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Three reasons WoW Classic is still fun in 2020

11/10/202052

When World of Warcraft originally launched way back in 2004, it drew in a huge number of players and rapidly grew to have millions of subscribers worldwide. Aside from the sheer scale of the game, a large force behind the success of the MMO was the world in which it was set.


If you've only got a few hours a week to dedicate to an MMO, Classic may not be the game for you and you may be better off looking at modern Warcraft to fill that Azeroth-shaped hole. Having said that, if you're not particularly concerned with endgame content such as raiding or max-level dungeons and just want to explore Azeroth as it was in 2006 then by all means, carry on. But if you want to enjoy everything that Classic has to offer, then you should be prepared to spend a lot of time not only levelling your character but completing various Attunement quests and grinding reputation to access some of those late-game instances. For a start, you won't have to deal with the queues to log into the game - or the queues to kill a single quest mob because of player saturation. Of course, busier servers on big patch days may still see the occasional login queue but they are generally less common these days.


Outgaming the game

One of the biggest changes to Vanilla has been our overall experience and knowledge as a community, and as a result, an interesting piece of metadata has emerged that players are trying to move beyond the game. There is no doubt that the raid was simply druids trying to overpower all their bosses, or porting modern gold-making technology back to this version to see if they were working here. It's kind of cool to see people messing with the format in creative ways.


Class quests are the real class fantasy

Remember a few years ago when Blizzard was thrashing about trying to inject “class fantasy” into each build? The ironic thing is that the studio already had, and then lost, a perfect way to do this with the quests that it tailored for each class. People still talk about the challenge of getting Druids’ shapeshifting forms or Shamans’ totems from this era, and I do think that the quests help cement your connection with the identity of this class.


Gaming at a slower pace

Playing WoW Classic is like downshifting a car and just cruising at a low but comfortable speed. Everything about it is slower and more deliberate, from combat to travel to leveling, but I find that my mind adjusts to that quite easily. I get into this zen state where I just pick one thing I want to do — even if it’s just farming — and then slowly go about doing it. It’s a really nice change of pace from MMOs where you measure accomplishments by how much stuff you get done in an hour.

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