The Daily Grind: Do you let an MMO’s worst community elements determine your server selection?


Last week, on the heels of WoW Classic’s latest stress test, I saw several discussions online about popular streamers and the game: Apparently, these streamers are planning to actively hide which servers they’re on, to mislead viewers into rolling elsewhere. While I’m sure that’s got some fans irritated, it’s also got non-fans upset, as they’d like to make sure they don’t get stuck on a server with these big names and their entourage.

Now, I like to hide out in my MMOs too, so I don’t want to knock streamers for that. I don’t want to be answering work-related tells in my rare free time, and I’m sure they don’t either. On the other hand, it did make me think back to the times my guild was gearing up for a big game launch and we paid active attention to where certain toxic guilds were headed so we could nope right the other way to avoid them.

Do you let an MMO’s worst community elements determine your server selection?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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I typically pick a server based on the population language. For example in LOTRO there are a few servers where the majority of people in chat speak another language. I don’t think it’s an official part of the server but it makes it hard for me to join people. Otherwise I’m good with most servers. More concerned about the server location and performance than any reputation it has.

Anthony Clark

If the title of this article means PVP then yes. I do roll on PvE servers. I don’t care for PVP in my mmorpg.

Anton Mochalin

I don’t like the idea of separate servers. Megaserver or sharding solutions are my preference. Everyone should be in the same world (except for regional servers because lag) and there should be as much automatic matchmaking for group content as possible.

Robert Mann

No. The simple reason being that asshat jerks are ubiquitous. The only worthy response is minimizing their impact upon yourself.

That generally means lots of using the ignore features, reporting as needed, and just moving toward different areas at times. Still, that is less terrible than worrying about these people.

Of course that doesn’t really fix anything… but fixing the problem is not upon the users who are behaving.


One thing I learned from an Online FPS game is that the less you participate in the community (forums, Discord, subreddit, etc.) and the more just inside the game, playing and enjoying it, the better time you will have.

As soon as you let the community dictate your actions, you better off stop playing the game. There is too much drama and whatnot involved that just isn’t worth paying attention to.

When I start playing Classic WoW, I won’t ever look at the forums, Discord or subreddit, just pick a server with a name that I like and play there.


Never been an issue with me, I rarely play an MMO that’s popular with streaming or youtube.

Then again, I never keep track of people I hate either. Too much effort, and you just end up meeting new people to hate :/

Castagere Shaikura

I always pick an East Coast PVE server. You can never avoid Jerks in MMO’s.

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Absolutely; usually by picking a PvE server. More and more, however, I find that I’m no longer given an option. Either everything is PvP or it’s one of those crappy megaserver systems where you never see the same person twice.


I really prefer when that choice isn’t required; I’m far more likely to go play a game with a MegaServer system or with unlimited free character transfers than one with servers and where the player is supposed to stay put after the initial choice.

If I do start playing a game where the playerbase is segregated into separate servers then, yeah, how nice each server’s community is does figure into which server I chose to play on.

One caveat, though: I’ll never, ever, pay for what is often called “account services”, such as character transfers. If I’m stuck in a server I don’t enjoy, and it would cost any amount of real money to transfer, I will instead leave the game. And the “any amount”, due to being about principle rather than value, is absolute; it could cost a single cent for a pack of a dozen transfers and I still would rather abandon a game I spent a few hundred hours rather than pay for the transfer.

Brown Jenkin

Yep, frankly I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve really gotten involved in RP during a modern MMO, but that doesn’t stop me from playing on RP servers near exclusively. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but RP servers in my experience always have better, more helpful and positive communities. If there are no RP servers available I tend to go for the PvP servers since there at least I can find some community, generic PvE servers have always been kinda miserable in my experience.