What is WoW Classic Hardcore and what makes it so appealing?
Let’s be honest. While WoW Classic is extremely fun, it is not very challenging, at least not with the default options that people were able to experience back when WoW Classic was released or during the Season of Mastery. However, people have found a way to make it not only more challenging but also more fun and interesting, and that is with WoW Classic Hardcore Servers.
What is WoW Classic Hardcore?
There are EU and NA servers for World of Warcraft Classic that are for the most hardcore players and fans of the game. What makes these servers unique is that they have special hardcore rules which are followed through with an addon.
The part that makes this experience, so hardcore is that the character you create only has a single life. That means once your character dies, you can delete it or wander the astral plains of the game as a ghost who can never respawn again.
While the official hardcore mode that boosted the WoW Classic server population also had this idea of the “iron soul” challenge, the addon has even more rules. One of those rules is that you cannot interact with the auction house, and you cannot trade with other players or receive mail from them.
Players can use all professions to craft themselves gear, and they can use all talents, but if you happen to be a Warlock or a Shaman, you cannot resurrect yourself with your abilities. Paladins are also forbidden from using the good ol’ bubble hearthstone combo.
Doing dungeons is as hardcore as it gets
Something that makes this challenge even more unique is that you are not allowed to ask other players to help you clear content, and you can only group with people if you are doing a dungeon.
While dungeons and raids are something that still makes WoW one of the best MMORPG games of all time, the trick with hardcore servers is that you can only do each dungeon and raid once, and you have to do it with one group that shares a dungeon lockout.
Will Blizzard bring this hardcore version to a future Season of Mastery?
While that would be incredibly cool, there is no known info at the moment. We already mentioned that people could do a softer version of this challenge during Season Of Mastery Season 1, but they can do a lot of things that the WoW Classic Hardcore addon is not allowing.
Considering that Microsoft buying Activision is going to finalize soon and that WoW Classic Hardcore servers are very popular, we might get a similar experience with support from Blizzard themselves instead of people having to create such an experience with addons independently.