Nostalrius Returns, Today!

You read that right!

Nostalrius, the vanilla WoW private server that kept hundreds of thousands entertained, is returning today, December 17th, 2017 at 11 am central time. Both PVE and PVP servers with all the old characters will be making a comeback.

Watch the epic trailer here:

The most popular and most blizz-like private server of all time, boasting record highs of over 18,000 players playing simultaneously on one realm, was shut down in April of this year. You may remember that I made a post about it.

The team behind the server was invited to Blizzard after over 200,000 vanilla WoW fans signed a petition for official legacy servers. This meeting took place in the summer, and it consisted of the Nostalrius team showing Blizzard how everything was done and how easy it would be for official vanilla servers to become a reality.

They were offering their own code – and even supplied solutions for integration.

Time passed, not much was done, and eventually Blizzcon came along. Still, not a word at Blizzcon. So the Nostalrius team took action, saying that if Blizzard did not “honor their core values”, then the Nostalrius team itself would be the one to do so.

Fast forward after not one, not two, but three stress test, with over 10,000 players simultaneously bringing the server hardware to its limits, and we have made it to the official launch day.

What are the official details of the relaunch?

Well, first of all, these servers have been put in the hands of the Elysium team, which itself has about half of the original Nostalrius team members. Elysium, for those not up to speed with the current private server scene, was a server that came out in the summer and was dedicated to creating a blizz-like experience, similar to Nostalrius.

The new Nostalrius will have three realms, the first two of which will be released today:

  • Nostalrius PVP
    • This server will contain all characters from the old PVP realm as well as characters from the Elysium realm. It is currently on patch 1.8, and the War Effort event will start in a few months.
  • Nostalrius PVE
    • This server will contain all characters from the old PVE realm. It will be the only PVE realm. It is currently on patch 1.5, and Blackwing Lair will be released in January.
  • Fresh PVP
    • This server will be a fresh start for those new to the game or those looking to start on an even playing field. The official release date will be announced on December 24th 25th, though the team has stated that it will be released some time in January so as not to hurt the old realms’ populations. The realm’s official name is Elysium.

You can learn more about the realm progression on Elysium’s Timeline.

Will the server be shut down again?

Contrary to popular belief, Blizzard did not force Nostalrius to shut down. Nostalrius decided to shut itself down.

Most, if not all, popular private servers receive C&D letters from Blizzard. Almost all of them are ignored, because these servers are hosted in areas where it is difficult to Blizzard to have legal reach.

In Nostalrius’ case, they were hosted in France, which is in good terms with the United States. That, and the goal of convincing Blizzard to start their official legacy servers persuaded Nostalrius to shut down.

Why would the Nostalrius team put so much more effort into this project if they were to just shut it down again? In my opinion, the only way Nostalrius would be shut down is if Blizzard announced that official legacy servers would be released.

Honestly, anything is possible. But I think it’s worth it to take a chance in life. Take the risk, or you may miss out! Otherwise, you may never have this amazing vanilla WoW experience.

Where do I sign up?

Elysium’s Account Creation Page has all that you need to get started. You could even transfer your old characters to your new Elysium account. Just make sure to have your old username and either email or password handy.

If you’re new to Vanilla WoW and don’t know where to start, that same sign-up page has free downloads for Windows and Mac. Make sure to edit the file as it says on the page, or else you won’t be able to connect!

So what do you think about Nostalrius coming back? Is it all just a big bait? Did you have characters on the old realms, waiting to be played again? Let me know in the comment section below!

Debunking The Complaints About World of Warcraft Private Servers

Alexensual is a YouTuber I’ve been subscribed to for a while now. Recently he posted this video debunking Private Server Myths. If you’re on the fence on playing on a Private Server like Kronos, this could help you make your decision!

Melee Skill Tiers Analogy

Last night I was wondering about how I could compare Melee skill tiers to another game.

Normally, when someone asks if I will win X regional tournament, I always say that I have no chance, and they get confused.

I try to explain that Melee is a game of levels – each level has players that will almost always beat the players in the level directly below.

For example, let’s say Level 1 is the highest skill level. This would be the top 6, namely Armada, Hungrybox, Leffen, Mang0, Mew2King, and PPMD.

They have had such a high reign that they’re expected and usually do beat people in Level 2, namely players like Westballz, Axe, SFAT, Shroomed, and Lucky.

These players will be expected to beat Level 3 players like Wizzrobe, S2J, and Chudat. And the cycle continues.

It continues all the way through the lowest skill tier of players, AKA the players that just play for fun and don’t know that you can hog the ledge to kill someone.

The lower you go down, the more of a chance of a 4-stock in between levels.

I’d get 3-stocked by someone who got 4-stocked by someone who got 3-stocked by someone who got 3-stocked by someone who got 3-stocked by someone who got 3-stocked by Armada.

In this case, I’d be on level 7, and truly I see myself as a level 7 Melee player.

So last night I came up with an analogy that connects Melee skill tiers to World of Warcraft levels.

World of Warcraft is a game where you create a character and level it by completing quests and killing monsters. As you level, you acquire new abilities that expand your skill set to help you kill higher level monsters.  Also, leveling increases the power of your current abilities.

When World of Warcraft launched, the highest level was 60. The game has had 5 expansions so far, increasing the level cap to 100.

Each expansion made the previous content a bit easier and a bit faster, and also raised the bar for experience and attributes at a multiplied level.

For example, here’s the estimated health for the max level at each expansions:

  • Level 60: 5,000 HP
  • Level 70: 10,000 HP
  • Level 80: 30,000 HP
  • Level 85: 100,000 HP
  • Level 90: ???
  • Level 100: 500,000 HP

I propose that Level 60 is the level of player that have learned about the competitive scene, know what most of the tech is, and want to become good. A person must level from 1-60 to gain this knowledge, to be filled with inspiration, and to be prepared start the rest of their journey of Melee.

On the complete other side, the top 6 players are Level 100. They’re at the level cap, but not at the skill cap, because Blizzard will continue to release expansions that will increase the level cap (Legion, which comes out in August, will increase it to 110).

The players right under the top 100 that sometimes take sets off the top 6, like Axe and Westballz, are also level 100, but they still have better items to acquire.

To level up, you must fight others of similar or higher level by going to tournaments and practicing, and through this experience you gain new skills are solidify your old skills.

As time passes, it becomes easier to level up, because there are better practice techniques, more tutorial channels, and more frequent tournaments.

Thanks for reading. Does my analogy make sense? Leave a comment with your opinion!