WoW Classic: Character transfers, new realms, Twitch records, and most popular classes

    
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If you thought that the second week of WoW Classic’s operation would be any less hectic than the first, you’re in for some disappointment. The cacophony of developments for this retro server type keep rolling in, starting with the news that the first batch of character transfers between realms is live, with many more still yet to open.

Players who are on either the Herod or Skeram servers have the option to transfer for free to the much less crowded Earthfury shard. Blizzard did post a warning that such transfers could “take up to several hours to complete.” Remaining transfers are expected to open tonight by 8 p.m. EDT. Alternatively, there are three new PvP realms in North America as of last night if players want to roll fresh.

If you love statistics, Icy Veins has some interesting numbers for you to eyeball. The site has compiled a list of the most popular (Warrior) to least popular (Paladin) classes, and noted that wait times on European servers were estimated to be as high as 289 minutes yesterday.

Esports Observer is reporting that WoW Classic is smashing Twitch records, racking up more than 47.1 million viewed hours (The Next Web says 55 million hours) this past week. This is apparently more than any game on the site has witnessed in the past two years.

Source: World of Warcraft, #2, Esports Observer, Icy Veins. Cheers, James!

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Greaterdivinity

least popular (Paladin)

Awww yis, my paladin will be a desirable commodity for blessings!

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Sorenthaz

It’s because there’s likely more Horde than Alliance across a majority of servers.

Also for some reason everyone thinks that Shamans/Paladins/Druids are only able to heal in endgame.

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Greaterdivinity

Well…realistically that’s all they could do. Paladins weren’t effective tanks at high end (really only in undead instances) and the damage was hot-garbage without much utility. I didn’t play druid/paladin in classic but I similarly remember druids having a hard time tanking high end content and both them and shaman doing dps. Totally doable, but they bring almost all the same utility while more effectively acting as healers compared to filling a dps slot.

But then again everyone has a better idea of what they’re doing nowadays so…we’ll see. I’m hoping I can end up tanking more frequently on my paladin this go-round.

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Person Dude

EU free character transfers for all realms eligible at 19:30 CEST: https://eu.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/wow-classic-free-character-moves-realms-eu/81745

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Alberto

I have never seen so many warlocks in my life, I used to feel special! Blueberries everywhere!

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Furin

Saying paladin is the least popular is a little misleading. Yes they’re at the bottom of the list, but they’re also alliance only. If you take into account faction-specific class numbers, you’ll actually see druids the least in your day-to-day play because their numbers are halved between the factions. I play horde and Shaman is among the most popular classes, but druids are very scarce.

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Reginald Bottomsworth

I’m surprised that warriors are that popular. I’m no expert but I’ve been told that they’re painful to level. Good to have more tanks, though!

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Randy Savage

They’re not really a pain to level. You just need consumables if you’re soloing. Otherwise you need to make friends with a priest. They’ll be glad to heal you since they have an even harder time leveling with their silly little wand.

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Reginald Bottomsworth

Smite! Smite! Smite!

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thalendor

Lots of them will avoid speccing tank under any circumstances. Oh well. Less competition for me.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah from what I’ve seen tanks are the most scarce role right now. Probably because folks are in this mindset that Druids/Paladins can’t tank and most folks who roll Warrior want to play Fury or Arms.

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Jeremy Barnes

..and tanking just isn’t popular in *any* MMO because of the added responsibility and the increased visibility of a tank making mistakes or being a less than amazing player.