WoW Classic ‘Fresh Crusade’ movement boasts 10,000 players and counting

    
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Leave it to the endlessly innovative and motivated MMO community to make their own fun when game developers won’t play ball. After Blizzard declined to announce fresh start servers for the upcoming Burning Crusade Classic, WoW Classic players decided to do it anyway after a fashion by organizing a widespread “Fresh Crusade” restart on a low-pop EU server.

Growing to over 10,000 players, the Fresh Crusade descended upon the Dragonfang server a week ago and caused “absolute chaos” according to Eurogamer. Players mobbed into the beginning zones and had to line up for quests, a similar situation to what happened when WoW Classic originally launched back in 2019. It’s since calmed down a bit, and the organizers have said that they are planning events and another mass re-roll invitation date.

The organizers kept the actual server choice secret until the last minute in order to keep players from trying to get a jump start on the initiative.

“I think everyone knew what we were in for,” said Fresh Crusade leader Caszhar. “The launch was different to the launch of Classic in 2019. Then there was layering, putting players into instances to reduce overflow, but here everyone was in one space. The experience was chaos but it was amazing, so many people in one place was phenomenal and though it took around three to four hours for people to spread out, everyone had a lot of fun. Many people claimed that this launch was bigger, more chaotic and enjoyable than the Classic launch due to its craziness.”

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Rndomuser

WoW has the largest amount of people who enjoy doing same thing over and over, more than any other multiplayer game I’ve played. Not that it’s a bad thing – people should enjoy whatever they want to, just stating my personal observation. Blizzard should’ve just provided an optional server which would automatically wipe all data except people’s character names every couple of months, while gradually adding all the expansions every year until the latest expansion, after which the server would do major reset where it would start in an original state without any expansions. Such server would be forever popular.

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Vinnie travi

“You think you do but you don’t” Blizzard just can’t figure out what people want

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Sarnaut Explorer

Blizz will forever have this used against them just like the line about having phones.

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Vinnie travi

as they should. I never played wow until Wotlk but a couple of years ago started playing Vanilla private servers. I was amazed how much better the game was than retail. I have been playing Vanilla/Classic since. It used to piss me off when people would say the only reason people played PS was that they were free. No, It is a much better game. It isn’t just nostalgia..

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Bruno Brito

No, It is a much better game. It isn’t just nostalgia..

While i don’t think it’s just nostalgia, and that you guys do have the right to feel irritated by such assumptions, the other one, that it’s a “much better game” is debatable to hell and back.

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Vinnie travi

I enjoy leveling in MMO’s. I have played thousands of hours in Vanilla/Classic and the highest character I have is lvl 48. I keep starting over because I love the thrill of a fresh start.

What is not debatable: Leveling is way better in Classic and end game is way better in retail… These seem to be universally agreed on. (Although they greatly improved leveling with shadowlands so if you like super fast leveling, you would think retail is better)

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Bruno Brito

What is not debatable: Leveling is way better in Classic

Debatable, as i said. Because of the new scaling system, Retail has more replayability than Classic.

You guys liking Classic more is not bad or anything, but everything else is completely debatable, even to the point of what game is better.

Or you can go my way and just believe both games are mediocre in their own ways.

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Strixxx

You have never reached endgame in classic and say retail endgame is better? As someone who has played wow retail and classic id say classic endgame is better. The raid progression in classic has been a blast, and I never played original vanilla,TBC or Wotlk.

Why is it better? Because itemization is more fun and gear doesnt get outdated in 1 month.

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psytic

World Buff meta, only a handful of classes ever being meta. Hybrid classes being suboptimal. Its not all sunshine and rainbows like people claim.

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Sarah Cushaway

It’s a -much- better MMORPG than retail.
Retail is a better e-sport/ mobile-style dungeon hub game, I guess.

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Dakota Royal

yes…they have made mistakes in the past who doesn’t? i know im not without my own sins…but god forbid they make up for it now. I love classic. I never strayed even once into a private servers because I believe in IP property barriers. That being said I also think blizzard has dug their own graves in recent years on PR and IP Branding…but you know what…I honestly think they are doing way better now than they were a year ago or even 2 years ago. Classic may not be the exact same but by golly…its good enough for me and I will continue to pay for a product I love because I am NOT a fan of retail. I don’t have to agree with the company practices all the time to like the products produced. I hate McDonalds but I love chicken nuggets. I may not be the biggest fan Walmart but man I love those cheap AF potato wedges in their deli and the fact they charge 10 dollars less for a video game than any other retailer for a new release. Just how it goes.

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Vinnie travi

My point was they are making the same mistake now as they did by taking so long to make Classic. They didn’t think people really wanted it so they didn’t do it. Now they don’t think people want fresh servers, yet the people are saying otherwise. That was what i was trying to say..I think it is great that they are going to TBC even though I won’t be leaving Classic…

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Jo Watt

Yea but they have been in the business of huge profits for a while now. Classic I feel like was more of a stunt to up sub counts more than actually them caring about Classic itself. They could easily make 1 server reset every 6 months or so but they probably want to make sure they won’t be thinning out the Classic player base too much especially with BC on the way with people who will then divide between staying and advancing.

Really I see it as a jumbled mess now between them having to maintain Classic, BC and Retail. If they add reset servers it’s possibly splitting the community 5 ways.

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Strixxx

They have basically confirmed fresh classic. Also they will make TBC fresh once its ready, that would be at the start or during the wotlk era.