There are not any realms that are dedicated to only run some expansion packs or vanilla wow, are there?
No, all the servers are updated with the current expansions and patches.
In addition to what you said about the leveling and the issues you had, PvE servers never had those issues unless you decided to go to the opposing factions capital cities. And even then only your PvP triggered on, not theirs
Also, joining a guild to make friends makes the game far better. Be it a leveling guild, an RP guild, Raiding or PvP. There's everything and it's kinda fun to be part of something. Guilds got a huge boost with Cataclysm aswell.
If you like the levelign part, just level a hundred characters. You can even level in the same area without boredon causde you can pick totally different quests.
For those not bored of playing the same class twice, it's actually a good suggestion.
Different servers and start over new characters of different races (the quests vary for each race at the start at least).
Myself i have 10 characters (all the availiable classes) on my main server. 2 of them are 85 and like 4 of them around 80.
Still i think everything gets better when you hit the level cap and start doing dungeons and when ready, raiding.
Leveling is a HUGE part of the game. And Blizzard is neglecting it.
Endgame content is a fucking drudge. You farm raids and dungeons until you get enough points to buy shiny new gear. Leveling lets you explore the world and understand your character. It gives you a sense of character progression and fulfilment. And you meet a lot of new friends.
Totally agree. That was WoW back in the days, now it's a crazy rush to the max level and a life of non-stop raiding. If you happen to be in a good guild then raiding is fun. If you don't then it's a pain in the arse. Also annoying are the new heroic versions of raid instances ... you get the same items, painted slightly different and with slightly better stats, but you have to go through the same content twice (yeah, they give each boss a new fireball or whatever ... "amazing" ...).
Someone was asking for ways to communicate with the opposite faction? Lol, no. It's hard enough to tolerate the idiots in general channels without some retard whispering you "I pwned u n00b!1" when he manages to kill your low level alt or "omfg! roflbbw st0p gank1ng meh!1". Basically, you talk to people in your guild and ignore everyone else, that is the golden rule in WoW.
I'll have to disagree on the leveling part. It used to be too long and boring. Now there's variety in quests, the hubs are near each other and you finish them pretty much at the same time. There's still some group quests around so you do meet people and make friends.
A pity is that during lower levels when doing dungeons you usually get in groups with people from other servers that you can't add as your friends even if you had fun with them.
I started playing WoW 3 months after it first came out up until Cata. Vanilla was a really awesome game because everything was new, I had no idea what I was doing and it was fun to play with other people who also didn't know everything about them game. Also, the raids were harder and really fun, non-resil gear for pvp and world pvp were just a few of the great parts of the game.
TBC came out and that was also really fun, all the zones were really unique and the new awesome gear that you got from leveling and questing was cool. They added resil to PvP gear which you NEEDED in order to be successful in areans, so that kind of ruined pvp in a sence(I really don't like resil gear). Areans were fun though. Flying mounts were awesome and TBC had some awesome raids.
Wrath was the worst part of the series and didn't offer that much.
I guess I feel like vanilla was on the right track and then the expansions just kind of went in a diffrent direction. Maybe it is just nostalgia and everything being new and not knowing everything about them game. I was also a lot younger at the time so idk...I decided to quit after wrath because I felt like even though Cata was offering a lot of new things a lot of which I liked I would inevitably get bored of it like the other expansions.
I just feel like the way WoW currently is, you have to invest a lot of time in order to do the fun things, and vanilla was the least like that. I am a pretty casual gamer, so investing tons of time everyday into a game like WoW where everything feels like a chore so I can save up and buy something is just not my idea of fun.
Cata remade the whole Azeroth and opened new places like Hyjal. Although these are pretty interesting updates, thats all they are, updates, like really big patches or something like that. I don't feel like it was worth waiting for or worth paying for. Just my thoughts though.
The Azeroth changes are free for everyone that has the original WoW, so it's all good.
It was a massive overhaul that made the old kingdoms look good again. The quest design is also way better than it used to be. That, for free (as in not buying the expansion) is quite nice by itself, right?
Now on the actual Cata content, i'll have to agree that the new zones are smaller than what we got in Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, but it had a way better design to it. Lots of cutscenes, better storytelling and overall better playing experience.