‘World Of Warcraft’ Celebrates 11 Years, Valor Returning With Patch 6.2.3 This Week

On November 23, the World of Warcraft will be 11-years-old. As has been tradition over the past 10 years, players can log in during late November for a few festivities and a unique, achievement-only obtainable during the anniversary. Although pets are sometimes an incentive for logging in during the anniversary, they are noticeably absent this time around.

For the 11th anniversary, World of Warcraft players can log in before November 30 in order to be eligible for five celebration items, according to the post on Battle.net. The first up is an experience boost that increases experience and reputation earned by 11 percent for one hour. Two wands, each with five charges, are also a part of the revelry. One wand lets you turn other players into a Gnoll while the other lets you transform others into a Murloc.

The final two presents are a little more lasting than the previously mentioned. Those include a new costume that turns players into the outlaw Edwin VanCleef and an Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. Although both of these items still have a limited number of uses, 50 for the former and five for the latter, the costume has quite a few charges and with one use of the Inflatable Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker will grant the player the account-wide Feat of Strength achievement entitled, “Did someone say…?”.

Even though 50 charges may seem like enough to enjoy the costume, each use only lasts one hour, and there is currently no way to get another Edwin VanCleef costume after this celebration. Two other costumes like this one are presently in World of Warcraft, too, and both of them only contain 50 charges. These other two costumes, however, can be repurchased each Hallow’s Eve for 200 Tricky Treats each. These costumes convert the wearer into the fabled Lich King and the human form of Deathwing.

World of Warcraft A Horde Garrison in World of Warcraft [Image via Blizzard Entertainment]The celebration of World of Warcraft turning 11 is not the only big occurrence happening to the game this week. Tomorrow, the game will update with patch 6.2.3, introducing a new season of PvP, Cataclysm Timewalking, improved loot, and the return of Valor for use in upgrading items. Additionally, a number of class changes will accompany the patch including damage increases to a few Death Knight, Druid, Paladin, Shaman, and Warrior abilities. Be sure to check out the patch notes on the official site for more information.

In patch 6.2.3, players will, once again, be able to upgrade weapons and armor with Valor. Players will need to earn Valor by completing Mythic dungeons and finishing up Bonus Events each week, excluding the Pet Battle Bonus Event. According to the Battle.netpreview on patch 6.2.3, the first Heroic dungeon and the first Raid Finder wing completion of Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, and Hellfire Citadel will also reward Valor. This Valor can then be used at the ethereals found in Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Stormshield, or Warspear to improve gear. Each upgrade costs 250 Valor and increases the item’s item level by five each time. Players can earn 10 more item levels for a piece of gear in this way with several pieces of gear now upgradable.

World of Warcraft The Grove Warden mount available in World of Warcraft 6.2.3 [Image via Blizzard Entertainment]The new goals set in patch 6.2.3, like the addition of the Grove Warden moose mount as a reward for defeating the final boss Warlords of Draenor on Heroic or higher difficulty, will give players a few new carrots to chase before Legion releases in the summer of 2016. As the Inquisitr previously stated, the gated grinds of rotating Timewalking events for three different expansions, each with their own unique vendor, will add to the repeatable content for players looking for a few goals to complete before Legion releases several months from now.

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