World of Warcraft‘s Wrath of the Lich King Classic expansion will bring with it a couple of new Fresh Start realms for both PvP and PvE servers. These new servers are designed in such a way that every player joining the realm has to create a new character and start from scratch. As the name Fresh Start implies, they are a truly fresh start for players, both veterans and newcomers joining with the release of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Transfers to the server and level boosts are not allowed for at least 90 days, thus providing a unique, classic, experience of starting alongside other players who are all in a similar situation.
While the Fresh Server format certainly will not be for everyone, many players have requested servers such as these for quite a while. Some have even created private servers using a similar style. Timing these new realms with the launch of Wrath of the Lich King Classic will be a perfect temptation for many players to try Classic for the first time.
There are many pros and cons that come with Fresh Start realms, and many WoW players already created Fresh Classic servers before official ones were available. They can provide a natural starting point for many who may feel overwhelmed, a more united social environment for encouraging new friendships, and a pristine economy without the inflation that many servers are experiencing. On the flip side, they also could experience large quantities of players needing to level in the same areas, lengthy queues to log into the game, and the fear that once the initial hype subsides it is unknown whether the servers will flourish or collapse.
Fresh Start Realms Are Perfect For New WoW Players
For many, the greatest draw of a Fresh Start realm – detailed on the official Blizzard forum – is getting to start on an even playing field with other players. Finding groups for dungeons and quests can become significantly easier when the majority of people are around the same levels, making it much easier for players to get into WoW Classic. This also provides an environment that is more compatible with forming new friendships among players due to the common goals and experiences. Additionally, a player who is new to World of Warcraft can more easily learn the game without the feeling of being left behind.
Similar to the launch of a new game, there could be a rocky beginning for the Fresh Start realms. Large numbers of players wanting to try out this new experience could create significant queues to log in. Once players have entered the game, patience may still be required as common early leveling areas will likely be overcrowded. Focusing on finding Wrath of the Lich King Classic groups and creating those friendships that many hope to find in a social game such as this can make the grind easier, but players should not expect the congestion to go away quickly.
World of Warcraft has been around for almost two decades, so the vision of a fresh start on a Fresh server can be enticing for many in the community. The experience that is created will likely have a re-energized feel that is simply unable to be reached in a more established realm. Whether the Fresh Start realms will prosper from the reset economy and newly formed friendships, or ultimately will dwindle into low populations and loss of faction balance will ultimately be a natural evolution that is hard to predict. Either way, these new realms are an exciting opportunity for World of Warcraft players in Wrath of the Lich King Classic.
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