Update (8:00 PM EST): According to the official post, all US and EU emails have gone out.
Update: Added official information. EU emails are starting to go out. There are a few reports of players getting one with small lapses in their subscription.

Gift to Veteran Players: Orc Wolf Rider Mini-Statue
The first people have started receiving their veteran gifts! The statue is an orc riding a wolf; it is a miniature version of the one located outside the Blizzard HQ. Credit to @thebl4ckd0g for the picture of the statue itself and Smitti for the picture of the inscription on the base.



Anniversary Gift
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've been secretly working on creating a one-time gift to celebrate the WoW Anniversary, and it's now on its way to players that have been with us since the beginning. Emails have been sent to North America and Oceanic players to their registered address, which will include shipment tracking info. Our players in Europe will receive a similar email, and their shipments are expected to begin in the next few weeks.

If you're an NA region player (US, Canada, Oceania, Latin America) the receipt of an email is confirmation that you met the criteria to receive an Anniversary celebration gift. Emails have not yet begun to be sent out to our European players, but we'll start sending them soon. Shipment of the gift to EU players will begin in the next few weeks.

Criteria required to receive the gift:
  • Started playing WoW within 60 days of the game launch in your region
  • A continuous subscription for all 10 years, from launch to the Anniversary

We're thankful for everyone that chooses to spend time in Azeroth with us, and hope that this small token of appreciation expresses our gratitude to those few of you that have achieved the incredible milestone of playing World of Warcraft for all these 10 years.

[Update] All notification emails have been sent to NA and EU region recipients.

Support Article
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
As a way to thank our most loyal World of Warcraft players, we are sending a physical gift to players that have stuck with us since the very beginning. Eligible players have received an email at their registered Battle.net email address. If you did not receive an email, your account does not qualify for this gift.

These gifts have been sent to the physical address associated with eligible Battle.net accounts. To be eligible for this gift, a player must have created a World of Warcraft account within 60 days of the game launching in the NA or EU regions, and maintained their subscription or game time for all ten years.

Eligible players in the North American region, along with eligible Oceanic players, have been sent tracking information for the gift. Eligible players in Europe will receive tracking information when their gift ships later this month. If the shipping address on that email is incorrect, you will need to contact us with your updated information.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Gift to Veteran Players: Orc Wolf Rider Mini-Statue started by Simca View original post
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  1. PixelFox's Avatar
    It's here! Looks even more epic than these pics. Comes in four pieces (base, wolf/orc, and his hands with the weapons are separate and held in place magnetically).

    Weight of the statue 1137g. Probably made of polystone. It's a Happy Worker produced item like a number of other Blizzard Gear items have been.

    Damn, is this going to collect dust in all those little crevices...

    PF.
  1. Barnabas's Avatar
    Awesome statue. It's cool they give players things like this as a gift.
  1. Reah's Avatar
    To quote Tom Tucker from Family Guy, "I think I speak for us all when I say congratulations, you son of a bitch." =P

    Seriously though cool gift was hoping I'd get one but doesn't appear to be the case, but indeed congrats to all those who qualified for it =)
  1. Gelda82's Avatar
    I'm eligible but I can't remember when Blizzard would have ever gotten my mailing address. Was that a required field in making the Battle.net account? It's been so long I can't remember and there's nowhere to update that info.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Since I didn't start playing to about halfway through 2006 I am not phased about it all..
  1. Demoncrash's Avatar
    The amount of jelly in this thread is legendary

    Anyways grats to all those who got one as it's really awesome imo.
  1. Eroginous's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Triskaideka View Post
    Look at the statue on the first page. Look at the statue on the ebay listing. They are different sizes, weights, and have a different base: meaning they are, in fact, different statues and not just "leftovers". *scandalous gasp*
    Maybe I phrased that badly. I don't mean that they shipped what they had laying around to players, but they didn't come up with a new model/different design, they just reused what they had used before. That cheapens the experience for everyone. It's a lot like reskinning mounts and other items instead of coming up with entirely new ones.
  1. Xisa's Avatar
    This is an immensely cool thing for a company to do, pro bono to reward loyal customers and players.

    Kudos to Blizzard, and congrats to those of you who got one.
  1. Sam the Wiser's Avatar
    I can't wait to get mine next year and throw it in the garbage.
  1. grexly75's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gelda82 View Post
    I'm eligible but I can't remember when Blizzard would have ever gotten my mailing address. Was that a required field in making the Battle.net account? It's been so long I can't remember and there's nowhere to update that info.
    Only other time would be if you ever got them to send you a physical authenticator for WoW.. Otherwise you are probably out of luck..
  1. Xisa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xisa View Post
    This is an immensely cool thing for a company to do, pro bono to reward loyal customers and players.

    Kudos to Blizzard, and congrats to those of you who got one.
    The original employee statue is a copy as well, though. They're both miniatures of the Statue in front of Blizzard HQ.
  1. Layuth's Avatar
    Yay! More Horde crap!
  1. Shampro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam the Wiser View Post
    I can't wait to get mine next year and throw it in the garbage.
    Don't worry, you won't be getting one.
  1. Monketron's Avatar
    It will just end up pissing loads of just as loyal customers though who only just missed out on their arbitrary cut off date. Going to be a bad idea in the long run I reckon.
  1. Teucer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Harthmut View Post
    Ok first I was jealous, now that I know what it is, I'm glad I didn't get one because I would've been really disappointed. I mean sure, It's a gift and all, but come on, it's pretty underwhelming and still unfair to those who started only a few days too late.
    They had to make a cutoff somewhere - if it was 90 days instead of 60, the people who joined at 93 days would be complaining. Love people complaining when Blizz does something nice but doesn't include them.

    Quote Originally Posted by JJmiller86 View Post
    Pretty lame to me.... subbed nov 27 2004.. didnt get squat.
    How do you know its not in the mail? Do you have your email and address registered with USPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by echoSAW View Post
    I only missed it by three years! Grrr! I'm so upset at this gesture that doesn't include everyone who ever played. Ever. Blizzard needs to mail out 10 million of these.

    Did I do it right?
    Yes. But don't forget to pre-complain as well. "OMG I've been subbed since the beginning this looks so cool, but if I don't get this, its such a shitty gift I dont even care."


    Now, lets see if we can start getting things like this included in the collector editions. I'd easily pay a bit more for the CE if it did.
  1. frozenembers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Harthmut View Post
    Ok first I was jealous, now that I know what it is, I'm glad I didn't get one because I would've been really disappointed. I mean sure, It's a gift and all, but come on, it's pretty underwhelming and still unfair to those who started only a few days too late.
    What an entitled little bi***

    Infracted
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eroginous View Post
    Maybe I phrased that badly. I don't mean that they shipped what they had laying around to players, but they didn't come up with a new model/different design, they just reused what they had used before. That cheapens the experience for everyone. It's a lot like reskinning mounts and other items instead of coming up with entirely new ones.
    It's a replica of the statue that's in front of Blizzard HQ in Irvine.
  1. Sanguinerd's Avatar
    Yay more orcs.. spose I could get a pretty penny on ebay or so.
  1. frozenembers's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam the Wiser View Post
    I can't wait to get mine next year and throw it in the garbage.
    You won't be getting one next year.
  1. Poshadin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by grexly75 View Post
    Only other time would be if you ever got them to send you a physical authenticator for WoW.. Otherwise you are probably out of luck..
    Billing Address for your credit card.

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