World of Warcraft Classic is an MMORPG game released in 2019. WoW Classic is another addition to Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft series games.
World of Warcraft Classic is Blizzard’s approach to bring back the original World of Warcraft game experience. To be exact, World of Warcraft Classic mostly focuses on recreating the looks and feel as the original World of Warcraft game was in patch 1.12.1 released in September 2006. You might ask why they’ve released the same game again?
Therefore let’s discuss what is World of Warcraft in the first place.
What is World of Warcraft?
World of Warcraft was the world’s most popular MMORPG by player count of nearly 10 million in 2009. [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Warcraft#:~:text=World%20of%20Warcraft%20was%20the,game%20franchises%20of%20all%20time.]
It was first released in 2004. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment as the continuation of the Warcraft game series.
World of Warcraft is an MMORPG or Massively multiplayer online role-playing game. For starters, in an MMORPG game, a player has to assume a role for his/her character and complete quests. Indeed, massively multiplayer already suggests that the roles, characters, and quests available are also huge. Typically they follow some sort of fantasy-world or the science-fiction world.
World of Warcraft follows the same recipe. The story takes place four years after Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne in the Warcraft world of Azeroth. Of course, soon after the release, the game became popular all over the world.
It was back in 2004 when World of Warcraft was released. Now, what is World of Warcraft Classic then?
What is World of Warcraft Classic?
You can call World of Warcraft Classic a vanilla release of the legendary game World of Warcraft. What’s a vanilla release?
Vanilla release is releasing an old software once again without making major customizations or alterations. It is a sort of rebranding of the original product.
How is World of Warcraft Classic a vanilla release?
World of Warcraft Classic focuses mainly on how the original World of Warcraft game was in it’s September 2006 patch 1.12.1. For this reason, to a certain extend, World of Warcraft Classic also maintains all the looks and features of World of Warcraft.
World of Warcraft Classic keeps all the exact same art style, quest texts, NPCs, and overall visuals as World of Warcraft did. In fact, all the previous bugs also had been preserved! A WoW veteran will obviously feel nostalgic to play WoW Classic.
Well, it’s the same game then?
World of Warcraft vs World of Warcraft Classic
What makes WoW Classic different from WoW can be pinpointed to a single factor – technology. Modern server technology is the backbone of WoW Classic.
WoW players can recall the amount of time they had to wait for things just to load. So they often wouldn’t collect any loot from what they’ve killed just because of how awfully slow the servers were. This is not a serious issue with WoW Classic. Even the laggiest areas in WoW Classic are more or less playable.
WoW Classic will feel like the same old WoW with the exact same art and textures. Of course, the gameplay will obviously feel smoother than WoW because it is the same game bolted on top of modern technology. However, smooth does not mean easy. WoW Classic is still hard as the original WoW was.
Why a re-release?
The question is obvious. Why was there ever a need of re-releasing the same game?
The answer would be Nostalgia.
The original WoW was released in 2004. Releasing WoW Classic with the same feel in 2019 brings back the nostalgia. Players can feel the excitement they’ve felt 15 years ago. And the game does a very good job of preserving the original experience.
The game did see a blast as players rushed to play WoW Classic as the game released. Servers were literally jammed. There were queues of hundreds of players waiting to just join the game.
What’s different in WoW Classic?
WoW Classic resembles the original WoW. As WoW is a 16-year-old game as of today, the gameplay is far more different than what this generation is used to.
Most of the games today are solo adventures. One can play all alone and be okay with it. A player doesn’t need the help of another player to complete his gameplay. This also leads to modern solidarity.
The case was not the same back in 2004. To play WoW, players had to team-up. Players had to scout for team members because quests were impossible to complete all alone. This led to an online socialization among the players.
Despite being released in the modern era of 2019, WoW Classic still continues to hold on to the old socialization scheme of WoW from back in 2004. This is what makes WoW Classic a new yet different game than the rest of the modern games.
The server option for WoW Classic is free as long as you have the subscription for the current WoW game.
The subscription costs $15 a month.
WoW Classic Addons
Like the original WoW, you can also use addons to increase your functionality in WoW Classic. There are certain websites that provide WoW Classic addons like Curseforge. Some popular addons are:
- Deadly Boss Mods (DBM)
DBM is a must-have for dungeon and raid players. Hence, it gives you warnings for events that are happening during boss-fight encounters, timers for when the next events in the fight are going to happen, and advice for what to do as a result.
- Details! Damage Meter
It is a complete damage-and-healing meter. It collects all the information available from the combat logs from the game and presents them in a bar-chart format
This is also a similar addon. Records Damage and Healing for Graph-Based Display.
A customizable action bar. This addon fully replaces your action bar. You can customize it as you like.
An inventory manager. It makes the items in your bag organized in a neat and clean look
VendorPrice will help you decide what to sell or safely toss when you run out of bag space.
- Questie Classic
Questie classic puts your quests on the map to help you play the game
- LEATRIX PLUS
The Leatrix Plus mod page contains the full list of features. Some noteworthy are automatic junk selling, a customizable minimap, visible durability status, cooldowns, and free bag slots.
It is great for using the auction house regularly. The game will scan the auction house for you and post items based on your settings – you can select to undercut other sellers or auction at a fixed price. It adds a tab to the auction house that tracks your auction history and keeps a searchable record of all transactions.
- OMNICC CLASSIC
Adds a numbered countdown when you use a spell or ability.
There are tons of addons available which is more than a single article can cover. Check out a few of them which meet your needs.
Talent Calculators in WoW Classic
If you are a WoW player, then you might be familiar with the talent system. Basically, WoW allows you to gain talent points as you complete quests and so on. You can get to 100 points in WoW.
Unlike WoW, the highest level of talent points in WoW Classic is 51.
You can use various talent calculators available online to quickly calculate how much talent points you have collected and how much more you can collect.
The steps are quite easy.
- Choose a role
- Choose the talents you have collected
- The total talent points will be shown.
Here are two online talent calculators we’ve listed. Feel free to search for more. They’re pretty much the same.
WoW Classic Dungeon Levels
Dungeons are gatherings of 5 people(10 in some rare cases). Dungeons are a great way to introduce a little twist in your gameplay.
WoW Classic includes different types of dungeons depending on player levels. One has to reach a certain level to join in the dungeons. Additionally, each dungeon has its own unique characteristics as well as placements. Players will encounter different bosses specific to these dungeons.
List of Dungeon Levels:
- Ragefire Chasm
- Taragaman the Hungerer
- Wailing Caverns
- The Deadmines
- Shadowfang Keep
- The Stockade
- Blackfathom Deeps
- Razorfen Kraul
- Scarlet Monastery
- Razorfen Downs
- Temple of Atal’Hakkar
- Blackrock Depths
- Lower Blackrock Spire
- Upper Blackrock Spire
- Dire Maul