At the peak of its popularity in Classic WoW, there were many memorable players, the most famous of which were and still are the next 15 people.
Glory to online gamers comes, as a rule, thanks to their streams or servers on Discord. But 15 years ago, when Classic WoW was the only WoW option available, some players were becoming local celebrities without modern platforms. And the reasons for their popularity were very diverse. Some organized unforgettable events in the game, while others simply masterfully mastered all the mechanics of World of Warcraft, impressing the online community with this.
Some of today’s players later built their careers wisely using the fame that fell on them, while others disappeared from the radar. However, they will forever remain part of the legacy of the legendary World of Warcraft Classic.
A relative newcomer to WoW under the nickname Jokerd has recently become known. He was streaming to a very small audience on Twitch, but that changed when his gnome mage became the first character to reach level 60 in Classic WoW. It happened in 2019, and Jokerd set a new record, pumping in just 4 days and overtaking even pro players from well-known guilds like Method.
Of course, this aroused a lot of suspicion, and accusations flew to Jokerd of abuse of the layering system, as well as the fact that his account was used by several people. Layering in WoW is a system used in overloaded worlds that divides all players into several groups, effectively creating a separate copy of the world for each group with copies of all resources and NPCs.
Jokerd admitted that he used small exploits in the layering system, but did not touch the large bugs that could improve his result, and certainly did not use cheating pumping methods. This sparked a debate about the “raw” state of Classic WoW immediately after launch, where only the lazy was not talking about the controversial speedrun Jokerd.
Even those who are far from the world of online gaming have definitely heard about him. He became so popular that his nickname became a household name, and the players during the raid began to do crazy things, accompanying them with shouts of “Leeroy Jenkins!” He became the hero of the viral video even before the era of viral videos began, and made the MMORPG phenomenon a part of mainstream pop culture.
The very same video was originally conceived as a parody, but it was so masterfully edited that many believed that they were recording a real raid in which everything did not go according to plan. The video was filmed by players from the Pals for Life guild, who told that the video was completely staged. However, the comedy movie went far beyond the circle of WoW fans, and Leeroy’s blind enthusiasm lifted the spirits of even those who weren’t into gaming at all.
His name is Bashir Bumaza and he is from Belgium. He received public recognition thanks to the recordings of his streams, which he released since 2007, where he showed several world records live at once. Bashir was the first to level up to level 85, but he did it as a paladin under the nickname Forscience, and not on the Athene account.
Of course, many remember him as a daring and conceited World of Warcraft player under the nickname Athene, but Bashir was also actively involved in charity work. For example, during one of his Twitch streams in 2013, he managed to raise more than $ 10 million, which he donated to Save the Children, an international organization for the protection of children’s rights.
The tauren warrior Pat has become a legend among PvP players not only because of his skills, but also because he became the first player on his server who managed to collect the best set of armor for PvP battles. This is the Armor of Valor, which, complete with an epic Blade with an obsidian blade, turned its owner into a dangerous foe.
The videos he recorded continue to surface on fan forums and are very popular, despite the fact that he released them in 2005. Players who upgrade warriors and participate in PvP battles are still guided by his style, collecting their sets of armor.
Vurtne is called the consummate master of PvP battles. He put together a unique mage build, combining engineering and secondary skills (mostly healing), making him unmatched in PvP battles. He roamed Azeroth, humiliating all those who played on the side of the Alliance, and easily cracking down on all classes that challenged him.
Vurtne’s videos dedicated to the era of “vanilla” WoW can be found on YouTube. In each of them, heavy metal compositions are played as a soundtrack, which set an excellent adventure atmosphere. And the ridiculously disheveled Forsaken, played by Vurtne, looks incredibly cool in these cutscenes, which can be considered a huge achievement for the undead.
The word Kungen means “king” in Swedish, and the player’s real name is Thomas Bengtsson, and he remains the real king of the tanks. Kungen still plays on his Tarren Mill Europe server and leads the Ensidia guild. And he really became famous in the era of “vanilla” WoW, when he founded the Nihilum guild on the Magetherion server.
Kungen has had such a big impact on the game that Blizzard even named one of the cards in WoW TCG, the predecessor of Hearthstone, after him: Kungen the Stormbringer from the Gate of Wrath set.
If you’ve heard of the Hunter vs. World (“Hunter Against All”), then surely familiar with Dysphoria and his incredible adventures in Azeroth. Playing as a night elf and choosing a hunter class, Dysphoria skillfully used special spells (like “Feign Dead”), traps and a kite (a special method of attacks) to single-handedly deal with the most difficult mobs and clear the most dangerous dungeons.
The most famous video in this series was Dire Maul North Tribute Run – a kind of challenge, the main goal of which was to win the title of king of the ogres without killing a single ogre guard. Even for a group of players, this is an almost impossible task, but Dysphoria managed to cope with it alone.
