World of Warcraft: Classic launches The Burning Crusade pre-patch today

    
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Faces and offs.

Today’s the day for WoW Classic players to start leveling their Blood Elves and Draenei because the game’s pre-patch ahead of The Burning Crusade is going live today. That means the two new races are available for players to make and play, along with all of the talent and mechanical changes going live, with two weeks remaining until the actual experience of The Burning Crusade is live on the game’s servers. So get in there and start enjoying the new classic features!

Well, assuming that you have your character moving forward into the game’s first expansion rather than staying behind in the vintage Classic experience, since you’ll also need to make that choice upon logging into your characters in WoW Classic. So that’s another new feature being added with the pre-patch. It’s a pretty significant one, even. Many new old-fashioned experiences all around!

Update
Blizzard is, happily, dropping dungeon gating.

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KoboldWhite

I thought I’d be leveling my belf right now, but… no, in the end, I couldn’t bring myself to hit that subscribe button.

Fisty
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Fisty

*tomorrow

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Roger Melly

I’ve heard this patch speeds up levelling on the vanilla servers . Is this something that plan to revert once the TBC servers start up . If not it kind of dumbs down the vanilla experience .

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maydrock .

TBC servers launch today, or whenever the game decides to come back up. They will be in the pre-patch phase. When you log into a toon, you have to choose TBC server, Vanilla Classic server, or to clone.

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Loopy

TBC (or progression) servers will have the revised leveling speed, however classic era servers will remain in vanilla phase and will not receive any of the pre-patch changes. You will get to choose where you want your individual characters to reside.

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quark1020

Extended maintenance. *sigh*

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jealouspirate

The best thing about TBC Classic launching is that we’re only two years away from Wrath Classic.

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Dug From The Earth

This is something I will come back for, if blizzard hasnt fallen even more.

They have 2 years to pick themselves up and at least brush off some of the dirt.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Maybe. My definitive character is something like a Blood Elf Mage, so tempting.

Fisty
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Fisty

I’ll be there leveling up a BELF for a bit. Hopefully, the server will have a Blood Elf guild going. Racial themed guilds are quite fun and usually lend to some good RP for the whole server.

I’m also taking advantage of the 15% decrease in experience needed to level and the questing bonuses that come with it. My druid is low 40’s and still has a bit to go before the portal opens. I’m either gonna have to no-life it for the next few weeks or wait til mid-June to truly appreciate the expansion.

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Danny Smith

I’ve seen people say they are surprised how little buzz this is getting compared to classic and in turn i wonder why they are surprised. Classic, along with being the original big deal experience all over again, was 60 levels of content blizzard removed from the retail game entirely over a decade ago. Outside of the Kara changes TBC’s content is still there in game but nobody wants to play it anymore and skipped it even before Chromie Time was a thing. Its ten levels of content thats halfway between the original style and the wrath to warlords era style of WoW so its going to feel pretty iffy to some players and probably not last as long and i think thats why theres less “bros.. home…” posts doing the rounds this time. Revisiting your first steps in Azeroth was a novelty. Retreading stuff that still exists in retail today has less of an allure or promise of a long shelf life.

I mean lets be honest thats probably why blizzards doing the Elite Nether Whale Pass™ right? Milk em in the first couple of months as for most its not going to have much of a shelf life when every raid gets cleared the day it opens. What are they going to do? sub to farm netherflight eggs all over again? after the hot mess of classics aq stuff? i think the far smaller amount of content and wow classics unforeseen shitshows is leaving people far less excited.

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aYates

The only problem with that is you can’t have the same Burning Crusade experience with all the other players invested in playing together in retail WoW. I agree that there’s probably less people interested because the novelty of Classic has faded, but there’s still going to be plenty of players who really want to be there.

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Danny Smith

Yeah thats definitely the draw here. I mean the difference to classes alone are so stark right? i just don’t think its surprising not as many seem interested when i’ve been through outland on a shaman during shadowlands and it was a handful of players on either faction because most people in 2020 look at that content with a harsh “no thanks” and i think part of that is the outland itself. Its not the fresh crazy new thing anymore. You take the novelty away and going from the forests, jungles, rolling dunes and volcanic wastes of the end of vanilla to hellfire is going to be going from trees and lakes to a mostly flat plain of off orange rock and when thats not a mindblowing new idea anymore i dont think it hits as hard in the appealing department.

I mean personally i still love zangarmarsh and everyone loves nagrand right? but is it going to have the same draw as eastern kingdoms and kalimdor did in 2019? i don’t think it seems to for everyone just because its not a case of “you haven’t had this for ten years or maybe never saw it at all” its a case of “heres the stuff you never choose to level through in retail anymore”.

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Fisty

I’d say a big difference, not the novelty, is we’re likely going to have about 2 years of actually investing time into the factions, the rewards, etc. In retail, it takes all of a day or two to outlevel everything in TBC and move on to WotLK or actual retail. Chromie time and level squish seemed real cool, until I realized I could just go through the content in a week of casual playing. Doesn’t take long at all to reach 50 now. The appeal is a bit different and more real here.

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Strixxx

What other MMOs are more hyped in 2021 that surpass TBC? Give me 1 and numbers that back it up.

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SmiteDoctor

ESO Blackwood, we may only be closely knit community of millions of players spread across 4 platforms but we’re pretty happy about our Oblivion nostalgia trip.

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SmiteDoctor

This is more a guess since no one releases official numbers but this site thinks ESO has 1.5 million active users in between releases.

https://mmo-population.com/r/elderscrollsonline

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Strixxx

It won’t be more hyped than TBC classic though.. A simple check on youtube you can see that it has over all waay more views. And even the site you linked to show it has way more players.

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SmiteDoctor

And? I was just referring to your blanket assumption that no one was hyped for any releases.

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Strixxx

Why do you make things up?
This is what I wrote:
What other MMOs are more hyped in 2021 that surpass TBC?

Does the game you link surpass TBC hype or amount of players opting in? Nope.

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SmiteDoctor

Wait until Arthas, then people will get excited.

Hell if Blizz can figure out a way to give Classic characters a way to choose between pre and post Cata leveling I bet you players would get excited over Cataclysm Classic as well.