Here are 10 key differences between original vanilla WoW and WoW Classic

    
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It is probably important to realize that no matter how carefully Blizzard developers recreate the early days of World of Warcraft for WoW Classic, it still won’t be the exact same experience. Close, perhaps; close enough to trick our minds if we turn a willful eye away from the differences between WoW Classic and the game as it was back in 2004-06.

Or if you want to set realistic expectations, well then, it might be worth acknowledging these differences up front so that there are no disturbing realizations when the MMO launches in late August. World of Warcraft YouTuber MadSeasonShow put together an informative and insightful list of the top 10 factors and features that will be different between the original and new vanilla versions, and it’s worth a watch.

Some of these differences include the presence of the streaming community, the in-depth knowledge we now have on the original game, the eventual stagnation of the title due to a lack of future development, and the inability to experience it for the first time. While these may sound like negatives, for the most part the video is positive in tone, if realistic. Check it out after the break!

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Bruno Brito

MadSeason is a treasure. That’s all i have to say.

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Phil Gillespie

Did he named him self after the band?

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smuggler-in-a-yt

That’s got to be some of the most monotone commentary I’ve heard in a long time. I think I’ve spent too much time with the kids playing DanTDM in the background. Maybe a summary of the salient points from MOP next time before clicking play?

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Alyn

Yep, and for me that’s sort of the charm of the guy. He’s what I call cool calm and collected. His videos are very informative and he knows his stuff.

Maybe I like toi think his voice tonal quality is sorta soothing.

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MurderHobo

I think I could be coaxed, but then I remember the consumables grind. We had to spend hours in Scholomance and other dungeons just to prep each week for raids. We could run through stacks of mana/healing pots and very expensive resistance pots just to have an attempt at a raid boss.

I’ll tolerate a certain amount of grind, but there’s not enough reward to be found in doing all that again, just to see if I can hit Tier 3 this time around.

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PurpleCopper

If there’s one Blizzard game that should be on mobile, it’s WoW Classic. Dumbed down graphics and slower and simpler combat and game mechanics makes it perfect for WoW Classic. I mean Old School Runescape is already on mobile.

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Sorenthaz

I’ve actually got some long term goals this time around now that I can get a crack at Vanilla with more knowledge, though unfortunately I have less time that I can commit to it. Still though, hoping to eventually be able to experience the deeper raids beyond Tier 1.

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Phil Gillespie

Just remember it is going to be filled by people with the same knowledge, and possible more time.

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Nathan Aldana

and elitism fuelled by nostalgia goggles

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Sorenthaz

Well yeah, obviously. Doubt that’ll be true for the ‘more time’ category though unless folks who played it 13-15 years ago are able to get away with being NEETs.

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Denice J. Cook

Retro gaming is all the rage. Just ask Jagex about original Runescape, Daybreak about all its EQ1 and EQ2 Time-Locked Progression servers, Standing Stone about LoTRO’s new progression servers, etc. And let’s not forget the 60,000+ signups in the 1st month of CoX: Homecoming, and that’s with all the risks private servers bring!

WoW Classic will fit right in. And the thing with new server launches is that everyone’s coming out of the gate together: there are tons of people to team and chat with. That’s all that really matters.

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Venomlicious

I love retro gaming because the games were fun and rewarding. Todays games are cash shop rewards and hollow gameplay. Almost every game on the market today focus on killing each other when older mmorpg’s focus on grouping up to help the world.

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nomadmorlock9

I look forward to grouping up to kill each other! :)

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Castagere Shaikura

You said, man. I just can’t get into the modern MMO anymore. Playing 3 old or canceled MMO’s on PS and loving it.

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Dean Greenhoe

Very enjoyable overview of what to expect. Unfortunately it is also a good reminder of why I quit the game in the first place. Once I get the feeling of “I pretty much know the entire world / game.” I lose interest. Also raiding is not my thing.