If World of Warcraft
had but one holiday, it would be Patch Day: the glorious Tuesday (or Wednesday) in which the WoW
servers go down for maintenance but come back online brimming with new, unexplored content. If you're new to World of Warcraft
, or MMOs in general, you may not entirely understand all the fuss the community makes over patches. So just what is a patch? Why are they so important? And how can you get your hands on one? We'll do our best to explain.
What is a WoW patch?
Did you know we're playing version 5 of World of Warcraft
right now? It's true: Version 1.1 was World of Warcraft
's launch client and every expansion since has bumped the version number up a full number, while each patch release is a decimal place. The original game went up to patch 1.12 (the 1.1 launch client and 11 patches after), Burning Crusade
(2.0) had a scant 4 patches, Wrath of the Lich King
(3.0) had 3, Cataclysm (4.0) had 3, and Mists of Pandaria
(5.0) is about to see the release of its 3rd patch, patch 5.3
. These days, patches are coming more quickly than ever
and we have no idea how many patches to expect before the next expansion arrives.
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