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4-30-2010 @ 9:07AM
So....it's gunna be kinda hard to get into the actual battle if your faction dominates the server I guess. I suppose it will at least solve the massive lag problems that used to happen.
4-30-2010 @ 9:37AM
"t's gunna be kinda hard to get into the actual battle if your faction dominates the server" This is exactly the point. Right now, people are just encouraged to pick whatever faction dominates. Perhaps this will cause people who can never get into WG to faction change, or pick a new realm with more even balance. We can only hope, anyway.
4-30-2010 @ 9:55AM
I'm affraid though that on a server with major imbalance, the lesser side may end up with an advantage. If they have 25 skilled pvpers and the larger faction has 200 players with low to high skill levels, the lesser populated will always get to pick who goes. I forsee a few highly skilled pvpers on the lesser faction can just fight most rounds and assure victory, even if the larger faction has more skilled players but have to fight the queue. I'm willing to try it but I'm not sure it will balance much more than the changes made previously.
4-30-2010 @ 10:09AM
@jealouspirate"This is exactly the point. Right now, people are just encouraged to pick whatever faction dominates. Perhaps this will cause people who can never get into WG to faction change, or pick a new realm with more even balance. We can only hope, anyway. "Because as Totalbiscuit has recently pointed out…The right thing for Blizzard to do is charge people to balance their realms for them when they have no quantifiable way to know if they are choosing an imbalanced server or not.It’s not like when you log onto a new server to create a character, it provides a list of the total number of characters (or at least accounts) tied to each faction on that server. I don’t have a problem with paying for a server transfer as I have done so before because I wanted to change servers for no reasons associated with game play, but those players who wish to change servers based on the quality of life for the entire realm should be given a little more latitude than they are given currently.Totalbiscuit did a great job explaining the issue on last week’s Blue Plz; you should check it out.
4-30-2010 @ 10:22AM
"...when they have no quantifiable way to know if they are choosing an imbalanced server or not."Excellent point. There are some websites you can use, and I did as much research as I possibly could before I transferred servers a few months ago) but the information is often dated, inaccurate, or both. It would be a whole lot better if Blizzard provided this information so we could make an informed decision before waving bye-bye to $25.
4-30-2010 @ 3:12PM
Whether or not to spend $25 on a transfer should involve more than looking at a website. Even if Blizzard did post the population statistics, there is no way to know how many accounts are truly active, how many people on that server like PvP and who dominates WG. Blizz is certainly not going to give those statistics out as that acts like a magnet attracting those who like to roflstomp and repelling those who are sore losers.If you are serious about potential transfer, make a toon on the realm first. Play the AH a touch to get a quick few gold to pay someone to take you to Dalaran (selling mats from gathering skills was more than enough for me). After that, it becomes fairly obvious fairly quick (even before reaching Dal) that I have a decent idea of server population, balance, and who just owns WG. Just watching trade while you are doing your business shows a lot about the server. You could always ask questions on the forums too. I'm not sure of the response to "which faction dominates realmX", other related questions can give you a picture.That's seriously like 2 days work at most and believe me you will know a lot more about how happy you will be there from experience than any statistics and opinions.
4-30-2010 @ 6:17PM
@TheSipe:"I'm affraid though that on a server with major imbalance, the lesser side may end up with an advantage."That's pretty much the point here; on my server, the Horde always has WG simply because there are so freakin' many of them and most of us have given up trying to take it, since we're just gonna get massive stunlocks anyways. You're gonna get stunned, you're gonna get ganged up on, and you're gonna die, no matter how skilled you are, if you're being outnumbered by almost 20 to 1.THIS, right here, will pit skill vs. skill. If your faction starts losing because of this change, it will become apparent that the opposition doesn't necessarily have the skills to even DESERVE Wintergrasp.Which concludes to: If you're bad, work on getting better. If you're not bad, this change is gonna be awesome. I hope.
4-30-2010 @ 6:32PM
I chose my current realm for the sole reason that my friends played on it. On it horde out number alliance by a fairly large margin. Lots of people chose their own realms for the same reason. Why should I or any of these people be forced to faction change just to play in the new pvp zone? I like being horde, it's not about being the dominate faction, I'd play them either way.
5-02-2010 @ 5:23AM
Yes and finally! Our server is so imbalanced that we see Voa once a month at 3am. This is a PvE server and believe it or not people faction changed just so they could face roll the lesser populated faction. The faction change option destroyed many servers and hopefully this change will set things right. I guess Blizzard really does care and are not too proud to admit a mistake. Thank you.
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