Author Archives: SynCaine

About SynCaine

Former hardcore raider turned casual gamer.

WoW Classic: Two dungeons, two different games

In the last few days our guild ran two instances, Shadow Fang Keep and Gnomeregan, and the two experiences nicely mirror the differences between WoW Classic and Retail IMO. For SFK, our group was a bit higher in levels than … Continue reading

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WoW is dead. Long live WoW!

WoW Retail, born Nov 23rd, 2004, has sadly passed away at the age of (almost) 15 on Aug 26th, 2019. Cause of death: WoW Classic. RIP in peace. Ever since WoW Retail become a monster hit sometime around 2005, ‘WoW … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: It’s not a hard game, but it does reward player skill

As we continue to see mountains of feedback about Classic via blogs and forums, one topic keeps coming up that is being misunderstood and/or misrepresented: the difficulty of WoW Classic, either as its own entity or compared to Retail. I’ll … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: The case for an expansion, and I don’t mean TBC

We are just over a week in, but considering Blizzard is STILL opening new servers and now offering server transfers, I think its safe to say that Classic has been a hit beyond what Blizzard originally projected. How big of … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: Deadmines have been run, a server queue has been spotted

As a guild we ran the Deadmines on Sunday and again on Monday night. Both runs were successful, though the Sunday run had a few wipes and had to deal with respawns, while the Monday run was clean start to … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: I love the difficulty so much I installed a mod to remove it!

Reading some of the early reaction posts to WoW Classic has me mentality returning to the older days of this blog, specifically the thing where I pick apart another post because it always amuses me that people say how they … Continue reading

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WoW Classic: Benediction is our server

Due to Blizzard still learning how to manage an MMO 15 years later, we have once again moved, this time to Benediction, a high-pop server that fortunately has yet to have queues. Our guild, Supreme Cream, has also been formed, … Continue reading

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