Leeroy Jenkins Rehearsal Video Shows Staging of Viral Phenomenon

Anybody who was a gamer in 2005 knows the name Leeroy Jenkins. One of the first ever “viral” videos, the video took the internet by storm twelve years ago during the peak of World of Warcraft’s popularity. In it, a raid group plans out a strategy for clearing out the Rookery of the Upper Blackrock Spire. For over a minute, the guild discusses deep strategies and risks, even going so far as to calculate a 32.3333% (repeating, of course) chance of survival.

Even though it seems like this raid has been hours (if not days) in the making and will be carefully coordinated, suddenly a supposedly AFK player by the name of Leeroy Jenkins who has been sitting down the entire time springs to action, yells the infamous “Alright, time’s up, let’s do this! LEEEEEEROYYYYYYYYYYYY A-JENNKINNNNNNNNNS” line and charges into battle solo. The other raid members are stunned but quickly try to make the raid work and come to Leeroy’s aid, but are all soon eradicated and are understandably infuriated with Leeroy, to which he responds “At least I have chicken.”

The video struck a chord with many gamers who have had a similar occurrence with a team member who doesn’t follow instruction and ruins careful planning, helping it become an overnight sensation that was even mentioned on Jeopardy!

In the year’s since, Leeroy has been revealed to be Ben Schulz, who has gone on to make many appearances at Blizzard events. Many dedicated WoW players have long questioned the video’s authenticity as their strategy doesn’t make much sense in the context of the game. Members of the guild <PALS FOR LIFE> have come forward and said it was a staged but accurate re-enacement of the event, but Schulz has never confirmed or denied it and there’s not been any concrete proof.

That has changed today as a YouTube user by the name of Anf Pal has suddenly released a video showing a dry run of the famed video with different dialogue and a mistake near the end that required the entire thing be done over. Pal — who is likely the person who originally recorded the Leeroy video — states he has suddenly released the firs take to help draw attention to Net Neutrality. While it may not come as a surprise that the Jenkins video is indeed staged, the video is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a famous gaming event that many of us fondly remember.

Check it out below and for even more Leeroy goodness, Pal has uploaded the entire original Leeroy video that is stated to come from the original WMV file, which we’ve posted below the dry run: