Vanilla Server

If you haven't figured it out, a true Vanilla ain't ever gonna happen.
Why not just let Nostalrius continue the way it was? The honest answer is, failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights. This applies to anything that uses WoW’s IP, including unofficial servers. And while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server. (source)
Blizzard is never going to allow someone else to run and modify their game. Allowing the Nostalrius servers to exist is allowing someone else to own and modify their property. "Here's this awesome book I wrote, I don't mind if you pretend you wrote it, add chapters, change character names.." right.. This Nostalrius crew could do fine and honor the original game premise, never modifying it from it's original roadmap, but they don't have to.

The real EQ Killer
If Blizzard let them continue, they could change the game to meet their clients' desires. Not like a certain expac? They could just not do it. Melee hunter, nope. Tanking warlocks? Sure why not. At this juncture, it's a completely different game. WoW 2.0 per se. Think about what EverQuest II did for the original EQ game. You change the game enough, people will leave for the better game.

Ok, if not about the IP, think about the security changes. Since Vanilla, Blizzard has been patching various exploits that have came up in the game. Blocking mods that give 'too much' power, PVP exploits, etc. By going back to official Vanilla code, you are asking to be exploited, hacked, and cheated. There is a reason for expansions and it's not always to give us new content. Fixing that gaping security hole that would have broken the 'old' game client is often high on the list. Why do you think they required us to switch to launching the game with the client? Just to get exposure to all their games? Doubt it. It's more likely the same reason Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP. It was inherently buggy and full of security exploits.

Personally, (as I've stated before) I don't care to ever go back to Vanilla. All those 'talent points' to spend. The dreadfully long leveling process via questing. Absolutely no group finder other than hoping for a pst in trade chat. For those of you who do, sorry. It's ok to be nostalgic, but don't expect to go back in time. Warlords of Draenor already tried and look how that went.


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