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Firemaw, the largest Classic realm in the world, is experiencing long queue times, so Blizzard is offering free character moves from the realm until further notice.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve observed an unprecedented event in World of Warcraft: an unserviceable number of Burning Crusade Classic players have continuously attempted to play on a single realm. This has always been possible, of course. At any time over the last 17 years, players in a region could have collectively decided to create characters on a single realm and then all attempted to play on that realm. All realms have a cap on concurrent players (this is configured to be the same number on all realms), and if that many players are in-game on the realm, additional players who come along are placed into a queue. The queue itself also has a cap, and if even more players than that attempt to log into the realm, they are denied access entirely.
By the measurement of its daily total number of players logged-in, Firemaw is the largest realm in the world. To give that some context, the 24th largest realm in the world (Benediction-US) has about 67% as many daily players as Firemaw does.
The reason we’ve never seen such a large population on a realm for more than a few days is something we call “queue pressure”. The game is much more fun if you’re actually playing it, even on a smaller realm, so in the past, players have always eventually chosen to move to other realms. For quite some time, free character transfers have been available from the Firemaw realm. Any player with characters on Firemaw can move to the following realms for free:
Amnennar Ashbringer Earthshaker Golemagg Mandokir Mograine Patchwerk Razorgore Sulfuron Transcendence Venoxis As always, we encourage players on Firemaw to alleviate the population issue by transferring to one of those realms.
It’s worth mentioning that the subject of layering is not related to this issue. Layers are automatically created or collapsed based on the number of players who are outside of instanced content, and the layering configuration is exactly the same on all WoW Classic realms. Lately, Firemaw has consistently needed 4 layers to accommodate all players who are not in instanced content. Smaller realms have fewer layers, but this is related to the number of players congregating outside instances, not the total number of concurrent players the realm can serve. Adding more layers would not increase the total number of players allowed on a realm at the same time. That maximum is bounded by the limitations of hardware.
We’re currently evaluating all realms’ populations and the necessity for more or different free character transfers. We’ll let you know as soon as we determine whether we need to take additional steps there.
The World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic Character Clone service is going away soon. You have one last chance to buy it for $5 before it's gone for good on July 26, 2022.
The World of Warcraft®: Burning Crusade Classic™ Character Clone service will soon be cycled out of the Battle.net® Shop. The service will be on sale until its retirement, and you'll be able to get a Character Clone for up to 66% off to keep those characters active on both Burning Crusade Classic and WoW Classic Era realms.
For a refresher on how Character Clones work and which characters are eligible to use this service, refer to our Playing Ahead: Making Choices in WoW Classic blog post.
What is the Character Clone Service?
The Character Clone service allows you to activate a copy of one of your WoW Classic characters, restored from a point in time just before the Burning Crusade Classic pre-launch update on May 18, 2021, on either a Burning Crusade Classic realm or a WoW Classic era realm.
To clone your character, simply log in to Burning Crusade Classic or WoW Classic—wherever you would like your cloned character to become available. Any characters that are eligible for the Character Clone service on the character select screen will have an appropriate icon. Some restrictions do apply; you can read about them in our support article.
When is the Service Being Retired?
The Character Clone service will be permanently retired on July 26, 2022. After that date, any locked clones will be removed from their respective realms and will no longer be available.
What Happens if I Don’t Make a Choice?
If you haven’t made a choice for any of your characters since the last time you logged in to either WoW Classic or Burning Crusade Classic, those characters will be moved to Burning Crusade Classic. The Classic Era version of the character will be permanently deleted and unavailable for cloning.
WoW Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and Wrath of the Lich King Classic wouldn’t exist without your unwavering support. We hope you’ll continue to relive Azeroth as it was and create new memories. Thank you for playing, and we’ll see you In Azeroth.
Chinese guild Old School cleared Sunwell Plateau in less than 1 hour. The run was executed perfectly and secured them the World First Classic clear of the Phase 5 raid. Congratulations!
The guild streamed the run on Douyu. It was also co-hosted by StaysafeTV on Twitch.
Kil'Jaeden DPS Logs
Sunwell Plateau Progression
145 guilds have completely cleared Sunwell and defeated Kil'jaeden so far. Below are the top 10 guilds in the exact order as they downed Kil'jaeden.
Source: Warcraft Logs
Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 starts today. Our guide section has been updated with new guides for Sunwell Plateau, the Shattered Sun Offensive, Isle of Quel'Danas, Magister's Terrace, and more.
Isle of Quel'Danas
The new zone introduced in Phase 5 is the Isle of Quel'Danas. In the new daily quests hub, you will meet the new Shattered Sun Offensive faction. You will find the Sunwell Plateau raid and Magister's Terrace dungeon on the isle.
The Magister's Terrace Dungeon
A new level 70 four-boss dungeon opens with Phase 5. Check out our Magister's Terrace Dungeon Guide for more information about loot and the encounters that await you within.
Sunwell Plateau Raid Guide
Sunwell Plateau opens on May 12. The raid requires no attunement and houses 6 bosses.
Kalecgos Brutallus Felmyst Eredar Twins M'uru Kil'jaeden We also have a loot priority guide up for Sunwell Plateau.
Phase 5 BiS Guides
With new gear available in Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5, our writers have updated all gearing guides with new Best-in-Slot recommendations.
Feral DPS Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Feral Tank Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Restoration Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Balance Pre-Raid Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Hunter
Beast Mastery Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Marksmanship Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Survival Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Mage
Arcane Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Fire Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Frost Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Paladin
Holy Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Protection Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Retribution Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Priest
Holy Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Shadow Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Rogue
Rogue Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Shaman
Elemental Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Enhancement Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Restoration Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Warlock
Affliction Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Demonology Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Destruction Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Warrior
Arms Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Fury Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Protection Gearing Guide for Burning Crusade Classic Phase 5 Phase 5 Rankings
If you're wondering how your class performs in Phase 5, here are ranking with tier lists for a variety of content.
PvE DPS Rankings PvE Healer Rankings PvE Tank Rankings PvP DPS Rankings PvP Healer Rankings 2v2 Arena Compositions 3v3 Arena Compositions 5v5 Arena Compositions
We have more BCC hotfixes to check out!
May 5 (Source)
Player versus Player Vindicator’s gear has universally had its cost reduced in Honor Points, and Marks of Honor are no longer required for any piece, as intended. Once Season 4 begins next week, Guardian’s Honor pieces will have their Marks of Honor cost universally reduced by 50%, but their Honor cost remains as before, as intended.