Still on the fence about WoW Classic? There’s one more beta between now and launch

    
30
Above, you'll see the once-ominous portal...

If you’re still anxious to tinker in WoW Classic ahead of the launch, Blizzard’s opened one more opportunity for you – and it doesn’t involve queues to claim names.

“To really ensure that these fixes are all functioning as expected and prepare the smoothest possible launch in two weeks, we’ve just re-opened our closed beta realms for additional testing of WoW Classic,” Blizzard announced on the forums. “All testers who previously had access to the closed beta are now able to log into those realms. Characters that were previously created on the beta test realms were removed, and level 40-character templates are now available. The level cap has been increased to 45. Characters in this range will find level-appropriate quests to explore in zones such as Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Dustwallow Marsh, and Desolace.”

Ug, having Stranglethorn Vale flashbacks from my old PvP server right now. Anyhoo, you’ve got a few more days to play around, as this final closed beta test comes to and end on August 16th. (The post doesn’t say what time.)

30
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
IronSalamander8 .

We had ‘The talk’ last night where I told my friends that are in classic that I won’t be joining them. Even if they last a few months or more I know I won’t. I wasn’t a fan of it when it was new in ’04, I played CoX instead, so I’d rather play that or FF14 if I’m playing an MMO these days.

xpsync
Reader
xpsync

“We had ‘The talk’” oh that was good, i was lmao on that one :)

Still on the fence myself, retail has me hooked pretty good atm so, i’ll be there launch day for bragging rights but after that i’ve no idea if i’ll really play it, probably dabble and find what comes of that.

Reader
Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Is this WoW from when it launched but they got rid of all the bugs so it runs how they intended it at launch, or is this bugs/crashes/warts and all?

Reader
Daniel Reasor

Bugs are fixed, to the best of my knowledge, but a lot of legacy quirks that beta testers reported as bugs are going live.

Further reference: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/wow-classic-not-a-bug-list/175887

Reader
Ironwu

Yes. It is the final vanilla version of the game just prior to the launch of BC, and before any BC additions were patched in. Basically a bug-free vanilla WoW. :)

Reader
Matthew Yetter

And running on the modern engine with modern server hardware and software. So it should perform better. It should also look better, since they’ve retained the modern graphics options even though they have reverted to the vanilla models.

Reader
Daniel Reasor

Part of the entertainment value of WoW, for me, has always been watching members of its toxic and divided community tear into one another on this or that official or third party forum. I’m delighted that Classic WoW is finally going to exist in an official capacity, and the trolls can howl at one another at full volume because they’re no longer on some dirty secret pirate server in Eastern Europe or wherever. I’m not entirely selfish – I hope Molten Core mattering again is everything they hope it is – but I’m here for the train wreck.

Reader
Hirku

I might try it for a month out of curiosity. Next year. Maybe. Probably not. I have no nostalgia for the classic version because I wasn’t there and what I enjoy most about WoW are expansion races and locations that won’t be there.

Reader
Ironwu

You should at least give it a try, I think. There is more to the game in vanilla WoW than currently exists in the Lvl 1 through Lvl 100 version of WoW. True, the races and landscapes are not there, but the content is very much superior. I mean, when was the last time you actually ran away from a double pull? Or had to really worry about where you fought a mob in case a patrol mob would add into the fight?

Just my 2c.

xpsync
Reader
xpsync

Ironwu is right the classic game is much deeper in what it is about than simple nastalgia feelz.

Nastalgia never lasts in that the game is deep as f, challenging. I’m checking classic out, my only prob is i recently got thing going with retail for the first time ever; but again Ironwu is right, i’m never going. Oh Shit!!! and feel like i ever have to pull out all the stops kinda playing.

Been a few far and between moments in dungeons though, like a few times when 2 or 3 peeps go down and it’s all up to you and another guy, you both go all out and pull it off or don’t, but when you do it’s freaking awesome it was your time to shine and you were bright af, or crawling away through a dungeon and you can tell every one is half asleep, shit is starting to hit the fan and peeps wake the f up and we all pull out of it, and yea we all feel really good about that.

That happens all the time in classic.

Reader
Zora

Not really, if (and that is one big if) I want to replicate my original experience I need to start a month after launch and take my sweet time to anything… on a RP realm with people speaking english only, which in itself is already not possible on the european side.

Techno Wizard
Reader
Techno Wizard

I’ve moved on to F2P Albion Online. That too has portals.

