WoW Classic promises ‘relief’ for overcrowded servers

    
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While World of Warcraft Classic is not the absolute beast it was in the first month of its operation, the legacy MMORPG is still seeing servers top 10,000 players apiece, prompting queues a half-year after its launch. A player on one of the top US server, Incendius, posted a picture of a 2,210-long queue that had a 151 minute wait time. Multiple-hour wait times have become standard on select shards even as players can transfer onto those servers.

With players crying out for Blizzard to address the numerous queues that seem to be cropping up, the studio responded by saying that it’s going to do… something… to help.

“We’ve been working on bringing some relief from the queues to the highest-population WoW Classic realms in both the Americas and EU,” Blizzard posted on Twitter. “We’ll roll that out in the coming days, after we test it internally. Thank you for your patience.”

Source: Twitter

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Match Austin

I mean, Blizz can always just do what they’ve done with the rest of their properties. Screw it up enough that they drive off people who’d otherwise play it.

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Danny Smith

I just checked and at off peak times my classic server had a 50 minute wait and 1000 person queue. I guess folks still think they want it even if they dont?

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Denice J. Cook

I still can’t get onto Faerlina without a queue. Kromkrush is overrun but not quite full so no queues yet: Kurinaxx too.

Did Earthfury ever get above low population? I’m afraid to relog and find out, then not be able to get back onto Kromkrush.

PS/ Take really fast showers. :P

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Loopy

How is Faerlina nowadays btw? I kinda want to have a character on that server just to experience the memeing around all the streamers that are on it, but at the same time i also don’t want to necessarily gimp myself when it comes to finding groups for regular content.

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hurbster

I’d still be playing if it wasn’t for Blizzard.

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Snax

There are always private servers… Turtle WoW for example does what I hoped Blizzard would do with Classic – after 1.12.1 content is released, they develop completely new content.

This server Turtle WoW has created new skills for some classes, Mage has Kadgar’s Unlocking or something, which allows them to unlock some stuff, there is that Survival skill in the game that Blizzard once scrapped where zones like Duskwood would be really dark and you would need a torch and stuff…

There is also Transmogrification in Vanilla and other additional content.

We’re bringing back another discontinued feature of Classic World of Warcraft: the old Secondary Skill: Survival.

Visit Stranglethorn Vale and speak to S. J. Erlgadin of Nesingwary’s Expedition to get your intensive training in Survival. You’ll learn:
How to make [Dim Torch] to brighten up your night and gain +4 spirit for your party!
How to build a simple [Fishing Boat] to catch the most tasty fish right in the middle of the lake! Fishing on the boat gives you +50 fishing bonus. Boats last 60 minutes.
How to build a [Traveler’s Tent] to have some rest during your journey. The tent lasts 20 minutes and gives you a resting bonus while you’re inside (your rested experience will increase faster).
How to create a [Bright Campfire] for you and your fellas. Campfire give +8 spirit to you and your party.

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Robert Andle

So much for all the naysayers who claimed Classic would be dead in the water by now. Funnily enough, there are no queues for the retail servers. One version of the game might well be dead, but it certainly isn’t Classic.

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Rex Smashington

WoW retail doesn’t use archaic 10,000 player servers ding dong. Everyone wanted #nochanges. So pipe down and enjoy your queues on your tiny servers.

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Axetwin .

Just wait to see what the numbers look like after the quarantine is over.

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Carebear

oh thats a new prophecy… at first people wouldnt even join to play… then they said “wait a couple of weeks”, then they said “give it two months”… now is the quarantine hahaha. After that it will be the hot summer and then the cold winter.

All these people in quarantine, have no other option but to subscribe to classic wow. Ok…

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Robert Andle

I can see it now:

“The only reason Classic is doing well in 2027 is because it rained. Just wait till it stops raining and see how well it does then!”

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Bullwraith

Clearly people are still enjoying Classic Perhaps in greater numbers than one might have supposed, eh Bree? (Referring to a comment on the most recent podcast).

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Yangers

Opposite problem on our server – it’s dead. The ratio is 2-1 Alliance to Horde. And that’s from a total of about 800 active players. The auction house might as well not exist (nothing sells and needed stuff is never available), and all my friends stopped playing. No one can be bothered Re-rolling and at $35 per character to transfer its a big nope.

Interested to see what they do with all these dead servers.

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Giggilybits

The reason Incendius is so busy most of the Alliance on the server Skeram transferred over. My son transferred so now I started a new character and it is indeed really busy. Skeram, Alliance side is now a ghost town.

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Michael18

After almost 10 years of being accused of delusion by nostalgia and wearing rose-tinted glasses etc. etc. I admit this made me chuckle :)

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Munchmeat2

I wonder where all the critics are at now saying Classic would be dead in a few months?
They are considering a TBC server now too! Can’t wait!

