The name reservation is fair too, i would be pissed if some kid messes with trial accounts or dad buys 1 month sub cause he was good boy and creates 3 characters with random names and never plays with them above level 10. There is some chance one of these random names will be yours. Now, there will be s*itload of people playing and messing with classic in starting zone, first 2 weeks till they get bored or its nothing they have imagined. I guess its only fair, people who will commit to classic have a fair chance to take their iconic names, and jump into azeroth with all their nostalgia and memories, or jump in adventure ahead of them.
Kaivax, a WoW forum community manager, revealed that WoW Classic's class design, battleground mechanics and stats on existing items will be set to their 1.12 state, despite the game releasing content that expands beyond that. This removes "progressive itemization," so if the stats on a specific piece of equipment was changed during the original updates, that won't take effect in this version.
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To celebrate World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary, Blizzard is planning to release an authentic recreation of its early days with WoW Classic. Players will be able to explore Azeroth as it originally was before the release of WoW’s many expansion sets. Initially it’ll feature encounters like Molten Core, Onyxia and Maraudon at launch and will see more content rolled out as the game goes on (such as Alterac Valley, the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort and Naxxramas). It’s not just the world that’s reverting to its classic form either – the combat mechanics, skill trees and character models will be as they were in the original too.
I really can't buy into this reason because they used to do beta without the subscription requirement. It seems like if they want to test how many people are interested, they can just open it up to everyone like they do for every WoW expansion. And how are they going to know how many servers they need for all the people without a subscription who can't reserve a name or qualify for beta?
“To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.”
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Most people who have spent years playing massively multiplayer online games will tell you that there's something special about the first one you played, too—and WoW was the first for many people. You can become so swept up in the uniqueness of your first experience that you overlook many flaws. It's likely many look at WoW Classic with rose-colored glasses, just as many simply forgot which features were added when. And some of today's WoW players may be too young to have even played vanilla WoW as it once was.
This tutorial will ensure that the beginning of your journey will be a smooth one. It provides information that will help you find your way when you get lost, as well as tips that will offer guidance and advice as you march on towards greatness. It is not an exhaustive guide, however; it neither can nor wants to unveil every secret of Azeroth to you. That glorious task is left up to you as you explore the world yourself. Think of this guide as a touchstone for your early adventures: enough to get started, but too little to spoil any of the awesome surprises that await you in Azeroth.
Actually, I understood perfectly, but I don't think having to be subscribed 2 weeks before go live actually matters when you're expecting to be subscribed for 6 months or more. Those are the people who will care what their name is anyways. IMO, this is more fair. I'm going to be playing this for between 6 months to a year solid at least. Other than some life changing event, I'd be shocked if that didn't happen. I'd rather compete against a smaller pool of players for my names rather than everyone on go live.
“To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.”
While I don’t know how meaningful the number will be compared to the number of players there will be at launch, having the sub requirement gives you a better idea that everyone who signs up is probably serious about playing. If everyone can make characters for free then there will be a lot of people that aren’t actually gonna play and meaninglessly inflates their numbers. This also presents the bullshit problem that somebody that never intended to play takes your name without having ever subbed. Which also introduces the thing that would 100% happen (and still probably will tbf, but less likely and slightly less sheisty in any case) that people will claim names to sell.
Some players have been surprised by these apparent flaws—even players who have been eagerly awaiting WoW Classic's release based on fond memories of vanilla WoW. In truth, it has been so long since WoW first released, players' memories may not always be accurate. Some details might be fresh, but others might be lost in time, and it's those lost details that could surprise players revisiting the original experience in WoW Classic.
Good news, Warcraft fans – WoW Classic‘s release date has been revealed as August 27, and an invite-only closed beta test will begin tomorrow, May 15. Current World of Warcraft subscribers can opt-in to an invite-only closed beta test. This is the first firm info we have been given on World of Warcraft Classic since we first reported on it back in March of this year. 

WoW Classic seeks to recreate the "vanilla WoW" experience—that is, WoW as it existed before a series of seven game-altering major expansion packs from 2007's The Burning Crusade to 2018's Battle for Azeroth. To achieve this, Blizzard has rebuilt the game based on archived data from back in 2005 and 2006 (patch 1.12 is the goalpost—the current game is on patch 8.1.5). The company has committed to meticulously presenting the experience exactly as it was back then—warts and all—with only a small number of unavoidable or critical changes.
I don't think you really understand what my concern with this is. I'm not talking about needing it now. I'm talking about just a fair shot for everyone to grab what they want. To me, a fair way would be to just let people make their characters on launch day. But with what they are doing, they are essentially using a "pay to win" approach to getting popular names. You have no chance to grab a name like Arthas on launch day now. So let's say you are a former vanilla player like me who has no interest in the retail WoW. We are now forced to pay for 2 weeks of subscriptions just to pick a name we want.
The name reservation is fair too, i would be pissed if some kid messes with trial accounts or dad buys 1 month sub cause he was good boy and creates 3 characters with random names and never plays with them above level 10. There is some chance one of these random names will be yours. Now, there will be s*itload of people playing and messing with classic in starting zone, first 2 weeks till they get bored or its nothing they have imagined. I guess its only fair, people who will commit to classic have a fair chance to take their iconic names, and jump into azeroth with all their nostalgia and memories, or jump in adventure ahead of them.
Hey buddy, I think you're forgetting that wow is part of a company and it's one of their major products they've been relying on for years. You may hate BFA and all the people who are still subscribed and playing BFA, but I can assure you Blizzard doesn't think that way. Imagine you sign up to go on a brand new cruise ship. The cruise ship company has a bunch of loyal customers who have been going on their cruises for years so they let them tour the new cruise ship the day before, however they decide to let new customers go on the tour for a small fee if they want to. That's what this is like. They're giving a little kick back to all the people who have stayed subbed to wow. I haven't played wow since the middle of legion and I can totally understand why blizzard would do that. You may think classic is all that matters. Blizzard still cares very much about the BFA players. 
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