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11-26-2010 @ 8:19AM
Funny, as I was just looking into this myself. Outside of getting a feel for the denizens of your new realm, picking a data-center nearest your physical location should help narrow things down (for example, if you live on the West Coast choose a realm from the Los Angeles data center):http://www.wowpedia.org/US_realm_list_by_datacenterAlso, you could try picking your realm based on its creation date. I can't confirm or deny it, but I'd probably choose a realm that's been around longer; that way you know that at least a handful of the people there know what's up. Of course older realm does not always equal more mature players. Just a thought.http://www.wowpedia.org/US_Realms_Timeline
11-26-2010 @ 9:11AM
I started on an original release server (moved to a different original release server) and they are night and day. Bloodhoof, my original server, definitely lacks on the maturity factor!
11-26-2010 @ 11:34AM
About the servers, I live in LA, but my ISP's main hub is in Phoenix... so I was actually getting better latency times out of Blizz's servers in AZ.
11-26-2010 @ 1:31PM
Picking a nearby battlegroup/datacenter is a good point, but another thing to consider is realm time.When my wife and I first rolled toons, it recommended Drenden for us--a server in a battlegroup that was relatively nearby, but an east-coast timezone server.We're in AZ and don't use DST, so we fluctuate between Pacific and Mountain times. Eastern is no good for us, but we didn't realize that it'd be an issue until we were already level 70 and trying to start raiding. We still stuck it out for nearly two years, but between time issues and server progression we were just unable to find a group that we could call home, and unable to recruit for our own guild at the times we needed to raid.Being the complete and utter nerd that I am, I made a spreadsheet. We listed all of the Pacific PvE servers, recorded each realm's progression (I think from wowprogress.com, could be wrong) and checked the realm list at 6pm & 9pm to see how full the servers were. This gave us short list of about 5 well-progressed, medium-to-high population servers. Of those five, we looked a bit deeper--Alliance-to-Horde ratio, battlegroup location, the attitude on the realm forums, wowwiki article, etc. We also looked at name availability, but ultimately made a decision despite the necessity of a name change.One server really stood out for us, so we rolled new toons and tried to get a feel for the place. Loved it, and eventually moved or rerolled all of our other toons to this server.It was a fairly scientific way of choosing a new server, and probably sounds a bit lame, but when you're talking $25 a pop ($50 for a couple) to transfer to a new server, you wanna make sure you're making the right decision!
11-26-2010 @ 5:24PM
@Anye Could you please list the 5 realms you narrowed down? Ive done the same type of research for Arizona based servers so wouldnt mind seeing what you may have chosen too, you might have come up some better results than me :)
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