World of Warcraft players planning to jump into WoW Classic can now reserve slots on servers ahead of the official launch later this month, and one server is proving so popular that Blizzard expects login queues of more than 10,000 players for it. In a blog post yesterday, the developer urged anybody that had reserved a slot on the PvP Herod realm to switch to the newly-opened Stalagg, because at the current rate Herod will be “massively overpopulated” at launch.
Blizzard explains that while WoW Classic has much greater server capacity than the original game, this massive amount is nonetheless way more than the devs were expecting. Simply raising Herod’s realm limits, while possible, doesn’t appear to be a worthwhile solution; Blizzard admitting, “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.”
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. If you want to Buy WOW Classic Mounts, I think 5mmo.com is your best choice, after all, the site has been officially certified,so it’s very safe.
The new servers can take “several times more players” than they could back during its original launch in 2006, however there are still way too many people looking to make a new home on Herod. Blizzard noted they could raise the cap of players, though, but it could make things unreliable. “Raising realm caps would simply forestall the problem, letting more players in at launch but creating an unsustainable situation down the line,” the update said. The issue here is when the game has layering (newer tech that lets servers create multiple instances of themselves – an effort to manage larger populations) turned off, server stability will become unreliable.
Beyond the warning of server overpopulation, Jordan assured fans that strong communities remain at the heart of what Blizzard is doing with World of Warcraft Classic, “which is why we’re cautiously opening new servers to meet demand.”