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WoW: TBC Classic - fresh servers, upgrade from Classic or level 58 boost?

WoW:TBC Classic - fresh servers, upgrade or level 58 boost?

1. Option #1: Upgrade all Classic servers to TBC2. Option #2: Fresh TBC servers with transfer option3. Option #3: Fresh TBC servers with level 1 boost4. Option #4: Fresh TBC servers with level-58 start5. Which option does Classic fan Karsten prefer?

Many WoW players are currently trying to keep their anticipation for The Burning Crusade Classic

in check. On the one hand, an official announcement is still missing, on the other hand, there are numerous question marks behind the implementation. There are plenty of options for Blizzard. The developers could simply take the current Classic servers, upgrade them to TBC Classic, and offer new Classic realms for Classic fans.

Likewise, it's possible that Blizzard could put fresh TBC servers online where everyone starts at level 1. Or there is the possibility to transfer or copy Classic characters to these new realms. Alternatively, you could offer an automatic character boost to level 58. All of these options were part of the initial survey that went out to various WoW players in March 2020.

In this article, we want to shed some light on the pros and cons of the different options.

Option No. 1: Upgrade all Classic servers to TBC

Looking at the second Blizzard survey from December

, this option seems the most likely at the moment: the developers upgrade all Classic servers to TBC Classic while offering fresh Classic servers for players who don't feel like playing Outland.

Advantages of the Classic Upgrade

  • Classic players keep their characters, the earned gold and all items. They can enter Outland perfectly prepared.
  • The existing guilds and server communities will not be torn apart, if they want to play TBC.
  • Any Classic fans who don't fancy TBC will find a larger community on the (probably few) new Classic servers than will likely be the case with the other options.

Disadvantages of the Classic upgrade

  • Players who haven't played Classic much, if at all, and aren't really getting into it until TBC Classic will be at a disadvantage.
  • Already in Classic, the economy is completely out of control, and the disparity between rich and poor is enormous. In TBC Classic, the problem will only get worse with this option.
  • Classic fans who don't want to play TBC will be driven off their server.
  • Servers with a lopsided faction balance cannot hope for improvement.
  • Without the provision of more TBC servers, it will most likely become far too crowded (read: unplayable) in Outland. Layering will be an ongoing issue. Either way, it will be a cramp to quest and level in the open world for the first few days and maybe even weeks.
  • A pre-patch is imperative if freshly created Blood Elves and Draenei are not to have a noticeable disadvantage when progressing through Tier 4 content.

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Option No. 2: Fresh TBC servers with transfer option

Alternatively, Blizzard could offer fresh TBC servers and allow Classic players to transfer or copy their characters to them.

Advantages of fresh TBC servers with transfer option

  • Classic fans who do not feel like TBC can stay in their old home and community.
  • Blizzard can define restrictions for the transfer, for example regarding the gold or the number of characters. Depending on the restrictions, this could have a positive effect on the economy and the rich-poor divide.
  • Classic players can use this option to take at least some of their characters, earned gold, and items with them to Outland.
  • The faction balance can unfold anew on all new servers.

Disadvantages of fresh TBC servers with transfer options

  • Requiring a server transfer will tear apart server and guild communities.
  • Players who haven't played Classic much or at all, and are just getting started with TBC Classic, will be at a disadvantage (although not to the same extent as with option 1).
  • The lower the restrictions on character transfer, the more broken the economy will be from day 1, the bigger the difference will be between players who have spent months preparing and those who haven't.
  • Again, Blizzard needs to provide enough TBC servers so that Outland doesn't get too crowded (read: unplayable) and layering doesn't become an ongoing issue. Either way, it's going to be a cramp to quest and level in the open world for the first few days and maybe even weeks.
  • A pre-patch is imperative if freshly created Blood Elves and Draenei are not to have a noticeable disadvantage when progressing through Tier 4 content.
  • Some (if not all) Classic servers will turn into ghost servers with the TBC release, with hardly anything going on.

Option No. 3: Fresh TBC servers with level 1 start

It is

also possible to force all TBC enthusiasts to restart. Say: All start at level 1.

