News Archive
3v3 Solo Queue is live! 13 December 2014

Yes, that's right, the ability to queue by yourself for 3v3 rated and skirmish arena is here! You queue as a healer or DPS and are matched with 2 other random teammates (2 dps and 1 healer per team) to face again other solo queue players. You earn arena points and arena rating to buy items from this queue, so come try it out! It's fully integrated into our spectate system so come watch the community battling it out!

Info about the system:

  • Rating is stored on a default 5v5 team slot called "3v3 Solo Queue" on every player that you cannot leave.
  • Losses are not recorded, but rating is affected for losing.
  • Points are accumulated based on the average rating of the 3 members on your team.
  • If not all 6 members accept the queue, the game will end in a draw.
  • Is cross-faction.
  • Implemented into our existing arena spectate system.

You can also see an image of the updated arena battlemaster window here.

It is that time of year again, the snow is falling, the fire is roasting, and Greatfather Winter is hard at work! Come login and see the decorated mall, put on some festive clothes, drink some Winter Ale and collect your daily present! What goods will you find this year -- a new mount? A new pet? Or maybe... something a bit more legendary. Come find out!

Winter's Veil photo

Season 22 has come to a close. Congratulations to the teams that have qualified as our top teams for season 22. Teams qualified and placed based on this criteria.

You may view the finalists list on this forum post.

That's right, our legendary transmog has been fully released. Several weeks ago we released the arena vendor for these items. Now all 150 of these items are obtainable through non-arena play such as battlegrounds, heroics, and raids! Log-on and check it out!

Two images combined into one show casing vendor options and items inside their shop.

Our new vendor, Cassandra has just been released but we still have to design a system to redistribute our brand new items among non-arena players community as this vendor is currently for arena only. We would love to see some feedback from PvE and Battleground communities and your suggestions concerning the way the weapons should be implemented and obtained. Some important notes to keep in mind:

  • Legendary weapons are not supposed to be easy to obtain
  • We want to make players work towards objectives and discourage them from collecting kills in the middle of battlegrounds instead of working towards goals.
  • Players shouldn't be able to buy their weapons immediately after implementing the system (which was unfortunately done with arena rewards due to the unexpected delay).

Read more, and join the discussion!

Preview of new vendor with some items in a shop menu.

Season 21 has come to a close. Congratulations to the teams that have qualified as our top teams for season 21. Teams qualified and placed based on this criteria.

You may view the finalists list on this forum post.

Changes to end-game gear, the return of Hyjal world PvP, legendary transmog items and more!

We have just announced some of our major changes to Smolderforge for this year. Some of these changes, namely the changes to end-game gear will drastically change the current state of Smolderforge. We highly encourage you to take a moment read about these changes on our forum post:

View changes here.

Season 20 has come to a close and with it has started season 21 with a bunch of new rules, criteria, rewards, etc. We highly suggest you review these new changes that have now taken effect.

The server move has been completed. We have now moved to our new server! What new server? Read the news post below this one for more details! Faster server, lower latency, it's here!

Exciting news: we're upgrading to a new server! Yes, that's right -- we're going to be moving to a better server here in the next few days. The transfer process will be very simple and will result in minimal downtime that will take place in the early morning hours (~ 04:30 server time).

New server specs:

- Processor: Intel Xeon E3 1245v2 3.4GHz quad (0.2GHz improvement)
- RAM: 32GB (up from 16)
- Storage: 240GB SSD (change from HDD to SSD for HUGE speed boost!)
- Connection: 200Mbp/s (up from 100)
- DDoS Protection (info)
- Traffic: Unlimited (up from 4TB/month)
- Location: Northern France (change from Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Noteworthy things: Our GMs in Europe noticed a 15-20 ms improvement in their ping! This is likely due to the much better network provided by OVH using newer fiber optic technologies over our old host. Be prepared for an decrease in latency!

Additionally, from our testing using a character database from February to test on, our server booted in a record speed of 6 seconds. Normally a restart (this includes crashes) takes around 3-5 minutes to fully reboot. The speed of Solid State Drives is insane!

We will move to the new server on Monday morning (19 May) at 04:30 server time.

You may have noticed the presence of a new NPC in the mall! We now have a NPC that rotates between all of the heroic dungeons (except for Black Morass at this time) and offers great rewards upon completion. Honor, badges, and your choice between Sunmote, Heart of Darkness, Fel Armament, or Arcane Tome! You can do a new heroic every day!

Screenshot showing the menu of the new heroic dungeon quest NPC.

It's March 22nd! 6 years ago in 2008 we opened Smolderforge to the public as a small, relatively unknown server and slowly over time we grew from there. It's been an amazing experience throughout all the years and unbelievably humbling to know we've been around for this long in the server community.

Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our history, and helped make Smolderforge what it is. We could never have done it without you!

Congrats to those who have placed in Season 19! The finalists in 2v2 are listed below. Season 20 will begin tomorrow!

1st Place: asdrshammageisbest (tied)
1st Place: waeasdzxcsadqweasdzxc (tied)
2nd Place: priest
3rd Place: dont rage
4th Place: Hard to Kill
5th Place: dont rage TWO

Due to the re-qualification of a top team after being removed from the season earlier this week under investigations of possible wintrading, we've decided to extend the season by a week and allow the top contenders to play a little longer to earn their rightful places with all participates being able to play for the final days. We apologize for this abrupt decision, but we feel it is the right thing to do rather than restore a team in a rank 2 spot and essentially demote the other top teams within the last day of the season.

Season 19 will now close on the start of March 2nd, server time (GMT+1).