Well, the world’s worst-kept secret is finally out of the bag, and now we have confirmation that Burning Crusade Classic is coming this year. Sometime this year. Leave it to Blizzard not to give us any firm dates or even a more narrow window, but that’s how that studio rolls.
Since we all anticipated it, there’s little surprise here, but it is pleasant to hear even so. We do know that all of the current servers will be converted to Burning Crusade while those who want to stay in Vanilla can transfer to special shards just for that purpose. Not me; I’m ready to move on, and I’m only level 25 as I write this. It’s been a lot of fun adventuring through old Azeroth, but I have zero desire to stay here.
So now I have extra motivation to get my character up to 60, although if Blizz isn’t giving a launch window, I have to assume that I have plenty of time even if I’m just leveling during lunch breaks.
The biggest wrinkle that Burning Crusade threw at me back in 2007 — and the same one that it does today — is the issue of rolling up an alt to take advantage of the new races (and the new race/class combo). When TBC launched, I nearly split myself in half taking my Warlock into Outland while also trying to power-level a Draenei Shaman, and I feel that I might just do the same again in 2021. There’s a big appeal to both prospects, although I do wish there’d be a way to instantly create a level 58 Shaman instead of going all the way back to the start again.
BlizzCon certainly showed me how little I’m interested in Shadowlands, even with the announcement of Patch 9.1. I simply don’t feel that excited about what they’re offering. But I don’t feel like I’m missing out, because I’m still getting my ‘Craft fix from the classic servers.