WoW Classic’s Wrath of the Lich King launch dumped people into the sea – if they made it past the towering queues

But of course, some folks are already level 80 anyway

    
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Even though Blizzard opened the doors to WoW Classic‘s Wrath of the Lich King expansion slightly ahead of schedule last night, that was about the only thing that went smoothly for this legacy expansion launch. Hours-long queues quickly racked up as players rushed in to experience Northrend.

And even if they did make it in, those adventurers had a new challenge: to make it across the ocean. Almost immediately, the ferries started experiencing issues, lagging out and dumping players into the sea. This resulted in Blizzard taking them (the boats, not the players) out of service and enlisting the help of Captain Placeholder to offer free teleports to the new continent.

Of course, this didn’t stop some enterprising players from leveling quickly, with the first level 80 happening overnight.

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At least people had some fun dredging up old memes for the occasion. Other people shared pictures of themselves at the original launch and the re-release.

Source: Twitter
Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial gaming company owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. In 2021, the company was sued by California for fostering a work environment rife with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline. Multiple state and federal agencies are investigating the company as employees unionize and call for Bobby Kotick’s resignation. As of 2022, the company is being acquired by no less than Microsoft.
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