Overcrowded Realm Update


(Kaivax) #1

Based on name reservations so far, the Herod realm is looking to be massively overpopulated. If all existing players on this server remain there, login queues in excess of 10,000 players are a certainty, and possibly much higher than that.

We recently opened up the Stalagg realm, and we urge players on Herod to consider moving there. There are a lot of players currently on Herod and we want Stalagg to fill up before we open any new PvP realms. This is so that player population is spread as evenly as possible before launch, in order to provide the best play experience.

While we are able to fit several times more players on a single realm in 2019 than was the case in 2006, we are not going to raise that cap any further, even though we have the technical capacity to do so. Raising realm caps would simply forestall the problem, letting more players in at launch but creating an unsustainable situation down the line, with severe queues when we turn off layering permanently before Phase 2 of our content unlock plan.

Please also note that our realm population estimates of Low, Medium, High, and Full are based on this increased capacity – a Medium realm today already has more characters on it than even the most crowded realms did back in 2006.

Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm communities that will endure over the months and years to follow, which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand.


Layering will be removed in phase 2
You can't have what Nost had
Fixing the Full Server Fiasco
You think you want more realms, but you don't
Layering will be removed in phase 2
Herod, real talk
WoW Classic is going to be a Cash Grab
Has it ever occurred to Blizz that some of us WANT an overpopulated mega-server?
Estimated login time for a 10000 player queue
Why Stalagg hasn't helped Herod much
Server size once layering is removed
Stalagg will not be enough
Stalagg will not be enough
You think you want more realms, but you don't
Another New Server
Toxic players in retail are going to get a life lesson in classic
Raising realm caps - unsustainable
Layering doesn't fix server ques or overcrowding
Is it possible that layering won’t be removed from Herod?
Fixing the Full Server Fiasco
Server size once layering is removed
Has it ever occurred to Blizz that some of us WANT an overpopulated mega-server?
Server size once layering is removed
What happens if pop stays after phase 1?
Will server capacity be reduced when Layering is turned off?
Exploiting layering to 'reset' a boss over & over?
Faerlina Full at 2:30 PM, Sigh
Faerlina Full at 2:30 PM, Sigh
Faerlina Full at 2:30 PM, Sigh
Free Character Moves Started Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Does Layering Affect Queues?
Free Character Moves Started Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Layers are being reduced which is why some queue times are increasing
Free Character Moves Started Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT
Layering Crunch. Increased queues
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Layering Crunch. Increased queues
Layering Crunch. Increased queues
Layering Crunch. Increased queues
Layering Crunch. Increased queues
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
Going to Deviate Delight to live the dream
Layering is destroying the economy
Can we remove layering?
Can we have a constructive talk about the Queue - and discuss a Solution
Why did BLIZZARD let so many on same server?
Yo. What are we paying for
Why do low and medium pop servers have huge queues?
Has there even been ANY community outreach?
Herod vs Sulfuras vs Deviate Delight?
Is the realm capacity going to effect the game experience?
Low, medium, high? what does it actually mean?
Why can't Blizzard increase the layers now? The queues might not come later
We're not making enough noise about layering
Overcrowded Realm Update – August 21
Queues last 1 week tops
10K queues - How long is too long?
10K queues - How long is too long?
10K queues - How long is too long?
Herod pop problem solved
Character limit reached?
What happens if pop stays after phase 1?
Stalagg high
Blizzard, please create new servers to allieveate the total overpopulation of servers Day 1
Herod, real talk
Another New Server
Maximum Number of Name Reservations
Is it possible that layering won’t be removed from Herod?
Server size once layering is removed
Layering doesn't fix server ques or overcrowding
Kill the layers now and it'll fix your stupid server tranfers :p
:recycle: Classic "Restart" after Naxxramas, and F R E S H Servers
Blizzard hates PvP and PvPers
WOTLK would kill Classic
So was layering a success?
Why isn't layering gone?
Time to start merging realms? Playerbase seems to have taken a big hit
Why isn't layering gone?
Blizzard you have to comment on faction balance and why free transfers are stll open on certain servers
Server still feels kind of dead…
Why is layering still a thing
Why is layering still a thing
Phase2 cannot release until server population is under control
Question about realm pop and layering?
Not enough Black Lotus or Thorium with the removal of layers
Potential Queue Times in Phase 2: Layering and Server Capacity
Free Character Moves for this Region
Layering impact on queues
Heartseeker - Population
I've Been Converted...I want Layering Gone
I've Been Converted...I want Layering Gone
Stepped out to grab food. Came back and now have an hour queue
Stepped out to grab food. Came back and now have an hour queue
Stepped out to grab food. Came back and now have an hour queue
Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice
OK That does it! Layering needs to go!
(Hammeroidd) #2

Thank you. This answers so many questions lol.


#3

First in 10 char. Damn!

Thanks for the update. :smiley:


(Morehwine) #4

Really interesting. Thank you, Kaivax.


Has there even been ANY community outreach?
#5

This is really exciting. :smiley:

I cannot wait.


#6

Interesting, nice bit of knowledge there.


#7

Thanks for putting that into perspective, I think a lot of people weren’t exactly sure what the actual populations were on these realms


#8

Thanks for the update.


#9

1st TY for the update. 2nd I LOVE reading that line right there. Gives me a warm fuzzy !


#10

The most important part.


#11

No I’m staying Herod can’t trick me buddy!


(Kaivax) pinned #12

(Sabetha) #13

They already said it, but it does help repeating it for the people that think “they’ll never turn it off! They wont be able to!”.

They’re going to turn it off and just make us suffer queues if the population is too high.


#14

What about faction balance? Wouldn’t it be good to have devs review what the current faction numbers look like and then communicate this to the community?


(Normathord) #15

Thank you for update.


#16

This 100 percent


#17

oooo. massive realm populations. me likey.


#18

REAL SOLUTION would be to open yet another server and designate it STREAMER FREE if you want people to switch from herod. you have over a week left blizzard, please release one more server and designate it STREAMER FREE. the overwhelming popularity of herod is because people want to avoid streamers. give us what we want. thanks!!


(Felslayer) #19

Honest question: What happens if nowhere near the number of people quit before phase 2 as predicted?


#20

In other words, the smallest realms in Classic are going to be more lively than the largest realms on retail.

This, this triggers my dopamine like finding an arcane crystal while mining.