Blizzard has recently announced that from August 12, players with an active subscription or game time will be able to create three characters on Classic World of Warcraft ahead of the game’s release at the end of the month. This is great news for players who want to reserve their name in Classic World of Warcraft or get organized with their friends before beginning their adventure. While getting that head start on your road to level 60 is a good idea, picking your server requires some thought and attention.
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A Brief Overview of the Blizzard Announcement
Blizzard announced that from Monday, August 12 at 3:00p.m, PDT, players with an active game subscription or game time can reserve character names for up to three characters. This means you could either create three characters with your desired names all on the same server, or you can create one character on three servers, or whatever your preferred combination is. It’s important to note that the three characters are not the maximum amount of characters allowed when the game launches on August 26. When Classic WoW launches you will be allowed a maximum of 10 characters per realm and a maximum of 50 characters across all realms on your region.
What Type of Server Fits Your Playstyle?
In World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Battle For Azeroth, there are 4 types of realms to play on. These are Normal/Player versus Environment (PVE), Player versus Player (PVP), Role Play (RP), and Role Play Player versus Player (RPPVP). We now know that in Classic WoW, the first three server types will exist, but RPPVP will not. Blizzard’s reasoning for this is that they believe the server type is too niche and there isn’t much demand for it. However, they did they say that they would consider hosting RPPVP servers after launch if the demand was there.
Normal/PvE realms are recommended for anyone who wants to avoid entering into player vs player combat since this type of play is more restricted on these realms. This is also why PvE servers are suggested for new players since unwanted combat or ‘ganking’ can slow leveling or hinder your experience if it’s not something you enjoy. PvP realms, by contrast, have an increased amount of areas that allow for player versus player combat and World PvP which can add a new and exciting element to the game if you enjoy never knowing when you’re going to be attacked. Roleplaying realms have a role-playing playstyle which extends to how your character behaves and what name your character has.
If you plan on rolling on a PvP realm in Classic WoW, then you must pick your faction carefully. Blizzard has announced that you will only be able to create characters on one faction of a PvP server. This was how it worked back in Vanilla WoW, and although it may seem a little restrictive, there is solid reasoning behind it. Many guilds on PvP servers, (and all servers) will be trying for world-first achievements. If players could create a character on the opposite faction of a PvP server, they could use that character to spy on an enemy guild and organize a team to kill the guild members en route to a raid or other such achievement, affecting their progress.
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Server Population and Faction Balance
Like in the current game, next to the server name you will see how populated that server is. Generally, it is better to avoid low population servers since having a thriving in-game community is a huge part of the MMORPG experience. The population of the server can also affect the in-game economy so that the value of your WoW Classic Gold may fluctuate or you may find it very difficult to find rarer items on the Auction House. This problem is exacerbated if you plan to play casually and don’t have the time to farm for rarer items, making you more reliant on the Auction House, both to buy items, but also to sell items to make your own WOWC Gold.
Faction balance on servers is also important. If you’re the kind of player who enjoys world PVP, a server with a more balanced Horde v Alliance ratio may be better for you. If you pick a server with a population heavily skewed towards one faction, you may find yourself waiting in long ques for battlegrounds and generally having a poorer PVP experience.