One of the realms for World of Warcraft Classic has already filled up with so many players that Blizzard anticipates player queues of 10,000 or more on day one when the Ur-MMO launches later this month.
The Herod realm, a PvP server based in the Americas’ Eastern time zone, is absolutely packed with character name reservations, which opened up this past week. As GamesRadar+ reports, World of Warcraft community manager Randy “Kaivax” Jordan wrote in a recent forum post that while realms can fit hold far more characters in 2019 than they could in 2006, Herod is still going to be overpopulated if everyone who has reserved a character name on the server winds up remaining there.
To help ameliorate the problem, Blizzard has opened a new Eastern time zone PvP server called Stalagg, and is encouraging players to switch over to that realm if they’re currently signed up to play on Herod.
Jordan says that while Blizzard has the technical capability to raise the population cap on existing servers, that won’t solve the core issue, and that the company wants to make sure the other available realms fill up so the population is evenly distributed among them.
Also worth noting is the fact that Blizzard’s realm population estimates of low to high are based on the game’s current capacity rather than the classic population levels, and Jordan says that means a lot more players: A ‘medium’ realm in 2019 has more characters playing on it than any of the most crowded servers did when World of Warcraft originally launched.
Interestingly, Herod’s crowded status hasn’t been driven by popular streamers, or it least not directly. According to avoidstreamers.com, a site dedicated to helping players avoid big Twitch streamers and their entourages while playing WoW Classic, most of the popular streamers who have said they’ll be playing WoW Classic aren’t registered on Herod – big-name Twitch accounts like Shroud, sodapoppin, Lirik, and Asmon are all planning on playing on Faerlina.
If you’re in Europe, you have less to worry about, and our guide to WoW Classic servers might help you pick a realm that’s right for you when the game launches August 27.