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So, I started my WoW journey because of an Ozzy Osbourne TV ad for Wrath of the Lich King. I played (on and off) until a bit after Legion began so I could focus on school. So obviously I had never played Vanilla but I had heard much about it, so I decided to research what the big deal was.

I saw how much different it was from retail, and how much less of a crutch was given to players. I loved the idea that we were competent enough as players to give ourselves a name in our realm and to make connections instead of relying on Blizzard to do the legwork. I enjoy the thought of actually earning my mount with time spent into the game.

So that's why I want to play Classic, even though I've never played Vanilla.

So if you've never played Vanilla, why do you want to play Classic when it comes out this summer?
If you have played Vanilla before, what is bringing you back to Classic?

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If you have played Vanilla before, what is bringing you back to Classic?
I'm coming back for the following:
  • Nostalgia
  • Community/Friends/Social
  • Difficulty/Challenge
  • Feeling of Permanence/Progression
  • Atmosphere of original Azeroth/Exploration/Adventures

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I have absolutely no idea what drew me to WoW when it released. I had never played an MMO, but I did play Warcraft 3. Perhaps that was what did it, I can't remember, but I had no idea what was in store. I was completely drawn in.

I am returning for the sense of community. Players having to communicate, collaborate...general chat...recognizing names. It isn't just nostalgia, that still exists. I hopped into a private server and already got all that and more. An official release just makes it that much better.

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Warcraft 2 and 3 was what initially drew me in, although I was late and didn't start till BC.
Now, I can't wait for classic because of how much better I liked the earlier versions of WoW. The talent trees, the community, the absolute grind and relative difficulty, I love all of it. Classic is much more of an RPG than retail is imo.

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If you have played Vanilla before, what is bringing you back to Classic?
I'm coming back for the following:
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  • Community/Friends/Social
  • Difficulty/Challenge
  • Feeling of Permanence/Progression
  • Atmosphere of original Azeroth/Exploration/Adventures
I think exploring Azeroth at a good pace is going to be rewarding, mostly because I'll learn lore from the area and understand factions and races better. I'll be reading through all the quest dialog and try to immerse myself to get the most of out this Classic experience. I know you can do the same in retail, but I enjoy the Azeroth from before cata.

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Warcraft 2 and 3 was what initially drew me in, although I was late and didn't start till BC.
Now, I can't wait for classic because of how much better I liked the earlier versions of WoW. The talent trees, the community, the absolute grind and relative difficulty, I love all of it. Classic is much more of an RPG than retail is imo.
I am so excited for talent trees, rather than what's in retail now. It'll give us the freedom I want instead of just the simplistic click here, then here, then here. I hated when they changed it from the more complex one and I'm going to fall right back into love with it in Classic, I just know it.

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Talent trees are love, talent trees are life. Give me back those sweet sweet trees and the associated theorycrafting.

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SweaterMonster wrote:
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I am so excited for talent trees, rather than what's in retail now. It'll give us the freedom I want instead of just the simplistic click here, then here, then here. I hated when they changed it from the more complex one and I'm going to fall right back into love with it in Classic, I just know it.

Right? It felt soo good being able to pick something (nearly) every level like that. It gave such a good sense of progression, even if it was a tiny one. You get a little stronger each level. Now you don't get to choose anything for (is it 15 levels?) and I really dislike it.

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centurion wrote:
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I am so excited for talent trees, rather than what's in retail now. It'll give us the freedom I want instead of just the simplistic click here, then here, then here. I hated when they changed it from the more complex one and I'm going to fall right back into love with it in Classic, I just know it.

Right? It felt soo good being able to pick something (nearly) every level like that. It gave such a good sense of progression, even if it was a tiny one. You get a little stronger each level. Now you don't get to choose anything for (is it 15 levels?) and I really dislike it.
Blizzard says that we can change our character based on our play style and how we want to play, but the simplicity of talents and the glyph system definitely make it seem as though we have no choice. There are some talents that can't be used because they're essentially useless, so you have two options to put that point that you get every 15 levels.

