This page follows the in-game timeline from the release of World of Warcraft through present day as it applies to the players.

(After all, Pilt:Money achievement.png What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been!)

2001 Edit

September 2 - World of Warcraft announced[1]

2004 Edit

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Early in the year - World of Warcraft Beta testing

November 23 - World of Warcraft launches in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

November 24 - WoWWiki launched[2]

December 3 - WoWWiki first archived at (Internet Archive)

December 18 - Patch 1.2.0

2005 Edit

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February 11 - World of Warcraft launches in Europe

March 7 - Patch 1.3.0

March 23 - The first legendary item ever to appear to players in the game drops, [Talisman of Binding Shard]. It is immediately hotfixed out of the game.

April 8 - Patch 1.4.0

May - The Leeroy Jenkins video becomes popular[3]

June 7 - Patch 1.5.0

July 12 - Patch 1.6.0

September 13 - Patch 1.7.0

October 28–29 - BlizzCon

October 10 - Patch 1.8.0

  • Corrupted Blood fixed

November 16 - World of Warcraft is featured in a question on the game show Jeopardy!

November 23 - WoW Insider launches.[5]

2006 Edit


January 3 - Patch 1.9.0

January - Blizzard comes under scrutiny by LGBT groups for prohibiting advertising a guild as being LGBT-friendly.[6]

January 23 - Medivh-US becomes the first server to open the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj[7]

March 28 - Patch 1.10.0

April - The "-50 DKP/More dots" Onyxia Wipe Animation becomes popular.

June 20 - Patch 1.11.0

July 7 - Wowhead website launched

August 22 - Patch 1.12.0

September 11 - Burning Crusade announced to be released on January 16, 2007


October 4 - The TV show South Park features a Warcraft-themed episode, Make Love, not Warcraft.

December 5 - Patch 2.0.1

December 14 - Burning Crusade cinematic trailer released

2007 Edit

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January 9 - Patch 2.0.3

January 16 - The Burning Crusade expansion released

May 22 - Patch 2.1.0

August 3–4 BlizzCon

September 27 - Patch 2.2.0

October - Toyota's Four Wheels of Fury commercial airs, featuring a fictional truck mount ingame.

November 13 - Patch 2.3.0

November 20 - Blizzard advertises World of Warcraft on television with ads featuring William Shatner and most notably Mr. T talking about his Night Elf Mohawk.

2008 Edit

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January - World of Warcraft gets to 10 million subscribers globally[8]

March 25 - Patch 2.4.0

April 3 - Proudmoore-US becomes the first server to complete the Shattered Sun Offensive[9]

July - Beta begins for Wrath of the Lich King

August 21 - Wrath of the Lich King cinematic released.

September 15 - Wrath of the Lich King release date announced to be November 13, 2008

October 14 - Patch 3.0.2

October 23

November 10

November 13 - Wrath of the Lich King expansion released

November 23 - All players logging in are awarded Baby Blizzard Bear and Pilt:Money achievement.png WoW's 4th Anniversary

2009 Edit


April 14 - Patch 3.1.0

Late April - a player is banned for exploiting the game after using a mistakenly-mailed Game Master artifact called [Martin Fury].[10]

May 15 - The Mountain Dew Game Fuel Choose Your Side promotion begins.

August 4 - Patch 3.2.0

August 20 - The Mountain Dew Choose Your Side promotion ends.

August 21–22 - BlizzCon 2009

September 2 - Faction Change service offered.

September 22 - Patch 3.2.2

October 12 - Announcement that all World of Warcraft accounts must be merged with accounts.[11]

October 27 - Race Change service offered

November 11, 12 - The deadline passes for account mergers with for US, EU players.

November 22 - All players logging in are awarded Onyxian Whelpling and Pilt:Money achievement.png WoW's 5th Anniversary

December 8 - Patch 3.3.0

2010 Edit


January 5 - The Plagueworks of Icecrown Citadel opens.

January 19 - The Crimson Hall of Icecrown Citadel opens.

February 2 - Patch 3.3.2

February 12 - The People's Republic of China approves Burning Crusade for release.

May 3 - The Friends & Family phase of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm alpha begins.[12]

June 22 - Patch 3.3.5 in North America.

June 30 - Closed Beta for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm begins.[13]
Patch 3.3.5 in Europe.

July 6 - Blizzard announces their intention to have Real ID names visible when posting on the official forums.[14] This resulted in a massive outcry against the idea, based primarily on concerns about privacy issues and potential harassment.

