Warcraft's 2017 Year in Review
24.12.2017 um 15:46
It's been a busy year for World of Warcraft with the announcement of Battle for Azeroth and Blizzard's new approach to patches and continuous content. With everything quieting down for the holidays, we can finally catch our breath and look back at the past year in WoW.
In this article, we're highlighting all the major in-game events, content updates, and Blizzard announcements. 2017 was a pretty packed year, as Blizzard held true to their promise of delivering constant content, moving away from the idea of massive patch drops and aiming instead for new content available each week.
Diablo 20th Anniversary Celebration
kicked off 2017 with
, and lots of loot from Treasure Goblins.
Patch 7.1.5 went live
Brawler's Guild fights
Artifact Knowledge Catch Up
Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza returned
, allowing players to complete
for the Salty title.
Nighthold Raid opened
on Normal and Heroic difficulty, with Gul'dan as the final boss. This raid wrapped up the story of the Nightborne and opened up future character development for Illidan.
: We got our first signs that 2017 was not going to follow the traditional PTR development cycle with the start of the
mere days after Nighthold opened. Early datamining highlighted the new Transmog UI, dungeon Cathedral of Eternal Night, raid Tomb of Sargeras,
, and Broken Shore content.
Call of the Scarab
, WoW's first micro-holiday, went live. The event will pit the Alliance and Horde against each other to earn the most credit by turning in Commendation Tokens: whoever wins can fly their faction flag in Silithus for a year. The
also started, bringing with it the new fun toy
: Players could complete
Balance of Power
for the first time, unlocking a new Artifact skin!
Exorsus achieved World First Mythic Gul'dan
, an exciting encounter with a secret "The Demon Within" third phase.
WoW Token to Battle.net Balance
went live in WoW. You can redeem the token for $15 of Battle.net balance now, which can be used on WoW pets, Blizzard games and Digital Deluxe versions, character services like realm changes and more.
Love is in the Air went live
, featuring dynamic scaling for the
encounter and new Love Token items like
"For Azeroth" promotion
started in Heroes of the Storm. Complete 15 games with a friend, playing a Warcraft hero, for the
: The 7.2 PTR had a flurry of discussion on datamined Artifact Power changes, and on this day
Ion Hazzikostas wrote a lengthy post
explaining missteps and upcoming changes.
: The adorable
Hatching of the Hippogryphs Micro Holiday
started. During this micro-holiday, you can befriend the hippogryphs and even get a baby one to sit on your shoulder.
: We saw the first
Mists of Pandaria Timewalking Event
. There are six new dungeons and a number of new items to purchase for
Yu'lei, Tochter der Jade
: Dalaran had a stress test on the PTR, which turned into a
raid battle against Firelord Nomi
World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 2
went on sale. The book opens with the discovery of Draenor and closes with the shattering of Draenor and the destruction of the Dark Portal.
Un'Goro Madness Micro Holiday
started. Battle level 110 elite dinosaurs for
: In the
liveblog with Ryan Shwayder
, we learned the release date for Patch 7.2 and also watched the official patch trailer.
Patch 7.2: Tomb of Sargeras
went live. This new content patch included the Broken Shore, crafted legendaries, new Empowered Artifact Traits, Challenge Appearances, Legion Pathfinder, the dungeon Cathedral of Eternal Night, new Mythic+ Affixes, region-wide buildings, and an updated Transmog Set UI! Players also discovered that
mobs were scaling up with item level
: Blizzard published a
series of April Fools Jokes
, including Patch 7.8.0, BlizzCon Textual Adventure, and Classic Battle.net.
Darkmoon Faire returned
with the striking
Mage Tower Challenge
was active for the first time--players discovered these artifact challenges were quite tricky. There was no PTR testing for these challenges, so everyone was in for a bit of a surprise.
