Been playing Classic since an hour after the server opened. To go back to old Darkshore and Auberdine gave me goosebumps. The immersion so much more tangible than in retail. I know people probably sigh heavily at this, but the fact that you had to have flint and tinder and firewood in your inventory to make a cooking fire… it was a minor tedium, but it certainly helps immersion.
Another thing was going to a trainer every now and then to learn the next skill rank, and watch your toon do just a little bit better.
There were these little things that were taken away in retail for “quality of life” reasons, but the fact is that those things made the game better, and lasting longer.
WoW these days have so many QoL changes, there is barely anything left to do besides the few things ActiBlizz thinks you should do - and those aren’t always what we want.
Still… not gonna wave my finger over all of you who love Retail. I just think it was a great thing Blizz did, to give us the option. In fact, it’s the way they should have done it from the get-go. Not force you to advance into another expac by changing all the rules, but to instead open new servers that you can transer or copy a toon to when you are ready.
Classic has breathed new life into WoW for me. And yes… it does make me appreciate Retail more. But not because Classic was bad, but because it was different.