I am genuinely curious why you thought this was a good idea? The leveling community in all brackets, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59 were all active and extremely fun. By splitting them in two groups there is simply not enough people queuing up to have active and thriving battlegrounds at these levels now.
With the introduction of AB queue times were already going to get worse, as when in one large battlegroup, it effectively split the playerbase into two BGs. This was known, and accepted, as we all wanted AB and WSG. But now, the community is split even further by halving again into east and west.
Just for example, now at off-peak hours, queue times will most likely be longer than an hour. It’s already having a noticeable effect. I have played 2 BGs since this change went live, both were 3-0 stomps with alliance AFKing GY the entire time because they were down 3, and 5 players each game respectively.
But if we were in one large battlegroup, it would have been a potentially fun, close games with full 10v10 on each side…literally within an hour after the patch the negative effects are already being witnessed, with AB release this will only magnify the effect and queue times.
Even right now as I type this, I am on horde east. 30-45 minute queue time. Speaking with Alliance on west coast in discord, they have been in queue for over an hour.
If we were all in the same one large battlegroup – we would be playing right now.
But instead – nobody plays and we all sit in queue.
The worst and most confusing part about this is it could have been entirely avoided if the devs just thought about it a little more, multiple suggestions were already posted including using static holiday times such as 12AM PST / 3AM EST, or server specific holiday rewards, etc. But splitting the community in two? It just feels like the cheapest, easiest way out for you guys without considering your playerbase.
Blizzard, please revert this change at least for the sub-60 players so we don’t have incredibly long queue times and we can keep our communities together.