Legion Assaults started
, providing players with a good source of Nethershards, Artifact Power, transmog weapons, and catch up gear. In these invasions, players will complete four demonic World Quests and then defend a notable area in each Broken Isle zone, like Thunder Totem.
March of the Tadpoles Micro Holiday
started. Visit the cute baby Winterfin murlocs in Borean Tundra.
: The Secret Finding Discord
discovered the Riddler's Mind-Worm Mount
. You'll have to hunt down pages across Azeroth in a certain order, the clues of which are inspired by the
World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 1
final Wyrmtongue treasure quest spawned
, allowing players to gamble Nethershards. On this day, the
7.2.5 PTR began
, which included the Trial of Style and Black Temple Timewalking.
started, with the new
Anduin Wrynn questline
was available, culminating in a touching cinematic between Anduin and his father.
Two discoveries were made
for pet-lovers - the Hunter Tame
and Garrison pet
Volunteer Guard Day Micro Holiday
went live. Salute a guard to take on its appearance.
: Blizzard announced
significant changes to Mythic+ Keystones
. The depletion mechanic will be removed for convenience, and Blizzard is restructuring rewards to encourage players to opt for higher-level Keystones instead of lower-level ones that present more of a challenge.
Spring Balloon Festival
went live for the first time. When you log in during the Spring Balloon Festival, you will see red X's marked on your world map indicating a place where you can hop on a Hot Air Balloon for a ride!
Christie Golden announced
she accepted a job at Blizzard.
Mike Morhaime made the surprising announcement
that Destiny 2 will be coming to Battle.net.
Artifat Knowledge Cap
was hotfixed to 40, down from 50.
Squirky murloc plush and in-game pet
Glowcap Festival Micro Holiday
went live for the first time. This provided a great way to get Sporregar reputation.
Thousand Boat Bash Micro Holiday
went live for the first time. Head to Thousand Needles and construct your own ship to get the Boat Day buff for seven days. Also on this day, players could finally
acquire their Class Mounts
Patch 7.2.5: Tomb of Sargeras
went live. This new content patch includes many
Deaths of Chromie
scenario, a new
battle pet dungeon
rogue pickpocketing items
level 110 heirlooms
: The Secret Finding Discord
discovered the Sun Darter Hatchling Pet
. The pet comes from an
at the back of the Cavern of Consumption on the Winterspring coast. Once inside the cave, you'll find a number of blocked off magical barriers and puzzles. As the name of the cave implies, you'll need to use various
to break through each barrier, ranging from
Verkleidung "Kleine Prinzessin"
Tomb of Sargeras Raid
opens on Normal and Heroic difficulty. This raid expanded the story of Illidan, Velen, and Kil'jaeden. We also saw the
cinematic for the first time
as well as
Argus in the sky
Midsummer Fire Festival started
with new items like
Patch 7.3 PTR
started. Early datamining included
Tier 21 Armor
many Argus items
Blight Boar Encounter
went live at the Darkmoon Faire, rewarding transmog items such as
Nekromedes, der Todesresonator
: One 7.3 datamining highlight was
datamined broadcast text
. This essentially revealed the end of Antorus, the Burning Throne -- something Ion Hazzikostas joked about at the BlizzCon 2017 What's Next Panel. Another datamining highlight on this day was the
Kul Tiras Armor sets
. This set off speculation that Kul Tiras would play a major role in 8.0, which turned out to be true.
Black Temple Timewalking
is now live. This raid featured updated loot for level 110s, new Timewalking toys, and
Arsenal: Kriegsgleven von Azzinoth
for Demon Hunters. Also on this day, the
Mythic+ Dungeon Invitational
Method achieved World First Mythic Kil'jaeden
. Progression on this fight was unusually long, with 653 wipes.
World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 3
is now available for preorder.
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl Micro Holiday
is now live for the first time. Every few minutes, Tipsi Wobblerune will allow you to teleport to a new Inn, which has special food and drink, SELFIE Cameras, and Discarded Packages which give you festive hats.
