of Karsten Scholz
On the official World of Warcraft website, Blizzard officials have surprisingly announced that the WoW brand will be released for the Chinese version of WoW Classic. So far, WoW players could only buy WoW brands in Battle for Azeroth and convert them into game time or sell them for in-game gold in the auction house. Now many Western players fear that Blizzard will also offer this service for WoW Classic in the EU and US regions.

As the leaders of Blizzard WoW (buy now for € 14.99) Classic announced, they promised us the most authentic possible preparation of the vanilla feeling. In the official FAQ therefore later stood:

"World of Warcraft Classic is a faithful replica of the original WoW as you know it from 2006. All parts of the game – from combat mechanics and talent trees to character models and zones – have been re-created and contribute to the authentic experience."

The developers made it clear early on that the WoW brand, which had been available in retail WoW for a long time, was not offered in WoW Classic. Here is an excerpt from the FAQ:

F: Can I use WoW brands in WoW Classic?
A: WoW brands cannot be bought or sold in WoW Classic. But you can buy and sell them in World of Warcraft and use them for your playing time.

At least for the Chinese market, however, there has obviously been a rethink. Because on the Chinese official website of World of Warcraft Blizzard officials recently announced surprisingly (via Wowhead) that the WoW brand will appear for the version of WoW Classic available there. It is not yet clear whether this service will also come in the US or EU regions. However, it is clear that many Western players already fear the worst and are clearly against the introduction of the WoW brand in WoW Classic (example 1: reddit, Example 2: Official forum).

The reason is obvious: In contrast to Battle for Azeroth, gold is a much more important or valuable resource in WoW Classic. The ability to earn gold by buying the WoW brand would hit the in-game economy even more drastically than it did when it introduced retail WoW – the We followed the development of the price for the WoW brand in this article, And at that time there were already players who fired Pay2Win allegations towards Blizzard. If WoW Classic also receives the WoW brand in Germany, these allegations would only become louder.

So we see it critically. How do you think about that? Would you welcome or strongly criticize the introduction of the WoW brand in Classic? Let us know in the comments!

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