WoW Classic Season of Mastery players will be able to transfer to either Classic or Wrath Classic servers for free
WoW Classic game producer Aggrend recently posted on the forums to announce there will be a way for people to carry over their Season of Mastery characters into either Wrath Classic or into a regular Classic server. If you’re not familiar with WoW Classic’s Seasons of Mastery, it’s similar in concept to Diablo 3 and its Seasons — a server that exists to allow all the players on it to start anew with level 1 WoW Classic characters and pursue progression as the content unlocks in accelerated phases over the course of a year. With Naxxramas recently being tested on the PTR, players are looking towards the future once Naxxaramas has been released and contemplate what might happen when the Classic Era Season of Mastery reaches the end of available content.
If you’ve been playing a character for a year, through all the original WoW raid instances, you might well not want to abandon them. People grow attached to their characters. I’ve played the same character through several Diablo 3 Seasons, and I think letting players make a choice as described is a good move. It means that they don’t have to abandon (or see wiped) a character they’ve been playing with friends and progressing through content for a year or so, building memories and collecting items that in some cases may well remain in their bags forever. I still have all my BWL gear years down the road, just for emotional reasons.
I understand why some players don’t like this change. I think some of the arguments are a bit silly — Oh, so you wanted to play SoM instead of TBCC and denied us the pool of players is a strange one in my eyes, because for all you know the people playing Season of Mastery also played or are playing Burning Crusade Classic as well, for example — but I get feeling like Season of Mastery was intended to be a limited experience with a beginning and an end. Naxxramas 40 has been on farm in Classic Era for a while now, so I don’t see how letting some Season of Mastery players bring their characters to those servers will hurt much. And for players who choose to go to a Wrath Classic server? I mean, Naxx gear is good, don’t get me wrong, but you will be replacing it before you get to level 80, I promise you — just in time for all new Naxx gear you’ll also replace again.
So yes, I think this is a good call. I also hope they consider letting players take the same character through the next Season of Mastery — resetting them to level 1, moving all of their gear to another character or holding it in abeyance until the next Season of Mastery is over, or maybe just cloning the character as a level 1 so you can keep playing your SoM character in a new Season. But if they don’t, you can always reroll on the next Season servers, and now, you can choose to depart for either the original 1 to 60 game or the upcoming level 80 content in Wrath Classic. Either way works for me.
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