World of Warcraft connects two EU realms while planning its Heroic raid testing for Shadowlands

    
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This. Is. Exhausting.

It’s almost time to make sure that heroic raids are sufficiently… well, whatever they’re supposed to be in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. It can’t be hard, since there’s a higher difficulty that’s supposed to be harder already, but you can’t queue for them and they still provide a roadblock. But whatever difficulty level they’re supposed to target, the heroic raid testing for Castle Nathria is kicking off on July 23rd, so players in the beta test can see how well-balanced these encounters are ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the low-population realm connections announced before are continuing, with Kilrogg and Hellfire being connected at some point in the upcoming days. For those unfamiliar with the realm connections, this primarily means that players on Kilrogg will now be able to join guilds and directly friend people on Hellfire, with no players losing their names due to naming conflicts or the like. So that’s a good thing.

Source: Wowhead (1, 2)

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Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

WoW Classic predicted this.

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Ironwu

WoW developers did come up with a great technology for merging low population servers into higher population groupings. Minimizing the impact of such merges into seamless events that are hardly noticed when they happen is really nice. The tech also is really solid, with very few issues.

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Malcolm Swoboda

My main issue isn’t the tech – I think – but how confusing it is to initially comprehend, with all the merged server names and the lack of meaning your server choice has.

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Bereman

It’s interesting how attached Blizzard seems to be to the idea of obfuscating information about how servers are grouped in the game itself.

The tech behind it is nice and works well (minus certain elements about the CRZ part, but that’s different than the connected realms part), but Blizz seems to want you to not know about it.

Can’t easily tell which realms are connected to others without going to the forums, for example, and checking which realms are listed together in the realm forum section. You have to already know that the capital cities are not part of the CRZ stuff, so any other realm names you see attached to a player’s name there are a connected realm…but I’m pretty sure that’s another piece of information the game itself does not provide.

Heck, I’ve seen forum posts from new/returning players wondering why some realms were grouped with others on the forums, while others had their own section, so seeing them grouped on the forums isn’t even a guarantee that the “these realms are connected” element is being communicated clearly.

Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but it does feel like they want you to look at the long list of server names when creating a character and get the ultimately inaccurate impression about the game’s population.