In a stunning example of irony — the bad kind — World of Warcraft Classic’s recent Gates of Ahn’Qiraj test was a hot mess. You know, just like how the original event went. In a stunning example of contradiction, Blizzard called the test “successful” despite lag, server crashes, and numerous other technical challenges.
“A lot of people asked during the test if performance is going to be that bad in the live game, while some joked that they thought it was ready, and we should ship it,” Blizzard posted. “Or maybe they weren’t joking? After all, the experience in our stress test yesterday was pretty similar to the original AQ gate opening in 2006. We had a ton of lag, some server crashes, and when players gave up and the population dwindled, the event finally completed. We are planning to do better than that, but we won’t be able to eliminate the lag entirely.”
The team said that it is going to run another test on Thursday, June 25th, to help prepare Ahn’Qiraj for its big moment in the hot desert sun. Meanwhile, a June 19th hotfix tweaked the Blade of Eternal Darkness and removed the 30-per-day limit on players running 40-player raids.