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WoW Turns 7! Anniversary Tabard now available in-game
World of Warcraft turns 7 this year (see World of Warcraft’s Seventh Anniversary! and to celebrate, players will be awarded a tabard and the WoW's 7th Anniversary Feat of Strength. The celebration lasts from November 20 to December 3, this is a visual tabard and it will not unequip your current tabard.

Update - I just realized that the "Celebration Package" item summoning the tabard requires the 7th anniversary event to be active, it most likely means that this item will expire. Might want to wait for a blue confirmation on that before you go through all your alts to get it.



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  1. rubyloc's Avatar
    I'm just happy I got another FoS, stop complicating things
  1. Howlrunner's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kihlerabz View Post
    I'm in agreement with the spirit of Howlrunner's post. I find it more interesting to muse about Blizz's motive, thinking or rationale for chosing this (gift/reward, what-have-you) than passing judgement as to whether it's lame or not.

    As far as the "entitlement" attitude some have expressed . . . I guess if it was only fireworks each year there'd be a corresponding ho-hum response each year as well, but they went a little extra in some years so naturally by doing so have set themselves up for dissappointing responses when they don't "outdo" (or roughly equal) previous years. But where does it end in trying to "outdo" themselves? Maybe the analogy is not perfect but does every Christmas, Birthday or Anniversary have to be bigger and better than the one before it? Of course it depends on the milestone achieved: a persons 100thbirthday is pretty special and there are Silver, Golden and Diamond Anniversaries. So for Blizz's WoW it's year seven. To some the 'thank-you-for-you-loyalty-and-support' celebratory token of appreciation is underwhelming. But the anology is not perfect in that this is a not a real-life person to person gift-giving situation, it's a company to consumer situation. The company has to continually strive to please the customer with their product or service.

    Which brings me to the 3 possible reasons Howlrunner mentioned. I don't think it's reason number 1 -- it's hard to believe a company as big and well funded as Blizz is (i.e. monthly raking in fees from subscriber's numbering into the multi-millions) could not afford to hire for or allocate a tiny portion of their resources to come up with something more unique for the occasion or even simply to create a new pet model. And I don't think it's reason number 3 -- that they blatently don't care since I don't get the impression that they aren't making at least a good-faith effort in tyring to improve the gamel. But that's of course subjective. From what I've read some seem to feel they haven't done anything right for a long time (yet they are still investing time enough in the game to be able to express a negative opinion about changes over time). I would put my money on number 2 -- massive misjudgement of the what the WoW community wants or put another way, misjudging what would delight more veteran players. I think the newer players will probably wonder what the fuss is all about and accept the gift simply for what it is. Whereas I can certainly see how this is pretty underwhelming a token off appreciation for loyal, long-playing (and therefore long-paying) customers.

    If the game lasts that long, it will be interesting to see what they do for the 10th anniversary. Perhaps they will try to really impress their customers with fireworks, a pet and a exp/rep buff dissappearing tabard?
    This is what I mean. I personally don't really give two hoots about the event, but its shocking to see a company like Blizzard that used to get so many things right, suddenly start to get it wrong.
    Over the past couple of years, they have misjudged the community immensely, and I don't mean just whiners and haters so to speak. Look at the Real ID forum debacle, and the massive outcry it caused. Now, lets look at the gamut of micro transactions that are now creeping in, along with a feeling of "Pay to Win" from some players. Years ago, we would have scoffed at them had anyone even suggested Blizzard would make a pet tradeable in game for money, yet it is now here. Whilst these things again don't bother me par se, they *DO* bother a lot of people, and Blizzard has seemed to not grasp the scale of the mess they have caused, and how deeply it is affecting the customer base they have.
    As someone else said, this is only a small thing, but it is just one of many MANY things that are slowly occurring that are angering players, and this for many, may just be the proverbial straw t hat makes them go "Know what? I have had enough, I quit".

    I will be honest, I used to think the people saying Activision will ruin Blizzard were just tin foil hat wearing monkeys, but I am starting to get a small doubt they may actually be right...:S
  1. Damien25's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dies Irae View Post
    Wheres my pet?!?! =(
    Yea i want a pet instead of this too!!!
  1. The King in Yellow's Avatar
    MMoC started as a wow fanboy site, the forum was mostly speculations and questions and answers about WOW. The forum has morphed into troll country, where every rumor and every screeshot can be taken as the sure sign WOW is dying and blizzard is stealing ur money. I have stopped reading the forum, because of this.If i want to read trolls, i want them to be adult and intelligent and thought provoking (4chan/reddit/digg/fark).So maybe in a couple of years most of the trolls will have graduated to more mature forums where they will meet real opponents, then this forum will be worth reading again.CYA.
    Is it me... or did he just do EXACTLY what he described?
  1. The King in Yellow's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by yvbn View Post
    Does it last forever, or for a limited duration
    Apparently, limited
  1. Kihlerabz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Howlrunner View Post
    This is what I mean. I personally don't really give two hoots about the event, but its shocking to see a company like Blizzard that used to get so many things right, suddenly start to get it wrong.
    Over the past couple of years, they have misjudged the community immensely, and I don't mean just whiners and haters so to speak. Look at the Real ID forum debacle, and the massive outcry it caused. Now, lets look at the gamut of micro transactions that are now creeping in, along with a feeling of "Pay to Win" from some players. Years ago, we would have scoffed at them had anyone even suggested Blizzard would make a pet tradeable in game for money, yet it is now here. Whilst these things again don't bother me par se, they *DO* bother a lot of people, and Blizzard has seemed to not grasp the scale of the mess they have caused, and how deeply it is affecting the customer base they have.
    As someone else said, this is only a small thing, but it is just one of many MANY things that are slowly occurring that are angering players, and this for many, may just be the proverbial straw t hat makes them go "Know what? I have had enough, I quit".

