The Daily Grind: Would you play Blizzard’s idea of a ‘pristine’ WoW server?

    
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Yesterday’s big news in the ongoing Nostalrius saga was a message from Blizzard’s J. Allen Brack, who suggested to players that in lieu of some form of vanilla or class servers for World of Warcraft, the team has kicked around the idea of “pristine” servers.

“Over the years we have talked about a ‘pristine realm,'” he wrote. “In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.”

One might suppose that the end result of a pristine server would be the current game world, minus the cash shop nonsense, looking-for-group tools, and easymode leveling schemes. The proposal has been met with opposition from players who say that’s not enough — that they want the classic classes and landmasses too.

Would you play Blizzard’s idea of a “pristine” realm?

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DPandaren
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DPandaren

Midgetsnowman Necro Mage I feel like you’re getting to specific, or at least moving goal posts. Since most emulated servers run off 1.12, or at least whatever was the last class that got a rebalance post launch date. Classic WoW to most people would just be before TBC.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

BigMikeyOcho Technically you can’t really skip the exp cheats. Mostly because Blizzard usually adjusts the exp curve before every expansion. They want the last few levels to take as long to level through as the previous 1-x levels before it. Which is why even without BoA, you’d still be a few levels over the zone you’re leveling in.

DPandaren
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DPandaren

direpath TronSheridan Why would that someone ever put their key in the bank? There was a bag that was specifically used for keys. That person was just garbage.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

No. I won’t play Blizzard products at all. That’s the definition of a boycott.
When they start making good content again/stop having $ signs in their eyes and change things, maybe I’ll come back over. Till then.

Bite me.

dynaform
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dynaform

Midgetsnowman you need to look at circumstances before you rush to that judgement.  The pvp server had been live for around 6 months when they released the pve server.  Someone who spent months getting to cap is not going to start over and do it again just to be on pve.

Robert80
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Robert80

Midgetsnowman Robert80 breetoplay Dope_Danny Necro Mage  Thing is though, that the content you can do that… but the changes to the base world you can’t.

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

carsont 
Scott Pilgrim is like a love letter for nerds everywhere, so it should always be immensely more popular where nerds congregate. It’s why you absolutely can’t extrapolate its success at ComicCon to the public at large.

KryptonianGL
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KryptonianGL

Smiggins Flying carpets I don’t really mind, but definitely, please do away with choppers and rocket ships. Never liked that crap!

KryptonianGL
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KryptonianGL

For me it’s as simple as this:

I don’t mind the new leveling content that has come since Vanilla WoW, it’s the dumbing-down of the game that I mind. I want Vanilla WoW in terms of how challenging it was, level of difficulty, character customization and flexibility, time spent learning the ins-and-outs of my class (without instant boost or or max level in 5 hours, etc.).

Some of the quality of life improvements that were made can stay, but nothing that makes the game ridiculously easy to the point where its a simplified version of itself. I.E. I want a the game that was once challenging for us adults, not a game that is clearly geared toward kids/pre-teens and requires zero effort to accomplish anything!

I want the satisfaction of achievement that once accompanied the game, not this crap that we have now where achievement is impossible to be had because the game is utterly simplistic.

In regards to Legion, the only thing I’m looking forward to is the updated combat animations.

If only WoW had stopped dumbing-down the game over the years and instead gave us worthwhile improvements like combat animations over that time — the game would be much better off.

Just my 2 cents worth.

KryptonianGL
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KryptonianGL

mourasaint I see what you did there. ;)