Twilight and the Luminous Starseeker
are now available to purchase via the in-game shop.
was revealed as the character on the Warcraft BlizzCon Key Art, heightening the speculation that Kul Tiras would play a major role in the expansion.
Doomsayers appeared in Dalaran
and the Argus skybox was visible to all players.
Whispers of a Frightened World
scenario went live, in which Azeroth has nightmares about the Dark Titan.
Trial of Style Holiday
went live. Players only had a few minutes to put together themed transmogs, which were judged by peers.
: At gamescom 2017, we
saw the Patch 7.3 cinematic
, learned the
, and saw the
Shadows of Argus Key Art
Patch 7.3: Shadows of Argus
went live. This new content patch included the new
, three zones on Argus, new World Quests, passive
, many new
, and increased rewards from
World Quests and Dungeons
. Also on this date,
Suramar Campaign Reputation Requirements
were hotfixed out and we watched
The Fate of Xe'ra Cinematic
: Petopia and the Secret Finding Discord
discovered how to tame Panthara mounts
: The Secret Finding Discord
discovered the Lucid Nightmare mount
Darkmoon Faire added
Dilligent Anglers unlocked
Week 2 of Shadows of Argus
opened, featuring Invasion Points, Mac'Aree, and the Dark Awakenings questline.
Netherlight Crucible and final Argus chapter
opened. Also on this day, the
charity battle pet Shadow
went on sale. Originally intended to go on sale at the end of the year, Blizzard launched the pet sooner due to all of the international disasters.
BlizzCon Stormwind and Orgrimmar Mounts
were revealed and the
went on sale.
Pirate's Day added
: Datamining for the
7.3.2 PTR started
. One of the most important details was a
map showing updates to Silithus
: Blizzard released the audio drama
"A Thousand Years of War"
about Alleria and Turalyon.
Emojis were added
to the Battle.net App.
BlizzCon 2017 Schedule
and a variety of social features were added to the Battle.net app.
BlizzCon 2017 Merch Sale
started, featuring Pirate Pepe and a Sargeras shirt.
BlizzCon 2017 Floor Plan
was revealed. Of particular note was the large WoW demo area and Sylvanas statue.
Running of the Gnomes Micro Holiday
took place. This event was inspired by Dravvie's own charity event. Running of the Gnomes benefits the Cleveland Clinic and the creators of the Tuohy Vaccine that is currently in the early stages of human clinical trials.
Hallow's End started
, featuring new items like
: Players discovered
hints pointing to subraces
in the 7.3 data. These predictions turned out to be true with the Allied Races announcement at BlizzCon.
: Amazon put up a listing for the upcoming novel
Before the Storm
by Christie Golden.
: We got a sneak peek of
one Before the Storm chapter
went on sale.
Battle for Azeroth
, WoW's next expansion, was announced! We learned about Allied Races, the burning of Teldrassil, the Heart of Azeroth, Islands, and discovered some class buffs and utility changes in the playable demo. Classic WoW was also announced.
Moonkin Festival Micro Holiday started
. Head to Moonglade to meet the fluffy baby moonkin and get a temporary companion of your own.
: In a follow-up Battle for Azeroth interview,
that traditional tier sets are going away.
WoW's 13th Anniversary started
, featuring the return of the Green Dragons and transmog loot.
Antorus the Burning Throne opened
on Normal and Heroic difficulty. With the defeat of Argus, we saw the
as well as
zone changes in Azeroth
Patch 7.3.5 PTR started
. This PTR brought a revamped leveling experience, Ulduar Timewalking, and lots of Allied Race datamining.
Method achieves World First Mythic Argus
after almost a week of progress on the boss.
: To celebrate the release of
The Last Jedi
guards in Stormwind and Orgrimmar
Feast of Winter Veil
went live, featuring new gifts like
Tyrael's Charger was temporarily available
to purchase through the Korean Battle.net Shop.
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