Source: Blizzard

You won’t have to wait too much longer to dive back into the nostalgia of Vanilla WoW because World of Warcraft Classic is launching August 27, 2019.

Some players might have already experienced and struggled with Vanilla WoW thanks to its demo last year but WoW Classic will be rolling out its closed beta tests from May 16, to help ready the game for its August release. These beta tests will be available to current WoW players with active subscriptions — you will just need to sign up for it. But you can visit here to try an opt in to play WoW Classic before everyone else.

Classic dungeons in WoW, with earthy reds and several players fighting a boss
It won’t be long before players can dive back into some of WoW’s classic dungeons. Source: Blizzard

World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Brings Goodies

World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary is also this year and, like its 5th and 10th year milestones, Blizzard has announced that some exclusive content will be coming to the game later this year.

According Blizzard, the celebration will take place later on this year with a series of in-game events in World of Warcraft:Battle for Azeroth. These activities will build up to a 25-player raid that is set to put players up against some of the game’s most iconic bosses. And at the end of it all, players will be able to ride across Azeroth on the Obsidian Worldbreaker — a mount that bares a strong resemblance to Deathwing the Destroyer.

However, there is also a reward for those who choose just to log in during the anniversary event — the adorable Lil’Nefarion pet.

dragon mount and small dragon pet
Obsidian Worldbreaker (right) and Lil’Nefarion Pet (left) Source: Blizzard

People Like Statues 

Blizzard is known for releasing some nice statues. The Sylvanas statue was darn impressive and while the jury’s still out in regards to Jaina’s face in her recently introduced statuette, Blizzard normally gets them right.

As part of their 15th anniversary celebration, Blizzard is also releasing the World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Collector’s Edition box, which features a black and gold Ragnaros statue that measures in at over 10 inches tall.

The box will also contain an Onyxia pin; 30 days of game time; a map of Azeroth mousepad; a set of art prints; and both the Alabaster Stormtalon and Alabaster Thunderwing mounts.

Collectors Edition items: mousepad, golden Ragnaros statue, Azeroth art, Onyxia pin, display box and in-game alabaster mounts
Ragnaros really suits gold. Source: Blizzard

When and How Can You Get the Collector’s Edition?

The Collector’s Edition looks like it will be available here in Australia on October 9, 2019 and for players wanting to get their hands on the limited-edition items, JB HI-FI is currently taking pre-orders for the bundle at AUD$144 — so get in quick.

When I’m not addressing my addiction to Overwatch, I like to dabble in the odd JRPG with some favourites coming from the Final Fantasy franchise. I’m a sucker for games with great stories and fantastic music but I also love a good nostalgia trip with some oldies but goodies. I’m currently studying Journalism at the University of Technology Sydney and as a video games enthusiast, I love being able to report on them to my heart's content.