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Blizzard has announced the start of World of Warcraft Classic. The wayback mode goes live on August 27th, putting players back to 15 years ago when Leeroy Jenkins had to be explained to moms and the mere mention of Barrens chat could elicit groans from the MMO audience. Beginning tomorrow, some lucky players will be asked to participate in small-scale beta testing, with invitations going to current “dedicated” folks as determined by “select” criteria.

Blizzard will begin accepting character names on August 13th, so if you want that coveted “Elric_of_Meltingbone” or “Drizzt_Doodoo” you’ll have to be ready to jump in the queue then.