World of Warcraft Classic is currently plagued… with massive queue times

the way up world of warcraft The release of Wrath of the Lich King Classic is now underway, with pre-patch servers up and running for almost a week. This in theory allows players to jump in and equip a new character in preparation for our adventure into the frozen north, but huge queue times on various servers have made it difficult for some players to start their adventure in earnest.

This issue affects two types of servers present in Classic WoW. The former are older servers that have maintained a large population since Classic first launched in 2019, such as Grobbulus in the EU region. However, the newly created Fresh servers are also suffering. These new servers allow everyone to start playing empty-handed with others, with no inflated economies or pre-existing fortunes muddying things up.

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Frustration and a fair amount of jokes on the subject can be found in heaps. looking at the wow classic redditthere are numerous posts from players expressing their most negative perspective on the situation, listing exorbitant queue times for your chosen serversas well as some move to less popular servers to kick-start your leveling journey.

But why doesn’t everyone do that? If Blizzard offers free transfers to less popular servers, why queue? There are several reasons, of course, including the presence of popular influencers on certain servers and the desire to make a home in a bustling community without the worry of it disappearing later on, but the main reason has to do with an ongoing problem that has been with Classic for some time. faction imbalance.

Looking at Ironforge Proa website that tracks the Horde/Alliance faction split on separate servers, you’ll see a lot of once-wonderful servers with an overwhelming faction imbalance, like Gehenas and Benediction for EU players.

As a game that emphasizes group content, you need players in your faction to complete raids, do world PvP, etc. Without that, the game is substantially less fun, causing a lot of character migration to greener pastures. The reason servers like Grobbulus and newer servers have this huge queue is because they stay relatively balanced faction wise.

So how do players get around these queues? I went into WoW Classic (in the morning during work, a luxury many don’t have) to find out how people get into it. As you may have guessed, it’s all about logging in early and staying long before people are out of school. and work.

“I’m currently unemployed, so I only join early in the morning and never leave the game,” says level 70 Death Knight Klizmarqt, who has managed to max out by jumping into the game at times when most others can’t. They recommend, if you can, to start the game and move your character from time to time to avoid getting kicked out of the game for inactivity.

This is Stormwind, still packed with people, on a Monday morning.

This is especially true on weekends, as Klizmarqt explained: “Yesterday and the day before there was a 14k queue from 11am…so you get up at 12pm, then you get into the game at 8-9pm …”

Another player, Crupisha, works from home. They make sure to start the game a few hours before peak hours while they’re at work, log in with no queues, and then stay online until their shift is over. As for how players on the go can do the same, you’ve heard of some players logging into their PCs via their phone using remote access to beat the waves of incoming workers.

As I was writing this article, at 11am on a Monday a queue appeared on the Thekal Fresh server in which all the aforementioned players and myself were playing. With only around 500 players at the moment, he shows that even those who can log in early face barriers to entry, these barriers are likely a by-product of this rush to get in as soon as possible.

As it stands now, the queue battle is a fight that all players, regardless of level, must take on. It remains to be seen if Activision Blizzard has a solution to resolve this, or if this will continue during Lich King’s release. If you’re reading this right now, you should probably log in…

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