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Update: This feature has now gone live, as realm populations are now calculated against a realm's absolute capacity, and not relative to other realms.

Blizzard LogoRealm Population Label System (source)

With a hotfix to WoW Classic a few moments ago, we’ve changed how the realm population labels work in order to display realm populations in a more meaningful way.

How it worked before this hotfix

As we explained here, the system previously calculated the population labels by comparing all realms to the most-populated realm. This could result in a very crowded realm (with a lengthy queue) showing up as “Medium”, since it was being compared to the realm that had the highest population and a potentially massive queue.

How population labels work now

This system now measures each realm against a realm’s absolute capacity. Medium indicates a healthy total population on a realm – well in excess of what we considered Full in a 2006 – with room for more players to log-in. You’ll now see a High label if the realm is close to having a queue, and a Full label if the realm currently has a queue.

We will continue to monitor this system closely and take further steps if necessary.

Thank you very much!

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After Watcher explained why Medium servers have queues earlier today we now have an update for the Classic server situation, but it's not really one that will help the thousands and thousands of people stuck in queues. Blizzard have announced they'll be changing the way server statuses are being shown. That means Full, High, Medium and Low populations will no longer be calculated in the weird ways of old, but will actually mean what you'd think they do, aka all realms with queues will be showing up as full etc.

Blizzard LogoServer Population (source)

The way realm population display currently works once the servers are live is that High, Medium, and Low are determined dynamically, in terms relative to the most crowded realms. So a realm with pretty rough queues (say 4k-5k) might end up showing as Medium because you aren’t Faerlina, Herod, etc.

This is how it’s worked for a long time, but the unprecedented size of the queues on the handful of outlier realms is skewing the algorithm. The team’s first priority is stability and getting new servers online as needed, but beyond that, we’ll look into changing this logic to be more intuitive (i.e. showing “Full” when a server has a queue, for starters). I know, this is technically not #nochanges, but then again neither are 20k people waiting to log into the same realm…

 

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It is not as bad as I thought it would be for an opening day. I had to wait 30 minutes before logging in. During that time I had diner, so no big deal. Then I was able to play with my wife for the whole evening without disconnection. Granted, some quests took additional time to complete because everyone was looking for the same mobs to slaughter, but apart from that, the game was pretty smooth, and all these active players felt really good. I can't wait to do it again this evening.

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6 hours ago, Smorod said:

It is not as bad as I thought it would be for an opening day. I had to wait 30 minutes before logging in. 

Lucky you...yesterday evening I had 6h wait time, this morning before work I was able to log right in, and now in the afternoon back to 3h expected queue length.

Guess I'll try again in a few days...

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