Last night, thousands of World of Warcraft Classic players landed on a single server for a fresh leveling experience. It was an absolute mess.
Last week I reported on how more than 1,000 World of Warcraft players have united to create a “fresh” experience with the classic version of the famous MMO.
With the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, no new servers have arrived, so anyone who wants to play a well-known MMO like 2004 will start with an area filled with the highest levels of players and botting.
In response, players gathered together to “reboot” the vanilla experience on one of the least populated servers.
When reported last weekend, The Fresh Crusade was a community project where Discord had 1,300 players. Discord had more than 10,000 members last night on March 5, when the server home to this massive reroll event was announced.
The original idea was to provide a fresh leveling experience similar to what was offered when World of Warcraft Classic (and the original World of Warcraft it actually simulates) was first launched. ..
However, the Fresh Crusade was too popular for its own benefit. The server in question, Dragonfang [EU], Soon rose from the low-population area to the medium-population area. Caszhar, the player who started The Fresh Crusade, said he didn’t know the exact number of players who took part in the launch, but estimated it to be 30% of Discord’s members. This means that 3000 players have landed on Dragonfang. at the same time. At launch, over 20 guilds were formed and ready to go. Each guild has hundreds of players as members.
“I think everyone knew our purpose,” Kazar told me tonight. “The launch was different from the classic launch in 2019. After that, there was a layer to put players on the instance to reduce overflow, but here everyone was in one space. The experience is confusing. But it was great, so there were a lot of people in one place. It was amazing, it took about 3-4 hours for people to spread, but everyone had a lot of fun. Many people , Claimed that this launch was bigger, chaotic, and fun than the classic launch because of its madness. “
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Caszhar’s reroll experience seems to be similar to that of others:
“I started with five people in the guild and tried a few quests, but it was difficult to kill anything, so I rushed to a higher level area and killed as many mobs as possible.
“It’s far from a leveling experience so far, and it’s overwhelming that there are always a lot of people around, but it’s still unique that I’ve never experienced in an MMORPG.”
Here is a screenshot of last night’s Dragonfang-wide action provided by Caszhar.
But the day after the launch, things settled down a bit.
“But today we continue to play more, and more people are spreading and less competitive to raise the bar,” Kazar said. “There are a lot of groups doing their own thing. It feels like this WoW Classic server is back and once again full of life for players everywhere.”
Part of the reason The Fresh Crusade exists is to combat the botting and economic inflation that plagues the World of Warcraft Classic.
Despite this botting issue, Fresh Crusade has targeted sparsely populated servers to provide players with the opportunity to provide the best “fresh” experience.
Unfortunately, botting also existed on dead servers, and Dragonfang was no exception. “Even if Blizzard releases a new territory, it will probably be at the top of the month by the time it reaches the same level of high-population servers,” Caszhar said. “People in this project are concerned and they are perfectly effective, as bots promote the positive thinking we have tried to level the game together and reach the endgame. It doesn’t really matter, but it’s always a big inconvenience and there’s nothing a player can do other than a report bot. “
Caszhar is pleased with the popularity of The Fresh Crusade, but it seems quite stressful to keep things organized and overcome the bloated discord.
After The Fresh Crusade appeared in the headlines, some people tried to suspend the project. This is an ongoing effort after its release.
These people attempted “pre-leveling” by speculating that the server The Fresh Crusade would be regenerated and pre-leveled there. This upset some parts of the community that wanted to start with an equal competition.
And then there’s the predictable toxic behavior that emerged when The Fresh Crusade gained popularity throughout the week.
Nevertheless, Caszhar is fine. “Because it got a little cold, I was able to immerse myself in the world with everyone else and take a step back from managing everything. I have a great experience. All that is part of this. Time with the player. “
Caszhar and co-workers are currently planning to host server-wide events to keep players interested. Caszhar hopes that Burning Crusade Classic will attract even more players than Classic.