Thousands of World of Warcraft Classic players gathered on a single server last night for a new leveling experience, and it was utter chaos.
Last week I reported on how over a thousand World of Warcraft players have joined together to create a “fresh” experience in the classic version of the famous MMO.
With no new servers entering with the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, those who only now enjoy playing the famous MMO as it was in 2004 are faced with debuting in realms filled with top players and botting. .
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In response, gamers flocked to “reset” the base experience on one of the less populated servers.
When I reported on it last weekend, The Fresh Crusade was a community project in which Discord had 1,300 strong players. Last night, March 5, when the server that would host this mass replay event was announced, Discord had over 10,000 members.
The original idea was to offer a new leveling experience similar to what was offered when World of Warcraft Classic was released, and even the original World of Warcraft it simulates.
But The Fresh Crusade ended up being too popular for its own good. The server in question, Dragonfang [EU], immediately went from a kingdom with a small population to a kingdom with a medium population. Caszhar, the player who started The Fresh Crusade, told me on Discord that they couldn’t say exactly how many players had joined the launch, but they estimated it at 30% of the number of Discord members, this which would mean 3000 players descended on Dragonfang. all. at the same time. At launch, there were over 20 guilds formed and ready to go, each with hundreds of players as members.
“I think everyone knew what to expect,” Caszhar told me tonight. “The launch was different from the Classic launch in 2019. Then there were layers, putting players in instances to reduce overflow, but here everyone was in one space. The experience was chaos but it was amazing, so many people in one place. was phenomenal and although it took about three to four hours for people to disperse they all had a blast. Many people have claimed that this version is bigger, more chaotic, and enjoyable than the classic version due to its craziness. “
The Twitch video below, taken from World of Warcraft streamer MetaGoblin, shows what it was like in the Valley of Trials, the orcs and trolls starting area in southern Durotar. Spoilers: he was busy!
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Caszhar’s proofreading experience was similar to others, it seems:
“I started with five people from my guild and we tried doing quests, but it was even hard to kill anything, so we stumbled across higher level areas and just killed as many mobs as possible.
“It was far from a traditional leveling experience and quite overwhelming to have so many people around you all the time, but it’s still something unique that I’ve never experienced in an MMORPG. ”
Here are some screenshots of the action in Dragonfang last night, provided by Caszhar (To explain the footage showing players in a queue, some missions require you to kill a particular NPC who respawns with a timer. Dragonfang was so busy) at the launch of The Cool Crusade that some players waited patiently in line until their turn to kill these NPCs):
However, now, a day after launch, things have calmed down a bit.
“… Today we played more and a lot of people dispersed and the level was less competitive,” said Caszhar. “There are tons of bands doing their thing and it feels like this WoW Classic server has been revitalized and alive with players who are everywhere again.”
One of the reasons The Fresh Crusade exists is to fight the bottling and economic inflation that plagues World of Warcraft Classic.
The Fresh Crusade targeted a low-population server in an effort to give players the opportunity to get the best “fresh” experience possible despite this bot issue.
Unfortunately, botting even exists on dead servers, and Dragonfang was no exception. “Even if Blizzard released new realms, it would only take a month or less before it probably hit the same levels of high-population servers,” Caszhar said.
“The people who are part of this project have had their concerns and they are perfectly valid. Kicking won’t be a big deal for the players as they progress together in the game and promote the positive mindset that we have tried to instill in the order. to succeed. at the end of the game, but that’s still going to be a major inconvenience and there’s nothing players can do about it except report bots. “
While Caszhar is thrilled with the popularity of The Fresh Crusade, it seems the organization of the thing and keeping up with the growing discord has been quite stressful.
After The Fresh Crusade hit the headlines, some people tried to disrupt the project, an effort that continued after launch.
These people tried the “pre-level” by trying to guess which server The Fresh Crusade would be playing on and the level beforehand. This upset some members of the community who wanted to start on an equal footing.
And then there’s the predictable toxic behavior of some that emerged as The Fresh Crusade grew in popularity throughout the week.
Despite this, Caszhar is in a good mood: “Now that it has cooled down a bit and that I have been able to immerse myself in the world with all the other people and take a step back to deal with everything, I had an incredible experience. time with all the players. who are part of it. “
Caszhar and his company are now planning to host server-wide events to keep players interested, as well as another replay event to bring more people to the server for the previous Burning Crusade Classic patch. Caszhar hopes Burning Crusade Classic will attract even more players than Classic.
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