Thousands of World of Warcraft Classic players flocked to 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 had come together to create a “new” experience in the classic version of the famous MMO.
In the absence of new incoming servers with the launch of Burning Crusade Classic, those who only now fancy playing the famous MMO as it was in 2004 are faced with starting out in realms filled with top-level players and botting.
In response, players flocked to “reset” the basic experience on one of the less populated servers.
When I reported on it last weekend, The Fresh Crusade was a community project whose Discord had 1,300 players. Last night on 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, and indeed the original World of Warcraft that it simulates, was first released.
But The Fresh Crusade ended up being too popular for its own good. The server in question, Dragonfang [EU], immediately went from being a low-population kingdom to a medium-population kingdom. Caszhar, the player who started The Fresh Crusade, told me on Discord that they couldn’t tell exactly how many players joined the launch, but they estimated it at 30 percent of the number of Discord members, that would mean 3000 players descended on Dragonfang all . at the same time. At launch, there were more than 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 it was phenomenal and although it took around three to four hours for people to disperse, they all had a lot of fun. Many people claimed that this release was bigger, more chaotic and enjoyable than the classic release due to its craziness. “
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Caszhar’s replay experience was similar to others, it seems:
“I started with five people from my guild and we tried to do some quests, but it was difficult to even kill anything, so we ran into 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 at all times, but it is still something unique that I have never experienced in an MMORPG.”
Here are some screenshots of the action at Dragonfang last night, provided by Caszhar (to explain the footage showing players in a queue, some missions require you to kill a particular NPC that respawns on a timer. Dragonfang was so busy) at the launch of The Fresh 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 have been playing more and a lot of people have dispersed and the level has been less competitive,” said Caszhar. “There are tons of groups doing their thing and it feels like this WoW Classic server has been revitalized and alive with players being everywhere once again.”
One of the reasons for The Fresh Crusade’s existence is to combat the botting and economic inflation that plagues World of Warcraft Classic.
The Fresh Crusade targeted a low population server in an attempt to give players the opportunity to get the best “fresh” experience they could despite this bot problem.
Unfortunately, botting exists even on dead servers, and Dragonfang was no exception. “Even if Blizzard did release new realms, it would only be a month at the most before it would probably hit the same high population server levels,” Caszhar said.
“The people who are part of this project have had their concerns and they are perfectly valid. Botting will not be a big problem for the players as they level up in the game together and promote the positive mindset that we have tried to instill in order to get there. at the end of the game, but it will always be a major inconvenience and there is nothing players can do about it other than report bots. “
While Caszhar is delighted with how popular The Fresh Crusade has been, it seems that organizing the thing and keeping up with the bulging discord has been quite stressful.
After The Fresh Crusade made headlines, some people tried to disrupt the project, an effort that has continued after launch.
These people tried “pre-level” by trying to guess the server The Fresh Crusade would be played on and the level there beforehand. This upset some within 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 I have been able to immerse myself in the world with all the other people and step back to manage it all, I have had an amazing time with all the players. that are part of this. “
Caszhar and company now plan 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.