World of Warcraft Timeline: Heroic Edition

World of Warcraft Timeline: Heroic Edition

Many of us here at The Escapist are fans of World of Warcraft and have been since it launched in 2004. When we were compiling stories for our Cataclysm issue, we realized that there was so much history tied up in the old zones of Azeroth. In order to celebrate this rich history, we highlighted the most momentous events and put them in a handy timeline article. But we also wanted to share with you all of the steps that World of Warcraft took along the way in this much more comprehensive java-enabled timeline.

Remember when Southshore was a hotbed of open world PvP? Remember when the Auction Houses were city-specific? Remember when Leeroy Jenkins was just the name of your high school janitor and not an internet sensation? Take some time clicking on all of the big patches, the first kills and the quirky events of a world that's been around for almost 7 years. There might even be a badge or two in it for your troubles.

Check out this week's issue of The Escapist Magazine which is devoted to exploring how Blizzard is changing the game with Cataclysm.

Many thanks to The Escapist Research Team and IT whiz for pulling all of this data together. You get 5000 gold and a Lil' Deathwing.

How to Control the Timeline:

If you are using a mouse, you can click and drag the timeline in either direction.

Clicking on an event will open a pop-up with more information and might even level you up.

Double clicking on any part of the timeline will center it on that date.

While hovering over the timeline, you can scroll with the mouse wheel. If you have one of those fancy side-scrolling mouse wheels, you can do that too.

You can also use the keyboard to move quickly through the timeline.

The Left and Right Arrow keys reverses or advances the timeline, and, if you hold either down, you can speed through time even faster.

Using the Page Up and Page Down keys will jump you forward and backwards 1 month.

If you just want to get to the start or the end of the timeline, you can use the Home or End keys, respectively.

Have fun exploring the history of Azeroth!