World of Warcraft Classic introduced in August 2019 with many believing that player numbers would drop off considerably once the rose-tinted glasses came off. The original World of Warcraft experience continues to be a big success for Blizzard and has really doubled the number of players subscribed to WoW since before its launch last year.
Modern Wow is expecting its 8th growth, Shadowlands before the end of the year – interesting things if you’ve stayed up to date with WoW throughout the years. But if you have actually wandered away as the video game has actually gone through various – unavoidable – modifications and you’re trying to find an MMO experience that’s a little more gritty, you could do a lot even worse than delving into World of Warcraft Classic.
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So what’s the huge deal with WoW Classic?
World of Warcraft Classic became a thing when Blizzard finally gave in following years of gamers requiring a return to the ‘vanilla’ experience of Warcraft. Players got their fix for years through various private ‘tradition’ servers but when Blizzard purchased Nostalrius, the largest of these to close its doors back in 2016, fans as soon as again required a main ‘vanilla’ server. Blizzard finally relented and revealed World of Warcraft Classic during the opening event of BlizzCon2018
But why all the hassle?
When Wow initially released way back in 2004, it attracted a big variety of gamers and rapidly grew to have countless subscribers worldwide. Aside from the sheer scale of the game, a large force behind the success of the MMO was the world in which it was set.
Azeroth has been around since the original Warcraft: Orcs and Human beings released in 1994 and the subsequent Warcraft 2 games additional constructed on the story and lore. Warcraft 3 was probably the most popular of these early games and introduced us to a number of the characters that would go on to play large roles in Wow, consisting of Sylvanas Windrunner, Jaina Proudmore, and Arthas Menethil, amongst numerous others.
So when World of Warcraft launched in 2004, all of the tradition, background, and locations that had actually been laid out in the earlier Warcraft video games were brought to life in Blizzard’s vast MMO.
Not for the faint-hearted
If you’ve only got a few hours a week to dedicate to an MMO, Classic might not be the video game for you and you may be much better off looking at modern-day Warcraft to fill that Azeroth-shaped hole. Having stated that, if you’re not particularly interested in endgame content such as raiding or max-level dungeons and simply want to explore Azeroth as it was in 2006 then by all methods, carry on. If you want to enjoy whatever that Classic has to use, then you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time not just levelling your character however completing various Attunement missions and grinding credibility to access some of those late-game instances.
Wow Classic does not have those quality-of-life enhancements that you might be accustomed to in modern-day Warcraft – or certainly numerous other existing MMOs. For starters, the scaling of opponents is a lot less flexible and you could discover yourself ending up being quickly overwhelmed it you handle more than 2 opponents simultaneously without preparation. Travelling from one location to another in Classic Azeroth is also far more time consuming – flight points aren’t as plentiful as they are nowadays and with in-game gold not as easily come over, you might discover yourself having a hard time to save as much as even acquire your very first Riding Ability and install.
However it’s not all doom and gloom. The increased grind of Classic World of Warcraft pays off with a feeling of real progression as you see your character grow more powerful as you acquire levels, gear, and overall experience.
The advantages of beginning now
You may be questioning if it’s worth starting your journey through old Azeroth now, nearly one year after launch. The answer is a most certain ‘yes’.
For a start, you won’t have to deal with the queues to log into the game – or the queues to kill a single mission mob due to the fact that of gamer saturation. Obviously, busier servers on big patch days might still see the occasional login queue but they are normally less typical these days.
Another benefit of starting now is that the game’s economy will have calmed down. Depending on the population of the server you select, products for crafting ought to be more readily offered on the Auction Home and at a lot more reasonable prices. And if you wish to meddle selling things yourself – to help save up for your very first mount maybe – you should have a much more stable market to do so.
While undoubtedly there won’t be almost as many gamers in the levelling locations to easily organize up with as there were at launch, guilds have actually had a chance to establish themselves so you should not have any issue discovering a one to match your requirements and use help and suggestions as and when it’s needed.
What material is readily available in WoW Classic?
Wow Classic has actually been getting waves of content updates since launch in 2015, tying in with the material releases for the original video game. It’s still unclear if the video game will get any ‘new’ expansions such as The Burning Crusade or Rage of the Lich King. Blizzard has said it’s “not opposed” to adding growths to the Timeless experience however no choice has actually yet been made.
At the time of writing, WoW Classic is currently on Stage 5 of the PVE material schedule (see listed below) and the Ahn’ Qiraj raid has been unlocked so, once you reach max level, you’ll have access to a variety of raids and World Bosses to take on.
PvE content schedule:
- Phase 1 (aka Vanilla launch): Molten Core, Onyxia, Maraudon
- Stage 2: Dire Maul, Azuregos, Kazzak
- Phase 3: Blackwing Lair, Darkmoon Faire, Darkmoon Deck
- Stage 4: Zul’ Gurub, Green Dragons
- Stage 5: Ahn’ Qiraj War Effort starts, Ahn’ Qiraj raids begin based on the development of the war effort.
- Phase 6: Naxxramas, Scourge Intrusion
PvP material schedule:
- Phase 1 (aka Vanilla launch): PvP will be readily available, however it wont function any rewards or stat tracking for adding part
- Phase 2: Honor System (including Dishonorable Eliminates) will be introduced, PvP Rank Rewards rolled out
- Phase 3: Alterac Valley (variation 1.12), Warsong Gulch battlefield presented
- Stage 4: Arathi Basin
- Phase 6: World PvP objectives in Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands
How to play Wow Classic
If you believe you’re all set to play World of Warcraft Classic, you’ll need a membership to do so. Unlike modern-day Warcraft which lets you create as numerous characters as you like and play them approximately level 20 without subscribing, if you want the vanilla experience, you’ll need to put your money where your mouth is. Fortunately is that when subscribed, you’ll have access to both Timeless and modern-day Warcraft.
You can either pay a month at a time or you pick to subscribe for longer which will exercise slightly more affordable.
- 1-month subscription: ₤ 9.99/ EUR1299/$1499
- 3-month membership: ₤2817/ EUR3597/$4197
- 6-month subscription: ₤5214/ EUR6594/$7794