This Month in WoW – June 2016

This Month in WoW
June 3rd by Kaivax

Lights! Camera! It’s time for some June action! There’s much to see and do, and we have our eye on what the community's up to, too. In this June edition of This Month in WoW, we look forward to some of the more remarkable things going on in the World of Warcraft community.


In Game Events & WoW News

Esports and Community Events


The Warcraft Movie

The Warcraft movie will sweep into theaters June 10 in North America, and we’re excited to share details on some of the major Warcraft movie promotions occurring around the world—including a very special World of Warcraft in-game gift in celebration of the film’s release. Through August 1, players who log in to World of Warcraft will receive a set of movie-inspired transmogrification items (Alliance – Horde).

Watch the Premiere Live Stream

Join us for the premiere live stream June 6 direct from Hollywood! Hosts Jesse Cox and Michele Morrow will be joined by Warcraft movie Director Duncan Jones, movie cast members, and many more special guests as a part of this Legendary event. Tune in on the official Warcraft Twitch channel for the live stream beginning at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

For those attending the movie, many theaters around the world are holding additional promotions. Here’s just some of what’s going on at local theaters.

Get the Soundtrack

The Warcraft movie soundtrack is now available for pre-order. Take this legendary score by Grammy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi with you wherever you go.

Pre-order on iTunes (digital) – Available June 3

Read the Official Prequel Novel

Prepare for the release of the Warcraft movie by reading the official prequel! Written by best-selling author Christie Golden, Durotan takes you into the heart of the Frostwolf Clan as they struggle to survive on a dying world. Pick up this tale of survival, conflict, and magic at Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, and many other fine booksellers.

Catch the WarcraftIRL Action

Two teams representing the Horde and the Alliance battled it out in a real-life game of Capture the Flag at Universal Studios Hollywood—and we’ve got the video to prove it.

The Warcraft movie–inspired clash took place at the #WarcraftIRL Capture the Flag event hosted by Legendary Pictures. Learn more about the film by visiting the Warcraft movie site, and join the conversation on Twitter with #WarcraftMovie.

Once you've watched the battle, go behind the scenes for a little Trash Talk.


Midsummer Fire Festival June 21 - July 5

Across Azeroth and Outland, brilliant bonfires have been lit to rekindle peoples’ spirits and ward off ancient evils. Each year, new guardians are chosen to watch over the sacred flames and ensure that they are never extinguished.

Called "flamekeepers," these chosen few request the aid of brave adventurers to traverse the land and journey into the dark recesses of Azeroth's dungeons. It is rumored that any heroes who are willing to brave the terrors placed before them will be rewarded for their efforts through the power of the flames.

This is the only time of the year to obtain the Frigid Frostling and Spirit of Summer pets. The fire festival is one of the most PvP-heavy events in the land, so strap into your gladiator gear and get ready to desecrate or defend the Midsummer bonfires from your enemies!


Did You Know?

Ten years ago, on June 20, 2006, Patch 1.11 brought Naxxramas to World of Warcraft.

Floating above the Plaguelands, the necropolis known as Naxxramas serves as the seat of one of the Lich King's most powerful officers, the dreaded lich Kel'Thuzad. Horrors of the past and new terrors yet to be unleashed are gathering inside the necropolis as the Lich King's servants prepare their assault. The Scourge marches again…



Stay up-to-date on all of the latest World of Warcraft news and goings-on with some of our favorite podcasts:

The Starting Zone
When: Every Thursday
About: @AlternativeChat and @MickMontgomery are focused on both new and experienced players’ experiences in World of Warcraft.
Follow @TheStartingZone on Twitter to keep up with their latest.

Wowhead Weekly and Downtime Tuesday
When: Saturdays and Tuesdays
About: Wowhead’s Perculia and Panser discuss most everything going on in the World of Warcraft.
Follow @Wowhead on Twitter for every episode.

The Instance
When: Fridays at 9:00 a.m. PT
About: We highlighted Scott Johnson right here in March. Check it out!
Visit The Instance site to learn more about the show and follow them on Twitter at @InstanceShow.

Esports Live Events

The 2016 World of Warcraft Arena World Championship is about to kick off. This year, we’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with Major League Gaming to produce the entire North American Road to BlizzCon, including all three qualifier cups. Additionally, the fine folks from GCDTV will be joining us again, working behind the scenes with MLG.

The battle begins with three online qualifier cups, starting in mid-June, each with their own $6000 prize pool (see our previous announcement for more details). You’ll be able to catch them all live on and beginning with the Round of 8:

  • Cup 1: June 18
  • Cup 2: July 2
  • Cup 3: July 16

Sign-ups for the qualifiers are now open! If you’re interested in competing, head over to the official MLG website.


In Game Events

You can keep up-to-date on all of the in-game events through the calendar on the World of Warcraft website here (log in and select Events from the drop-down menu under your character name), or simply view the in-game calendar for exact event start times for your realm.

Darkmoon Faire: June 5 – 12
Come one, come all, step up for a fun-filled week of activities that will keep you coming back for more! Participate in the games to earn special prizes! Everybody's a winner at the Darkmoon Faire! During the first week of each month, convenient Darkmoon Faire outposts with Darkmoon Portals will appear in Elwynn Forest and Mulgore, offering free rides to Darkmoon Island and the Faire.


Bonus Events:

Timewalking Dungeon Event: Northrend – June 1-7
While this event is active, players level 81 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.

Apexis Crystal Bonus Event — June 8-14
While this event is active, Apexis Crystal gains are multiplied. Get yourself to Tanaan Jungle and cash in on the Apexis Windfall.

Arena Skirmishes Bonus Event — June 15-21
While this event is active, Arena Skirmishes will award Honor at triple the usual rate. Will you answer the call to battle?

Timewalking Dungeon Event: Cataclysm — June 22-28
While this event is active, players level 86 or higher may access a special Timewalking Dungeon Finder queue, which scales players and their items down to revisit past dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion. While Timewalking, bosses will yield loot appropriate for a player's natural level.


Legion Beta Test

For the latest on our Legion Alpha, check out the Legion Beta General Discussion forum.