For being the saviour of Azeroth and a whole bunch of other huge titles, I feel about as customized as the average NPC.

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If you have played Vanilla before, what is bringing you back to Classic?
For me it's two reasons. One is nostalgia - I adore the art, characters, voices, world and level design - and most of all music.

The second is that the game was built from the ground up based on interesting game design decisions that complement each other well. They put a lot of thought into how the game plays, and just simply killing mobs is balanced in a way that rewards smart play.

Leveling a new hunter is a perfect example of this. High ranged dps, low melee dps and the deadzone makes it very intuitive to start attacking at max distance and kiting right away. Just getting one more white hit in affects kill time a lot.

The same can be said for earthbind / hamstring kiting and running in to trade one blow with the mob when the swingtimer is ready. Just very neat stuff!

I'm returning home to a game that is very fun to play. Along with a more rewarding experience that comes with a harder and in other ways more demanding adventure, which seems mostly forgotten in games across most genres these days.

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When I was young I really wanted to try this game but I was super shy and my PC couldn't even handle the demo, so I never got a taste and I only knew of Azeroth through epic tales of fights and wipes.

A year ago I got the chance to try retail and it just was not what I expected nor wanted. The world was too big, and the monuments of newer expansions were a constant reminder that I joined too late and would always be left behind. Solo exploration became not so unenjoyable, feeling like a stray timewalker.

Classic is the chance to be part of those tales, and explore a world that feels alive, not reminisced, with people i am growing stronger with.

I may have gotten a bit emotional here.

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Talent trees are love, talent trees are life. Give me back those sweet sweet trees and the associated theorycrafting.
Uhuu, yup.

Also, talent trees.

And a gazilion items with wonky effects, blues as bis, hidden quests, a real! grind, community interaction, nostalgia raids, an economy starting from zero! (where 1g = 1g and not! 1g = 1000k g), no Pandas!, no DKs!, no "all classes for all races bc diversity lmao /s", great soundtrack, 40man raids, no blood elf retardins, no flying mounts in Classic, and just generally a return to the roots.

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For someone like me, who does not really have a specific roadmap or exact plan, the biggest aspect that draws me in is that I don't really know what is going to happen. What people will I meet and befriend? Will something drop in RFC for me? Up until level 60: will I be lucky and be one of the few that find an epic and get rich from selling it?

Those are only a small number of things that excite me. I look forward to that classic feeling of being just a small nobody and growing in power with time. Your spec being important and defining who you are and how you play. I could go on and on but many good things have been mentioned here already.

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Most of my reasons have already been said here - but one other is just hopefully to see if Blizzard can do it. They have been getting quite a lot of negative press as of recent - so it would be nice to see if they deliver like they "used" to. I often think it's kind of funny that the two biggest games I'm hyped for this year is remakes of games from years ago haha (WoW Classic & WCIII: Reforged).

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Former Vanilla player here. I'm coming back to Classic after playing every expansion for the same reason I listen to Led Zeppelin instead of Greta van fleet. You can't reproduce the real thing with a fake one.

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I never played Vanilla, started in Wotlk, skipped Cata/MoP and came back for WoD, although the last 3 expansions I've maybe played for a month or two each one before leaving.
What I miss most from my Wotlk days is the sense of a community in your server, getting to know people, having a guild that is really close even though they don't do much raiding. Idk man, nowadays whenever I play I try to look for a guild that is social and active but if it's not a raiding guild you can be sure that no one gives two damns about the other guildies.
I also want to experience the game at it's fullest again, like when I first leveled. Since my first toon in Wotlk, all my other characters have been about just getting to the max level and then worrying about content, I didn't give two shits if my gear at lvl 112 was bad because I just wanted to get to 120 and get the best gear for that level. I feel like in Classic I will take things slower, level up my professions as I do and have fun socializing in the game.

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I feel like in Classic I will take things slower, level up my professions as I do and have fun socializing in the game.
That's a great attitude that I hope a lot of people adopt.

