WoW Classic Free Character Moves – Realms
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As we previously announced, free character moves will become available in this region very soon. When these free character moves open, player-characters at any level will be able to move:

From -> To
  • Arugal -> Felstriker
  • Faerlina -> Heartseeker (new realm)
  • Stalagg -> Heartseeker (new realm)
  • Herod -> Earthfury (new realm)
  • Skeram -> Earthfury (new realm)
  • Incendius -> Netherwind
  • Thalnos -> Netherwind
  • Fairbanks -> Arcanite Reaper (new realm)
  • Whitemane -> Arcanite Reaper (new realm)
  • Bigglesworth -> Anathema
  • Pagle -> Windseeker
  • Grobbulus -> Deviate Delight

For approximately one day, the new realms will be restricted to only those players using a free character move. After one day, any player may create new characters there. This is to allow players using the free character move service a better chance at retaining the name of the character they’re moving.

We will let you know when the new realms open and free character moves are enabled.

Thank you!
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Classic Free Character Moves - Realms started by chaud View original post
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  1. Raelyn's Avatar
    "For approximately one day, the new realms will be restricted to only those players using a free character move. After one day, any player may create new characters there. This is to allow players using the free character move service a better chance at retaining the name of the character they’re moving."

    EXCELLENT thinking Blizz. +1 for this. Allays much of the potential negativity over moving realms I would imagine.
  1. scelero's Avatar
    They care so much about name reservations. How long before they open up to making people rename their toons on characters they dont play?
  1. Gref's Avatar
    Good thinking with the name thing but I worry if 1 day only is enough. I am sure there will be some missing the opportunity, not hearing the news.
  1. dipzz's Avatar
    That's right blizz, keep spreading people out cause they're crying and making new servers
    and then in 3months when classic is dead and everyone is crying there's no one around, you'll then merge servers
    Then everyone will cry they lost their super cool naruto name cause you merged servers and only one Naruto can exist.


    15 year old MMO company, still doesn't know what new game inflation hype is.
  1. Will's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dipzz View Post
    That's right blizz, keep spreading people out cause they're crying and making new servers
    and then in 3months when classic is dead and everyone is crying there's no one around, you'll then merge servers
    Then everyone will cry they lost their super cool naruto name cause you merged servers and only one Naruto can exist.


    15 year old MMO company, still doesn't know what new game inflation hype is.
    Are you daft? If classic loses even a 90% share of its playerbase it'll still be FAR from dead.
  1. QwertySham's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dipzz View Post
    That's right blizz, keep spreading people out cause they're crying and making new servers
    and then in 3months when classic is dead and everyone is crying there's no one around, you'll then merge servers
    Then everyone will cry they lost their super cool naruto name cause you merged servers and only one Naruto can exist.


    15 year old MMO company, still doesn't know what new game inflation hype is.
    If you hate classic so much WHY DO YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THE CLASSIC SERVERS.

    So much complaining from people that don't even play. gtfo
  1. reacher's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dipzz View Post
    That's right blizz, keep spreading people out cause they're crying and making new servers
    and then in 3months when classic is dead and everyone is crying there's no one around, you'll then merge servers
    Then everyone will cry they lost their super cool naruto name cause you merged servers and only one Naruto can exist.


    15 year old MMO company, still doesn't know what new game inflation hype is.
    Can you not understand that they are continually having to manage growth?
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scelero View Post
    They care so much about name reservations. How long before they open up to making people rename their toons on characters they dont play?
    Hopefully soon. Any character that have not entered the world should have their name free'd up. In another week, any character that has not reach level 3-4 should have their name free'd up.

    Hopefully this would help with those that want certain names but they're being taken by people that wont use them
  1. Jimmyw's Avatar
    Will EU get this as well? We have inssne queues on a lot og realms
  1. SinR's Avatar
    so when is the opposite going to happen? When is Blizzard going to give people free transfers off dead servers?
  1. Puddlejumper's Avatar
    Which servers are dead? I log into Classic and see nothing lower than medium capacity, and medium is far from dead.

