The neat thing about nostalgia is that it’s tempered by emotions. People rarely remember the mundane, but they will remember the things that caused an emotional reaction. And over time, people tend to ignore the bad emotions and only recall the good ones.
In Classic, you may remember taking down Ragnaros the first time, but you likely don’t remember having to herd 40 people on-line, manage a bench, and continually farm for Tranq shot just to progress.
If you stopped playing WoW altogether, then your mindset is probably locked to the type of game when you left, mixed with some older bits. If you’re still playing today, then there are some concepts in Classic that will seem archaic.
Seems a few times a week now, Blizzard is putting up posts about things “not being a bug” but actually reflective of Classic. I find these hilarious. The things that people take for granted today were 8+ years away in Classic. Single viable specs. Weapon skills. Trainers. Slow mounts. Mounts not being able to swim. Resistances.
The more recent one is a bit more technical. Deals with combat stats. I played a Rogue from day 1, and Rogues needed to attack from the back or else they would get parried to death. Combined with the penalties for dual wielding, you needed the right stats to progress (ilvl wasn’t a thing). Misses, lower crit changes, dodge… all that stuff needed to be factored in when taking down a boss. That’s why most bosses were tank & spank, because people needed to be in static positions for most fights – and a player afflicted with Fear was a death sentence.
Honestly, I knew this but at the same time I had put it so far out of my mind that it was more or less forgotten. (Side note, this is why reforging was both implemented and removed.)
I’m looking at Classic from the outside and really wondering how many people truly want to live in that game vs. are simply curious. People may think they remember Classic, but as time goes by, they are going to discover more and more things that they purposefully put in the “do not remember” box. Should be interesting to watch.