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If you're playing WoW Classic, chances are you'll find it cumbersome to navigate through main cities which is why Blizzard posted a handy city guide, starting with Stormwind.

Tip: If you're having trouble finding trainers, vendors, weapon masters, and other NPCs, talk to a guard, pick whatever you're looking for and the location will be marked on your map ("M").

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Navigating the capital cities in of Azeroth is a different affair in WoW® Classic. Finding the trainers and supplies you need can take a little extra time to adjust to, so we’ve put together a handy guide to point you in the right direction.

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I don't think people have become better at video games, in fact that's probably the opposite. Because of the amount of games competing to get people's time and money, games need to be addictive and give you an immediate sense of satisfaction with as little hurdles as possible. In that present landscape, Classic is one of a kind.

What people have become better at, on the other hand, is searching the web for solutions to video games. Back in the days, you had to try harder, or talk to your real-world friends for hints, or buy a magazine one or two months later for the solution. So it cost you efforts, time, social interaction and possibly money. Nowadays you just google for the solution and usually you get it under a minute for free.

So by publishing such guides, Blizzard simply wants to ensure that the traffic will go to them instead of third-party web sites. It also shows that they care about their players by listening to their feedback and improving their experience. Of course you can argue that they could improve city navigation in the game itself, however they also have to stick to the Classic spirit. The last thing they want to do is to make things easier in Classic and move slowly towards retail WoW, especially just a few weeks after Classic was released. Doing so would send the very wrong message. By providing the information on their web site instead, they give hard-core and nostalgic players the chance to stick to the difficulty level they expect from Classic, while still offering mainstream players an easier navigation. You don't have to look at the web site if you don't want to.

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On 9/17/2019 at 4:45 AM, Undeath said:

A city navigation guide? Really? I thought people have become generally better at videogames over the years, not the other way around.

Its a guide, probably took them half an hour to make, and it helps people who are transitioning into (or, i guess starting fresh?) into classic, without just saying

"Look at wowhead."  

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