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WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show Dates, Activities & More

Everything WoW Classic players need to know about the latest Variety Show, including the activities and important dates for registration and participation.
WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show Dates, Activities & More

Attention, World of Warcraft Classic fans, both hardcore and those waiting for Season of Discovery to kick off! There's an awesome Variety Show with the tagline "You Only Live Once" coming your way this December, and everyone can participate! 

In this guide, we outline the activities in the WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show, alongside the important dates/times for registration, and share an official FAQ about the event, so let's scream "For The Horde!" and get started.

WoW Classic Variety Show Dates & Times

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The WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show schedule revealed thus far. (Picture: Blizzard)

First up, the WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show event will take place on 9 December, following the release of Season of Discovery. An exact start time for the event has not been revealed.

Registrations for the activities, however, are now open. Activities, which we will detail below, include Race to Defeat Hogger and Season of Discovery: Blackfathom Deeps Race. Check out the important dates and times for registration below:

  • Applications close on 10:00am (PT) on Friday, November 24, 2023.
  • Invitations sent by 5:00pm on Monday, November 27, 2023.

You can sign up for one of the 400 spots in the event by heading to this link.

WoW Classic Variety Show Activities

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Four teams will be invited to compete in the Blackfathom Deeps race. (Picture: Blizzard)

While there will be a lot of surprises and even some celebrity contestants, we know about three official activities you can compete in during the WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show event. Check out the official descriptions below.

Race to Defeat Hogger

We start out in Hardcore Classic on a fresh server for the event. You’ll create a level 1 character, and race to level up to a point where you can take down the coveted Riverpaw gnoll chieftain. The first player to defeat Hogger while not in a party will be deemed the winner. But it wouldn’t be the Variety Show without the return of our trusty Wheel of Warcraft, so we’re proud to announce our gnomish engineers have been hard at work adding some new unique in-game attributes to help (or hinder) players along the way, more info to come.

Season of Discovery: Blackfathom Deeps Race

Season of Discovery goes live on November 30, and with Variety Show 9 days later this will be an early opportunity for players to race through the newly updated level 25 raid in Blackfathom Deeps. Gather your runes, and prepare to take down Aku’mai ahead of the competition! 

Please note:Four teams will be invited to compete.

Mak’gora Madness

Finally, you remember those characters from the Race to Defeat Hogger? Well while some players go off to fight Aku’mai in Blackfathom Deeps, other players are invited to keep levelling those fresh characters ahead of the ultimate challenge: Mak’gora Madness. Mak’gora Madness will feature one single-elimination bracket filled with duels to the death, culminating in 1 survivor. The 28 players who achieve the highest level before the start of this activity will be entered into the final bracket alongside 4 celebrity contestants. In Mak’gora, anything goes, and to the final winner go all the spoils. 

WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show FAQ

Blizzard has also shared a FAQ about the WoW Classic Hardcore Variety Show, which you can take a look at below.

Who can compete?

This episode will have activities open to players from around the world! Full eligibility and rules can be found here.

How many spots are open?

While our activities are bigger than ever this time around, spots are still limited to allow us to ensure the best experience for everyone!

The Race to Defeat Hogger will be capped at a maximum of 400 players, and this will be determined on a first come first serve basis. The highest leveled players will be invited to Mak’gora Madness at the beginning of that activity.

For the Season of Discovery Blackfathom Deeps Race, each WoW Celebrity Contestant will race alongside 9 WoW Community Contestants for a total of 36 spots.

When does registration close?

We’ll be accepting applications until 10:00am (PT) on Friday, November 24, 2023.

When will invitations be extended?

All invitations to the show will be extended by 5:00pm on Monday, November 27, 2023.

Who are the WoW Celebrity Contestants?

The WoW Celebrity Contestants will be revealed in the coming weeks! Make sure to follow us on Twitter to catch who will be joining the broadcast.

What are the prizes?

A variety of in-game goodies & physical swag will be available to participants and audience members throughout the broadcast.

What are the surprises?

A surprise is defined as something unexpected or astonishing. As such, we’ll be doing our part to keep our surprises hidden and unexpected!

Yes, if your application is successful, you can even compete for some prizes. Keep in mind that those who do not get in can watch all the action unfold, and it is sure to be a lot of fun, with the previous two Variety Shows really hitting the nail on the head.


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