World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic datamining reveals group finder and collector’s edition perks

    
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Is the beta for the first WoW Classic expansion live yet? Yes! Really, people can log in and try out The Burning Crusade all over again. That means datamining has started up, and while players are finding that the leveling appears to be slower than normal, the dataminers are finding new strings related to automatic matching within the dungeon finder in TBC’s classic version. That would be a pretty major change to the game (hashtag some changes), as the automated dungeon finder wasn’t introduced to the game until midway through Wrath of the Lich King.

Obviously, these are datamined strings and thus are not confirmation of anything, just like the presence of datamined toys and a mount aren’t actually confirmation of a Burning Crusade Classic collector’s edition. The fact that there are strings alluding to it definitely help support that idea, though. So far it’s all speculation based on early datamining, but it seems clear that the beta testers will have some new changes to content with aside from the classic game content.

Meanwhile, on the modern version of the game, there’s a rumor that insiders are worried about the long delay already for patch 9.1. That’s… not encouraging. Someone should write a column about this.

Source: Reddit, Wowhead (1, 2, 3), Icy Veins
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SmiteDoctor

This is kind of a slippery slope adding Wrath features, I still don’t think there should be level boosts either. Selling a collectors edition feels like double dipping. It really seems like they’re trying to monetize the hell of a Nostalgic experience, makes it feel kind of dirty.

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J

I’ve little interest in BC, but we know this trend will continue. I consider Lich to be the height of the game. So that is when I will drop back in. Had some classes that I really liked during that expansion that were changed to much later on.

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Arktouros

I recently was watching a friend start playing WOW Classic in prep for TBC and I have to say I was thoroughly unimpressed. Local channels, trade channels, LFG channels and every channel was basically full of people selling “boosts” (running people through dungeons for XP) for every dungeon imaginable from RFC to Maraudon. It was non-stop spam that bombarded his chat constantly (except local if there was no dungeon).

Again I’m not sure how this is “more social” or “better” than just having a dungeon finder that would remove the need for all that and people could just queue up and go to a dungeon.

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Scott McCulloch

Boosting is high level character(s) carrying low level character(s) through dungeons. A dungeon finder would have no effect on that scene.

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Arktouros

Can’t say I agree. While it certainly wouldn’t eliminate all boosting, one of the major selling points for boosts is not having to spend the time to get a group together. It bypasses the struggle of having to find a tank, healer or more DPS by just letting that all accumulate over time. Where as if it were more accessible and the game could do it automatically the need to spend hundreds of gold on runs becomes less appealing.

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Danny Smith

From what i understand the last six months has basically been people paying gold from mains to have other peoples mains boost their alts inbetween a sea of farming bots and only with tbcs announcement has the regular playerbase surged up again.

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Bob Smithson

It’s honestly the same as retail where people just spam selling M+ runs, AOTC achievements, and even torghast runs.

Its ridiculous in classic now too, you never see people looking for real groups, just boosters and sellers which kills any community feeling classic had at all.

I assume blizzard allows this because it generates token sales but honestly they should take a step back and treat this the same way they treated multiboxing, eventually its just going to be bots spamming eachother for boosts with no real players.

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Arktouros

This was my argument against Classic all along.

You can rewind the clock on the game but you can’t rewind the clock on the player base.

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jealouspirate

Unfortunately gold buying for real money is extremely commonplace in Classic. Very few people really level characters anymore, they just buy gold with real money through a 3rd party and then afk while a max level mage boosts them through dungeons. Trying to actually run a leveling dungeon as intended is next to impossible.

It really sucks.

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notReginald VelJohnson

No doubt that that happens to some degree, but what is your basis for implying that most people are levelling that way?

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jealouspirate

Just my experience of playing the game recently and trying to level. It’s very easy to find a boost for any dungeon you want, but hard to find a level-appropriate group of 5.

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Ironwu

Classic WoW really does need something to facilitate groups getting together. Improving the ‘manual’ LFG tools already present would go a long way towards that. So I am liking this direction.

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Jeremy Barnes

The group tool they have now that you use for ‘mythic plus’ would be great.

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jealouspirate

Blizzard has already discussed this at Blizzcon(line). They’re not adding an automatic LFG tool like in Wrath, they’re improving the barebones LFG tool that was originally added in TBC. It’s just a way to reduce general chat LFG spam. No automated grouping, no teleport to dungeon, no cross server, etc.

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Danny Smith

Theres no way they are keeping all the unlock tree stuff if they are adding group finder.

Or they are on the backend trying to prep stuff for the inevitable wow classic so the whole pre cata era stuff can make them bank, again.