I've had only good experiences on Chamber of Aspects-EU (PvE). If you are looking for a PvE ruleset realm that is. Chamber of Aspects is somewhere in the middle ground, on rank 125 on those lists mentioned earlier.
For a casual player returning to WoW there are lots of leveling guilds on both factions.
To my knowledge the server is second newest English server, opened before WotLK launch (Saurfang-EU is the newest I think).
Last edited by dragothica; 2012-05-11 at 06:04 PM.
I really like Steamwheedle Cartel. A little quieter than usual at the moment but I imagine that will change once MoP comes out. The trade/general chat on the Horde side is very friendly and people seem to have a sense of humor. Not sure about the raiding there though as I don't. Its an RP realm although I don't see a lot of that going on.
I've been in Lightning's Blade-EU, joined a 5/8 25HC raiding guild there and now we are 8/8 25HC, I don't complain about the low population, we get new recruits every week to the guild(from other realms aswell!). Most of our regular raiders log for raid nights, nothing to complain about that, or is there? We are just farming the content and our raid leader has now said that we only clear Dragon soul now on Wednesday and rest is free to play Diablo 3
Good and bad things about Low-Med population realms:
-Not as much people during some big event(like launch of xpack)
-People are more friendly, less trade trolls(as trade trolls seek high pop. realms usually), although some still exist
-You can actually read the trade chat without stopping it to read some recuitment message
-AH is less stable with prices(Easier to make gold if you're into AH)
-Recruiting for Raiding guilds can be hard if you aren't doing good progression
-The world can feel empty
Pugging Pre-T13 Raids is now really easy with a few friends through Real-ID as you can get people from more-populated realms, this helped a lot with low population realm pugging.
The Horde side is like medium populated, but the Ratio of factions is like H/A 1:0.08 , Horde always has WG and TB and if you see an Alliance player, you almost cry for them because there are seriously no Alliance players in the realm