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10-29-2008 @ 3:50PM
I think everyone can look back and remember fond moments of the old vanilla days. There was a time when there were few if any twinks in the battlegrounds, a time when massive forces railed against each other between Astranaar and Splintertree Post, a time when you could stack up as many potions as possible, and when there was a different sound for Chain Lightning.I have all sorts of nostalgic memories for those days starting from my wide eyed introduction to the game, the first sounds and music of the Night Elven starting areas, my tomfoolery thinking Spirit was a good stat for a Hunter, and being miffed that I couldn't spend my talent points ala Diablo 2.However, most of my nostalgia is for my own blissful ignorance and the joy that comes with experiencing the game for the first time.Rolling back to those "simpler days" would take with it all the progress that was made in BC, as well as what we'll see in Wrath. As fun as certain aspects of Vanilla were so much of it simply pales in comparison to what has come afterwards.No one will argue that the new PvP system, flaws and all, is worse than the old one. Few, if anyone, will argue that the old reputation grinds were better than the BC ones. I personally wouldn't enjoy going back to a time where a class might have 2 viable raid specs, if they were lucky. Tuning for full consumables is another thing I'm glad is long gone.That's just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many, many changes that have been made between BC and now that rolling everything back to just before patch 2.0 seems utterly silly.Even if such a server existed, you would never be able to reproduce the environment, the culture and the population that existed before BC.The game was fun in the past, but Blizzard has been making the game more fun with each patch. As much as I might like to revisit my days of utter nubdom I'd much rather move forward and enjoy what's coming in Wrath.
10-29-2008 @ 4:09PM
"I think everyone can look back and remember fond moments of the old vanilla days."No, not everyone can :PI was only 48 when TBC came out... I know, late bloomer. But it sounds like hell though. I have a hard enough time trying to find 24 other competent individuals to form a raid - i cant even imagine a 40 man.Everything pre-TBC sounded like it was the ultimate time sink. Almost like you couldnt see endgame unless you were spending over 30 hours a week in-game. I'm glad I can play casually and still enjoy endgame raiding It's my belief that a 40 man Archimonde would be nearly impossible. (not impossible, but you know)
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