World of Warcraft Classic name reserve guide

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Nothing is more sacred than your name in World of Warcraft. It’s the first thing players see about you, and the name your raid leader will shout when you stand in the fire and ruin the fight. Naming yourself is a task that you can’t rush, even in the excitement of Blizzard-run Classic servers.

To prevent that kind of stress on day one, Blizzard opened up a piece of World of Warcraft Classic a little early. Players can now reserve their server, character class, race, and name.

To start this process, you need to open the Battle.net client, find World of Warcraft, and change the version to World of Warcraft Classic. If you have multiple World of Warcraft accounts, you may need to change that as well. Then you need to install Classic to your PC, and hit play once it’s ready for launch.

Image of World of Warcraft Classic’s character creation screen
Creating a character in World of Warcraft Classic
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When you’re in the game, select a server, faction, race, and class. You can fully customize your character’s look as well as their name. After you create your character, you don’t have much to do other than wait for World of Warcraft Classic’s Aug. 26 release date. Note that you must have a active World of Warcraft subscription to reserve your Classic characters.

Blizzard’s blog post for the name reservation feature comes with a few important things to consider before creating your character. During this reservation period, you can only make three characters, so choose wisely. When the full game launches, players can make up to 50.

Players who choose to play on a PvP server can only make characters of their given faction on that server. For example, if you play Horde on the Fairbanks server, you won’t be able to make any Alliance characters on Fairbanks.

Finally, players should talk to their friend groups before creating these characters. Many of Blizzard’s recent cross-realm quality of life changes aren’t in place for World of Warcraft Classic. Pick your realm and faction with your friends before you make any decisions in World of Warcraft Classic, or risk not being able to play with them.

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