Classic was cool in its own way and i enjoyed most of it, but speaking frankly, most of us "Classic Players" wearing Pink Goggles when it comes to reminiscing these old times. Raiding wasn't really challenging ( a few exceptions exist in every add on and Tier ), it was a huge time sink where the whole Raid had to support a few Key-Classes and / or get massive amounts of Magic Resilience Gear for a couple of Bosses to progress further. Once you learned the mechanics and knew what and when to do it was almost done.
It was "smaller", the roles of mostly every Class were well defined ( except a few raids like mine ) and it was more unforgiving. Not because it was harder, because the mechanics weren't made so well like today. You playing a Druid, then Heal. You want to play Kitty?, good joke but if you want to see Ragnaros then specc Resto and Heal. Unless you were in a Raid like mine were the benefits of a few uncommon speccs were acknowledged you had to go with a specc / Role your Raidlead defined if you wanted epic gear.
Remember Cthun or Thaddius ? When a ping of 300 from one player could cause a wipe ? Latency check before the Pull ? Huhuran ? Well Fire Mages, hop thru your Portals, get to the Trainer and specc Frost, after Huhuran the same game and specc Fire again. Run every week the same T1 / T2 raids again because rng. fucked your MT and that damn Shield / Trinket / Whatever did not drop in 30 cleared Lockouts ? In Naxxramas most of our Healers were running in AQ40 / Rank13 Damage Gear because we had really bad drop luck when it came to Healing Gear but our dps had 3rd equip for different enchants. I remember a Friend of mine who played Rogue and ran AQ40 in 4pc T0,5 and 4pc T1 because in his raid Rogue Tier drops were only a legend.
The only thing i recall a lot better was the community, and that's the biggest Point when it comes to all of these "Classic was so much better" Threads. It was all Server intern and reputation was almost everything. Players behaving like a idiot happened from time to time, but it made the round really quick and almost everyone avoided these players afterwards. Ninjalooting a Blue drop like the Baron Cape caused more then one player to lose their raid spot. Different T1 / T2 Raids supported one or two Raidgroups that were in AQ40 or Naxxramas with Materials so they could progress further; all for the sake of a Server / Battlegroup / Europe First or the prestige of a Legendary.
mfg, Rehija Whitefeather