The Daily Grind: Are you enjoying the pre-patch for The Burning Crusade Classic?

    
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So that pre-patch for WoW Classic was kind of a mess, huh? Players wound up waiting for hours for the maintenance that was supposed to end on the 18th to actually end, it took until the next day to do so, and now you’ve got a little time to level your Blood Elf or Draenei up in time to get into the main rush of people storming into Hellfire Penninsula to scour every single inch of that dusty blasted hellscape of anything resembling life.

But while we snark a little about whether or not people were prepared, we’re curious about how many of our readers are in there and enjoying the experience of leveling through the Ghostlands for the first time again or even just playing around with new talents like Crusader Strike for Paladins. So are you enjoying the pre-patch for The Burning Crusade? Or was your ardor cooled by the maintenance issues or other Blizzard antics?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Rndomuser

Not really, no. The idiotic layering system that has been activated with prepatch made me lose all the fun I had with playing on 2 accounts on same server, one of which was a Horde account and other was Alliance (they cannot be in same layer anymore), it also made local chat empty in basically all zones except starting zones for BE and Draenai because of this layering system (for example I was questing in Redridge yesterday on one of characters, no one said a thing in local chat for several hours despite the fact there were a lot of players in the zone, before prepatch the chat was more active). Most of the activity in game is now low-level BE or Draenai players who are being followed by boosters (lvl60 mages) while doing quests or who are grinding dungeons with boosters, with constant LFG chat channel spam of boosters offering others the boosting service.

And Blizzard also nerfed honor experience to ridiculous amount: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/how-we-really-got-our-tbc-honor-with-sources/

So catching up in terms of gear will take much longer for new characters now and more grindy for people who prefer doing BGs instead of dungeons. And since Honorable Kills award very little honor – I see BGs filled with naked people who want a quick loss because it’s more profitable in terms of honor instead of actually fighting the other players.

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Strixxx

Well they doubled it now in the pre-patch. And I think they will fix the honor from kills. It’s currently wrong. Back in the day you could get 40 honor for solo kill. Now its only 14. So yeah, it will be better, and now we have double honor which is nice.

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SmiteDoctor

While leveling might be better now, the process of getting to end game sounds problematic for a middle aged dude that looks at free time like a commodity.

I think Wrath Classic will be my time to shine.

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Strixxx

Just level at your own pace. It’s way faster in TBC, and by WOTLK you will have your character ready ;) I did a Stratholme run yesterday with my 58 character and got 1/3 of a level. So levelling is way faster now 40-60.

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Justin Olivetti

Having a great time. Other than queues, it’s going quite smoothly.

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Fisty

I guess I will find out today. Hopefully, the belf guilds are going and starting zones are a little less crowded today.

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Anthony Clark

I am. Loving it so far. Really loving the instant mail between my characters!

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Loopy

For those of us staying in Vanilla, it is a mixed bag. As expected, the population absolutely plummeted, however connected realms helped alleviate the issue a bit. For those of us on RP realms though, it’s more or less ghost town.

Now, there is a fine line between having too many and too few people on an MMO server. The one where you don’t have to fight over mobs and crafting nodes all the time, but you also get to find groups relatively quickly and the world still feels alive. The current population is way below the line in my opinion, and i don’t really see it getting better.

I started a fresh character and helped form one of the 5 guilds that are currently active on my RP server. I guess i’ll know in a few days what the situation is like for the economy and forming dungeon runs.

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Glenn Woods

I think it will either take Vanilla server merges or players to consolidate their numbers around a couple of vanilla servers before its worth subscribing again if you wish to have primarily a vanilla experience of classic . Its a shame Blizzard are asking money for people to continue playing cloned characters on vanilla classic . It will prove detrimental to the vanilla experience at least for a while . As others have pointed out it may be better to find a decent private vanilla server if you want to continue the experience at the moment .

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Malcolm Swoboda

Subbed for first time since… 2019 maybe? Not sure if I did in 2020. Belf mage. Shitposted in chat. Not sure if I even reached Lv 2. I’ll be content if I just clear out the woods and ghostlands.

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Harry Koala

Didn’t have much time to play on launch day, and what time I had was mostly spent updating addons. Still haven’t got bartender working despite downloading the TBC compatible version. Possibly it is failing to read the existing configuration data and crashing the addon on launch. Bah.

First order of business will be leveling jewelcrafting, which means lots of mining (because I had better things to do than store up all the necessary ores in advance).

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Totes McGoats

Absolutely.

I was never too interested in WoW Classic, but BC (December of 2006 to be exact) is when I started playing WoW. I rolled fresh for the pre-patch and am loving it.

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Glenn Woods

Something that surprised me is that you have to chose straight away which vanilla server character you want to move over to the Burning Crusade. There is no option to just continue playing at your own leisure and copy your first character over when in your own good time .

For instance if you decide you want to continue playing a character on vanilla it becomes locked straight away and if you decide to clone it later there is a 12 pound fee to do so .

So basically the option to clone your first character allowing it to be playable on both vanilla and tbc classic servers also incurs a fee .

I just thought this isn’t for me and cancelled my subscription .

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James Balmer

That seems like a rash thing to do, cancelling a sub over something so small, you must have already been on the fence about cancelling.

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Glenn Woods

I actually cancelled about 8 months into vanilla WoW and went back for a month to see how the TBC servers would affect the vanilla experience . I realized that unfortunately the way they are implementing it probably would probably kill vanilla and make it more of a progression server experience . Had they allowed for people to clone characters without a fee then its more likely the vanilla servers would have remained active . You are correct I was on the fence but I doubt I am alone there because a lot of people wanted the vanilla experience .

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Harry Koala

There is no option to clone a character in the future.

The servers and characters were all cloned yesterday. If you choose to play the vanilla one, level up some more and get more gear, and then want to play in TBC, you can unlock the TBC clone, but *none of that progress carries over*. The TBC version will be exactly as they existed yesterday when the pre patch was released.

Since the patch, each character is now two completely separate characters (but you can only play one of them without paying for the unlock).

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Rick Mills

Well, technically that is what happened when the expansion originally came out.

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Glenn Woods

Charging people to pay to continue playing their cloned characters on the vanilla servers will have a detrimental effect on the vanilla servers . Not everyone went back for a progression server experience .

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Strixxx

They are merging classic ERA servers.. So there will always be a decent populated classic ERA server.

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Loopy

If you’re thinking of playing a character in TBC at some point in the future, there is no reason why you should be activating the Era clone. Just continue playing on the TBC server until you’re good and ready to step through the portal.

Era servers are for people who are dead set on staying in vanilla forever. This was made very clear many months ago, so i’m surprised that this is a surprise to you.

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Glenn Woods

I think its more a surprise the way Blizzard are handling the implementation of Burning Crusade servers than anything . It could have been done in a way that it wouldn’t have damaged Vanilla servers as much as this will . I only went back to see how this would work out in practice . As I say its not for me so that is why I cancelled my subscription .