Blizzard Opens Additional WoW Classic PvP Realms

The name reservations that opened up on Monday afternoon for WoW Classic have shown enough demand that Blizzard announced earlier today that they would be adding an additional server.

Classic is as Classic does

The announcement from the forums:

Due to very high demand, we will open a new WoW Classic realm for name reservations at 5:00 p.m PDT (8:00 p.m. EDT) today, Wednesday, August 14:

Stalagg – PvP – Eastern Time

We suggest that players, especially those on the Herod realm, consider creating characters on Stalagg. We expect that other PvP realms in this region will otherwise experience significant login queues when Classic launches.

Thank you!

The new realm should be up and available for name reservations as of when this post goes live.

This followed on a previous message warning about potential extended queue times for two of the popular PvP servers.

As of now, a large number of WoW Classic characters have been created on the following realms. Players with characters on this realm are likely to experience severe queues at release.

  • Herod – PvP
  • Whitemane – PvP

We have updated the algorithm for the realm population tags so they more accurately reflect the expected population for that realm. The realms that are listed as “Full” are where we expect to see extended queues. If you’re concerned about long queue times affecting your play experience, you may want to consider creating characters on a lower population realm before the game releases on August 26 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

This mirrors activity by Blizzard for Europe as a new realm, Gehennas – PvP – English, was opened up earlier today to alleviate possible crowding on the Golemagg – PvP – English server.

I have updated the server list I posted last Friday when the server names were initially announced.  We will see if Blizz ends up adding any more servers before the August 26 launch of WoW Classic.

Blizzard also announced that the WoW Classic closed beta would continue on through Friday, though it remains open only to those who were previously invited to participate.  No doubt the streamers who got in will continue to boost interest in the game as they get access now up to level 45.

7 thoughts on “Blizzard Opens Additional WoW Classic PvP Realms

  1. Archey

    You don’t want to reserve your name for WoW classic. You think you do, but you don’t.

    Seriously, that quote is going to go down in the history of famous last words.

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  2. Marathal

    All I can see is the rest of the realms filling up this weekend and then realizing that they underestimated the amount of people interested. If they are already full on 2 on the 3rd day with a 3 character limit? Lol.

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  3. anypo8

    “Stalagg”? That name seems a *touch* tone-deaf to me. I don’t know what it is in WoW lore, but I know what it is in WWII lore, and I’m…not impressed.

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  4. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Archey – That quote is the gift that just keeps on giving.

    @Marathal – Yeah, I was wondering if there might not be a burst of activity come the weekend when the not-quite-nutcases decide to log in to try for a name.

    @anypo8 – My thought was to wonder if it was 13 or 17.

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  5. Bhagpuss

    I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in reserving a name. I’ll make up a name when I see what my character looks like. How am I supposed to know before that what would fit?

    However, I am beginning to see a problem. It hadn’t occured to me that reserving a name was also reserving a slot on the server. If I wait, as I was planning, until the weekend of the 24th August to resub, all the current servers I’m interested in will be full. As far as i can tell, that doesn’t mean you can’t make characters there, as it would in FFXIV but it does mean there will be huge queues.

    The question there is, does it make any difference when you register as to what position you are in the queue? If it doesn’t, then I’m just in the same boat as everyone who registerd two weeks before me. I am going to stick with BB unless it’s literally closed to registration. I’m not that fussed about how soon I start anyway. If it takes a few days to quieten down, so be it.

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  6. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – To reserve your name you have to roll up a character, so you could accomplish your goal. You basically do everything you would normally do to join an MMO, except the “Enter Game” button is grayed out.

    But yes, there does seem to be more in play here than just name reservation. Blizz seems to be more canny than perhaps I have allowed, using this to continue to gauge interest in the idea of WoW Classic.

    I don’t think name reservation order will have anything to do with where you will be in the login queue. That will go with when you actually try to connect I am sure. But I was interested to see that some servers have been marked as “Full” already. That would normally indicate how many people are logged in and playing at that moment, but right now I think it is just giving some sense of scale as to how many people have put in a name for a given server.

    Again, I won’t be surprised if we see more servers added once the weekend rolls by and more people go in to roll up a character.

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