WoW wants to be associated with memories of the past. And good for them. But I am going into the future nowhere near ghost Azeroth. I prefer the new experiences of other MMO’s, F2P like RuneScape, LOTRO, DDO, EVE Online and Albion Online in particular, among others.

Reader
styopa

“new experiences” …of which but one of are old enough to be starting middle school

Runescape 2001 – 18 years old
LotRO 2007 – 12 years old
DDO 2006 – 13 years old
Eve 2003 – 16 years old

Techno Wizard
Reader
Techno Wizard

Not all of those were free to play back then though.. now and in the future they are, experienced anew and beyond.

Reader
Hirku

New experiences as in new content releases, c’mon.

Techno Wizard
Reader
Techno Wizard

I’m out. I was a WoW addict, I admit. But not anymore. If anything I feel sorry for those lured in to be milked dry by Blizzard again for similar content they played ages ago, bled by Blizzard who take the money then leave players with ghost towns. Suckered. That’s what layering reminds me of as players fade from existence in Classic’s capitals, a layering ghost Azeroth. With the smaller amount of servers it looks like layering will be there for a long time, if not all of Classic’s life cycle. I feel sorry for the players, not envy or hate or disgust, except maybe some disgust for Activision and Blizzard. But I’m out now and have gone elsewhere and log in when I want into those F2P games at my leisure, instead of feeling pressured and obligated to login all the time because of getting my money’s worth out of a WoW subscription.

Some might wonder why I’m discussing Classic at all if I’m not going to play it or BFA. I’m only replying here to answer the Classic question of the original topic, which I now consider well and truly answered.

smuggler-in-a-yt
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
Loyal Patron
smuggler-in-a-yt

Ol’ Blanchy rides again!

Reader
Doubleplusgood

I can’t wait to collect the Green Horns of Stranglethorn again!

Reader
Matthew Yetter

OMG. I’d forgotten about how crazy it was trying to find all those pages. Especially when combined with the smaller bag space of the era.

Reader
Doubleplusgood

The Stranglethorn zone chat will be filled with people asking for pages….anyone have page 14?

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Darthbawl

Bree, who on the MOP staff is jumping in and playing Classic when it hits?

Reader
silverlock

I don’t think they have anyone who’s interested in classic do they? I’m assuming they’re just going to stick to the sideline reporting on this one.

Reader
Ironwu

Well, Elliot currently has the baton. But I do not think his heart is in it. MOP really needs to get a fan to be talking about Classic WoW or risk becoming irrelevant to this MMO. Which would be a shame since Classic WoW is probably the biggest story to hit the MMO sphere in years.

xpsync
Reader
xpsync

That’s a great point. When people are excited about a game the last thing they want to hear or read about are people whom are not.

I clicked with wow, yada yada, so time to redo my podcast list, mop #1 ofc (always), so i instantly load up All things Azeroth, The instance, and now called Blizz Watch.

ARE YOU TRYING TO SEND ME INTO A DEEP DEPRESSION FFS!!! OMFG!!!!! lol :)

Ok the instance meh, Scott’s just good caster all round, but the other 2, first you’re not even playing the f’ing game, and they were literally draining the life out of me omg, then with all-az at least the two co hosts are almost there and try to be but the dude ruining/running it, just f off bro till your back into the game and let them have at it, they could be epic but they got you the anchor as in boat.

After some shopping:

Convert to Raid (there will never be enough time in a day to explain why this show an absolute joy to listen to)

The Starting Zone (excellent information but a little to advanced for where i am in the game atm, still listen to as some is relatable but far from a “starting zone”)

Ctrl Alt Wow (i gave up on it originally but was before i realized how BAD downright depressing those old casts are, to my surprise, my fortune, my luck tried it again and is an amazingly great cast, i learn so much every episode and is 100% the reason i listen to casts in the first place, grand nagus and the girl i dunno, once i warmed up to them i can completely understand why the show is so popular. Top Shelf!)

and ofc…

COUNTDOWN TO CLASSIC, this is what podcasts are all about, excitement, 100% energy and enthusiasm and is why the cast is so freaking poplar.

So with options like this why would i want to listen to burnout depression casts right?

Reader
Wilhelm Arcturus

More beta for people already invited to the beta? Meh. Good for some streamers I guess.

I wouldn’t want to play in beta anyway. I want the real thing already!

Alyn
Reader
Alyn
Alyn
Reader
Alyn

agreed