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WoW Classic streamer reveals “biohazard” home after rank 14 grind

Published: 5/Oct/2020 20:13 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 6:00

by Virginia Glaze

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If you’ve ever seen the TLC show ‘Hoarders,’ then you might be prepared for the mess one World of Warcraft Classic streamer showed to his viewers on October 5, which accrued due to a cocktail of constantly grinding the game and struggles with his mental health.

World of Warcraft is a famous MMO for many reasons, not the least of which is sparking new friendships in the fantasy online world between players who may have never met in real life, otherwise.

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However, the title is equally as famous for the die-hard players it creates, with many a tale being told about users who become addicted to leveling up their character and hours upon hours of dungeons, raiding, and PvP.

Twitch streamer ‘rukk1’ is one such player, whose own grind to reach the fabled rank 14 created what he called a “biohazard” in his own home, as shown to his audience during an October 5 broadcast.

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WoW Classic boasts one of the most “hardcore” achievemnts in all of gaming, tasking players who hope to reach rank 14 with near-endless hours of grinding.

Reaching rank 14 in WoW Classic is no small feat; players must constantly grind Battlegrounds for hours a day to reach the coveted title of either Grand Marshal for Alliance or High Warlord for Horde by killing characters from the opposite faction.

Every moment you’re not playing is a step backward, which explains the Hoarders-style mess of rukk’s home, which he revealed to his audience with a grand tour of his disgusting kitchen.

The room contained a massive stack of used pizza boxes in one corner, with every inch of counter space being taken up by some sort of debris or another. One section of the countertop was stained with coffee grinds and tea, while the floor was littered with even more trash.

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“This is what rank 14 and depression does to you, dude,” he joked as he panned the camera around the space. “I think Asmongold would be disgusted.”

While it’s true that fellow streamer Asmongold is also known for his less-than-stellar WoW-inspired standards of cleanliness, rukk’s living situation borders on the extreme, showing off yet another stack of pizza boxes taking residence in the hallway outside his kitchen — standing nearly as tall as a person.

With bottles of old milk strewn across the floor and a mountain of 2-liter Coke bottles taking up space by his desk, it seems that rukk had enough of the mess, as he quickly got to work cleaning up the place.

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The broadcaster revealed that he has lived in the home for six or seven years, and while he has cleaned the home while living in it, had failed to do so “this year.”

Luckily, he has been met with ample support from his fans, who sent him words of encouragement in regards to his struggle with depression during his soul-baring broadcast.

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This is far from the first time a WoW streamer has revealed such a mess on camera, either; in 2019, WoW player ‘Jaegerrrmeister’ showcased a similar scenario, admitting that he hadn’t cleaned his room since 2005 due to a similar mix of game-grinding and struggles with his mental health.

In both instances, each streamer was shown an incredible amount of encouragement from their viewers to make their living quarters as clean and organized as their in-game bag space, shining a bright spot of hope and positivity onto an otherwise difficult situation.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.