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Cenarius US (PvE) is named after the son of Elune and Malorne. The realm opened with the launch of World of Warcraft on November 23rd, 2004 and is a Pacific time zone (UTC-8) realm. Like the other members of Battlegroup US Whirlwind, the servers for Cenarius are physically located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. (See US realm list by datacenter.)
As of January 2012, Cenarius ranks 30th in progression among US servers (GuildOx).
Being a well-populated PvE server, many players are interested in end-game content, so finding groups is generally not much of an issue. Unfortunately, Cenarius is home to an excessively large number of DPS-oriented classes, particularly Death Knights, Hunters, and Mages, so finding a group as one of these classes may be considered difficult. According to Warcraft Census, a quarter of the population on Cenarius consists of Human characters, particularly Paladins.
The "Uber Guild" community on Cenarius is very lively. Afterlife, formerly a prominent EverQuest guild, has made their home on this server.
The Official Cenarius Forums are average for similarly populated servers, generally running fifteen pages of retained posts. For the most part, the forums are typical with the exception of the odd post that instigates the current
server dramatics. The forum is fairly infested with players who post as level one characters commenting on other players, guilds and so
on to avoid implicating themselves or their guild.
PvP is tepid, at best. Pick-up groups and organized guild runs can be found for both factions. Predictably, pick-up groups fare poorly against the more organized competition. World PvP is extremely rare, mostly due to the bias in favor of the Alliance. As Cenarius is a part of Battlegroup US Whirlwind, battlegrounds are often favorable to the Horde.
As early as February 2005, guilds were penetrating deep into the Molten Core, spawning Ragnaros. Among the Alliance, progression was spearheaded by Afterlife, The Sundering, and Dawn Eternal, followed closely by Arathian Knights, Thornguard, Magic and Mayhem, Omerta, and a few multi-guild alliances. Among the Horde, only Demise, Clan Silver Fox, and The Blackfist Clan were initially attempting MC. The Blackfist Clan, while it had been set back by drama, asserted itself among a group of guilds known as "The Collective", a coalition that lasted until mid-2006, when the respective leaders decided to part ways. Afterlife was the first Alliance guild on Cenarius, and the second worldwide, to down Ragnaros on or around April 26th. The first kill is attributed to Ascent, of Medivh. Although Dawn Eternal and The Sundering would both defeat Ragnaros in quick succession, it would take many other guilds several months to follow up.
Between May and August of 2005, part of the leadership of Arathian Knights split off to form Eternal Ascendants, with a guild alliance based around the old Grey Apostles. Encore was formed by ex-Thornguard members, and grew rapidly when Fatal Tendencies disbanded. Until both guilds grew big enough to raid on their own, Mystique and Avowry formed an alliance to raid Molten Core and Onyxia. Mystique later disbanded and reformed as Evocati, and began to tackle raiding challenges with renewed vigor. Another landmark kill for the server was achieved when Dawn Eternal became the fifth guild worldwide to slay Nefarian. Demise was the first Horde guild on the server to kill Nefarian, followed by Wretched, and Wrought from Ruin, the latter of which was created by former Clan Silver Fox members.
The guild landscape was always in flux, with Dawn Eternal losing several members to the new guild Heist in early 2006. Several other notable guilds, including Black Tide, Eternal Ascendants, and Magic and Mayhem, disbanded for various reasons, likely centering around membership and recruitment issues as guilds with more progression filled spots that had become available in their own rosters.
The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj opening event for Cenarius took place Tuesday, February 21, 2006. While the initial effort to begin the event had been effective, it tapered off after a period of about two weeks; the server quickly fell behind in the rankings in progression towards the event. The "chosen one" of Cenarius had been Tregga, a dwarfpriest of The Sundering. Efforts to catapult Tregga into the proper reputation rank proceeded briskly, albeit with some drama over his being picked. A plethora of participating guilds, spearheaded by Dawn Eternal, The Sundering, Afterlife, and Eventide, contributed their time to the effort, submitting their items so Tregga could start and complete the Sceptre quest-line over the following weeks. With the completion of the war supplies quest in Silithus, the stage was set. Tregga sounded the gong and quickly logged off, as it was apparent what would follow. The opening event was problematic with poor server performance as players flocked to Silithus to see the event and participate. More than a few end-game capable guilds chose to forgo the event and rushed directly into the new instances. Cenarius crashed twice; this wasn't quite as daunting as what was taking place on other servers, such as Lightbringer, which went down a total of eleven times the night of their respective gate opening.
