WELCOME TO THE TEAM

If you ever want to manage your favourites, change your details or update your marketing preferences, just visit ‘My Account’

Personalise your GGRecon experience so that the information presented is bespoke to your likes
Games
Call of Duty
VALORANT
Apex Legends
Fortnite
Streamers
Pokemon
Elden Ring
Destiny
FIFA
Overwatch
LOL
CS:GO
RL
Horror
Trending
Pokemon Go
Lost Ark
Genshin Impact
Neon White
Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Welcome
to the team
Sign Up via Social Media:
Or Sign Up Manually
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

RESET YOUR PASSWORD
Complete!
Success! You’ve reset your password
You’ll now be able to use this password to login successfully
RESET YOUR PASSWORD
RESET YOUR
PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Email sent! Check your inbox

We’ve sent a link to the email ‘’.

Please follow the instructions in this email
to reset your password

FORGOT PASSWORD
FORGOT PASSWORD
Please enter your username so we can send you a link to reset your password
Welcome back to
Enter your details below to log into the GGRecon Site:
Login via Social Media:
Or Login Manually
Not a GGRecon member yet? Sign Up Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

Coming Soon

We're making improvements to your experience, and we'll have new features ready for you in the near future!

Want to be the first to here about it?

Why Should I Join GGRECON?
Complete your sign up
 
Select A Country
Already got an account? Login Here
WHY GGRECON?

Customise the 'My News' page to create your own personalised experience

Recommended content based on your favourite games, teams, streaming stars and esports players

Exclusive articles, features, interviews and guides by our
award-nominated editorial team

Follow your favourite
players & streamers

What Does Red Shirt Guy Look Like 10 Years Later

What Does Red Shirt Guy Look Like 10 Years Later

Written by 

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch

Posted 

24th Dec 2020 10:10

If you're a World of Warcraft (WoW) old-head, you'll remember the moment in which a passionate fan brought a bold question to the developers at the 2010 Blizzcon WoW lore panel and stunned them with his expert knowledge about their game. Falstad Wildhammer, who had been placed on the council of three hammers according to the novel "World of Warcraft: The Shattering", had erroneously been replaced by Kurdran. Pointing out the inconsistency in front of a filled to the brim exhibition hall and for all of the internet to see, the developers had no answer but to apologise for the situation and promise to get that fixed, smirking away while being awestruck by the question. For the lack of a better description, the internet endearingly took the most recognisable feature of Ian Bates as the term he would be referred to for over a decade now. As the clip went viral, a new internet meme known as "Red Shirt Guy" was born.

Red Shirt Guy Becomes World Famous

If you were playing WoW during that time, there was basically no other topic in general chat than Red Shirt Guy. Smitten by his display of knowledge and passion for the game, the community embraced him wholeheartedly.

As the moment rose to fame, the developers honoured him with an NPC, the "Wildhammer Fact Checker", who still resides in the dwarven capital Ironforge to this day and can be visited in the High Seat area directly next to - you might have guessed it - Falstad Wildhammer, the NPC Red Shirt Guy had managed to save. He's also been incorporated in other Blizzard-related content such as Hearthstone's Comic "Knights of the Frozen Throne" in which he (on page 6) corrects the narrator about another inaccurate fact. As far as the World of Warcraft universe and community is concerned, Red Shirt Guy is Warcraft lore!

What's Red Shirt Guy Doing Now?

Ten years later, Red Shirt Guy is still an avid World of Warcraft fan, posting frequently on his Twitter account about his experiences in Shadowlands and discussing interesting points about the WoW lore. He has also attended every Blizzcon and has asked further questions at the WoW lore panel over the last decade. For the anniversary, GGRecon caught up with Ian Bates to discuss how that moment changed his life, how he is sometimes still recognised, and how he has enjoyed World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.

We hope that Red Shirt Guy will stay with the WoW community for another decade. As a patreon of lore accuracy, his duty has yet to end.

Stay up to date with all the latest esports and gaming news by checking out our social channels here: Twitter | Facebook | Discord

Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Trending
Device On Their Year In Review, Reintroducing gla1ve, Getting Back In Form and More
Heretic’s Nukkye On Winning First Strike, Being The Best EU Team, And More
cadiaN On Heroic's BLAST Opponents, The Idea Substitute Players, And More
NiP’s Hampus On Playing C9, Being Coached By THREAT, And More
ChrisJ On Their Recent Performances, Working With mithR, And More
Related Articles
Heretics’ nukkye On Qualifying For First Strike, NA vs EU, And More
FPX Analyst d00mbr0s On G2’s Potential Lack Of Innovation, Using Viper, And More
apEX: ''We’re going to start playing with Nivera this week''
BIG's tiziaN On Their 2020 Season, Competing Online, And Their Upcoming Matches
OG's Aleksib on EG, NiP, mantuu, And Finding Consistency