Despite Blizzard’s problems, WoW Classic still seems to be going strong. On Bloodsail Buccaneers walking into Stormwind most hours of the day will still find it quite crowded.
Blizz made a change the week before last that did two things. First, you no longer have to pick your realm every single time you log in. I cannot remember if that was actually a thing back in 2006, but if it was it was unnecessary to reproduce that particular quirk.
Blizz also updated the realm selection so that it is broken out by more regions (US East and US West were divided, leading to a moment of panic when I could not find our server) and it shows which realms are layered.
Given Blizzard’s previous statement that they did not want to go into phase two of the WoW Classic experience until all realms had been reduced to a single layer, we may still be a while on this.
To further the path towards a single layer for servers free server transfers remain active to/from specific realms in the Americas and Europe. There is a warning that these move options could close at any time, though the number of layered servers seems to indicate that they may be around for a bit still.
Originally slated to be part of the phase two unlock, Blizzard opened up Dire Maul this past week, allowing ogre adventures to begin.
Dire maul is actually the key to a number of quests, including the Warlock and Paladin epic mount quests. Blizz also posted a fly through video that shows some of the more memorable locations.
The Hallow’s End event has reached live where people are no doubt queuing up yet again to try and obtain the headless horseman’s mount.
But it is also live on WoW Classic, leaving me to try to remember how the event even worked back in the day. Pumpkins are out everywhere and you can trick or treat at the inn keepers once every 60 minutes. (Though that timer stops running down if you’re logged off. Hrmm.) With a set of characters that do not have hats yet I was really hoping for some masks. But I seem to get the trick more often than the treat.
And so it goes.