On June 1st, 2021, WoW Classic players rushed through the Dark Portal with everyone else — well, almost everyone. What about those that stayed behind, those who had no concern whether they were or were not “prepared”? A niche community of Classic WoW players kept doing what they enjoyed, playing their level-60 characters. And, when threats of the Lich King sent adventurers to Northrend, that same community of Classic WoW players was still enjoying their vanilla version of the game.
It has been 19 months since the release of The Burning Crusade, and servers that were once Low population have now reached Medium! What started as scattered players has grown into several busy and populated communities.
The first server group to reach medium population is the PVP server Firemaw EU on January 29th, 2023. The next week, on February 5th, 2023 the PVE server Mankrik was the first medium population server on NA, followed by the PVP server Whitemane the next day, which I play on.
The servers have large levelling guilds with players running all of the low-level dungeons, working their way through the world, and getting ready to raid. Classic Era has never been a more busy and welcoming place! If you are interested, we have a full post covering all of the different servers to play on and the progress of each of the guilds.
Several reasons for the recent boost in players is the community outreach on YouTube, Reddit, and even this article that you are reading on Warcraft Tavern! Many players are also saying that they are bored of Wrath of the Lich King and simply have missed Vanilla, but they did not know that people were still playing. There are also many Season of Mastery players transferring their characters to Classic Era (which we also have a guide on how to do if you are not sure: How to Transfer Your SOM Characters to Classic Era.) And, lastly, it helped that some of the larger WoW content creators made videos on Classic Era.
So if you, like many, want to return to Classic era — there is no better time! So join us on Whitemane or Mankrik on NA, or Firemaw or Pyrewood Village on EU! Talk to players on these servers to see which is the best fit for you!
About the Author
I have played mostly warrior since vanilla in World of Warcraft. A huge fan of classic, I always play dwarf and have earned the title of Dwarflord. I also am a huge fan of the Diablo series! Feel free to get in contact with me on Discord (malekk#4465) or on Youtube!
Its weird – I started getting this itch to level a mage again, but wanted the modern client. I am 200% ready for a comeback.
What do you mean modern client? Era is on 1.14, not some earlier patch.