Advantages of fresh TBC servers with tier 1 compulsion

  • Everyone starts from scratch. Everyone enters Outland with equipment from the level phase. The economy can develop slowly. No one can pay for things like epic flying out of petty cash, which is already very well filled.
  • The TBC content feels more challenging at the start because you don't have access to Classic Phase 6 BS items.
  • The faction balance can unfold anew on all servers.
  • Players will only hit Outland gradually, which will have a noticeably positive effect on the leveling experience in the new zones.
  • Classic fans who don't feel like playing TBC can stay in their old home and community.

Disadvantages of fresh TBC servers with level 1 compulsion

  • Many Classic players will be frustrated by having to leave their old characters behind and start over.
  • Those who don't like having to level through the old zones may now forgo TBC altogether.
  • Having to play on a new server will also tear apart Classic communities here.
  • Blizzard needs to provide enough TBC servers here as well so that it doesn't get too crowded (read: unplayable) on Outland in the medium term and layering doesn't become a permanent issue.
  • Some (if not all) Classic servers will turn into ghost servers with the TBC release, with hardly anything going on.
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Option #4: Fresh TBC Servers with Level 58

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Last but not least, Blizzard could offer a character boost to level 58 for the freshly created TBC servers

.

This also comes with advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of fresh TBC servers with level 58 startEveryone

  • starts at the same level. Everyone enters Outland with comparable equipment. The economy can develop slowly. No one can pay for things like epic flying out of petty cash, which is already very well filled.
  • The TBC content feels more challenging at the start because you don't have access to Classic Phase 6 BS items.
  • If you don't fancy the old Classic zones, you can ignore them completely. Draenei and Blood Elves don't need to be leveled up first either.
  • The faction balance can unfold anew on all servers.
  • Classic fans who don't feel like TBC can stay in their old home and community.

Disadvantages of fresh TBC servers with level 58 launchMany

  • Classic players will be frustrated by having to leave their old characters behind
.
  • Without boost restrictions, many players will create numerous twinks, such as for tailoring and crafting items that have a multi-day cooldown on them.
  • The character boost will have a huge impact on the number of bots. Already, bots are a nuisance. If you can create high level bots with the click of a button, it will be much worse. Especially since the need for gold will be great, since Classic players had to leave their farmed riches on the Classic servers.
  • By forcing them to play on a new server, Classic communities will be torn apart here as well.
  • Again, Blizzard needs to provide enough TBC servers to keep Outland from becoming too crowded (read: unplayable) and to keep layering from becoming an ongoing issue. Either way, it's going to be a cramp to quest and level in the open world for the first few days and maybe even weeks.
  • Some (if not all) Classic servers will turn into ghost servers with hardly anything going on with the TBC release.

Which option does Classic fan Karsten prefer?

You see it: there are pros and cons to each option, and many of the points are not debatable for numerous players. "Everyone has to start from level 1? Then I won't play TBC Classic!" Or, "What, there are upgrades to the Classic servers with no restrictions on gold and such? I don't have enough time to keep up! That's it for me." Or, "I won't play TBC without a character boost. I simply don't feel like leveling in the old zones."

I've heard or read statements like these and many more many dozens of times over the past weeks and months.

From my point of view, Blizzard should therefore offer a mix of the above options. That is: Upgrades for existing Classic servers to TBC Classic plus fresh TBC servers. On some of the fresh TBC servers you start with level 1, others are released with reasonable restrictions for character transfers and offer - also limited (about 1 character per account) - a level-58 boost. In addition, there are fresh Classic servers for all Classic fans. Again, not every player will be happy in the end, but that's not possible anyway.

Personally, I would stay on my Classic server in that case and tackle the TBC content with my Classic guild. I feel comfortable in the server community, the faction balance is still ok, as is the economy, and I would hate to leave my Classic characters behind. Also, I've already started preparing for TBC, leveling up certain professions and twinks, and buying out an item or two from the auction house. "cough "


Now it's your turn: which option would you prefer and for what reason? Do you see any other advantages or disadvantages that I forgot to mention? Tell me in the comments!

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