World of Warcraft turns 11, celebrates with player gifts

It's hard to believe that World of Warcraft has been out for 11 years now. Well, technically its birthday isn't until November 23rd, but it's close enough. The game helped redefine what an MMO was (for better or worse), and is the benchmark against which all other MMOs are currently compared. Blizzard might not be going as crazy with their celebration as they did last year, but here's a look at what you can expect if you login to the game over the next couple of weeks.

For the big 1-0, players were treated to old favorites like classic raids and battlegrounds. This year things are back to normal, with just a few trinkets and a couple of achievements. The trinkets are interesting, as they'll let you wield an inflatable Thunderfury, or transform into Edwin VanCleef, final boss of the Deadmines. You'll also get wands to temporarily turn into a murloc or a gnoll.

Sadly, all of these items are charge-based. That means you'll have a limited number of uses of each. Specifically, you'll get to use your VanCleef disguise a whopping 50 times, while the other three will only be usable a total of 5 times each. So use those sparingly.

The final gift that you'll find in your mailbox is a Celebration Package, which gives you an 11% XP/Reputation boost on all kills for an hour. The event runs from today until the end of the month, if you want to get in on it.

VIA: Kotaku