When all the hype and drama about the legacy sever Nostalrius was going around a few months ago, I didn’t really get why people were so insistent on wanting to be able to play an older version of WoW. I honestly couldn’t see the point of wanting to play on a vanilla server, after all, the changes that have been brought in have pretty much universally increased the quality of life in the game so why would you want to go back in time?
But the more I’ve been thinking about it, the more I realise that a Vanilla server could offer something other than just nostalgia, especially for a player like myself that started post-cataclysm. With Cataclysm changing most of the world and removing many quests, it’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t start earlier and I didn’t get to see the world as it used to be.
The game I play today, is not the same game that someone who started in Vanilla would have seen and it honestly kills me that without a vanilla server to experience it, there are parts I will just never get to see for myself.
Regardless of whether the changes brought into the game have been for the better and offer incredibly increased convenience such as account bound mounts, bank crafting and linear quest zones it still doesn’t make up for not getting to see the game in its entirety.
Obviously though there are issues with legacy servers. They aren’t endorsed by Blizzard at all and to play on one can bring consequences as you’re playing Blizzard’s property without paying them for it. And I can’t see Blizz ever bringing their own out as there’s a ton of issues that would raise. Imagine the whining on the forums if it was thought there was an imbalance of support for the most current version because of legacy or vice versa.
But all the logical reasons in the world aren’t going to stop me wishing there was some way I could see and experience the world through Blizzard endorsed sources as it once was.