I want to talk about the transfer methods from vanilla to BC. If you remember that old survey back in March: they pulled people of four different ways into moving into the expansion.
1. Start a brand new character from Level 1 on a new Burning Crusade server
2. Start a brand new character from Level 58 on a new Burning Crusade server
3. All existing servers transfer to burning crusade, and you have the option of transferring off to permanent (non-fresh) 60 cap vanilla servers
4. All existing servers stay capped at 60 vanilla servers, and you have the option of transferring off to new servers that progress to the burning crusade.
Everybody can vote on this, so we can get an idea of what blizzard is looking at, but first let me cover them each and each method has their good sides and downsides.
Let’s start with Option 1 which is fresh level 1 positives. That is a fresh start, the idea of starting fresh is appealing to a lot of people. Some people ask: is it too late to start classic, regardless of the game people don’t like starting it when everybody else is way ahead of them, classic case fullness rammus gear, a ton of wow classic gold and so on. Sure they can get gear fast, my guild disenchants, and quite a lot of AQ gear at this point.
I think the major issue is that people don’t necessarily want to be fast tracked unless they’re a streamer.
The normal person just wants a fresh and even start day one with everyone else. That’s the major poll of fresh one servers. The economies are in shambles due to blizzard’s poor policing of botting and multi-boxing are reset specifically regarding multi-boxing. That’s banned now, so fresh servers would have a better economy for that alone.
Now just how many people would actually go back remains to be seen that’s the purpose of the survey questions but the door remains open with this method, and this leads me to the downsides.
The downside 1 is that although the door is open again, we don’t know how many people will go through it. The characters are still there on the server, but my prediction is that the average player is going to play on a fresh new bc server over a game. It’s an additional server at some points, so having these fresh servers from one server, offering no solution to the threat of all of the servers.
The downside 2 is the yang to positive one starting from scratch can be as bad as it is good. I’m sure not everybody wants to start from level one, and they want to take their characters with all of their gear and items and gold pvp titles into bc, so this would be a forced restart for everyone which would definitely cause some controversy.
The downside 3 is subjective, that’s the fact that this obviously isn’t how we transferred to bc back in 07. The way it worked is that bc came out and every server forcibly progressed, so the idea is that this option goes against no changes.
If you’re curious but moving on to Option 2: from Level 58. This shares all of the positives and negatives of method one instead an additional positive is that at least you don’t have to level again, you wouldn’t take your gear vanilla wow gold or other items but at least you don’t need to level. The downside is that you don’t need to level, and just completely kills the old world. Although it’s not specified, I’m assuming it’s only a one-time thing and you can’t spam 58s. If that were the case, that would be super broken. Because you could spam transmute alts and make primal mites spell cloth, and other similar items completely worthless, but if it’s just at level 58, there are plenty of people focus on one character, they have just one level 60 because that’s all they have time for, so this method would result in 90% of the eastern kingdoms and kalimdor to be completely abandoned, which is just plain unhealthy the expansion. Of course you can focus on the outland but vanilla is still a huge part of the game. A big draw of MMOs is that online sprawling world and everywhere you go, there’s something going on. I just think that 95% of the population being loaded directly into these seven zones into the outland would be plain wrong, because we’re playing the world of warcraft, not the world of outland.
Option 3: the first positive point is that a lot of people don’t think about. In my opinion because it’s sort of hidden in plain sight, and this is the best option for combating against servers. With this method, the population of all of the servers we have right now maintains into bc, assuming that my prediction of most players moving forward to bc is correct. That’s really important and blizzard can make an amount of permanent non-fresh 60 servers appropriate to the people who would play permanent non-fresh 60 servers and as long as they don’t make too many, these servers would actually have enough people to support. The people could find guilds, run raids and all that good stuff, it wouldn’t maintain the non-fresh communities but it wouldn’t maintain the non-fresh population relative to the amount of servers they end up.
The second positive point is that this maintain established communities for those who want to move into bc again. Most people who want to play vanilla forever will do that through fresh servers where they just keep restarting over and over, and they always have something to work towards, so this option will be the most healthy and maintaining the current server communities, so you would see the same people and same guild that you see.
The third positive point is that you keep your actual character that you leveled and Geared pretty self-explanatory, and you no need to reset progress.
Option 4: we have all servers stay vanilla and you have the option to transfer to burning crusade. I think the only upside is that if people choose to stay non-fresh vanilla, your community remains intact but if people choose to play vanilla forever, they’re going to roll in fresh anyways. One of the survey question asks for where players will spend their most time with non-fresh 60? It isn’t even listed as an option. I think that all of these servers would be leached from both fresh and bc servers, so you’re having all of these original servers that have a high potential of just dying as the population migrates away, so I think this is the best option.
People keep their characters communities remain relatively intact and most importantly as opposed to the other three options, this is the method that best combats servers dying. We have now theoretically would remain relatively the same and for what I predict to be a small percentage of the people who want to play forever on the non-fresh 60 lock servers. Blizzard can make a few of those and retain a healthy population, this option I think would be the healthiest for bc, fresh and non-fresh. Personally I will vote for this and I also predict that’s what blizzard will do, because I think it’s the safest option and they usually go with the safe choice.
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