I have no idea of where to ask anything of Activision, so I’ll use this - please let me know if there’s another more appropriate (sub)forum for it.
This concerns Burning Crusade “classic” servers.
A while ago, you’ve sent out a survey which served to eliminate doubts regarding a “possible” burning crusade “expansion”. At this point, it’s all but certain that it will happen; it’s just a matter of how and when; and when I say “how” I’m referring to the fact that it’s unclear whether we’re going to be able to transfer existing chars or whether they’ll be servers that everyone will start on from scratch or from level 58 (ready to go into Outland).
So here’s what I’d like - and I’d appreciate blue feedback.
Please clarify what’s going to happen. I’d like to know whether there’s a point in investing time in “classic” (level 60 chars) in order to then level them from 60 to 70. Certain classes work really well in classic, whereas others (druids, for example) are broken, but would be awesome in BC, consdering the talent changes etc. With that in mind, would there be any point for a player in leveling a warlock (For example) now, just to play it in BC or would they have to level it from scratch again when BC servers are released?
Would it be possible to release burning crusade servers…NOW?
When we get them, will Activision have understood that certain mistakes have been made with “classic” and will they make sure that those mistakes won’t be repeated (basically all content in t1-t2 has been stomped by using world buffs, gear and talents that shouldn’t have been available until mid-AQ/Naxx; like 90% of the “spelldamage” gear available at “classic” launch didn’t exist when vanilla launched back in 2004-2005). So when we finally get our BC servers, could they please be released with the correct patches? (2.0.3 etc, not 2.4.3 straight away…)
To be clear, I know what the flow was back in the day. But that was then. Right now…different people have different favourite xpacks; mine is BC, no doubt about it. I respect the fact that others prefer classic and I have no intention of trying to sway them my way, but I don’t share their enthusiasm. Many of us believe that classic/vanilla is/was broken beyond repair (with half the classes being fairly useless, locked into specs that barely ever worked etc; most Naxx raids had one druid in them - just because they wanted GOTW; otherwise the class was fairly useless; perhaps a decurse/innervate/combat res slave at best).
I understand that the “logical” flow would be to upgrade existing “classic” servers to BC, but I see two problems with that, problems I’m sure you’re aware of:
Many classic players don’t want BC. Just like I prefer BC, they prefer classic and they wouldn’t want their “worlds” destroyed/deserted due to a ‘forced’ upgrade.
Many BC players don’t want to have to wait for AQ clear (aq has just been released and probably not even unlocked yet - donations, bwl runs etc) and then Naxx and then 6-12 months after Naxx.
The way I see it, there’s no point in us (BC fans) having to wait for 1-2 years just to get what should already exist…and there’s no point in ruining the fun for those who prefer classic/vanilla. I have no interest in classic past tier2. AQ40 and Naxx weren’t my cup of tea. I’ve done them back in the day and the effort involved by farming/gathering buffs (world buffs, chocolates, jujus etc) was horrible then; it would be impossible now (I’m no longer a young man with all the time in the world; I can no longer farm, gank and be ganked for half a day in winterspring for ekos or in burning steppes/EPL for lotus)
As such, could you please clarify what the process for “migrating” to BC will be and when it’s going to happen?
Wanting to play Burning Crusade when there aren’t official Activision servers leaves us in a nasty spot, forcing us to make choices that don’t work for Activision and don’t really work that well for us either. There’s no point in “forcing” us towards servers provided by other entities.
Activision gains nothing from this and we gain little/nothing (besides having to deal with broken mechanics, scripts etc). It’s the same thing that happened with vanilla (Nostalrius and the rest) until Activision finally understood it would benefit them to give us what we want (and what we’ve already paid for years ago, if you don’t mind me saying)
To be 100% clear, I’m already playing BC. I’m just bitter about not playing it on the RIGHT servers. I don’t believe I need to say more about that - and I’m not looking to break rules by detailing that statement either. I’d be much happier to pay the right company for it.
I’m sure a number of people might think “he thinks he wants BC, but he doesn’t”. I’m hoping that the classic launch will have clarified that it’s not just “nostalgia” and that a great number of people actually loved old expansions and weren’t just thinking about them using rose-tinted glasses. So come on. You know what we want and you know we’re happy to pay for it. You also know that BFA/Shadowlands mean nothing to us due to certain things too toxic to bring up in this thread. So what do you say, Activision? We get what we want (our beloved game) and you get what you want (our money). How about that?
PS please understand that I don’t mean this in a negative way regarding classic. Playing classic has been the best wow experience since the end of BC for me - as broken as I think classic is, it’s still (at least) 200 times better than retail. But… here I am, debit card in hand, ready to pay again for what I’ve already bought once (more like 3 times, actually), offering to pay monthly for something you’ve already developed, something you could provide in a couple of days (if people not affiliated with Activision get servers up in 24 hours…I imagine you could do so much better).
Come on, guys. Take my money. Let classic players be happy with classic servers, let retail guys be happy with retail and give us what we want. Now? Pretty please?