That's an excellent question. As some add-ons are a mandatory for me to play.
I'm slightly worried about auction house add-ons.While they did exist in vanilla, they weren't nearly as powerful as they are today. Today auction house camping and reselling is pretty much automated, but it wasn't case in vanilla. 1 stack posting spam has been plaguing retail WoW for years because add-ons make it so easy. Auction house UI is ancient and was not designed to handle such abuse.I think it will negatively affect economy because more players will be doing instant undercutting on level 1 alts sitting in capital all day long. Its combination of better add-ons that are very easy to use and more knowledge by players.It would be nice if auction house add-ons had more restrictions, such as preventing add-ons from canceling auctions, preventing add-ons from setting prices, preventing add-ons from splitting stacks. That would be more in line with add-ons behaviour in vanilla and would prevent one click almost fully automated undercutting and 1 stack spamming.
Are we talking about the same ElvUI, that changes everything into black lines and squares? :D That is you calling more smooth? Ok then.
1. make Classic2. add item shop and api for addonsgratz, you played yourself
As others already stated here, even if everything else would be burned away back to the roots somehow, the fact that time is of the essence still stands. When i started playing in march 2005 Vanilla i was pretty bad. I literally had no idea about nothing. No idea about optimising stats, rotation and so on. I got carried away from so many things like just exploring the world and its wonders. I didn't care to speed level my dwarf hunter because i wouldn't anything about it. No surprise that i didn't see no endgame content or even hit Lvl 60. After i restarted playing in Legion i learned all that in order to stand a chance. I got an invitation to the first (two actually) stresstests and took the chance to dive back in time. What conclusion i took from that experience is that the only part of vanilla which is going to be there after 15 years is the very construct of the game like spawn rates and quests which aren't as smoothed out as today. That will also be fact of which Player decide to stay or go back to retail. No matter what fancy addons everybody's using and guidelines they follow to speed up to 60, the game is slower and much less polished and it stays that way.
Time...... I know I'd rather be playing at age 32 than the 47 I will be when Classic goes live in August ;-)
Some people want to play a simple game, with simple mechanics. It's a community driven game, people want a game to interact with buddies and make some, not test their gaming skills.
What a great post by Omegal! And I couldn't agree more.I'm now that much more excited for Classic ;)
He cites "pre-BiS lists" - but most lists are either entirely wrong, due to faulty information and faulty perceptionof hit tables/other mechanics -Or he really does believe that PServers and people who holler about 5 DPS talents, is the accumulated worthof "15 years of experience".If it's been 15 years, and people still haven't figured out how to write a for loop, some print statements, importa few modules, make a plot graph -Then i can safely say, nothing has changed.
Can't wait to see AVR brought back for vanilla!
This is what I always say when someone brings up the subject of addons in Classic. Addon authors in Vanilla had no idea what they were doing, there was no documention, it was all a guess work.If you want to be the purist then you not only would have to block certain addons but also use that neuralizer from Men in Black to erase all that 15 years of knowedge and memories. Otherwise you won't have the authentic vanilla experience when you log in for the first time into the world you know from RTS games or know nothing about. Now you know what to expect, People know the most effiecent questing routes. That's the biggest problem with modern gaming it's about effieciency, you analyze everything before you even start so you won't lose time on figuring stuff out on the go. And for the game that has nothing new to offer like Classic WoW you can realy prepare yourself to be play like a robot.