As is tradition, the US servers are patched a day before those in the EU. This week was no exception, as we saw our cousins across the pond upgraded to 4.0.3a before us. This patch brings with it the changes to the old world as the surface of Azeroth is remade. Many old areas that we’d grown used to over the years will be lost forever.
I often watch Twitter on patch days – it gives me an idea what to expect. Will European Wednesday be smooth and trouble free, or do problems in America tell me that we’ll have extended maintenance late into the night?
But along with the waiting and the gnashing of teeth, I also saw a lot of mourning and regret. A lot of people said they’d miss aspects of the old ‘pre-Shattering’ world and regretted not taking screenshots of particular locations.
Since we were still in the unchanged world in Europe, I thought I’d give people a second chance. I offered to go around and capture images on demand. These were the requests that came back over Twitter.
Hannah Solo: “A nice wide shot of Tanaris would be sweet. I’m kicking myself for not heading out that way, ready.”
Krazytoast: “I would have to say if I wasn’t too sleepy last night, I would have taken a picture of Blanchy. I posted a few pics last night.”
Dr Bombay: “a photo of king magni on the IF throne! i had no idea he was going away in this patch. he was my favorite faction leader. : (”
Anea: “Ashenvale. I have it fixed in my mind, but perhaps a deliberate screenshot of significance would have been nice”
Maleficently: “Forgot to get my screenies of Rut’theran and Auberdine. So sad timez.”
Leet Sauced: “go high-five Cairne before he takes off. ^Vik”
Mishweha: “I forgot to take one of Cairne. D:”
ZeroZerg: “Well, I took a ton of screenshots of things I know will change. Personally… Loch Modan. I loved that dam. Auberdine too.”
The Elitists: “southshore”
Below is an gallery of images that I managed to snag before the servers went down that I hope handles most of these requests. Apologies for the quality of a couple of them – jpeg image compression seems to do horrible things to dark skies.
The images are watermarked, but you’re welcome to ask me for the originals. Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment here and I’ll mail them straight over to you. Originals are 1680×1050.
Hope this helps!