The day has arrived. World of Warcraft Classic is live and all over the world, players are traversing the Vanilla lands of 15 years ago. Of course, the launch of this game has not been smooth. With long queues and world servers going down, it does feel as though we are back in 2004. To the players, this only adds to the nostalgia.
This has to be one of the biggest releases this year. While we haven’t seen the numbers just yet, what we do know that it is the top streamed game on Twitch right now, sitting at 455K viewers at the time of this writing. The full queues are indicative of the sheer amount of people who have been waiting since its announcement to go back to where it all started. From what I have seen from the stress tests that Blizzard was doing a few months back, this game is reigniting the love that WoW players have for this game. It is probably the best thing that Blizzard could have done at this time.
To commemorate the launch of World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard released a music video entitled “A Toast to 15 Years.” In it we see a bard singing a tavern song about our adventures in Azeroth. I admit that I got a little emotional listening to it. Like many of players, World of Warcraft has a special place in my heart.
The song is catchy, and I expect that players will be singing it for days and weeks to come (or it might just be me). What makes the video special is not just the trip down memory lane, but also the cameos. We see Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, a Blizzard favorite and frequent BlizzCon DJ. There’s also Matthew Mercer, Patty Mattson, and Ronda Rousey. The legendary player behind “Leeroy Jenkins” is also there along with Twitch streamer and popular content creator Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris.
You can find the video below. And let’s raise a glass as we go back to “a place where anything can kill ya! So, polish your shields and sharpen your axe because we’re going back to Vanilla!”
My Nigh Elf Rogue will see you all in Southshore.