After years of complaints (nearly 14 years, to be exact), Blizzard finally tweaked one of World of Warcraft’s most frustrating Achievements to make getting an exclusive mount a little easier.
The Achievement in question is the School of Hard Knocks. Since the game’s Wrath of the Lich King expansion from 2008 (which will actually be re-released later this year), the Achievement has been required as part of a larger “meta Achievement” for the entire Spring Week seasonal event. Children, For the Children. That achievement, in turn, was required for the It’s Been Such a Long and Strange Journey, comprising several seasonal event meta-achievements. The reward for all this busy work? An exclusive mount: the Violet Proto-Drake.
Blizzard released a hotfix on May 4 that ultimately made School of Hard Knocks no longer necessary as part of For the Children. School of Hard Knocks will still exist as an Achievement, but it is simply no longer tied to any larger Achievement or reward. The Kids’ Week event is currently live in-game and will last until May 9.
So what made School of Hard Knocks so frustrating for mount collectors and achievement hunters? It’s the fact that the Achievement requires players to specifically accomplish feats in PvP over the course of the one-week-per-year Kids’ Week event that aren’t as simple as killing or winning matches. Instead, it requires players to do things like capture and score an enemy flag in a specific game mode or storm a Tower in the game’s Alterac Valley game type with their foster Children’s Week orphan on the player’s finger. foot.
While PvP has been a part of WoW since the beginning, it’s a whole side of the game that a large portion of the player base doesn’t often interact with. PvE players trying to complete the Achievement didn’t want to PvP and didn’t know what they were doing, and dedicated PvP players were often frustrated by the influx of mostly clueless new players joining matches simply for an achievement. As such, many PvE-minded players had simply given up on getting the Violet Proto-Drake.
The change to the Achievement is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and comes at a time when Blizzard seems more open to player feedback than ever, having made major changes to unpopular systems in both patch 9.1.5 and patch Shadowlands 9.2. While it took a huge disappointment of an expansion and a long list of lawsuits and investigations to get there, Blizzard recently created a WoW Community Council to help gather more detailed feedback from players.
WoW’s next expansion, Dragonflight, will introduce a new playable race of dragons, the Dracthyr, as well as a new Dracthyr-exclusive class, the Evoker. The expansion does not yet have a release date.
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