[World of Warcraft] Well that was fast. [Progress] from Firemaw-EU beat Phase 1 of The Burning Crusade Classic.

Let’s revisit our BOLD predictions from last time. Some of them turned out to be not very bold. There are also some pleasant surprises!

PREDICTION 1:

Servers won’t last. Maintenance will get extended, similarly to PREPATCH day. Servers won’t be “fully live” (eg: completely playable without interruptions/server restarts) until June 2nd.

I thought this would have been the safest prediction. Technically maintenance wasn’t extended but there was an unscheduled maintenance the day after. Some people who took time off lost a precious couple of hours! Okay it wasn’t really that big of a deal. Let’s call it a draw on this prediction.

PREDICTION 2:

Players overprepared. Karazhan, Magtheridon and Gruul will be completed before next server maintenance (June 8th).

Credit Wowhead: https://tbc.wowhead.com/news/world-first-burning-crusade-classic-level-70-group-by-progress-on-firemaw-eu-322654

Maybe it wasn’t over preparation. The guild <Progress> on Firemaw-EU downed Karazhan, Gruul, and Magtheridon within 1 day of the Dark Portal opening. Wow. They did it by stockpiling quest turn-ins and then spamming 5 man dungeons. Props to them for their dedication, preparation, and mental stamina. I’m still stuck at level 30.

So we were right about the prediction but apparently gave them 5 too many days.

PREDICTION 3:

The first level 70 character will be within 24 hours of launch. Welp, we know how this one turned out. It was within 12 hours of launch. Less than 12 hours later they finished all the major raids of phase 1. I need to up my hot-takes-prediction game.

PREDICTION 4:

People will flock to Arena early.

STILL TBD! I guess since they finish all of the Phase 1 raids already, there’s nothing else to do but Arena/PVP?

PREDICTION 5:

It will be extremely buggy and off-schedule maintenance will be scheduled during the week after launch day.

It was actually OK! Other than the initial, and the Faerlina server (but no one really cares about that server, right)? There were no interruptions! I’m (gladly) wrong about this one.

That’s it folks! Hopefully one day we’ll hit level 70. But until then I guess we’ll live vicariously through the guild <Progress> Firemaw-EU.

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