Blizzard helps old WoW players find each other easier through WoW reunion forums
World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard’s legacy edition of its hit MMO that rewinds the years back to version 1.12 of Azeroth from 2004, is releasing in just three weeks time as a free update to anyone with a WoW subscription, and – to quote Illidan himself – you are not prepared. Blizzard itself, however, is badgering away at making sure launch day is as smooth as it can be come August 27, and has even gone out of its way to reconnect old players returning to WoW who may want to party up with their former raiding friends and relive the experience together.
Introduced still very recently, Blizzard has launched a forum tool called Classic Connections 2004 – 2006. It’s simple to use, as all players have to do is first select either Horde or Alliance (the two main factions from the original game), then what type of server they were on – PVE, PVP, role-playing PVE, or role-playing PVP. After picking their server, they just post who they were and wait to see if they recognize any of their old comrades or are recognized themselves. Blizzard has recommended that players share their old character name, race, class and guild for better results, as well as any names of other players that they want to find and chat with again.
It’s a cool idea, and I’m glad Blizzard’s doing it. That said, the company hasn’t done a great job of publicizing it so far, and it shows. When I first learned about the tool, I made a beeline to the section for my old server, Thunderlord. It was never the most popular server, but I was hoping to see one or two familiar faces on its Classic Connections page. Instead, it was a ghost town, with just nine posts as of this publishing. I got a nostalgic dopamine boost from recognizing a couple ancient guild names, but otherwise, I came away from the reanimated skeleton of my teenage years with more questions than answers.
This is kinda the point of Classic, because it’s not really the same without the other players you experienced it with the first time around. In my World of Warcraft Classic preview back in May, production director Patrick Dawson told me that it was the old guilds and players wanting to reunite that clamoured for the vanilla servers, giving Blizzard the push to create them. Moreover, 5mmo.com provides Cheap World of Warcraft Classic Items for players. As an online in-game currency store for many years, we’ve received great reputation for our reliable service.