event'.

2001 Edit

September 2 - World of Warcraft announced[1]

2004 Edit

Login screen Classic

The original login screen. This was the longest-running login screen, being the login for two years and one month.

Early in the year - World of Warcraft Beta testing

November 23 - World of Warcraft launches in North America, Australia and New Zealand.


November 24 - WoWWiki launched[2]

December 3 - WoWWiki first archived at Web.Archive.org (Internet Archive)

December 18 - Patch 1.2.0

2005 Edit

Talismanofbindingshard

The first ever legendary item drop.

Leeroy Jenkins Jeopardy clue

What is World of Warcraft?.

January 18World of Warcraft launches in South Korea

February 11 - World of Warcraft launches in Europe

March 7 - Patch 1.3.0

March 23 - The first legendary item ever to appear to players in the game drops, [Talisman of Binding Shard]. It is immediately hotfixed out of the game.

April 8 - Patch 1.4.0

May - The Leeroy Jenkins video becomes popular[3]

June 7 - Patch 1.5.0

July 12 - Patch 1.6.0

September 13 - Patch 1.7.0

October 28–29 - BlizzCon

October 10 - Patch 1.8.0

November 16 - World of Warcraft is featured in a question on the game show Jeopardy!

November 23 - WoW Insider launches.[5]

2006 Edit

Make-love-not-warcraft

The Characters of South Park in Make Love, not Warcraft. L to R: Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny.

January 3 - Patch 1.9.0

January - Blizzard comes under scrutiny by LGBT groups for prohibiting advertising a guild as being LGBT-friendly.[6]

January 23 - Medivh-US becomes the first server to open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj[7]

March 28 - Patch 1.10.0

April - The "-50 DKP/More dots" Onyxia Wipe Animation becomes popular.

June 20 - Patch 1.11.0

July 7 - Wowhead website launched

August 22 - Patch 1.12.0

September 11 - Burning Crusade announced to be released on January 16, 2007

October

October 4 - The TV show South Park features a Warcraft-themed episode, Make Love, not Warcraft.

December 5 - Patch 2.0.1

December 14 - Burning Crusade cinematic trailer released

2007 Edit

Login screen The Burning Crusade

The World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade login screen debuted with patch 2.0.1 and was the game login screen for one year and 11 months.

January 9 - Patch 2.0.3

January 16 - The Burning Crusade expansion released

May 22 - Patch 2.1.0

August 3–4 BlizzCon

September 27 - Patch 2.2.0

October - Toyota's Four Wheels of Fury commercial airs, featuring a fictional truck mount ingame.

November 13 - Patch 2.3.0

November 20 - Blizzard advertises World of Warcraft on television with ads featuring William Shatner and most notably Mr. T talking about his Night Elf Mohawk.

2008 Edit

Earthquake

In July 29, 2008 a magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck near Blizzard's offices, causing them to post a message on their login screen about the effect on their in-game and telephone support.

Login screen Wrath of the Lich King

The World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King login screen. This login screen debuted in patch 3.0.2

January - World of Warcraft gets to 10 million subscribers globally[8]

March 25 - Patch 2.4.0

April 3 - Proudmoore-US becomes the first server to complete the Shattered Sun Offensive[9]

July - Beta begins for Wrath of the Lich King

August 21 - Wrath of the Lich King cinematic released.

September 15 - Wrath of the Lich King release date announced to be November 13, 2008

October 14 - Patch 3.0.2

October 23

November 10

November 13 - Wrath of the Lich King expansion released

November 23 - All players logging in are awarded Baby Blizzard Bear and Money achievement WoW's 4th Anniversary

2009 Edit

MTN DEW

"Game Fuel". Wild berry for Alliance, citrus cherry for Horde

Splashscreen

During the countdown to the Battle.net merger, Blizzard offered a companion pet to accounts that merged before the deadline.

April 14 - Patch 3.1.0

Late April - a player is banned for exploiting the game after using a mistakenly-mailed Game Master artifact called [Martin Fury].[10]

May 15 - The Mountain Dew Game Fuel Choose Your Side promotion begins.

August 4 - Patch 3.2.0

August 20 - The Mountain Dew Choose Your Side promotion ends.

August 21–22 - BlizzCon 2009

September 2 - Faction Change service offered.

September 22 - Patch 3.2.2

October 12 - Announcement that all World of Warcraft accounts must be merged with Battle.net accounts.[11]

October 27 - Race Change service offered

November 11, 12 - The deadline passes for account mergers with Battle.net for US, EU players.

November 22 - All players logging in are awarded Onyxian Whelpling and Money achievement WoW's 5th Anniversary

December 8 - Patch 3.3.0

2010 Edit

ChinaWoWundead

Due to societal censorship issues in China, bones are covered up, as with this Forsaken. This led to the need for a massive graphical editing for Wrath of the Lich King to be approved.

January 5 - The Plagueworks of Icecrown Citadel opens.

January 19 - The Crimson Hall of Icecrown Citadel opens.

February 2 - Patch 3.3.2

February 12 - The People's Republic of China approves Burning Crusade for release.

May 3 - The Friends & Family phase of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm alpha begins.[12]

June 22 - Patch 3.3.5 in North America.

June 30 - Closed Beta for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm begins.[13]
Patch 3.3.5 in Europe.

July 6 - Blizzard announces their intention to have Real ID names visible when posting on the official forums.[14] This resulted in a massive outcry against the idea, based primarily on concerns about privacy issues and potential harassment.