“Have you seen my puppy?” Asks the humble Ahab Wheatmane, a tauren farmer found at the bridge near Bloodhoof Village. So begins the quest to find the puppy Ahab, created in honor of WoW fan Ezra Chatterton.
His hero in the game was called Epheonix, and he played World of Warcraft on the Norgannon server in 2008. Ezra fought brain cancer and, with the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, created a character and quest in his favorite game. He also became the first player in the world to receive two special items – an epic mount and a crossbow, which were inspired by his favorite mythical bird.
Chances are, you either love Indalamar for showing how strong a warrior could be in vanilla WoW, or hate that Blizzard has unleashed a wave of nerfs on the class after this flashy showcase. The fact is that in those days the warriors were considered the weakest class, but Indalamar decided to prove the opposite with his video.
With the help of the Bloodthirst spell, pumped up skills and useful accessories, he managed to destroy several high-level mobs in just 3 minutes, and even without interruptions for treatment. This achievement also influenced his real life: since Indalamar clearly understood the intricacies of building builds, Blizzard hired him as the designer of in-game items.
Perhaps this is the first time you see this nickname, but you probably heard the player’s voice, especially if you played the Deadly Boss Mods addon, in which his screams sound every few minutes. Many WoW players have seen the infamous Onyxia Wipe cutscene, in which an annoyed raid leader takes out all the raid on his guild members. The dialogue itself turned out to be extremely funny, because in just a few minutes Dives manages to give out a lot of creative curses.
A little later, one of Dives’ guildmates diluted the recording of the real raid with hilarious animations. Unlike the famous Leeroy Jenkins video, Dives’ screams and outrage are not staged at all and are now firmly associated with the hardships that await raid participants who find themselves in a team with an impatient leader.
Do you like staves? Then you definitely heard about the player with the nickname Kralnor. And he became famous not thanks to the in-game event or heroic feat, but after a mysterious post on one of the World of Warcraft forums. Kralnor created a thread in which he hinted that he has a great staff, which he had in a not entirely legal way. He noted that he could be in trouble if someone from the Blizzard staff found out about the smuggled item. And later he invited other staff lovers to share stories about their favorite weapon.
Many players responded to the original post – someone shared screenshots of weapons, and someone was wondering what kind of staff Kralnor was talking about. As a result, the thread became so popular that Kralnor and his mysterious staff made WoW history forever.
He became famous for combining PVP with trolling, trapping poor Alliance supporters in Menethil Harbor. It is located in the western part of the Wetlands and has historically been a place where low-level Alliance characters were trained, who later moved to Auberdine in Kalimdor. It was these players that Angwe hunted, who so cruelly dealt with inexperienced heroes that they began to avoid him by all means.
As a robber, he could stealthily enter any point and leave it just as covertly, so at a low-level location he was practically invulnerable. Moreover, he pretended to be a follower of the Alliance and trolled the players he had just killed, posting screenshots with the most amusing correspondences on the network.
Jarod Lee Nanding aka NWBZPWNR
This is a very unusual item in our collection. WoW players could become famous in many ways, and Jarod Lee Nanding immortalized his name thanks to his chic cosplay, which is still consistently among the top cosplay tops. Jarod has recreated to the smallest detail the antagonist from the famous “South Park” series called “Make Love, Not Warcraft.” With this cosplay, he came to the BlizzCon festival in 2013, and the videos with him instantly went viral on the network, because he not only picked up the exact costume for the character, but also played it flawlessly.
In the WoW community, Jarod was known to be generous, helpful, and incredibly friendly. To our deep regret, this year he passed away due to the coronavirus, but the creators of WoW announced that they were going to honor his memory and add to the game the very costume that brought Jarod fame.
The World of Roguecraft web series is still out on YouTube, but Mute became famous long before its inception. He was a master at PVP battles, despite the fact that he was missing half the items from his armor set, and his weapon was white. With this, he wanted to prove that the power of the character lies not in legendary items, but in the direct skills of the player himself. And many gamers with characters of different classes were inspired by Mute’s tips and tricks.
And in his videos, there are quite funny dialogues – in one of them, Mute listens to an unlucky robber who complains about a portion of nerfs who have fallen on the class. All this is accompanied by remarks and soundtracks from “Highlander”, which look very welcome.
Today Swifty is known as a creator of conversational content, but in the days of “vanilla” WoW he was a real genius of PVP battles. He played as a night elf and earned the title of Commander-in-Chief, demonstrating impressive playing skills. He used various engineering items, found interesting bugs and showed clever tricks, on which he built his career.
His first videos of the game were part of the earliest WoW video content, and they are still available on his YouTube channel, where Swifty continues to release modern World of Warcraft content.