    I will be honest, I used to think the people saying Activision will ruin Blizzard were just tin foil hat wearing monkeys, but I am starting to get a small doubt they may actually be right...:S
    I find it laughable that anyone would get so worked up over this that it would be the tipping point to make them quit but maybe I'm just being insensitive. I guess I haven't played the game long enough (started about 3/4 of way into BC) or play for different reasons and therefore not percieving the other gross miss-steps they have made. I really appreciated things like the introduction of heirlooms, dual-talenting, lowering riding skill levels (questing in STV on foot was grueling lol), dungeon finder, to name a few.

    But I definitely agree about the Pet Store thing. They prohibit gold buying and gold selling and stress such activities are against the TOS and those caught doing so may be suspended or banned. The message to me behind that policy is they don't want the game economy distorted by real-life money influence. Fair enough . . . I like to feel that I'm competing on a level playing field economically with other players. Real world money should have no bearing on the game economy. Then they instroduce tradeable/saleable pets not achieved in-game but bought with real life money. Quoting from the Blizz Pet Store FAQ: " . . . we're ok with it if some players choose to use the Guardian Cub as a safe and secure way to try to acquire a little extra in-game gold . . . " On the one had it's against TOS to buy game gold with real money, then they turn around and sell for real money an in-game item a player can sell for game gold. Can they really expect to continue a zero-tolerance policy against gold selling without being accused of hypocrisy?
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    If it was actually 7% buff FOREVER and an actual tabard, I would have resubscribed just for that.
  1. teamdoa's Avatar
    I think most people will be playing Star Wars Old Republic in December, so I guess they thought they might as well have it expire then.
  1. mikisulu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The King in Yellow View Post
    Is it me... or did he just do EXACTLY what he described?
    Sorry, i should have made it clear that i'm a fanboy, i like wow, have been playing since day 1, still have the same char and still haven't found a game with as much content / complexity as wow.
  1. myboomstick's Avatar
    yes with 10 lvl 85s this was a bad thing to get, we got pets in the past they should just stick with the pets. there would be less bitching.
  1. lilbuddhaman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mikisulu View Post
    Sorry, i should have made it clear that i'm a fanboy, i like wow, have been playing since day 1, still have the same char and still haven't found a game with as much content / complexity as wow.
    Skyrim called, he left a message on 11:11:11 , guess you missed it.
  1. ace94's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lobstarrr View Post
    All haters, get the fuck off of these forums, it's getting really old now.
    Make me you moron... Just because people don't agree with your opinion doesn't mean we have to leave.

    WoW will be nearly dead in 2012 and in 2013 half the players will be moved to Guild Wars 2 or Star Wars TOR. So suck it up, your game is dying and you can't do shit about it.

    And no I am no hater. I did love this game since it was released, but some people must learn to "let go".
  1. Taurenburger's Avatar
    Not all that usefull on a max level character. 7% on rep isn´t really noticable... Didn´t try it on a leveling character yet though.
  1. ScorchHellfire's Avatar
    It's the old Contest Winner's Tabard... Last time we saw that was back in vanilla...
  1. Marema's Avatar
    The only reason I started playing this game was for the 7 year reward and I'm very dissapointed. I will now have to switch to Star Wars and hope the 10 year reward (lolol 10 years) for that game will be worth time investment.
  1. EllieHorde's Avatar
    I know zillions have complained but just adding my tuppenceworth (or 2 cents worth for the friends over the water) - I looked forward to a pet, don't usually wear tabards - spoil the look of my pretty frocks, lol! I have put up with the dumbing down of the game over the 5+ years I have been playing it. I would happily give up any future 'perks' to get the game back to the challenge it once was. To give one example - I am sure many of you will remember the excitement of Kara - the challenge it presented, the mental stimulous it provided...now you can skip thru' it with a teddybear in one hand!! Blizzard - stop dumbing it down - make it the game it once was!!
  1. RadGH's Avatar
    Requires "Wow's 7th Anniversary". Well when I logged in, I received an achievement called "Wow's 7th anniversary". So now I'll have that forever...Is that requirement not met by the achievement of the same name? (aka permanent)
  1. Amandiine's Avatar
    happy birthday !
  1. Blabarsjuice's Avatar
    Congratulations World of Warcraft I guess. But that item was crap, give me back my pets!
  1. War30's Avatar
    I would have loved Diablo 3 for free as a prize for playing the game for 7 years straight.

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