I’ve only ever played Wow a couple of times, never for long enough to get very far. Once when I was a little kid at a friends house (I think I was playing classic) and once when a couple friends convinced our group to try out WoD and see how we liked it. Needless to say, no one stuck around for long in WoD.
I play FFXIV with a group of four friends regularly and have been playing with them since the start of Heavensward. Most of these friends played Wow vanilla, and stuck around till at least Pandaria. When they found out Wow Classic was going to be a thing, they immediately started talking about revisiting it. Not because they thought it’d be fun. The more they talked about vanilla, the more they remembered the old jank, and frankly, wild bullshit, that people put up with in vanilla. At first when they described vanilla, I wanted nothing to do with it. They assured me that it probably wouldn’t be for me because I didn’t have the nostalgia for it. That it’d be a huge culture shock to go from Shadowbringers, one of the best MMO expansions ever for what is currently the best MMO on the market, to an MMO stuck 15 years in the best.
But the more I learned about how buck wild vanilla is by modern standards the more curious I became. Especially when my friends all agreed that as old and janky as vanilla is gonna feel, it’s probably still more fun than modern day Wow.
So last night I took the plunge and subbed for a month of Wow. I started an Orc Warrior alongside a friend of mine who started an Orc Warlock. Right off the bat I got the jank I was expecting, but what I wasn’t expecting is how much fun it was. I had a great time running bullshit quests with my friend. I doubt this will be replacing FFXIV for me anytime soon, I don’t know if I’ll renew my subscription, but I’m excited to explore Classic some more. I wanna see all the wildly out of time mechanics this game has. Everything I’ve heard about crafting sounds wild in a bad way and I gotta suffer through that before I’m done with classic.