Kern (more on his backstory here) is a controversial former WoW developer who became involved in the vanilla/legacy WoW struggle last April, when a legal threat from Blizzard shut down a popular illegal WoW emulator called Nostalrius. The sunset sparked MMORPG community discussion about classic experiences and spawned a Nostalrius-backed petition with (to date) around 274,000 signatures. Kern joined the drama when he announced he’d be printing out the petition and hand-delivering it to Blizzard at a meeting with his former bosses during which he advocated for vanilla servers, which he then did.
The new petition, which has collected under 2000 signatures as of press time, implores BlizzCon attendees to pepper Blizzard with questions and reminders about legacy servers.
“Blizzard is still thinking about bringing vanilla or legacy servers back to World of Warcraft. As the former Team Lead for vanilla WoW, I’m bombarded daily with questions about if and when Blizzard will bring the historic version of the game back. Here is what YOU can do: Blizzcon is this weekend (Nov 4-5). It’s the perfect time to remind Blizzard we still want legacy/vanilla WoW servers. Sign the petition to ask Blizzcon attendees to take the ‘Ask about Legacy’ pledge. If you are attending Blizzcon and attending a panel with questions, ask about Legacy and keep showing them the demand is there. Sign the petition to let Blizzcon attendees know to ‘Ask about Legacy!'”
Blizzard has floated the idea of “pristine” (rather than vanilla or legacy) servers since April’s drama, but following timeline-related threats/demands from Nostalrius reps (“If Blizzard doesn’t make an announcement to honour their own core values, be sure that we will”), the studio made clear to players in October that such servers are not part of the convention’s agenda.
“We’ve seen some talk among the community that you might be expecting to hear some news on legacy servers at BlizzCon,” J. Allen Brack wrote, “and we just wanted to take a moment to let you know that while we’re still discussing the possibility, we won’t have any updates to share on that until after the show.”