July 9 - Due the overwhelming flood of criticism, Blizzard rescinds their plan to put Real ID names on the official forums.[15]

August 10 - The People's Republic of China approves a heavily edited Wrath of the Lich King for release.[16]

September 7 - The first in-game events leading up into the Cataclysm expansion begin, with Operation: Gnomeregan (Alliance Alliance) and Zalazane's Fall (Horde Horde).

October 4 - Cataclysm release date announced to be December 7, 2010[17]

October 7 - World of Warcraft reaches 12 million players[18]

October 12 - Patch 4.0.1

October 17 - World of Warcraft Cataclysm cinematic trailer released.

  • Parts of the trailer were aired on television in the second quarter of the Dallas Cowboys/Minnesota Vikings football game on the same day. The commercial asked "Where will you be when the Cataclysm begins"

October 22-23 - BlizzCon 2010

November 16 - Patch 4.0.3

  • Preparation for the Shattering
  • Few visible changes

November 23 - Patch 4.0.3a The Shattering

  • Hundreds of achievements, items, NPCs, and quests added or updated
  • Most Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor zones changed
  • New class and race combinations made available

December 7 - Cataclysm expansion released

2011 Edit

January 27 - Blizzard files complaints with the online service PayPal in an effort to make payment difficult for gold sellers. [19]

February 8 - Patch 4.0.6

  • Class balance changes

April 26 - Patch 4.1.0

  • Re-opening of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub as level 85 heroics
  • Class design changes
  • Profession trainers filled out in capitals

June 28 - Patch 4.2.0

October 21-22 - BlizzCon 2011

November 20 - WoW's 7th Anniversary

November 29 - Patch 4.3.0

2012 Edit

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March 20 - Mists of Pandaria closed beta announced.

March 21 - Mists of Pandaria closed beta opens with Patch 5.0.1.

March 29 - First of several waves of beta invites to primarily Annual Pass subscribers.

May 24 - Non-Annual Pass players who expressed interest in Mists of Pandaria beta on their account start getting beta invites.

July 25 - Mists of Pandaria release date announced to be September 25, 2012.

August 28 - Patch 5.0.4 on live servers. Systems pre-release patch and most of the expansion all in one.

September 13 - Patch 5.0.5 on live servers.

  • Technically the patch that will be running when the expansion is enabled, but mostly bug fixes.

September 17 - World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle[21]

  • Available to level 85 characters for 1 week before expansion release

September 25 - Mists of Pandaria expansion released in North America and Europe.

September 27 - Mists of Pandaria expansion released in Korean and Taiwan.

November 27 - Patch 5.1.0

2013 Edit

August 14 - Blizzard trademarks "The Dark Below".

The concept of "The Dark Below" is not new to WoW, previously mentioned here: With speculation over the past few months about the possibility of a Burning Legion expansion, players are convinced we will soon be descending into the dark depths of Azeroth!

References Edit

  1. Web Archive - Fusion NET: Blizzard Entertainment Announces World of Warcraft.
  2. Wikipedia: WoWWiki.
  3. Wikipedia: Leeroy Jenkins.
  4. Wikipedia: Corrupted Blood Incident.
  5. The Queue: A trip down memory lane.
  6. Error Macro: Gay Rights Within World of Warcraft.
  7. Gates of Ahn'Qiraj Opened.
  8. Blizzard Press Release World of Warcraft Reaches New Milestone: 10 Million Subscribers.
  9. Proudmoore server hits Phase 4 first.
  10. The WoW Martin Fury scandal.
  11. accounts required by November 11th.
  12. Cataclysm Alpha has begun!. MMO-Champion. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment Begins Closed Beta Test for World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™. Activision Blizzard. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  16. China is finally getting Wrath of the Lich King.
  18. World of Warcraft subscriber base reaches 12 million. Blizzard Press Release.
  19. Blizzard Puts A Stop To Gold Sellers Using PayPal For Payments. Curse.
  20. Blizzard Entertainment 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment Qoennon 2012-08-16. All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  21. Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2012-08-28. #1 - Theramore's Fall: One Week at Level 85. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US).   Blizzard Entertainment Vaneras 2012-08-28. #1 - Battle of Theramore: One Week at Level 85. Official Gameplay > General forum (EU).
  22. Quintessence 2012-08-24. Patch 5.0.4 Reminders. Perks N Peeves. “Pet Battles. We'll have to wait until the MoP release date to access this new ability and minigame. The upside is that players do NOT have to upgrade to MoP to participate.”

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