Nope. Never answered these questions.
And no, I never asked for a super long and detailed explanation. I wanted to understand why you don’t see the link between layering and the birth of mega realms. I absolutely guarantee that the population distribution wouldn’t be so abysmal if layering were turned off after the peak of the new content rush like they said it would be.
I don’t actually know for a fact whether layering increases the capacity of the realm at any given time, but either way it does shield players from the very problems they they created. It makes perfect sense to spin up new layers when there’s a major content launch and everyone floods to a single zone for new content. That’s what layering was meant to address.
It doesn’t make perfect sense to allow new layers to spin up because there are thousands of people standing around in Stormwind or doing other content that doesn’t strictly count as “new”. By artificially keeping the game more comfortable by segregating the crowds into discrete slices, they created a situation where a players will continue to flock to gigantic realms and never truly realize how unhealthy it is until times like this where a large portion of the population wants to play at the same time and the servers can’t handle the load.
So it’s 100% Blizzard’s fault for allowing the realms to become overpopulated and valuing player freedom over healthy population distribution. Because now no one wins. That being said, no, I don’t see how it’s Blizzard’s fault that people knowingly used that freedom to flock to mega realms and put themselves in a situation where queues were absolutely inevitable.
The solution to this issue is for all of us to request Blizzard to take action on population distribution, not to magically (expensively) add more server capacity.
Oh, I do too! It’s just that not everything is their fault.
Layering is bad for the game. If the solution is to “layer the crap out of” the game, then we shouldn’t even have servers anymore. It should be like Retail. Which is absolutely horrendous, by the way.