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Bruno Brito

You do realize that Naxx needs to be out for a while until the game actively feels barren, right?

Which isn’t a problem because everyone knew they would launch TBC.

Also, Blizzard doesn’t report their sub numbers anymore.

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Fisty

Only test of that will be Vanilla post TBC. Assuming they keep some vanilla servers out

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Bruno Brito

Pretty much. I expect that Wrath will be announced the same week that Sunwell goes live.

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rosieposie

Splitting an already split player base even further simply cannot lead to great numbers. I’m saying this as a Vanilla-Classic only player, after they release TBC-Classic, I fully expect the former to die out rather quickly… and that’s fine. I don’t need this to be an endless adventure. It’s been a great and successful ride so far.

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Bruno Brito

Exactly. Classic was already a huge success. There’s not a problem in keeping small tight knit servers while the main bulk progress.

But denying that it’ll take a hit with TBC, and TBC with Wrath is being dense. It will.

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Carebear

I have friends that waiting for TBC because they didnt liked classic…

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drew who

I know a lot of people in my guild have said they would quit if the classic servers became progression servers . Its hard to tell by the attitudes of one small section but if its anything to go by I reckon Blizzard would lose anything from 25 -50 percent of its current classic playerbase .

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drew who

This is why I have decided to stop subscribing now . I will wait and see how Blizzard implement the TBC servers . I too suspect many dead vanilla realms and that is the reason I would expect Blizzard to offer free transfers between those vanilla realms . If they do that then I will subscribe again if they don’t oh well its been a nice trip down memory lane for 6 months .

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drew who

I know a lot of people have said they will quit if they don’t keep vanilla servers open . I would estimate in my guild that its about a 50/50 split some people just want Vanilla and others want to progress into TBC .

It would be a big mistake on Blizzard part to make these progression servers . They would lose a lot of subscriptions because that is not what many people came back for .

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Munchmeat2

You do realize that Naxx needs to be out for a while until the game actively feels barren, right?

And? What does that have to do with people claiming the game would be dead by now?

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Pepperzine

Exactly lol ”It’ll die in a few months”. Was clearly incorrect. Those naysayers couldn’t have been more wrong, and instead of admitting it they’ve gone quiet.

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Bruno Brito

I’m not a naysayer for Classic, so i really don’t care.

What i AM tho, is someone who played Pservers for almost 10 years. And they ALL follow a fucking pattern: After Nostalrius brought some kind of cannibalistic thirst towards the playerbase, the Classic/TBC/Wrath servers die somewhat two or three months after the last patch.

It wasn’t incorrect for a simple reason: They already poised themselves to launch TBC after Naxx. We won’t have the content drought we were supposed to have. So no one will know who full of life those servers would be.

What we WILL know, is how the Classic servers that don’t go TBC will be alive, and how many of them. Specially since in this very thread, we have this input:

“Yangers
Opposite problem on our server – it’s dead. The ratio is 2-1 Alliance to Horde. And that’s from a total of about 800 active players. The auction house might as well not exist (nothing sells and needed stuff is never available), and all my friends stopped playing. No one can be bothered Re-rolling and at $35 per character to transfer its a big nope.

Interested to see what they do with all these dead servers.”

There are already small, barren servers in Classic. That doesn’t define that the game is failing, but we’re still through progression. Progression has to end so we see how the actual game holds up populace.

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Pepperzine

Bruno, I definitely wasn’t referring to you directly as a naysayer (If I’m remembering correctly you had supported Classic WoW and were playing it yourself at launch. Am I misremembering? ). Sorry if it came off that way.

I meant the naysayers in general, if you go throughout all the early articles on Classic there is always at least one or two naysayers saying the game won’t last but a few months (and in some instances a few weeks). The immediate drop in popularity they tried to predict just didn’t pan out the way they said it would, and they have generally stopped commenting on these articles.

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Bruno Brito

Yes. I was playing Classic, and played a Paladin towards level 41. It was as fun as i got to be, but i’m honestly done with Vanilla.

I agree to an extent. I do think Classic will take a hit once TBC arrives. I don’t think it’ll be enough to outright kill it, but i’m not sure we’ll see queues on those servers either.

That being said, if Blizzard starts a plan of having cyclical Vanilla-TBC-Wrath seasonal servers, they’ll print money.

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Bruno Brito

I don’t know where you guys saw people saying the game would be dead by now, considering the game still has progression going.

Maybe my english is bad, but a FEW months can range quite high, can it not?

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drew who

There isn’t really an definition of a few months but if you asked most people it would anything less that half a year and probably would range from 2-4 months .

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drew who

The TBC servers are the reason I have decided to stop subscribing to WoW until I see how they implement them . For me to return they would have to be separate from the Vanilla ones and for Blizzard to offer free transfers on the classic realms so in the event my server is dead after TBC I can move my characters without having to pay .