I saw this image this morning. It really hits home to me. There is a lot of truth in it, but also it is revealing something to me. While Retail WoW certainly has all those aspects about it, and certainly has driven a great deal of people away, even before Classic was released, it still has appeal to a good portion of players. Classic is bringing people back that left recently, even years ago as a return to an old ideal. It isn’t any better or worse than the current version of the game, it is more a throwback to an old time when we played a much simpler game.
The problem is that even though we have seen a resurgence in players coming back for Classic, we are seeing a drop off in those logged into retail. Where I might have seen 25 people logged into Retail, now I see 10 and 20 logged in over on Classic. Blizzard does not really care, they see 30 people logged in, and that is an increase in MaU numbers. I had another bad evening in Classic, anyone that has been through the Barrens knows that Quillboar feeling. Single creatures that even a level below you can kill you if you are not ready to pop all of your cool downs and be at full health when you engage. Even having a partner isn’t much help. That I have to collect 60 of a thing, and that the drop rate is 1 or 2 off of each? This is a quest that I took after spending the better part of two evenings dealing with Harpies. I know that the 5 deaths I experienced, the punishingly long run backs from near half the zone away will not be my last, and knowing so does not make it any easier. The game takes work, and your improvements are hard fought to get.
It is a change in how you play the game, both have a high level of difficulty, and I am getting through it, but there are days when I look at the above image, and think, the rolls are reversed.