Today, the massive Twitch streamer Chance "Sodapoppin" Morris went online to play World of Warcraft. The internet celebrity first grew his online audience playing WoW and, now with 3 million Twitch followers and a YouTube channel with over 1,000,000 subscribers, he decided to create a new way to enjoy his signature MMORPG title.
Like a host of other WoW veterans, Sodapoppin can't help but lament on the obvious flaws and disappointing gameplay the current World of Warcraft experience has to offer.
According to Sodapoppin, who created a new level 1 character with the intent on
A new way to play.
As Sodapoppin describes it, "the only way to have fun is to make your own fun". He continued by explaining that "everything" the game wants players to do "isn't that enjoyable."
So the streamer decided to ignore what the game wants him to do in favor of something more rewarding. In his quest to clear low-level dungeons solo, Sodapoppin eventually decided he didn't want to use bind on account equipment (powerful items meant to make it easier during low levels) because he "wants the satisfaction of getting new gear".
One of the most popular criticisms of new WoW is how the traditionally long, challenging, and memorable leveling experienced has been reduced to a mostly queue defined grind through dungeons. Instead of exploring the world, learning their class and valuing each new piece of gear collected, players tear through the modern leveling experience: an impersonal rush to max level.
Sodapoppin's self-imposed rules with his new character aim to recapture some of the magic of early game content.
Frequently answering his streams questions, Sodapoppin made it clear how he looks forward to the release of Classic WoW and how, in its current state, the game is not an enjoyable experience.
A common concern
Sodapoppin isn't the only popular WoW player to feel this way. Popular World of Warcraft critic and streamer Asmongold has grown increasingly popular among disillusioned WoW players who empathize with his contrasting passion and open disgust regarding WoW and the current state of the game.
Like Sodapoppin, Asmongold seems to enjoy the game most when creating his own games and obstacles, including rare mount contests, judging his fans
Is Blizzard's massive MMORPG on the decline? A host of online content creators and veteran players seem to think so and eagerly await Classic WoW's release sometime during the Summer of 2019. Despite some peoples concerns that the original game lacks the polish and flair to compete as a modern PC game, those most dissatisfied with WoW share no such concern.
To them, quite literally any version of WoW is better than the one that exists today.