I really can't buy into this reason because they used to do beta without the subscription requirement. It seems like if they want to test how many people are interested, they can just open it up to everyone like they do for every WoW expansion. And how are they going to know how many servers they need for all the people without a subscription who can't reserve a name or qualify for beta? 

Hey buddy, I think you're forgetting that wow is part of a company and it's one of their major products they've been relying on for years. You may hate BFA and all the people who are still subscribed and playing BFA, but I can assure you Blizzard doesn't think that way. Imagine you sign up to go on a brand new cruise ship. The cruise ship company has a bunch of loyal customers who have been going on their cruises for years so they let them tour the new cruise ship the day before, however they decide to let new customers go on the tour for a small fee if they want to. That's what this is like. They're giving a little kick back to all the people who have stayed subbed to wow. I haven't played wow since the middle of legion and I can totally understand why blizzard would do that. You may think classic is all that matters. Blizzard still cares very much about the BFA players.
WoW: Classic is scheduled for August 27 (technically August 26 if you're in the Americas). The soonest that you can play it is starting in May, during Blizzard's scheduled stress tests. To opt-in you must have an active subscription on your Battle.net account. If you do, go to Account Management and select the Wow Classic beta. Keep in mind, there will be level caps during the test. The schedule is as follows:
“To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.”
The Horde 12-20 (Barrens + Stonetalon Mountains) guide has been rewritten and revamped.  In addition, there has been numerous tweaks to the speedrun route to make things faster and easier to follow.  Also, in case you haven't noticed I am now adding about 40% more info per step and redoing all the images.  Unlike with my previous vanilla guides, I am now giving a brief explanation of where to go and what to do with each step along with any other helpful tips.
Some players have been surprised by these apparent flaws—even players who have been eagerly awaiting WoW Classic's release based on fond memories of vanilla WoW. In truth, it has been so long since WoW first released, players' memories may not always be accurate. Some details might be fresh, but others might be lost in time, and it's those lost details that could surprise players revisiting the original experience in WoW Classic.
To celebrate World of Warcraft’s 15th anniversary, Blizzard is planning to release an authentic recreation of its early days with WoW Classic. Players will be able to explore Azeroth as it originally was before the release of WoW’s many expansion sets. Initially it’ll feature encounters like Molten Core, Onyxia and Maraudon at launch and will see more content rolled out as the game goes on (such as Alterac Valley, the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort and Naxxramas). It’s not just the world that’s reverting to its classic form either – the combat mechanics, skill trees and character models will be as they were in the original too.
Isle of Dread Chimaeras (marked BLUE on the map) - The Isle of Dread, located near the Western coast of Feralas is inhabited by very dangerous, Elite Chimaeroks and Arcane Chimaeroks. These vicious beasts are rather difficult to kill solo (unless you are a Hunter or a very skilled Mage), so bringing up a Partner might be in order. These Chimaeras drop Vendor Trash Items (Brilliant Scale and Forked Tongue), but most importantly, they are the only source of the Chimaerok Tenderloin (These are used in the Dirge's Kickin' Chimaerok Chops Cooking Recipe that creates +25 Stamina Food, which is the best Food Consumable for Tanks in Classic). The Tenderloins can be sold on the Auction House for a very good price or Cooked and sold for even better profits (we have mentioned how to get the Recipe in the Cooking Profession breakdown above). The Chimaeras can also be Skinned for Rugged Leather, Thick Leather, and Rugged Hide, so Skinning Profession will provide so additional income from this Spot. Recommended Level 60 and a team of Two, unless you are a Hunter.
Good news, Warcraft fans – WoW Classic‘s release date has been revealed as August 27, and an invite-only closed beta test will begin tomorrow, May 15. Current World of Warcraft subscribers can opt-in to an invite-only closed beta test. This is the first firm info we have been given on World of Warcraft Classic since we first reported on it back in March of this year.
Create a Bank Alt and level it up to level 5 - The leveling part is very important because you can pick up Enchanting after you reach it. In Classic, you can disenchant EVERY uncommon item of every level, if you have the enchanting profession. Disenchanting weak BoE Uncommon Items and selling Enchanting Materials on AH will help you make some extra money out of otherwise Vendor-destined gear. The Bank Alt will also serve as your high-capacity storage for various items* that are bound to rise in value over time or might come in handy at a later date. Overall, this is a must-have, as it will improve your overall leveling and Gold-making efficiency, let you store additional items, allow you to consolidate your Gold on a single character, and provide you with a way of squeezing some extra Gold out of various Items.
This is the lamest excuse to try and pin it on a cash grab. Tbh this is just you complaining to complain, there is no issue. If you wanted to play classic on launch you'd have to sub before hand anyways you're still paying month to month you don't pay by week. The only way you'd lose that money is if you quit before your sub ran out later on down the road.
2. the only gear that was easily attainable sort of was the old level 60 pvp sets. if the classic servers stay locked in progression of any expansions then grinding the PvP gear for both pvp and raiding would be the top choice in casual play. "IF" they implement the LFG and LFR tools for the 16-40 man raids, heh it would be very interesting, otherwise get use to Trade chat being filled with PuG raid groups looking for people, because that was the norm back in the day.
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