I do apologize for the length but this post is more addressed to real Vanilla Player-Base and Blizz.
When WoW classic has been launched I really really enjoyed the experience as I used to do in 2015. And I found out why.
The first ones to join the adventure once again were from the player-base WoW Vanilla with nostalgia.
Indeed, I found that people were enjoying leveling, crafting, helping each other until everyone gets his/her quest done …
However another player-base came too. Just a different one, enjoying performance, competitiveness and fast experience. This is also why World of Warcraft " retail " has a lot evolved over the years to respond the demand of this new wave.
Attracted by the Streamers from World of Warcraft Classic Beta, as it was probably used to watch them for other games, this player-base came to World of Warcraft Classic.
I noticed that after 3 months away from my computer during the quarantine, when i came back with my main : the rush to gear, to performance, to reach lvl 60 was way much more stronger than when I left.
To be truly honest I was so surprise to see such an evolution and to know that leveling - the principle experience in World of Warcraft Classic - was skipped due to some people paying a mage lvl 60 overgeared to get XP FAST.
Disgusted I even played to WoW Retail instead, which never happened after WOTLK. After all, my subscription was still active.
And you know what ? I enjoyed it as a total different game. I was probably in need for a large amount a dopamine, let’s be honest, reward came fast, the game was fast paced, leveling fast …
But at one point, i missed WoW Classic and i came back after few days and I tried to re-roll to experience again the feeling of leveling.
And I realized that I was almost playing the same game as Retail because of … the player-base which came to Classic from Retail.
A trade channel full, people running everywhere, the same language, the same vocabulary in all the canals. The will for performance and competitiveness. Retail / Classic same player-base ! People trying to do quest by their own and not even thinking about inviting others ? Of course there is still some but it’s not happening as often as some months ago !
Don’t you get it ? It just doesn’t fit anymore xD
World of Warcraft was made on the experience of leveling at a slow-pace which required patience, collaboration, respect that was in 2004.
In 2004 the player-base was mainly composed by people from Generation Y ( let’s say for people born between 1984-1996 approximately. When computers were more or less accessible to these people.
World of Warcraft dominated the Charts, so much …
The next generation, the Generation Z didn’t get that much of a choice. They probably saw an attractive game, advised by a lot of people.
The needs from this player-base were different, not in a bad sense, just different. But for sure faster.
And so Blizzard tried to match the different needs from different player-base in one game. It is totally understandable. But it doesn’t fit anymore.
Blizzard had and is still struggling so much with leveling needs and the end-game. The foundation of this game can’t meet both player-base Blizzard.
Something happened, when people get to enjoy leveling, crafting, going at their own pace … they reached lvl 60 together, and still explored the game.
And no, now once again there is this damn rush.
I remember seeing people in IF or SW well-geared but look at now ! They all look the same !
Maybe when Shadowlands will be released Wow Classic will breathe again one moment but for how long ? And I am not even sure about this as people get influenced and love Classic and try to stay.
It was a good idea to have WoW Classic, but it happened both player-base had access to each other version of the game.
And streamers, and ads, and this amazing coming back, this call for reward, for satisfaction, for experience shinny shinny stuff … Both player-base met again, and it just doesn’t match !
I almost had the will, and i shouldn’t say that here but, to go back on some private servers because I knew at least that people here and me are from the same player-base.
I really hope this is only my view but coming back now I realized that a lot of people that I really enjoyed to play with already left and like me will probably come back when Shadowlands will be there so Classic could be a bit more calm ?
What should I do ? Stick to Classic or what ? Currently I don’t like being online.
Please let me know your thoughts, once again I really hope it just doesn’t fit anymore only for me …