Guild progression in the two instances was brisk, with a minimum of inter-guild drama. In a little over a week, both Afterlife and Heist had downed the Twin Emperors, and a number of other guilds had progressed to that fight. As soon as the boss was available, C'thun was defeated by Afterlife, Heist, and The Sundering all within the same week, in that order. Wrought from Ruin was subsequently the first Horde guild to down the Twin Emperors and C'thun. Out of the two optional bosses, Ouro has been killed by Afterlife, Heist, and The Sundering. No guild has yet to claim a kill on Viscidus.
After the release of The Burning Crusade, many guilds of Cenarius were badly shaken. The older guilds persevered, however. The dwarfpriest Metaphysic of Afterlife raced to become possibly the first level 70 among US servers, and their fellow guild member Tenai become the first level 70 draeneishaman on Cenarius. By May, nearly all of the older guilds that would continue on were re-established with level 70 membership, and progressing well into end-game content. As had happened throughout much of the level 60 content, the EQ veterans of Afterlife raced through content far ahead of the rest of the server, entering the Black Temple and dispatching the first boss, Naj'entus, in the first weeks following its release. Just behind Afterlife was, once again, Heist, as well as the newly formed guild Synthesis, which quickly claimed its respective spot in progression. The Horde faction was once again led by Wrought from Ruin, eventually being overtaken by Impulse, another new guild. Eventide, the guild led by Ciderhelm to become one of the three Cenarius guilds to down Kel'Thuzad before the expansion, began to decline with Ciderhelm having retired from the game, eventually losing its place in progression as well as several of its older members. The remaining hard-line Eventide members re-established themselves by forming the guild Fuse, reclaiming their position in the top three guilds on the server.
With the release of patch 2.4, the competition began once again to place the server among the world firsts to unlock The Sunwell. Facilitated by the breadth of the server's population of both hardcore and casual players, Cenarius had been in position to be the world first to unlock the 2.4 badge vendors, reaching phase three in only a few days.
With the release of Wrath of the Lich King, the race for both class and guild realm firsts began in earnest. Marthe, of Afterlife, became the first level 80 on Cenarius, and the guild would claim the realm first kills of Kel'Thuzad and Malygos. Unreasonable was the first guild on Cenarius to down 25-man Sartharion with 3 drakes. The first guilds on the realm to achieve Glory of the Raider were respectively The Sundering for the Alliance, and Impulse for the Horde. Many guilds soon shared in that achievement.
The 3.1 patch saw the opening of Ulduar. Two Alliance guilds emerged as the front runners to server progression; Afterlife and Arathian Knights. Afterlife claimed most server firsts, with Arathian Knights trailing behind by only a few days. However, Arathian Knights eventually overtook Afterlife with their defeat of the hard mode encounter of Freya on August 9th, 2009, as well as the server first Celestial Defender kill of Algalon the Observer on August 30th, 2009. Arathian Knights defeated Algalon shortly after the release of patch 3.2, which introduced the next tier of progression, Trial of the Grand Crusader. Impulse and Wrought from Ruin would also save Azeroth from Algalon. Ulduar was finally completed November 2nd, 2009 when Arathian Knights defeated Yogg-SaronAlone in the Darkness, claiming the realm's first Death's Demise.
A similar trend to 3.1 emerged in 3.2 as two Alliance guilds continued to battle for the server first kills of each of the five encounters in Trail of the Grand Crusader; Arathian Knights and Afterlife. Anub'arak was defeated by Arathian Knights on October 13, 2009, followed shortly afterward by Afterlife on October 22, 2009 as well as the Horde guild Impulse on October 29, 2009. The instance was completed November 4, 2009 with Arathian Knights earning the Tribute to Insanity. Afterlife in turn completed the Tribute to Mad Skill, followed by Impulse earning the Tribute to Skill. The feats of these guilds had placed Cenarius back on the radar in the US rankings, among the top 20 for progression.