I remember i was in a store and saw the Colector’s Edition all over the place. The salesman told me it was released that exact day, and so I bought the game 14 years ago.
My first character was a night elf druid, and i still play it today. I remember loving exploring the world… and leveling as restoration until 60 lol (yes, back then i had no idea how to choose specs).
My favorite zones were the night elf and the undead zones (yes, i absolutely loved Teldrassil and Undercity, you know the ones you just burned / blighted to oblivion) and i was absolutely impressed how big the world was. Ah good memories.
I still play the characters i created in vanilla: my night elf druid, my tauren shaman, my human (now void elf) warlock and my human paladin.
PS: loved getting those 3 colectors edition pets from the colector’s edition