For the past seventeen years, ever since the world’s most famous MMORPG video game, World of Warcraft, was released, several silent, off-records contests have been waged across the game. These often include longest playing marathons, races to the world’s first raid conquests, and finally, the number of consecutive front flips performed by the members of WoW‘s Night Elf population. For example, the world record of 16 consecutive front flips was beaten a few days ago by a World of Warcraft player who did 17 flips in the row – which is surprisingly fitting, considering the ongoing 17th-anniversary celebration within the World of Warcraft game.
According to Game Rant, World of Warcraft streamer SingActDirect just beat the previous record for consecutive Night Elf front flips with 17 successive jumps in a row. This is a fantastic gift of probability since the members of Night Elves, Blood Elves, and Worgen population have approximately a 20% chance to perform a special jumping animation each time players jump. It’s worth noting that Night Elves have been a part of the World of Warcraft game since its original release in 2004, so their competition over front flips dates for as long as the game itself. Blood Elves were added in 2007’s The Burning Crusade expansion and performed a special twirling jump animation. Worgen, a race of werewolves added in 2010’s Cataclysm expansion, performed backflips as their special jumping animation.
With that said, the record was broken in World of Warcraft Classic, a Blizzard’s re-release of the World of Warcraft game in a state before its first expansion, so Blood Elves and Worgens aren’t really competing here. Maybe in the main version of the game, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. A video clip captured by SingActDirect was taken in the Dagger Hills region of the Westfall area of the game, with the streamer’s level-18 Druid Night Elf, abbreviated Nelf, performing 17 consecutive front flips. Considering the 20% chance of each individual jump occurring one after the other, the chances of performing 17 consecutive jumps are so minute that they’re borderline impossible.
The previous record-holder performed 16 consecutive jumps during a cutscene leading up the battle against the Lich King in the Icecrown Citadel raid in 2020. Considering that Classic still doesn’t have its Lich King, the previous record was placed in the game’s main version. Of course, other World of Warcraft players have claimed to have broken the previous records by performing as much as 19 consecutive jumps. Still, without any video proof to back the said claims, SingActDirect remains the King of the Hill — even though it’s just a tiny little hill in Westfall.
In the end, the shrinking World of Warcraft community adores these absurd challenges, lucky milestones, and some players specifically play the game just to conquer all of its 3,600 achievements. Needless to say, the response to SingActDirect’s feat was universally positive, and some believe that this was the best content to have come from the game in years, considering the dwindling number of its player base, which only got smaller in light of the Activision Blizzard controversies surrounding the game’s developer and publisher.