WoW Classic servers will go live tomorrow for name reservation and realm selection
Announced at BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Classic is set to release on August 27. Those who missed the news about it so far should know that this server option brings back World of Warcraft to its pre-The Burning Crusade state — to be more specific, it delivers the same experience as the patch 1.12.1 of the game. Tomorrow (or today), those who want to get rid of a task that might take a while at launch will be able to reserve their character names and choose the realm where they want to play that character.
Depending on the region, the WoW Classic servers will go live at different times for character name reservation and realm selection. For those located in Los Angeles, for example, the US servers will go live at 3:00 PM today. European players will be able to grab their names and choose their realms tomorrow, at 00:01 CEST.
According to the official forum post regarding this topic, "players with an active subscription or game time on their World of Warcraft account can reserve their character names by creating up to three Classic characters. Please note that all of your characters on a PvP realm must be the same faction." The Americas and Oceania get 13 realms while Europe gets 12. However, there are only six English language realms in Europe, where other three languages — French, German, and Russian — get two realms each.
WoW Classic comes with a maximum level of the player characters set to 60, no expansion content, the same gameplay mechanics of the original version, as well as many other elements that have been changed since the release of the game. These elements include the original eight races — humans, dwarves, gnomes, and night elves for the Alliance and orcs, trolls, tauren, and the Forsaken for the Horde, nine classes — druid, hunter, mage, paladin, priest, rogue, shaman, warlock and warrior, not to mention that only Alliance players can become paladins and only Horde players can become shamans.
While various items, raids, and battlegrounds will be added after the release of WoW Classic, future game updates will not modify the core mechanics such as character abilities and the game balance will be frozen in its 1.12.1 patch stage. However, the recent stress tests have shown that, before releasing any content patches, Blizzard might have to add more servers.
Are you one of those looking forward to WoW Classic? Feel free to share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments section, as usual.