The WoW funeral raid – four years later

What’s funny about a woman who died of a stroke? Nothing. Nothing at all. But once you add World of Warcraft to the mix bizarre things happen. Yesterday marked the four-year anniversary of the infamous WoW funeral raid. According to the lore on forums, an avid WoW player, who was an officer in a Horde guild on the Illidan server, suffered a fatal stroke. Her friends decided to organize a virtual funeral to say farewell. It was said that she enjoyed fishing, and the snow. So the meeting place was set in Winterspring and posts advertising the event explicitly requested that attendees be left alone out of respect.

Above: The opening image from the infamous video of Serenity Now’s raid sets the tone for what came next 

Assholes or ace players?

This is where things got out of hand. Once Alliance guild Serenity Now got word of the event, they decided to crash the Horde e-Funeral, earning many honorable kills for their most dishonorable attack. Some have argued that while Serenity Now’s actions can’t be described as right, they didn’t really do anything wrong. This may have been a funeral for a friend, but it was an “in-game” funeral on a PvP server where slaying players from the opposing faction is a big part of the game. In this sense, Serenity Now’s raid on the Horde funeral didn’t break any rules.

Above: Four years ago, many Honor Kills were awarded for Serenity Now’s most dishonorable attack on an in-game funeral

But rules were broken on that day, social rules that fall outside the artificial boundaries of “in-game” rules. These are the same rules that separate us from savages – and they’re the reason why most of you wouldn’t gather a group of friends together to piss on a stranger’s grave at their funeral.  What say you? Were Serenity Now’s actions hilarious or horrible? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Mar 5, 2010


  • DrCruel - January 13, 2015 9:50 p.m.
  • MargusP - March 7, 2010 noon

  • M0rt1f1cat0r - March 7, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    did they actually manage to completely wipe out the funeral go-ers? that would make it the funniest thing ever, not that it isnt hilarious already.
  • samaron - November 5, 2012 8:24 p.m.

    about 90% of hem wore tuxedo clothes for the funeral so they were vulnerable and the guild name serenity on this server will be the most disgraceful and inhuman guild ever and the ppl who took part in it.
  • Ironarm - March 6, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    Come on...the Horde HAD to have known this would happen on a PvP server. You couldn't expect to be left alone. I think what Serenity Now did was justified and hilarious. You know they wouldn't do this at a real funeral (or at least CRASH a real funeral) so I don't see the harm. Also, is it true that the people in the guild were banned, or is that just a rumor I heard on the interwebz?
  • samaron - November 5, 2012 8:39 p.m.

    ban maybe. regardles if real or virtual funeral the point was showing respect for a friend that passed away. if in real life if someone and his group come to a funeral and desecrate it they will be 1. completely inhuman for what they did, 2. they will be arrested and sent to court and last go to jail or worse case scenario prison. best blizzard can do since low enforcement cant get involed is ban them for good. on one of the paragraphs "but it was an “in-game” funeral on a PvP server where slaying players from the opposing faction is a big part of the game." hell real life is considered pvp too if you were involve of war or a gunfight if your a cop, swat, solder or even if security if out of hand. in pass history wars if the enemy army lost someone important depedning on the army your on they wont attack them on the day of funeral if they knew about it. if they did attack then for life and a bit in history they wll be looked downed at for being disgraceful and inhuman. rare cases some would send a courier to deliver a gift (not a trap gift but actual gift)or flowers to the person to give them there condolences. my point is one of the things that make us human is showing respect regardless on events that happen and what serenity did they are no longer ppl or ppl that know them in real life they are forever disgusted people.
  • DeadGirls - March 6, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    It is a 'fantasy' game, is it not? If I could crash the real life funerals of people I don't know or care about and beat up all the bereaved without any repercussion I would do it.
  • Vitoruss1 - March 6, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    This is irony at it's finest. I think the raid was a great idea, and I think that the man who was in the coffin would have been honored to have his funeral raided in true WoW fashion. It represents that even though he's dead, the war for Azeroth (something that he greatly loved) continued to rage on. I say that those who raided the funeral deserved a medal, and whoever died would have laughed if he heard about this in some form of an afterlife. And hey, wasn't the cops raiding Francis McReary's funeral offensive?! Or am I the only one who is drawing the lines between GTA4 and this...?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 6, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    oh well, they could have lied in wait and trap killed afterward.
  • nik41507 - March 6, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    should have been somewhere else but they are still bitches
  • Cyberninja - March 6, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    i say that was mean i hope the whole whored crused them to pieces after that. or they could use the funarel as a trap kill all the jerks and then held it a few hours later that is a good tatic
  • xlyesterdaylx - March 5, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Funniest thing ever. How can you not expect people to NOT funeral crash a video game?
  • Failureisinevitable - March 5, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Okay, I honestly think that the Funeral raid was great. I mean, sure, she died, they were holding a funeral, but mixed with the irony that the Alliance Raided the Horde while the Horde held a funeral, it's just hilarious. They should've been expecting everything. Especially since they told people to buzz off. They weren't friends with the person who died, so why should they care? Millions die every day, and you don't even think about them. I honestly don't see what's so wrong.
  • TheGreatStone - March 5, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    If you live in a hostile world without anticipating the danger of your enemies, you will be attacked and probably killed. If you are holding a peaceful event in World of WAR-CRAFT, on a PvP server, and you fail to anticipate the danger of your enemies, your little parade will be slaughtered. Don't try to appeal to some real-world human decency if you're living in a virtual human-elf-dwarf-orc-troll world of goddamn war-crafting. Welcome to the dark side of fantasy worlds, where good is good and evil is downright evil.
  • Teh_Ty - March 5, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    They were pretty much ASKING for ir Not only a PvP place, but they even wrote "Nobody come and mess this up."
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - March 5, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    This exact same thing happened in PlanetSide. I can't remember if it happened before or after the WoW incident. I'm also of the opinion that the case is a two-way road. The people crashing the funeral are utter douches. What, they couldn't hold off on their dickishness for a few hours? However, if for instance, they were some players that just stumbled upon enemy players in a pvp zone, then they can't be expected to "cease fire". So it's also about intent. Then the other side of the coin is, yes, there was not a lot of foresight when planning the funeral. How could they possibly be surprised when it got crashed. Were they that naive? Regardless, they chose to do something in a game with rules, and the crashers were not breaking the rules. So, you've got jerks against poor planners. No one wins... or does everybody?
  • Samael - March 5, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    I believed and I still believe that the event organizers were incredibly dumb for broadcasting this funeral on a public forum. I can totally understand the reasoning behind the event but they should've told the guild and maybe a few other trusted friends and left it at that. I mean they were on a PVP SERVER! They honestly expected everybody to play nice?!
  • Eureka - March 5, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    Well, it's wrong to do something such as interrupt a funeral, but I have to say, the guys at SN were geniuses in a way. They had spies in the crowd, an entire small army on the way to attack and they planned everything very well, still they are assholes who don't deserve anything. But this was genius in a twisted way. reCAPTCHA: cutlass that
  • onewingedantista - March 5, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    This is a totally awesome event, congratulations to Serenity Now for one of the highlights of online gaming.
  • slickmcwilly - March 5, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    lol this never gets old

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