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WoW Classic Realms Population Report: August 17th

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All EU servers are now at High population, expect a new PvP server to be announced soon. Pagle (US) is now Full, joining Faerlina, Herod, and Whitemane in the US.

Check out our short guide about Classic realms to determine which server best suits you.

Welcome to our fourth Classic realm population report. In these articles, we go over the latest news about server population based on available data. You can also find our previous realm reports by visiting the links below:

Why "Medium" Realms Aren't Bad

Blizzard yesterday urged people to stay away from Herod (US) and Shazzrah (EU) and explained that the current population metrics are based on increased capacity, not the ones we had back in 2006.

In other words, Medium realm today will have more characters than even the most crowded realms back in the day.

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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.

More Servers When?

Blizzard's main goal right now is to have Classic population evenly distributed across all realms. You need to understand that a lot of people are going to stop playing Classic when the hype is over and there is nothing worse than dead servers, so they're very cautious and wait for servers to fill first before adding new ones.

EU Realms

Gehennas, the latest PvP server that was added in the region, now has a High population. Another PvP server launch in EU is imminent.

Name Type Language Population
Gehennas PvP English Medium High
Golemagg PvP English Full
Hydraxian Waterlords RP English Medium
Mirage Raceway Normal English High
Pyrewood Village Normal English High
Shazzrah PvP English Full
Zandalar Tribe RP-PvP English Medium
Auberdine Normal French Medium
Sulfuron PvP French High
Everlook Normal German Full
Lucifron PvP German Full
Хроми (Chromie) Normal Russian Medium
Пламегор (Flamegor) PvP Russian High

US Realms

Myzrael went from Medium to High, Page is now Full, along with Faerlina, Herod, and Whitemane. There's still no need for additional realms in the US because Stalagg still sits at Medium population.

Name Type Time Zone Population
Atiesh Normal Pacific High
Mankrik Normal Eastern High
Myzrael Normal Pacific Medium High
Pagle Normal Eastern High Full
Stalagg PvP Eastern Medium
Faerlina PvP Eastern Full
Fairbanks PvP Pacific  High
Herod PvP Eastern Full
Whitemane PvP Pacific Full
Bloodsail Buccanneers RP Eastern Medium
Grobbulus RP-PvP Pacific Medium
Thalnos PvP Eastern High

Oceanic Realms

There are no changes to Oceanic servers in terms of population.

Name Type Time Zone Population
Arugal PvP Australian Eastern Time Medium
Remulos Normal Australian Eastern Time Medium

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15 hours ago, elmurufdd said:

guess if ur US and want to play on a normal server ur SOL since alll normal servers r high or full

 

I imagine they'll add servers if the realms fill up.

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58 minutes ago, ChaosDecides said:

I imagine they'll add servers if the realms fill up.

I think they wait a month, because many people might just look at it and then change again

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On 8/18/2019 at 11:51 AM, Alkasar said:

I think they wait a month, because many people might just look at it and then change again

That's what they indicated.  Also, instead of adding new servers, they would increase the Layering (add an extra continent - instead of increasing the Sharding which only adds an extra realm) because that would save money by not purchasing more servers - but they've already said they won't do that, either.  Although I think they might have to rethink that policy if after a month it's still very high.

So, if the population really goes high, say hi to long queues.  I saw one document that said to expect, initially, 10K plus queues and wait times in hours.  I remember being in the 4K range and 48 minute wait time when I played back then before TBC was released.

In a way, this maybe good as it will weed out those players who weren't really sure if they wanted to play Classic, much faster.  Night-time playing will probably be a nightmare trying to get on your server.  Glad I'm retired, I'll be playing 1 1/2 hours in the morning, and three hours after lunch.  Maybe try evening once or twice, but it it's that bad, I'll give up on evenings for 3-4 weeks.

Good luck all.

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