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The first player has hit level 60 in World of Warcraft Classic

The race is just beginning

World of Warcraft - a Night Elf Hunter runs from a devilsaur in Un’Goro Crater. Blizzard Entertainment
Cass Marshall is a news writer focusing on gaming and culture coverage, taking a particular interest in the human stories of the wild world of online games.

World of Warcraft Classic is a refreshing return to form for many players. But while most of us are killing kobolds and crafting potions, streamers and pro players are racing for World First. Jokerd is the first play to reach level 60, a feat which drew a sizable audience on Twitch.

Jokerd pulled off the achievement by spamming area of effect attacks on mobs, a technique that has been improved over World of Warcraft’s vanilla release due to new server architecture.

Method, the world’s top raiding guild, has been hosting streams based around the race to 60 in a partnership with the World Showdown of Esports. Next up, players will begin to play through dungeons and raids. Players will be looking to take down Onyxia and Ragnaros, the toughest bosses currently in the game.

For now, Jokerd has claimed his crown by playing a frost mage, a class capable of controlling massive crowds of mobs and whittling them down over time. World Second and Third are still up for grabs, and players will be continuing to race through the current Classic content.

Jokerd celebrated his achievement by traveling through Stormwind, with other players piling on top of him to create a makeshift parade. Then, he attempted to delete his character, which is an impressive power move that was blocked by the presence of mail in his mailbox. It’s like winning a sports car, trying to drive it into a lake, but getting foiled because you were out of gas.

Fortunately (or unfortunately?) players are spamming Jokerd with mail to ensure he cannot clear his inbox, delete his character, and log out.

World of Warcraft Classic is currently enjoying a very successful launch week, with log-in queues reflecting the demand from players. The game is also popping on Twitch, a platform that did not exist during vanilla’s original launch. World of Warcraft currently has 400K viewers, dwarfing titles like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Overwatch.

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