Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WoW's 10th Anniversary Dates Announced

Blizzard announced the 10th anniversary dates:
"The 10- year anniversary celebration will begin in-game on Friday, November 21 and will last until Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 a.m. PST."
This gives us about 1 month and 2 weeks to collect all of the 10th anniversary pets. Hopefully that's more than enough time for everyone in the community.

The first pet, Molten Corgi, only requires a log in on any character during the 10th anniversary celebration. If you don't have too much time to spend in game, at least log your toon in and retrieve your adorable fire pup from your mailbox. :)

The second pet will require a bit more time (depending on your luck and the drop rate). Hatespark the Tiny is a drop from the last boss (Ragnaros) of a revamped 40 man LFR-styled Molten Core. According to developer Jeremy Feasel, it sounds as if the pet is not a 100% drop rate, and we'll need to kill Ragnaros multiple times before obtaining Hatespark.
"Repeat MC runners will have a chance to get Hatespark the Tiny and the Flames of Ragnaros enchant illusion :)"
Personally, I'm not that thrilled. I'm hoping that since I'll need to repeatedly kill Rag, that the LFR version of MC will be split into wings. If it is, then I can queue for the last wing many times without having to go through the hassle of clearing the entire thing over and over again.

I wouldn't have such a big problem with MC if I could put my own group together and run it with people that I know and trust to not be dead weight in a raid. But I've yet to come across a solid LFR group made up of nearly all random people, that's performed well. Add to this uncoordinated and unorganized set of people a lengthy raid that's been revamped to match our current level, and ouch. Plus the RNG droprate of the pet and limited availability. It might be a painful experience rather than an enjoyable celebration of 10 years of WoW. We'll see.

Both pets will only be available during the aforementioned dates. That is, once the 10th anniversary celebration is over, the pets will not be obtainable anymore. Only Hatespark, who is cageable, might occasionally be on the Auction House post-anniversary. So remember to log in to at least collect your Molten Corgi!

Edit: I completely forgot to mention another detail that shouldn't be overlooked; you need to be level capped to participate in the LFR version of MC. WoD will be released November 13, so if you want to be able to participate in the "new" Molten Core immediately, you'll need to power level and be 100 in 8 days. That's a tall order for some players, especially for those that may want take multiple characters to the raid.

With this additional information, I'm not sure how I feel about the pet not being 100% drop rate. There will be a lot of pressure on collectors to reach the appropriate level and then overcome the RNG in a 40 man pug. All within about a month. Yikes.


  1. I never never get pet drops in a raid so the hate spark being a limited drop makes me want to cry

    1. @Anonymous: Hopefully your luck will change with Hatespark. :)

  2. I'm sad about this too - I haven't received any of the raid drop pets ever, so I don't like my chances of getting Hatespark the Tiny.

    I wonder if you will be able to loot Rags multiple times in one week? That at least would give me some hope!

    As far as the difficulty goes, I don't think they will make it too difficult given it's meant to be a celebration. Also I'm pretty sure you can queue for LFR with a partial premade, I've done so with a guild group early on in Mists.

    1. @Kintarah: Jeremy Feasel made it sound as if we'll have a chance to loot the pet more than once per lockout. Of course that's just my own interpretation, and I really wish they were more forthcoming with details on how this will work. >_<

  3. I've yet to get an LFR pet to drop either. I'm not looking forward to this. Also the Ragnaros enchant illusion, or whatever they call it. Limited time and limited drop. Hope it's either really high drop rate, and increasing chance drop each run, or tradable...which I'd not want since mostly non collectors seem to get it in that case....So not fun. I miss the vampiric batling method, which I guess is similar to an achievement reward. Anyway, good luck on getting it Quintessence.

    1. @Pukanini: Good luck to you too!

      I agree, I think the Vampiric Batling method of distribution was fantastic, although it did make it unnecessary to run the content more than once. That's probably something they're trying to address because no one wants to have LFR with long queue times due to lack of interest.

      I just wish there was a way to balance everything while being fair/kind to collectors. =\


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