Before Burning Crusade Classic was even announced, there was a lot of chatter within the WoW community about what happens to the original servers and characters when the inevitable expansion drops. The user base was split. Many players are keen to relive The Burning Crusade, while others want WoW Classic to stay true to its original vision: to serve as a time capsule for the World of Warcraft experience circa 2004.
I’m addressing the latter group here. Those progressing to The Burning Crusade Classic will likely be served for years to come, with Wrath of the Lich King and other early expansions likely to get their own Classic remakes. Maybe we don’t bother with Cataclysm? Just a thought.
So, what happens to the vanilla servers when Burning Crusade Classic arrives? Currently, Classic is at serious risk of stagnating. There’s only so much that Blizzard can do to entice casual players who jumped in on day one to stick around, create alts, and carry on raiding. WoW Classic isn’t designed to sustain players for multiple years – you’re supposed to power through, raid until you have the best gear, and then wait for a new expansion to come along… like The Burning Crusade.