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WoW patch tweaks old achievement to make event mount grind easier

World of Warcraft's School of Hard Knocks achievement has long stood between players and the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake mount, but no more

WoW patch: kids gather outside of an orphanage in World of Warcraft

Blizzard has patched one of World of Warcraft’s more annoying achievements to make grinding for the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake mount easier. Now’s your time to shine if you’ve been putting off grinding for the big ol’ pink dragon because you don’t like PvP.

Blizzard explains in a post on World of Warcraft’s forums that the School of Hard Knocks requirement for the Children’s Week achievement For the Children has been removed. The achievement still exists, though you don’t need to complete it anymore if you want to get the Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake mount.

School of Hard Knocks tasks you with summoning an orphan during the May event and completing several battleground challenges like capturing the flag in Eye of the Storm, assaulting a tower in Alterac Valley, and more. Looking at the MMORPG’s subreddit will swiftly tell you that it wasn’t everyone’s favourite achievement. Some don’t like PvP, while others report facing queue times of up-to-six hours to play.

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