WoW Archivist: Hoaxes, imaginary content, and the unrealized

The WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft‘s past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW‘s history? What secrets does the game still hold?

Remember Grom’ogh, the legendary axe once wielded by Grom Hellscream? No, of course you don’t. Because it never existed. Some enterprising WoW player in The Burning Crusade beta made it up, doctored up some images of Gorehowl from Karazhan and made merry sport of those of us who weren’t in the beta and had no idea what kind of awesome drops were out there. (You can tell Grom’ogh is the Gorehowl model and not the Warsong Howling Axe because it has the same spikes on the back of the head that Gorehowl does.)

Amusingly, for those of us who actually got to play The Burning Crusade eventually, there was a two-handed legendary axee, Devastation, which is only useable during the Kael’Thas fight in Tempest Keep. Devastation’s stats aren’t all that far off from Grom’ogh’s proposed stats, except of course for Grom’ogh’s ludicrous total fear immunity. Grom’ogh is hardly the only way people have gummed up the works with fake news, though. It’s still going on, in fact: fake patch notes, fake expansions (Vengeance of the Void, anyway), made-up new races and classes … Everyone likes to have a hand in fake game development, it seems. It’s so common, people even write guides telling other people how to do it.

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