* In case anyone was wondering, it sounds like WoW Classic will be based off of the 1.12 patch of the game.
It was around late 2007 when I finally got to play World of Warcraft for the first time. At that point, the game was on its Burning Crusade expansion and, while probably changed quite a bit from its original incarnation, was still much different than the WoW of today, or anytime post-Cataclysm for sure.
Those early years were some of my favorites playing WoW. I still enjoyed the game plenty when Cataclysm came out, and at the time it was interesting and jarring to see just how much the dragon's rampage had changed the starting areas of the world. But there was no denying that the game had tossed to the side much of its challenge and team-building focus in exchange for a game that was much more accessible and made soloing the game a lot easier.
Over the years I've continued to jump back into WoW sometime after each new expansion. I almost always restarted my character, or changed realms. While I still love the game quite a bit, I have always longed to experience the simpler, more challenging days of Vanilla WoW, or at least something a lot closer to the game as I first experienced it back in 2007.
As much as I like how useful newer features like the dungeon finder have made WoW, I find the idea of meeting a group of like-minded players, and then traversing across the land to challenge a dungeon together really fun. I like the idea of clicking each time to make my character attack, rather than sitting back and letting the game play for me automatically. I relish in the thought of returning to talent trainers to learn new skills and upgrade existing ones. And I am excited by the ambiguous directionless hints of quest descriptions urging me towards the next step rather than relying on arrows and circles on my mini-map explaining everything I need to do to me.
I didn't get to try the demo, but I wonder what others are thinking of it who have gotten to try it. We have more than half a year anyway until Classic is released to the public anyway, right?
I'm curious what everyone is thinking of rolling as and doing whenever they play WoW Classic. What side are you on, what race will you be, which class will you select, what talent tree will you focus on, and which professions are you taking up?
I almost always play Alliance, and I will likely make a Night Elf Druid and/or a Gnome Mage whenever classic starts. My NE Druid will probably have Herbalism/Alchemy, and my Gnome Mage will probably have Enchantment/Tailoring.
Are you excited for WoW Classic?