It’s funny, coming across this post! Good ol’ Nerd-zhul!
I was curious if anything still existed about 2005 + guilds, I was in Blue Moon (Katrixa hunter / Intoxikating priest). My older brother Gharrac also played (warrior). Currently playing classic wow, and the pvp experience is NOTHING like actual vanilla, and the scaling and optimization make it practically a different game now than in 2004+! ).
The community aspect in my opinion, is what really draws you in to this game. A lot of old time players come and go, I feel, the ones on my friendslist from many years ago only log in for constant let downs. Things are too easy, achievements don’t feel good to complete, and the lack of needing someone for their farming and yours combined to get you places financially online are practically nonexistent etc Evidentally lacking communication between players, unless you’re in a guild, but you can basically be a one-person-show on retail. You only need yourself for anything other than raiding new high end content.… I honestly didn’t think about it too much, until noticing the difference, and I didn’t think I would drop BFA so suddenly in 2019, having had been a part of a heroic/mythic raiding on Area52 when classic dropped in 2019. It still is crazy to be in 2020, and playing a lot more of classic wow, than BFA (minus the prep now for Shadowlands!)… A great way to quarantine (lol).
That being said, I ended up transferring all of my characters either off of Ner’zhul, or turned them into Horde, due to the lack of community and player base left on the server. As the others have stated, it really is the people you play with on each server which create the dynamics- opposing factions included. Sadly, another reason why I think Ner’zhul kind of flopped after being one of the greatest servers out of the gates was their time zone change from PST to EST, ( I wasn’t playing since before Pandaria when they did that?, and was pretty upset when I started WOW up again at the end of WOD 2 weeks right before Legion’s launch. I had even submitted a ticket explaining how I wouldn’t be able to raid anymore, or find a guild, but the Gamemaster was unsympathetic. Thus, I had to pay to swap toons off of said Ner’zhul. )---- And thus, the servers eventually merging, friends lists, guild links and what not, I dont think are a “bad thing”, but however, dont give servers any real tangible player base as people are often phased in and out, you never really know who youre playing with, and community is essentially lost. Funny thing about PVP on this “classic 2020 servers”, are that there was no rivalry between horde and alliance as thrilling as 2005, it was completely missed, due to BG queue’s opening up too quickly, and no 8 hour AV’s, ahh the nostalgia!
I really hope some of the aspects are brought back in Shadowlands, but I guess we’ll see. Anyhow, Kuddos