I wasted so much of my life in Zul Gurub. Our guild wasn't that good, we couldn't finish BWL. AQ was a joke, wasn't going to happen. I may not have been better or worse than my guild, some people just can't stay out of the fire. We never stepped foot in Naxx. My particular guild wasn't interested in it, but I loved pvp, I got the old fashioned Warlord tag on my hunter (a troll of course). High Warlord required 6 additional months and a potential divorce so I decided to leave that one alone. I also managed to get Lok'Delar, the epic hunter weapon which required an item from Azuregos the world dragon and another item from the chest of Majordomo, followed by a painstaking 2-3 day quest of hunting world quest spawns and proving mastery of the class. I loved the theory crafting and I spent so much gold remaking my talent tree trying to make the perfect PVP build and the perfect PVE build.
They announced Burning Crusade, and it meant all my accomplishments were about to be vaporized. I took this to heart and decided to walk away. I don't know if my guild ever finished BWL, or if they ever got ZG on farm, I don't even remember what the guilds name is now.
Several years later, my wife decides she wants to play video games with me, and we buy the updates and log into WOTLK, right as Cata is being announced. I made a DK and leveled it up and got to max and finished heroic instances right as Cata was ready to be installed and then played the entire Cata expansion with my wife. From punting questers off the top of Mt. Hyjal into Ashenvale, to Hero of the Horde RBG Champion.
I wish I had seen BC, not just the drive by version I saw with my DK, I wish I had been able to do the pvp, and the really hard raids.
I keep seeing these posts talking about Vanilla server, private server, blah blah I'm not playing a private server. Tell you what I wish for, and you tell me if it makes sense:
Set of Vanilla servers.. Blizzard is smart enough to know how many.. Set of BC servers... same, set of WOTLK servers, so on, additional expansion servers. If I make a guy in the Vanilla server, I can play there as long as I like, until I'm fulfilled with the game. Once I make the choice. I can pay blizzard a fee to transfer to the BC server. I could of course make a new character on the BC server without paying Blizzard I suppose, but if I want I can transfer there. I can find fulfillment in BC and then pay again to move to WOTLK. This would give players the opportunity to spend time with people actually interested in the expansion they're participating in. Since players could move forward and never backwards, there would be no OP carry driving you through the instance.
I just see this as a way that Blizzard could get my account signed back up and start getting money out of my wallet again. I'd play those old expansions and I'd love them.