Introducing: The OTK/Starforge Hardcore Mak'gora!

We are thrilled to report a momentous event coming to Hardcore Classic WoW: the OTK/Starforge Hardcore Mak'Gora! The incredible team over at the OTK Network, along with Starforge, are bringing you another duel-to-the-death tournament on Blizzard’s Official Hardcore Servers, and this one is going to be even bigger and better than the last one.

Competitors will have close to a month to create new characters, level and gear them as best as possible, before facing off in the ultimate battle on October 31st… the Mak'Gora!

Read on to learn more about the event format, rules, and how YOU can compete.

🔸Only the Worthy!🔸

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Introduction: What is the Hardcore Mak'Gora?

Hardcore games and gameplay are by no means a new phenomenon, especially in World of Warcraft. For many years, there has been a thriving Hardcore Community playing on WoW Classic Servers. However, with the launch of the Official Hardcore Servers, this mode has taken the world by storm…and Blizzard added something special when they implemented it: the Mak'Gora!

A Mak'Gora is the ability to duel another player to the death on the Hardcore realms, and the losing player is unable to resurrect. They are gone forever, only to be remembered.

The folks over at OTK are always creating innovative and exciting events, and this time they’ve outdone themselves. They are excited to announce the OTK/Starforge Hardcore Mak'Gora (SFMG), a month-long competition with a leveling and gearing phase that culminates in a mass Mak'Gora bracket. Only one will survive…will it be you?

Event Format

The SFMG will consist of three separate stages: the Leveling Stage, the Qualifiers Stage, and the Mak'Gora Finals.


In order to compete in the SFMG, players will need to create brand new characters in WoW Classic Era, on the SKULL ROCK Hardcore Realm (NA). Characters must be HORDE. Character creation will begin on October 6th; characters created prior to October 6th will be ineligible. After creating a brand new character on or after October 6th, players will need to register their characters in the competition via the SFMG Registration Form here on Raider.IO Classic, which will open on October 6th at 12pm CST.

Participants will have from October 6th to October 29th to level their characters to max level (60), and prepare for the dueling portion of the event to the best of their ability.

Please ensure you read the full Rules and Regulations to determine
what is and is not allowed for character preparation.

Note: Characters must have the letters “SFMG” at the end of their name, and all participants must join the guild <Starforge Mak'Gora> upon creation.

You will be able to keep track of yours and other participants’ progression throughout the Leveling Stage on the OTK/Starforge Hardcore Mak'Gora Leaderboards, here on Raider.IO Classic!


On October 30th, all participants who have reached level 60 are eligible to move onto the Qualifiers. This stage will consist of normal duels to reduce the playing field before moving onto the Mak'Gora Finals. The Qualifiers will continue until a top 64 players have been determined. Read the full Ruleset and Format of the Qualifiers for more information.


On October 31st, the showdown takes place! The players that were strong enough to make it through the Qualifiers Stage will be placed into a bracket. In order to advance, players must challenge their opponents to a Mak'Gora (duel to the death), and the winner moves on! At the end of the day, only one will remain to be crowned the King/Queen of Death, and earn themselves the lion’s share of the prize pool!

The Qualifiers and the Mak'Gora Finals will be broadcast LIVE on the Twitch Channels of Esfand, Sodapoppin and Xaryu, starting at 10am PST / 12pm CST / 7pm CEST, on October 30th and 31st. You won’t want to miss this, so be sure to tune in!

Note: Streamers are welcome to co-stream the Qualifiers and the Mak'Gora Finals provided they abide by the Blizzard and Twitch ToS, as well as the SFMG Rules, Regulations, and Code of Conduct.

Event Schedule

October 6th at 10am PST / 12pm CST: Character Creation and Registration Opens
October 6th - October 29th: Leveling Stage
October 30th at 9am PST / 11am CST: Qualifiers Stage
October 31st at 10am PST / 12pm CST: Mak'Gora Finals

Register to Compete

The SFMG Registration Form will be available as of 10am PST / 12pm CST / 7pm CEST here on Raider.IO Classic.

In order to Register for the SFMG, you will need to have a Raider.IO Classic Account, and follow these steps:

  • Create a brand new HORDE Character on the SKULL ROCK Hardcore Realm (NA) of WoW Classic Era
  • Ensure your character has “SFMG” at the end of its name
  • Log out of your new Character, and hit the “Back” button
  • Resync your Bnet on Raider.IO Classic
  • Fill out the SFMG Registration Form, and select your SFMG Character
  • Subsequently made Characters will need to be Registered individually as they are created (upon death, for example)
  • Log back into your SFMG Character and request an invite to the guild <Starforge Mak'Gora> from Starforgesys, Rokmansfmg, Esfandsfmg, or Prestigesfmg
  • Start leveling!

Note: Only level 1 characters are eligible for Registration... make sure you don't start leveling before Registering!

You can also view this quick video showing you the easy Registration process:

If any questions arise regarding the Registration process specifically, please head on over to the #otk-makgora channel in the Raider.IO Discord. For all other event-related questions, please head on over to the OTK Hardcore Mak'Gora Discord!

Rules and Regulations


By registering for, or participating in the SFMG event, all SFMG competitors and participants have agreed to adhere to and abide by the information listed in the Rules and Regulations. Additionally, by registering for and participating in the SFMG, competitors and participants understand that OTK, Esfandtv, Sodapoppin, Xaryu, Raider.IO, and others may rebroadcast footage of their streams on their streaming and VOD channels. SFMG competitors and participants acknowledge that they have read and understood all of the information listed in the Rules and Regulations.

DISCLAIMER: World of Warcraft Dueling is not an officially supported Blizzard esport. While our team is working tirelessly to ensure a smooth and fair experience, there is a possibility that something goes awry during this event. If you are uncomfortable losing your character or an opportunity at the prize pool due to a technicality, administrative decision, an in-game bug, etc., this is NOT THE TOURNAMENT FOR YOU.


The OTK/Starforge Hardcore Mak'Gora has a whopping total prize pool of $100,000! The SFMG Mak’Gora Champion will win a grand total of $50,000, with the remaining $50,000 to be distributed evenly between the top placing individuals of their respective class, with a tie resulting in the prize money being evenly divided amongst tied players.

You will NOT want to miss out on this thrilling Mak'Gora action… so start planning your preparation, get ready to make your Characters, and don’t forget to Register! The final battles take place on October 30th and 31st on Esfand, Sodapoppin and Xaryu’s Twitch Channels at 10am PST / 12pm CST / 7pm CEST.