    Also, never, because the problems they're trying to fix are the negative impact that people have on each other, which isn't an issue on a dead server.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puddlejumper View Post
    Which servers are dead? I log into Classic and see nothing lower than medium capacity, and medium is far from dead.

    Also, never, because the problems they're trying to fix are the negative impact that people have on each other, which isn't an issue on a dead server.
    they aren't now but im sure the Medium pop servers of today will be Recommended and/or Low pop servers in a few months when people burn out
  1. Amerissis's Avatar
    Maybe add what region?
  1. Mendzia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    so when is the opposite going to happen? When is Blizzard going to give people free transfers off dead servers?
    So... you think that making low populated servers even less populated ... and increasing queues on big ones is the answer?
  1. Gratlim's Avatar
    Nice support for EU as always..not like we have 400-500min queues every evening. XD
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendzia View Post
    So... you think that making low populated servers even less populated ... and increasing queues on big ones is the answer?
    What's your solution for dead servers then?
  1. sch1ntus's Avatar
    I think they should have launched Classic with a good amount of servers based on the name reservations and the stress test data.

    Then as people increasingly logged on to play, those servers should be scaled up over several iterations. That way people can keep playing. But also because it's 2019, and we have basically every technology/technique at hand to solve problems arising from scaling up servers...

    And when the "hype" is over, and people leave, servers can be merged + scaled down appropriately.
  1. RamGuy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gratlim View Post
    Nice support for EU as always..not like we have 400-500min queues every evening. XD
    We are getting Free Transfers as well.

    It's stupid to have free transfers at this point. Communities have already bleed out everywhere.

    We was recommended to move from Shazzrah to Gehennas, then from Gehennas to Firemaw before release. At release it seems like so many decided to move to Firemaw due to Blizzards recommendations making it has just as long, if not longer queues than Shazzrah and Gehennas.

    Blizzards starts opening new servers right after release. But who moves large communities post-release? That's very difficult to do. And suddenly you end up in a situation where the server you announced before release has 20k+ queues, a lot of members are logged in and have already invested over 20 hours on this server, while others just can't cope with the queues and jumps to the newest server without queues.

    But as Blizzard was so slow with new servers, even those created right after release suddenly have 8k+ queues in no time, they open even more servers and suddenly you have parts of your community bleeding to not only one different server, but to several others. After the first week we have members on five different servers....


    Most have still stayed on Firemaw, most people know that the game will be massively overhyped and a lot of people are playing 24/7 for the first 7-14 days. But this will slow down A LOT after 14 days+ so we have just been dealing with the queue as we know it will get much better soon.

    But then suddenly Blizzard decides, only 8 days after release that they will open free transfers.......... Breaking the community even further as you will end up having a lot of people using in, while others don't. Moving to a fresh server when you know the game will have a huge drop-off in the coming weeks is a risky move to make so the community decides to stay, but when members will see this free transfer option popping in their face while they are sitting in a 8k queue you bet some will move breaking up things further.


    The queues are still really bad on many servers, but the game has only been out for 8 days. They should have waited for at least 14 days, or even 21 days before opening for free transfer IF there still are huge issues with queues. The hype has started to settle, but give it another week or two and many of the more casual players will most likely be gone, or at least be playing like 1/10 of the amount of time per day as they have been thus far.


    Now everyone is loosing... The bad handling and how Blizzard underestimated the hype so immensely has made this a huge mess. With free transfer this early you just break things even further and those of us who have been dealing with queues for 8 days to ensure to be playing on a healthy server is now risking to have too many leaving making the server more deserted, or forcing us to move to a server we have no clue will have a healthy population or not.
  1. Cæli's Avatar
    and EU ??!???
  1. Jyggalag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    they aren't now but im sure the Medium pop servers of today will be Recommended and/or Low pop servers in a few months when people burn out
    You do realise that a medium server today has more players than a full realm in vanilla? If the zones feel dead it's because of a) layering or b) you're ahead of the curve level wise

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