TL;DR: The corruption of the admins of The Elysium Project, the biggest Vanilla WoW pirate server, is revealed. Server shuts down. People rage. Just check /wowservers and /ElysiumProject and have fun.
English is not my main language so please forgive the bad grammar.
The World of Warcraft (WoW) playerbase has a niche group of nostalgic fans that would rather play to the original game as it was on 2005-2006 (known as Vanilla WoW) than the current "noob-friendly" 5th expansion that Blizzard offers. Since the company has no option to do this legally, these player use pirate servers.
Now, the WoW pirate server scene is frequently a shitshow, since most of them are usually run by people that want to make the most money out of it. But one Vanilla server in particular was always seen as the most "pure": Nostalrius
, which peaked at 10K players and had decent coding.
Now, Nostalrius was shut down by Blizzard last year. A decision that sparked a truly massive amount of drama and anger, with popular youtubers complaining left and right about the company's greed and so on. Blizzard applied some damage control by inviting the server admins to their headquearters, and they hinted the posibility of having Vanilla servers on their own, but that was about it.
But then, from the ashes of Nostalrius a new server was born: The Elysium Project
. Now, I have to admit I'm confused about the timeline here, but at some point the admins were replaced by a group of people that had some shady background in the WoW servers scene. Some people rang the alarms back then, but people were mostly happy to have a place to play Vanilla again with high population.
Since Elysium started, it received as much praise as corruption accusations. The project has around 14K people playing on 3 different servers and the coding was smooth as butter, but butter itself was part of the two or three weekly post were users (the youtuber Alexensual
comes to mind as one of the most prominent critics) pointed to an alleged network of gold and PvP rank selling (Getting Rank 14 in Player vs Player, the max rank, was one of the hardest feats back in 2005) by the admins. For the most part, though, the accusations passed unheeded.
But, loe and behold, it seems like it was all true. The Elysium Project was shut down yesterday after a message by some admins could be read all over Azeroth. Basically it pointed to the corruption of the main admins, and announced a new server and the death of Elysium.
Since then, the /wowservers
subreddits have descended in a massive spiral of drama never seen before. I'll try point to some threads, but you can basically choose anything on their frontpages to appreciate the drama. You have rage, you have memes, you have screentshots, you have videos of discord voice chats... it's truly a golden age for drama addicts. LINKS
For those interested in a much more in-depth summary of everything that happened, this thread by PeprSpry explains everything much better than my poor english can.
- People react to the admins admitting corruption in a leaked discord talk.
- Do people need to apologise to Alexensual or is he just an asshole nevertheless?
- A transcript with the admision of goldselling gets a lot of attention