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WoW Wednesday: Classic Servers

It has finally been confirmed, World of Warcraft Classic servers are finally happening. Blizzard has at last answered the long-awaited question of “Will we get legacy servers?” This is something that a wide section of the community has been asking about for quite a long time. With a lot of drama surrounding popular vanilla private servers recently, this is going to be huge news for many players. Though development doesn’t seem to be anywhere near completion yet, it just seems like they wanted to let players know it’s something they are working on. While there is excitement from many players, there are a few questions that come to mind.

Classic Servers

Which Version of Classic Will We Get?

Obviously classic servers mean Vanilla WoW, but will Blizzard try to cater to the more casual player base and make changes to the original game? Or will they stick to the original Vanilla experience? Shortly after the announcement of the classic servers, the forums blew up with what Blizzard could add to “improve” Vanilla. But most would argue that if Blizzard were to make any changes, it would no longer be considered classic. Those who played Vanilla will go into classic servers already knowing what to expect from the game, but players that never touched Vanilla are in for a rude awakening.

Most players don’t understand that a lot of the specs that they currently play on live servers weren’t even viable in classic. If you want to be a tank on the classic servers, you better play a Warrior. If you’re a Paladin, expect to be healing and nothing else, same goes for Shaman and Druid. Yes, there were times where some specs had their moments and could be viable, but it was rare. I honestly believe that there is going to be a lot of issues that the playerbase that hasn’t ever played Vanilla is going to have a hard time accepting.

From long flight paths, running to dungeons, hours-long grinds for mats just to be able to raid, to not using the highest ranked spell you learned because it’s more mana efficient to use the lower rank. The list can go on and on, but don’t get me wrong, I played Vanilla and I loved it but players who didn’t are used to how it’s played currently. After a short period of time, I can see the uproar of wanting transmog back, class balancing, or even to add LFD, and my fear is Blizzard giving in and starting to update classic, but then would it really be considered classic anymore?

How Long Will it Last?

Next question to ask for WoW’s classic servers is “How long will it last?” Does Blizzard start us off with the game as it was at the day 1 launch and slowly progress all the way up to Naxx, or do they just give us the whole game right off the bat? In my own opinion, I think they should just give us the game how it was the day Vanilla ended. Blizzard already said they want to fix any major bugs or server issues, but other than that I don’t want them to change anything else for the classic servers.

With how good players are now and how hard mythic raiding has become, how long will it truly take players to clear the classic server content? I remember the raids being hard and taking forever to clear, but was that only because we didn’t have the guides we have now? Maybe we were just worse players back then. I believe with how good players are now, the only time sink for clearing raids are the pre-raid gearing and finding 39 other players to raid with. Trying to gather all of that resistance gear for 40 people and getting those same 40 to consistently log on for raid nights is going to be tough, probably tougher than the raid bosses themselves. Before you say it, because I know you’re thinking it, no I didn’t raid Naxx. I understand Naxxramas was extremely hard, but I stand by what I said earlier. I believe players are a lot better now than they were in the past and I believe the above average players will clear classic raids rather quickly, leaving them to ask “what’s next?”

Classic Servers

What’s Next?

Blizzard doesn’t know exactly when they will be releasing classic servers. The majority hopes they will be released during a content drought on the current live servers so that it will keep players around and give them something to do. But what a lot are wondering are will there be other legacy servers? Will it end at Vanilla, or will Blizzard continue into The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and so on until we’re getting Warlords of Draenor servers? Browsing the WoW subreddit and some other forums, many players are already asking why they aren’t getting other legacy servers, how they don’t want Vanilla, they want their expansion’s server. The easiest answer is: if Vanilla classic servers do well, I’m sure they will do others, but no one except Blizzard can answer that for sure.

Personal Thoughts

Personally, I’ll check out the classic servers when there is downtime on the current content, other than that I’m not that excited about them. I loved Vanilla, but that was 12 years ago and I’m enjoying how the current game is at the moment. I’m happy for those players that have been asking for classic servers for a long time to finally get what they wanted, but I hope Blizzard doesn’t give in and cater to the players that want to change Vanilla to make it more convenient for them. Players asked for Vanilla servers and that’s what they should get, bugs, class imbalances, and all. I know it sucks to be playing a class and spec that you love on live servers and then find out you can’t get into any groups because you’re trying to play a Protection Paladin, but that’s how Vanilla was and I hope it stays that way.

Thank you for reading today’s WoW Wednesday. Make sure to let us know what your thoughts are on classic servers and if you’re going to be playing them. Why or why not?

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