July 9 - Due the overwhelming flood of criticism, Blizzard rescinds their plan to put Real ID names on the official forums.[15]

August 10 - The People's Republic of China approves a heavily edited Wrath of the Lich King for release.[16]

September 7 - The first in-game events leading up into the Cataclysm expansion begin, with Operation: Gnomeregan (Official alliance mini-icon Alliance) and Zalazane's Fall (Official horde mini-icon Horde).

October 4 - Cataclysm release date announced to be December 7, 2010[17]

October 7 - World of Warcraft reaches 12 million players[18]

October 12 - Patch 4.0.1

October 17 - World of Warcraft Cataclysm cinematic trailer released.

  • Parts of the trailer were aired on television in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys/Minnesota Vikings football game on the same day. The commercial asked "Where will you be when the Cataclysm begins"

October 22-23 - BlizzCon 2010

November 16 - Patch 4.0.3

  • Preparation for the Shattering
  • Few visible changes

November 23 - Patch 4.0.3a The Shattering

  • Hundreds of achievements, items, NPCs, and quests added or updated
  • Most Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor zones changed
  • New class and race combinations made available

December 7 - Cataclysm expansion released

2011 Edit

January 27 - Blizzard files complaints with the online service PayPal in an effort to make payment difficult for gold sellers. [19]

February 8 - Patch 4.0.6

  • Class balance changes

April 26 - Patch 4.1.0

  • Re-opening of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub as level 85 heroics
  • Class design changes
  • Profession trainers filled out in capitals

June 28 - Patch 4.2.0

October 21-22 - BlizzCon 2011

November 20 - WoW's 7th Anniversary

November 29 - Patch 4.3.0

2012 Edit

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March 20 - Mists of Pandaria closed beta announced.

March 21 - Mists of Pandaria closed beta opens with Patch 5.0.1.

March 29 - First of several waves of beta invites to primarily Annual Pass subscribers.

May 24 - Non-Annual Pass players who expressed interest in Mists of Pandaria beta on their Battle.net account start getting beta invites.

July 25 - Mists of Pandaria release date announced to be September 25, 2012.

August 28 - Patch 5.0.4 on live servers. Systems pre-release patch and most of the expansion all in one.

September 13 - Patch 5.0.5 on live servers.

  • Technically the patch that will be running when the expansion is enabled, but mostly bug fixes.

September 17 - World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle[21]

  • Available to level 85 characters for 1 week before expansion release

September 25 - Mists of Pandaria expansion released in North America and Europe.

September 27 - Mists of Pandaria expansion released in Korean and Taiwan.

November 27 - Patch 5.1.0

2013 Edit

March 5 - Patch 5.2.0

May 21 - Patch 5.3.0

August 14 - Blizzard trademarks "The Dark Below".

  • The concept of "The Dark Below" is not new to WoW, previously mentioned here: http://www.wowwiki.com/Dark_Below. With speculation over the past few months about the possibility of a Burning Legion expansion, players are convinced we will soon be descending into the dark depths of Azeroth!

September 10 - Patch 5.4.0

November 2013 - Blizzard trademarks "Warlords of Draenor".

  • mmo-champion reported that "Warlords of Draenor" was trademarked in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, and EU! It is highly speculated that this will be the next expansion.

November 8 - World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Announced. (references in page)

  • Blizzard announces at BlizzCon 2013 the next expansion for the series "Warlords of Draenor." (references in page)
    • Announcement trailer is released revealing new zones, new character art, level cap raise to 100, one free level 90 to everyone, garrisons and much more. (references in page)
    • No new races, classes or professions announced, reporters say Blizzard said there would be no new hero class, leaving speculation to a possible new regular class. [1]

December 10 - Patch 5.4.2

References Edit

  1. ^ Web Archive - Fusion NET: Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft.
  2. ^ Wikipedia: WoWWiki.
  3. ^ Wikipedia: Leeroy Jenkins.
  4. ^ Wikipedia: Corrupted Blood Incident.
  5. ^ WoW.com: The Queue: A trip down memory lane.
  6. ^ Error Macro: Gay Rights Within World of Warcraft.
  7. ^ About.com: Gates of Ahn'Qiraj Opened.
  8. ^ Blizzard Press Release World of Warcraft Reaches New Milestone: 10 Million Subscribers.
  9. ^ WoW.com: Proudmoore server hits Phase 4 first.
  10. ^ Examiner.com: The WoW Martin Fury scandal.
  11. ^ WoW.com: Battle.net accounts required by November 11th.
  12. ^ Cataclysm Alpha has begun!. MMO-Champion. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  13. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Test for World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™. Activision Blizzard. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  14. ^ http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=25626109041
  15. ^ http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25968987278&sid=1
  16. ^ China is finally getting Wrath of the Lich King. WoW.com.
  17. ^ WORLD OF WARCRAFT®: CATACLYSM™ IN STORES STARTING DECEMBER 7. Blizzard Press Release.
  18. ^ World of Warcraft subscriber base reaches 12 million. Blizzard Press Release.
  19. ^ Blizzard Puts A Stop To Gold Sellers Using PayPal For Payments. Curse.
  20. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizz Qoennon 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  21. ^ Blizz Kaivax 2012-08-28. #1 - Theramore's Fall: One Week at Level 85. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).   Blizz Vaneras 2012-08-28. #1 - Battle of Theramore: One Week at Level 85. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  22. ^ Quintessence 2012-08-24. Patch 5.0.4 Reminders. Perks N Peeves. “Pet Battles. We'll have to wait until the MoP release date to access this new ability and minigame. The upside is that players do NOT have to upgrade to MoP to participate.”

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