Zep’s journey: 1 – 22

I’d hoped to make a post before now but I’ve been super busy, this is the first chance I’ve had between work and cramming as much time into Classic as possible (without catching gf aggro).

Week one has been a blast! Granted, the queue drama on the first few days was no fun but making the decision to switch from Shazzrah to Dreadmist really paid off, the community is great and I even joined a guild that has been reformed from my old Vanilla server (Evil Eye, formerly of Bloodscalp).

As per my previous post, Deathknell was insanely overpopulated in the first few hours after the server went up so I decided to leave it a day and see if it was any better the following evening.

I don’t even think this many people were buried down here.

Once I’d installed Questie and set up a playlist I was on my way. Deathknell took much longer than expected and I ended up grinding out most of level 1 – 6 because trying to tag quest mobs was near impossible with the sheer number of people around. To all you #nochanges folk, imagine how much of a shitshow this would’ve been without layering!

After crawling my way to level 6 I set out to Brill which was a lot more bearable, people were a little more spread out and it was actually useful to be able to form groups for the harder quests (I’m looking at you; The Family Crypt).

But it wasn’t long before I had the misfortune to wander too close to the Scarlet Monastery and I’m proud to say that my first death in the game was at least somewhat memorable!

Not even mad.

The good thing about Brill is there are a couple of quests that send you to Undercity early on, which was a perfect opportunity to learn some professions. I opted for Skinning and Tailoring for now, the plan is to eventually drop Skinning for Enchanting after I’ve farmed my epic mount.

At level 12 I had to make the call between Silverpine Forest or the Barrens. One would be the easier and less crowded route but the other would have more Chuck Norris jokes. The choice was obvious:

Macros at the ready!

I fucking love the Barrens, man. There’s just something about that zone that captures old school World of Warcraft more than anywhere else. It’s probably because of the sheer number of failed characters that I made back in Vanilla that never quite made it past level 20 but it just feels like home.

That’s not to say it’s perfect, there’s more than a few quests that had me running back to the exact same area to kill a slightly different variation of the same mob I’d just killed for a cloth reward with plus to strength but it’s cool, that’s part of the experience I suppose.

To speed things up a little I decided to run a few dungeons with some guildies. Ragefire Chasm wasn’t much of a challenge but there were a few pulls in Wailing Caverns that nearly had us. It’s such a nice change of pace from Retail where you can pull half a dungeon in one go, we actually had to mark packs of mobs and use our CC effectively. We also forgot that Verdan the Everliving hits like a truck, our tank died and it was left to just me and the healer to kite him and finish him off but we somehow managed it!

Frostbolt, Frostbolt, Frostbolt, Frostbolt, Frostbolt and Frostbolt.

So after 23 hours played I’m sitting at level 22, I’m sure this is abysmally slow compared to some others but I’ve enjoyed every second!

I’ll wrap this up with a beautiful sunset I managed to capture on my way to Thunderbluff for the first time:

Tom :]

The authentic launch day experience

Wouldn’t really be a Blizzard launch day without 5 hour queues would it?

I managed to jump on one of the newer realms (Dreadmist) that went up in the past hour or so to have a look around and it’s already medium pop.

So much for layering!

At this point I think it’s best just to log off and forget about Classic for another week or so. I’d imagine that a lot of people took this week off work to play and also by next week the tourists will be so fed up of queues and camping quest mobs that they’ll just give up.

Fingers crossed.

Tom :]

Realm names announced

Blizzard have announced the realm names and I can’t help but think the US got the better end of the stick here.

I mean Shazzrah, really?

Realm NameTypeLanguage
Hydraxian WaterlordsRPEnglish
Mirage RacewayNormalEnglish
Pyrewood VillageNormalEnglish
Zandalar TribeRP-PvPEnglish
Aerythlea, Community Manager

Nevermind, I’ll be on Golemagg because it’s the least ridiculous sounding of the two PvP realms.

Update: I’ll be on Shazzrah after all, looks like there’s going to be a decent UK population on that realm.

Tom :]

Pre-launch test and system requirements!

Yes, your toaster can run Classic.

See you guys on the 8th!

Our global pre-launch test of WoW Classic will begin on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PDT and is scheduled to end on Friday, August 9. This test will be available to all World of Warcraft players with a current subscription or active game time in all regions. The maximum character level will be 15.

We ask that players please log-in and play as much as possible during the first two hours of the test – 11:00 a.m. PDT to 1:00 p.m. PDT, as that is when we’ll be actively monitoring for issues important to launch.

WoW Classic is now ready for all players to install from the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App in advance of the test. To install WoW Classic:

1. Open the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App and select World of Warcraft in the game selection menu on the left.
2. Under the Version dropdown menu, select World of Warcraft Classic. If you have more than one World of Warcraft account, you’ll see a second dropdown for Account. In that column, select the active account to associate with your WoW Classic install.
3. Click the Install button. You’ll see an installation progress bar that will show you when the installation is complete.

Minimum Specs

We’ve finalized the minimum specifications required to play WoW Classic on PC or Mac. Please note that these are much lower than the minimum specs required to play Battle for Azeroth. Recommended specs are the same for both.

In our hardware testing, we found that we were able to successfully run WoW Classic on systems manufactured and released in the 2007-2009 timeframe, and thanks to improvements in how we build and distribute game data, the hard drive space requirements are actually smaller than they were in version 1.12 of original WoW.

OPERATING SYSTEM – Windows® 7 64-bit (with latest Service Packs)
PROCESSOR – Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750
VIDEO – NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT 512 MB or AMD Radeon™ HD 4850 512 MB or Intel® HD Graphics 4000
MEMORY – 2 GB RAM (4 GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)
STORAGE – 5 GB available space
INTERNET – Broadband internet connection
INPUT – Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
RESOLUTION – 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

OPERATING SYSTEM – MacOS® 10.12 (latest version)
PROCESSOR – Intel® Core™ i5, 2.0 GHz or better
VIDEO – Metal capable GPU with 1 GB VRAM
MEMORY – 2 GB RAM (4GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)
INTERNET – Broadband internet connection
INPUT – Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
RESOLUTION – 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

We’ll see you in Azeroth on Thursday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. PDT!

Kaivax, Community Manager

Tom :]