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I feel like in Classic I will take things slower, level up my professions as I do and have fun socializing in the game.
That's a great attitude that I hope a lot of people adopt.
Same... Hopefully there aren't many tryhards, although gaming has kinda evolved towards that, hyper competitive games. Maybe people will take Classic differently, for me it isn't only about beating X boss or having the best gear, but the journey and the experiences.

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I feel like in Classic I will take things slower, level up my professions as I do and have fun socializing in the game.
I have the same mentality coming into Classic. I want to take leveling slow and fully experience the world rather than how I would level in retail right now, which is practically blitzing through content and dungeon finders.

I think it'll make me appreciate more about the game and actually make connections to other players. That's important to me because none of my online or irl buddies are going to be playing Classic, so I'm gonna have to make some good friends to tag along with!

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I played a lot of Warcraft 3, it was my first foray into Blizzard games and I loved it! Then World of Warcraft came out, I didn't even know it existed till a few months after - when I played it at my friends house. I was an 11 year old kid in primary school at the time and seeing my friends Dad running through Redridge on a level 38 Nelf Hunter, surrounded by other players kfighting some horde invaders was absolutely magical to me.

They let me have a go and make a character and it just gripped me. I had never experienced playing a third person RPG with OTHER PEOPLE. That's where my love affair for multiplayer games stems, and I thank WoW for that wholeheartedly.

From there, I only got to 47 on my Dwarf Hunter before the end of Vanilla, then obtained my friends 60 Paladin coming into TBC, however only got to 65 during TBC. I was never very good at sitting down and levelling, I was always busy exploring, talking to people or working on professions. I never played endgame until WotLK where I played an 80 DK. Unfortunately after WotLK I lost all motivation to play, getting to 85 in Cata on my previously mentioned Paladin, but giving up shortly after. I didn't play again properly till Legion, but only then for 3 months.

Prior to legion I had been lucky enough to play Nostalrius, and raid properly through MC and BWL. It was every part of Vanilla I had remembered, but this time I got to do a lot of the content that I missed out on. I am ~REALLY~ looking forward to having the experience again, but this time with proper support and hopefully local servers. It will be a magical time for sure!

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What drew me: Saw my uncle playing in 2005. I would just spectate for hours until one day I saved up enough to buy the game. It was the first and only MMO I ever played. I was never a “gamer” and didn’t have any consoles growing up. I was still leveling in EPL when the scourge invasion event (and the tabard to prove it) was going on, so didn’t have any true vanilla experience in the sense that I understood what I was playing or what the changes that were about to take place meant. My fondest and most formative memories were all TBC, the most profound being in Honor Hold and Zangarmarsh.

I guess why I want to play vanilla is that I have some fleeting sense of what it was, partially because I know what it became. That is, up until SoO when I cancelled my subscription. The thought of what it was excites me and it would still be a truly new experience. I would not be fatigued by recurring themes or timelines. I could essentially have a virgin experience....like my very first time 😂😂

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Zangarmarsh.
My man! What a great zone, I loved it. And Nagrand of course, but everyone loved that zone (surely?).

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My vanilla WoW experience was short lived, though I couldn't tell you why. Perhaps I was impatient back then, as a 15 year old boy. I have played every expansion from WotLK to BfA (barely) since, and they've gone further and further away from the RPG experience.

So I'm effectively in the having not played vanilla camp really, given the short period I committed.

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I feel like in Classic I will take things slower, level up my professions as I do and have fun socializing in the game.
I have the same mentality coming into Classic. I want to take leveling slow and fully experience the world rather than how I would level in retail right now, which is practically blitzing through content and dungeon finders.

I think it'll make me appreciate more about the game and actually make connections to other players. That's important to me because none of my online or irl buddies are going to be playing Classic, so I'm gonna have to make some good friends to tag along with!
Exactly, since my first character in Wotlk, I have always leveled with the mentality of hitting max level asap. That's my fault, but it is true that nowadays in retail the community has changed in a way that encourages this and not player interaction/fun times just hanging around.

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