The Daily Grind: Did you fall for WoW Classic, and what do you think so far?

    
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They almost got me, but not in the end. Right around 3 p.m. yesterday, just before the servers went live, in spite of my determination not to play (because I’ve already got a bunch of classic MMOs I’m happy with!), I started poking around my guild’s chat to see who was going for WoW Classic. I’m incredibly lucky that my guild remembers vanilla WoW all too vividly since we were all there together at launch, and not many are anxious for round two. Here was me. And then they did this. One of them recommended I just live vicariously through a streamer rather than hand Blizzard $15 just to get to stand around and gawk at the borky launch experience just to say I did it. He saved me! Thanks man.

But you folks… well, enough of you clearly went ham on WoW Classic that the servers did that MMO trainwreck thing they always do at a launch. We saw queues over 24,000 30,000 people long on some servers, server outages, new servers coming up, and lag… so much lag. Holy crap! This is awesome!

Now that day one is over, ‘fess up: Did you fall for WoW Classic, and what do you think so far?

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kjempff

I will be joining in later, don’t really want to compete with a thousand players to kill 10 boars. I had a full house (10) of max level chars at the end of Wotlk, so it isnot like there is something new to try out, except playing the same classes on the horde side – However as fall and winter appraches and a new job taking many of my hours, maybe a no brainer game like wow will be undemanding and relaxing for me to wind down with.

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Max Sand

I mean, I’ve been not giving Blizz my money since BFA was a flop, but if you want a “boycott” to work, or rather, when you are voting with your wallet, not spending money matters but if they do a thing you WANT and LIKE, spending money reinforces that it was good. That’s the part of voting with your wallet people forget a lot. Classic has been a blast and the queues haven’t hit me super hard(well opening night was a tad rough but not too bad) because I’m on a PVP-RP server and its both less densely populated, and a great atmosphere. #GrobbMob

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Oleg Chebeneev

I decided to skip the rush even tho I really want to play. TOo much stuff to do in RL

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EmberStar

To answer the question in the header: No, I’m not playing anything from Blizzard or Activision that requires a BattleTag, RealID, or any other such nonsense. (So… basically nothing from Blizzard at all.) I think I don’t really have much else to say about it, I wasn’t playing WoW when it was vanilla the first time, so I don’t have any nostalgia for something I never experienced. I started somewhere before Wrath of the Lich King, but no clue where in the expansion timeline. I had Dranei and Blood Elf characters though, if that narrows it down at all.

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Loopy

Logged on last night right as that play button lit up and stayed on for about 5-6 hours. The mob tagging and crowding was pretty overwhelming at first, but my play group was having so much fun with it that it didn’t actually bother us. I mean i waited in a line to kill a defias quest mob for 20 minutes and had a blast joking around with other players as we moved forward at a snail’s pace.

Today was a lot better. People have started to spread out across the world and away from the bottlenecks. There is still some crowding in areas where quest item drops are particularly low (damn you Gnoll Paws!) but overall is not a big deal. It’ll only get better. And given that i’m going in this low and slow, the more people surpass me the more quest items for me!

Overall the game is stable, no crashes or major bugs that i’ve experienced. Some lag in the beginning but it’s all gone by this point. It’s pretty much all i could’ve asked for from this launch.

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Mick the Barbarian

Well, I had no problem logging at all. It appears very few people want to play PvE in the Oceania region. No queues. No fuss.

Armed with a bowl of hot water and eucalyptus steam, I played for about 12 hours (I actually got sick over the weekend as someone brought the flu to work last week) …. and I had an absolute ball. What was gorgeous was all the people asking questions that I could answer, having been there back at launch. Drive-by buffs. The impromptu parties forming. The game not holding you by the hand.

But I have to say, I was thankful for sharding. Mob tagging was annoying and without sharding would have made it impossible. It would have been nice to have some cosmetic improvements as well, like the new models. I think the #pureclassic crowd went a little too far; you can have the classic experience and still have the game look good.

I’m really enjoying it … and it did take my mind off feeling like crap the last few days.

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Ain’t no train wreck like a WoW launch train wreck, so I plan on subbing in about 1.5 weeks with my next pay check; don’t want to play World of Queues, wait in line for the opportunity to wait in line with your friends while waiting for a mob respawn.

I’m not sure why every one seems hell bent on grouping together, I’m a filthy casual and I leveled through Vanilla and BC by my self questing (mainly because group XP was cut to prohibit it for some dumb reason so it was more efficient to play by your self).

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yep. At least for a month. We’ll see about a month right after it, and my only goals for this month is to complete all Lv 1-25 or 30 content for my faction (so going to lower level zones too). If I return, it’ll be to progress as far in mid-leveling as possible. I’m not going to obsess.

Got into a fresh PVPRP server and I’m nearly Lv 10, no queues.

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traja

Right now the game is practically unplayable. It’s just going from one massive queue to the next because what looks like layers crashing is guaranteeing that you will be disconnected at some point. From the little that I have been able to play it’s been good. 90% of Classic has been queues for me though.

Covynant001
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Covynant001

But we all want to know, was there any “loot lag?”

Wouldn’t be a full Classic experience without it.

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Mark

Yes, I experienced it on Buccaneers

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Marty Woods

I remember why I used to love the game now . Not so keen on the ques but its worth the wait .