Queues for WoW Classic’s name reservation are probably a good thing in spite of player rage, right?

    
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So WoW Classic opened name reservations last night as promised. Currently subbed players were allowed to log in and grab three of their favorite versions of Hairagorn and xxThrallxx and everything went smoothly and fine and everyone is happy.

Just kidding, everything was on fire. Apparently, so many people tried to grab names that there were literally massive queues. One reader told us his line was over 10,000 people when he tried. Naturally, the official Classic forums and subreddits are filled with frustration from folks who weren’t able to grab their names (even a popular streamer saw his name ganked), while other players, including at least one of our own writers, waltzed right onto their servers with no waits at all. Either way, the Classic WoW sub was put in restricted mode last night because of all the new topics about the mess, and then everything appears to have consolidated to a single “rage” thread with more than a few ups now.

On today’s podcast coming later today, we speculate on whether two dozen Classic servers is gonna be enough. We’d like to renew that concern, but you know – in a good way.

Did you get your name?

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NecroFox4

I started trying at 6PM, and was done by 6:05. Zero issues.

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Solaris

Took me about 40 minutes but got my 3 names on Grobbulus or whatever.

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Phubarrh

So, will WoW Classic be free to play up to level 20?

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Jim Bergevin Jr

You need to have an active subscription in order to access it, so I would have to go with no.

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Dug From The Earth

The login issues are just a sign that blizzard STILL doesnt have a clue what players want.

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YouTube God

Blizzard normally would never have the number of people trying to log in at once unless a new release or whatever comes out. Would be a waste of money to invest in servers that would only be used for a couple days especially for something they are giving you for free

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draugris

I got all my names without a problem but I smashed buttons to log in early. I felt a bit for the streamers who got their names sniped but on the other hand that is streamer privileges the other way around, I guess. So for me, name reservations went pretty smooth and completely different from my stress test experience where I spent 2 hours in the queue.

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styopa

Giant pack of whingy bitches.
One guy in the WoW forums was being all salty because he didn’t get “Dave”.
Seriously? Dipshit didn’t think “Dave” might be taken by the other 25000+ people trying to log in, maybe?

It’s a queue.
Lots of people are going to log in.
It was chaotic, and a little sketchy at first, but I doubt anyone is asserting that there was some unfairness at work: just luck. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Our family has 3 accounts, and wife said she’d run the errands while I logged in and nabbed all the names that we all wanted on all 3. We got all but one, but seriously: none of us would have raged over missing a name.

Something that needs to be said more in 2019: IT’S JUST NOT THAT BIG A DEAL.

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Sorenthaz

I’m really not a fan of subscribing a week-ish early just to make some characters while not really knowing what server I’m going to play on.

Chances are I won’t be able to use my earlier character names but meh.

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hurbster

Yeah, I’ll sub to Blizz at the last moment and take what I can get. Half the names I regularly use are just Gaelic translations anyway.

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Akagi

I feel the same way. I will subscribe on the evening of 26th. I still don’t know which server I will play on or what name I will have. I’ve only narrowed it down to male Human Rogue on a PvP server.

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thalendor

I took a different tack and reserved the same name on three different servers, increasing my chance of having it available on a server without a major streamer. The schadenfreude from reading about said “popular streamer” having his name sniped… was one of today’s guilty pleasures, though.

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Anthony Clark

How is it a good thing that while having the user numbers from the extended stress test weekend Blizzard still could not provide a smooth login experience to a 17 YEAR OLD GAME without queue times!

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I was thinking about making the attempt, but actually completely forgot about it. Not to worried though. Names that I use for characters have some thought behind them, unlike the typical MMO player, so I very rarely ever have a problem with a name.

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xpsync

I reserved a name i rarely use and am not over attached to in any way, sometimes it is available where others i use are always available, i don’t think any of them have ever been taken no matter how late to the party i’ve been and is 100% reason they exist. Got so tired of Ohforf moments.

End of the day though, the name matters not to me, in that thinking i couldn’t play because i didn’t get my name, but i mean i like my names but each adventure is a new journey and sometimes a new name is what makes the trip extra special, and why many of my names weer born from those moments, sometimes the name can be to remind full of a past journey, a past character, and not in bad way but would be hard to forget and start anew.

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silverlock

It’s still up you know. Just think of it as one less step come launch.