As I said, they are testing it on live realms now. If this system gets too much negative feedback they can and will not fully implement it. Just give it some time and see how it works out. It could get very interesting.
If they ever implement a cross-realm action house, it will be a fight to the death between every major AH-czar for the top-dog position.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
As I already stated several times, there is exactly 0 benefit of CRZ at all (at least on a PVE server).
I see only downsides: Waiting for quest mobs respawn and competing for node spawns.
There is not a single advantage. Sure - you will meet other people while leveling. But they are not "friends", they are competitors. There are no group quests anymore, leveling alone will always be faster. And unlike many people here claim, there is no social aspect. You will not talk to anyone you meet while leveling, the same way as you will hardly get a "hi" when you enter a much closer group in lfg or lfr.
I believe Blizzard uses this simply to save on servers. Nobody really knows what their server structure looks like, but they can now probably merge several world servers into a single one.
But I thought there are 9million active wow players that Blizz keeps telling us, why do we need cross realm? Oh their numbers are not even near the truth and elimination of servers would be a very very bad image for them at least with cross realm they can say everyone is 85 and we are helping the low level people have more fun
I general like the concept – but as it stands now, the OP is correct. I think they should aim at merging abandoned zones, but maybe tune down the numbers a bit. There's a happy medium between a handful of people in a zone and several hundreds.
It's really a pain. On my server, there's not a single person out in the world, but Goldshire is full to the brim with people from all different servers to the point some people can't hardly move for lag. And lack of people in Goldshire has NEVER been an issue. Whole thing just seems pointless to me.
I'd really like to get my Special Snowflake Feat of Strength now. Just because I'm special. - Scummer
You shouldn't believe anything, not that you're inclined to. As to whether or not it's a fantasy, it's entirely doable with today's technology.
You may put some more faith in Blizz.
LFR received seas of negative criticism at the beginning of test, but later it was proved a successful feature.
They just need to test more and come up with more solutions and improvements.