Leaderboard: What must a classic WoW server have to make you play it?

    
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Word yesterday that Blizzard has invited the “progressive vanilla” Nostalrius emulator team to Blizz HQ, presumably to discuss World of Warcraft and not the price of tea in China, has reinvigorated online discussions about what a hypothetical Blizzard-sanctioned vanilla WoW server might look like. In its “pristine servers” proposal — one dismissed by a large number of MOP’s readers earlier this week — Blizzard seemed to imply that its focus would be on purification, on eliminating outside influences on the game, like transfers and cash-shop shenanigans, rather than on on mechanics. But players argue that Blizz has missed the mark — that mechanics and systems and gameplay are what retro gamers are really after.

Of course, once you get down to discussing mechanics, you start to realize that people who want old-school servers often have very different ideas of what that means and what ought to be included or excluded. So for this weekend’s Leaderboard, I thought it would be fun to pick out some systems and sort out the meat of this argument. What exactly do we want the most out of a vanilla server? Let’s put it to a vote.

What is the most essential feature of a vanilla WoW server? (Pick up to three.)

  • Restoration of original classes, roles, and specs. (16%, 149 Votes)
  • Removal of LFG/LFR tools and instaport to dungeons. (7%, 67 Votes)
  • Return of 40-man raiding and/or 10-/15-man dungeons. (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Restoration of a smaller game world. (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Removal of flight, restoration of slower travel. (4%, 42 Votes)
  • Restoration of world PvP and/or removal of classic battlegrounds. (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Return of classic battlegrounds. (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Slower experience gain. (4%, 34 Votes)
  • Restoration of pre-Cataclysm Azeroth. (12%, 114 Votes)
  • Removal of the cash shop, transfers, and WoW Tokens. (2%, 23 Votes)
  • All of the above. (29%, 271 Votes)
  • None of the above. (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Something else entirely (tell us in the comments!). (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Nothing would make me play a classic WoW server. (8%, 75 Votes)
  • Elf butts. (10%, 94 Votes)

Total Voters: 791

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Daex
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Daex

blaaznar We’ve grown old, taken with jobs and/or families and I don’t see how can we assemble again before pension time :D

Genobee
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Genobee

Classic WoW really hit the nail on the head for me. Everything about it aside from the horrendous balance was enthralling. Stunning in all the right ways. 

Problem was by the time the first expansion rolled around they’d already begun to depart from that mentality. However the ‘Burning Crusade’ expansion was certainly my favorite of any major content additions to WoW. Even despite them reconning the Dranei, Eredar, and several other aspects of the game. Story elements I thought were integral to the backbone of WoW had suddenly become something far less impressive. 
My other gripe with that expansion was PvP stats. I enjoyed all aspects of the game equally. In classic I would mix n’ match gear from PvP with PvE in-fact. It helped me obtain something that fit my playstyle. With that first expansion it all went out the window. Suddenly I had to have multiple gearsets or else. There was no choice. I had to limit myself because Blizzard said it was “better”. Those types of decisions chased me off ultimately.

ItsatrapLOL
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ItsatrapLOL

I’d giggle like a schoolgirl over the old talent trees.  I know, I know, they’re tremendously dated and old.  They were just random points you’d assign that would have barely any effect on power by themselves.  Still makes me giddy to think of distributing tons of points and making a build that makes zero friggin’ sense.
Wand Mastery, hooooo!

goettel
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goettel

To quote Barry the Baptist: lock, stock, the f**kin’ lot.
Add elf butts to taste.

Valkyrie Noel
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Valkyrie Noel

Slower experience gain, removal of LFD/LFR, and removal of flying mounts. I rather put a gun to my head than go back to the old class gameplay of a decade ago but I could certainly do with a slowdown of the current game.

Cramit
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Cramit

It just needs to be at the last patch that was on the stable wow servers pre TBC release.

Personally would love to see a server for each expansion they put out and allow character transfers from each server moving up in expansions.  So vanilla to TBC, TBC to WoTLK, and WotLK to Cata, so on and so forth.  No transfers allowed backwards.  That would be ideal.

KaiserPhoenix
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KaiserPhoenix

Midgetsnowman KaiserPhoenix Except that many those people haven’t played on live for a while.

Bullnoxx
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Bullnoxx

I wouldn’t mind a pristine server, but the petition we signed is for a WOW vanilla legit server.
Anyway, here are what I would like to get on a retail wow Pristine server 6.2/7.0:
– no XP boost and zone boost,
– Remove Raid finder,
– Remove Dungeon Group tool,
– Remove Pet battle,
– Remove Garrison/order,
– Stronger mobs,
– Important thing to not forget is no cash shop / token, everything is obtainable by PLAYING THE GAME…

Addition: Make raid progressive, you need to get the achievement of the first tier to get to the second tier (ex. need to finish Naxxramas before entering Ulduar).Restriction system that will force the players to progress through each piece of content and gear gradually.
Maybe trough attunements…

MrEllis
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MrEllis

All the expansions…

Xvim
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Xvim

What I miss most are the lower gear scaling and the old AV battles (followed by being able to spec yourself).