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


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.┬áSo 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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