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Linguine
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Original: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/extended-queues-expected-on-select-realms/253658

As of now, a large number of WoW Classic characters have been created on the following realms. Players with characters on this realm are likely to experience severe queues at release.

  • Herod - PvP

  • Whitemane - PvP

  • We have updated the algorithm for the realm population tags so they more accurately reflect the expected population for that realm. The realms that are listed as “Full” are where we expect to see extended queues. If you’re concerned about long queue times affecting your play experience, you may want to consider creating characters on a lower population realm before the game releases on August 26 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

    STALAGG RETURNS: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/wow/t/new-wow-classic-realm-opening-today/253667
    Due to very high demand, we will open a new WoW Classic realm for name reservations at 5:00 p.m PDT (8:00 p.m. EDT) today, Wednesday, August 14:

  • Stalagg – PvP – Eastern Time

  • We suggest that players, especially those on the Herod realm, consider creating characters on Stalagg. We expect that other PvP realms in this region will otherwise experience significant login queues when Classic launches.

    Thank you!

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    Kaiju
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    STALAGG IS BACK ON THE MENU BOIS! Some of the guys from my discord were wishing Stalagg would be up for launch

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    Knoxtane
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    Yes! More players! Blizzard claimed we all didn't...but we DID!!

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    Linguine
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    Important to note that while Whitemane is full, Fairbanks is only medium and as such I do not believe we will be receiving a new PST realm until that fills.

    Thalnos and Faerlina are both "High" on pop and Blizzard seems concerned they'll reach Herod's point.

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    Druidik
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    This is great news! More realms to spread out the player base because Herod was gonna suffer big time on launch day.

    EDIT: Yeah, I'm bummed about Whitemane... it doesn't look like anyone is wanting to go Fairbanks. =/

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    Pippina
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    Important to note that while Whitemane is full, Fairbanks is only medium and as such I do not believe we will be receiving a new PST realm until that fills.

    Thalnos and Faerlina are both "High" on pop and Blizzard seems concerned they'll reach Herod's point.

    I just looked at the realm list...

    not even 24 hours ago it looked like this

    That's a pretty big change in less than a day. I smell a couple new servers opening up in North America before launch.

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    Pippina
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    I'm bummed about Whitemane... it doesn't look like anyone is wanting to go Fairbanks. =/

    There was a thread talking about this last night - at first glance you would think you want to be a on a high population server. However, it looks like these servers are going to be fucking enormous - maybe 10-20x the populations of the original vanilla servers. We're talking so many players that it's impossible for them all to exist on a single flat server. And this is why there is layering going on to keep all these players from blanketing every zone and capital city, which would render the game unplayable. The idea is that eventually enough people will stop playing that Blizzard will be able to turn off layering and squish all the players down onto a single flat server. But if you got like 10x too many players still active 2 months into the game... Blizzard won't be able to just say 'well we promised no layering by now, have fun with 40,000 players on a flat server'.

    Being on a low or medium population server most likely means it will see layering remove sooner than a much higher population one. A lower population server is a good thing here given the sheer player numbers we're expecting.

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    Knoxtane
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    I'm on Whitemane..for now. I understand it's full but I have faith..if queue times are too long then I'm moving to Fairbanks OR Stalagg

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    DoomC
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    Another EST PvP realm? That's 4 EST PvP realms now vs 2 PST PvP realms.

    They should add another PvP choice for PST players.

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    Linguine
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    Another EST PvP realm? That's 4 EST PvP realms now vs 2 PST PvP realms.

    They should add another PvP choice for PST players.

    Fairbanks is only Medium. The EST servers were all Full or High before they added another. If they're going to add another they'll wait until Fairbanks is at least High.

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    Druidik
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    I'm bummed about Whitemane... it doesn't look like anyone is wanting to go Fairbanks. =/

    But if you got like 10x too many players still active 2 months into the game... Blizzard won't be able to just say 'well we promised no layering by now, have fun with 40,000 players on a flat server'.

    I think you hit it on the head Pippina. Kinda worrisome to be honest!

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    Pippina
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    I think you hit it on the head Pippina. Kinda worrisome to be honest!

    Don't worry about it too much. The server capacities were planned in advance, so it's not like calling a realm full is a manual process. There won't be a 'oops we weren't paying attention and now there's too many damn people on this server' situation. So whatever the population numbers are, a full server is still full to Blizzard's server gameplan. They're going to cap it at whatever number they planned for. The only variable to their capacity planning would be player retention - how fast will the population decline as people stop playing. The exact date for layering to be removed on any given server has to be a function of population, not a fixed date.

    But regardless, a smaller server will still reach single-layer numbers sooner than a maxed out full server. So yeah, I'm happier to be on a lower population server right now. Less chance of queues, higher probability of getting to a single layer sooner.

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    Stupeed
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    That's a lotta people

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    Lendryn
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    Maybe related — it seems Blizzard's marketing campaign finally started today.

    Secured my name on Stalagg, happy to have a back-up in case Herod really proves unplayable.

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    Black Monarch
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    How can realms be full when literally nobody is on them yet?

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