On July 28, World of Warcraft Classic players will relive the global event Gates of Ahn’Qiraj, in which thousands of people will compete to be the first to open the titular doors and unleash a horde of angry monsters on Azeroth…
That July day, World of Warcraft Classic will enter phase five of its launch program. The update will add the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest line and kick-start Ahn’Qiraj war effort, two key components in a global event that will require hardcore guilds and entire server communities to work together.
Ahn’Qiraj war effort entrusts players with donating craft supplies to prepare for the eventual war with the Qiraji, a race of evil insectoids that are locked in the Silithus area. Kneading this pool is basically a race between server communities to see who can complete the world event first.
The second component of the event is strictly for the most hardcore classic players. Assault guilds will embark on a long and winding quest to build the Scepter of Changing Sands, an incredibly rare item that only a few players per server will be able to wield. Interestingly, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith was one of those lucky players when the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj event first took place in 2006.
Once both missions are completed, the Scepter wielder can tap a gong that will open the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj, triggering a 10-hour war in which the entire server can participate, while the attackers sneak into battle to Test your mettle in the Two New Raids.
It is one of the most ambitious events in World of Warcraft, and I am extremely excited to see Classic relive the moment. The first time the doors of Ahn’Qiraj were opened, the resulting chaos was almost too much for the servers, causing all sorts of nasty connection issues and delays. But it was an unprecedented conflict of scale in online gaming, and it will be fascinating to relive the moment again.
Source : Pcgamer