I won’t be playing Classic, in fact I haven’t even installed it. I played on the beta weekend a few months ago and whilst I was all nostalgic for the game, it was enough of a taste to remind of why I don’t need to go back there.
This tweet reinforced that in my mind.
Reminder #WoWClassic community: There is about to be a lot of people that never played the original content before. Please be nice and helpful to those who are asking or confused.— Caden of the House House, First of his Name (@CadenHouse) August 25, 2019
So many things are so different in the two versions and they want to join in on the fun too. ❤️
I adored Classic, I have so many memories of great fun and wonderful people. I had no idea that 15 years later WoW would still be affecting my life the way it has (and continues to). I made friends in my first ever guild which I still have today, which has given me more friends; I work with one of them and two are living with us at the moment. So it changed my life in so many positive ways. I always believed friends you made online were friends in the real sense and for me it is certainly true.
However, I levelled a mage to level 60 back in the day. I remember the constant balance between death and death. The amount of running prior to getting your mount at level 40, I remember the lack of quest data on the maps, the standing around towns looking for groups for hours. I remember a lot of the negative things which are only now negative because the game advanced and developed beyond those bad things. Does it still have issues – yeah, but the playability of the game is 200% better than Classic.
I remember all the good things as well and the sense of wonder at going to Molten Core for the first time, after one hell of an attunement quest. I still have my Sceptre of Celebras and Mallet of Zul’Farrak, and my first ever Epic item Elemental Mage Staff; they live in my bank as reminders. I also have a lot of the MC/BWL gear I received in my vault, even after the wardrobe function. It might just be a bunch of pixels, but they meant a lot to me. I look fondly at raiding with 40 people – all wanting to see the boss die, but spending most of Sunday getting through one raid zone was a little over the top 🙂
I fear for anyone new to the game who wants to relive the magic of Classic with the current player-base. Just look at the hate-filled discussion about a LFG addon created for Classic; it has been unbelievable to watch. There is a much higher percentage of dickheads in the game now who feel they need to prove something to random internet strangers and I don’t think it is going to be a great experience for anyone . I have my fingers so tightly crossed I am losing circulation because I want to be wrong, I hope with everything I am, people are nice to each other and remember this is a game that has brought a lot of people together.
If enough of my friends decide they are playing Classic and start a guild, I might decide to dip my toes in, but I really do think it was something I would rather leave to the memories at this point.