With a decade of popularity and lots of people playing, World of Warcraft does not have a surfeit of names available for players. As a result, the game is reclaiming names from characters that haven’t logged in since December 7th of 2010 when patch 6.2 goes live. Fortunately, if you have a character who may be at risk, simply logging in sometime today will ensure that you retain the name for the future.
Moving forward, names will be freed up in a similar fashion with the launch of each new expansion, with lead time to make sure that you can maintain the names most important to you. If you’re more interested in player competition than player names, there’s also a glance at the tournament road to this year’s BlizzCon available to examine.