14/04 Realms & Free Character Moves

#0 - April 14, 2010, 4:52 p.m.
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Previous thread: http://forums.wow-europe.com/thread.html?topicId=12947282267&sid=1

New Player Realms
Normal/PvE: Vek'nilash
PvP: Spinebreaker

Free Character Moves (FCM)
The free Character Moves below are available until the end of April 20th. To use a free Character Move, please login to your Account Management and select Character Move, or click on the following link:

Please note: FCMs are opened based on realm population tracking and analysis and not by request. If you're looking for a specific Character Move (from realm A to realm B), you are in most cases better off using Paid Character Transfer, or you could end up waiting for a very long time. For more information on FCMs, please check our Support FAQ:

PvE Realms

From: Draenor, Stormrage
To: Vek'nilash

Alliance only:
From: Silvermoon, Nagrand
To: Vek'nilash

PvP Realms

Alliance only:
From: Auchindoun, Burning Blade, Burning Legion, Frostmane, Grim Batol, Neptulon, Ravencrest, Sylvanas
To: Ahn'Qiraj, Al'Akir, Stormscale, Twisting Nether

From: Ravencrest
To: Burning Steppes, Dentarg, Emeriss, Laughing Skull, Spinebreaker

Horde only:
From: Al'Akir, Drak'thul, Shattered Hand, Stormscale, Twilight's Hammer, Twisting Nether
To: Trollbane

PvP to PvE Realm Conversion FCM
The free Character Moves below are available until the end of May 18th:

From: Mazrigos
To: Ahn'Qiraj, Deathwing, Vashj
For more information on this Realm Conversion, please check this link:

Paid Character Transfers (PCT)
All English realms follow the regular PCT rules, found here:
#1 - April 14, 2010, 4:52 p.m.
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#7 - April 14, 2010, 7:02 p.m.
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Q u o t e:
I thought you were happy with the balance on the Auchindoun server?
Realms are almost like living breathing things. They change and evolve over time. What we might have said in the past might not hold true now or in the future.
Q u o t e:
Also, how come you are converting yet another PvP server into a PvE one?
Part of our continuing effort to ensure realms have greater faction balance and healthy populations. Mazrigos and a handful of PVP realms really do not have anything near that right now.
#8 - April 14, 2010, 7:06 p.m.
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Is there a reason Laughing Skull always get the short end of the stick? We get another FCM but this time together with 4 other realms from just 1 realm.
So in essence, we are damned if we do and if we don't? And, you're of the opinion that your realm is more important than other realms also in a similar or worse state? One might think at least a small effort in the right direction might have garnered some appreciation, but then one might have been bitterly disappointed if that was the case.
#9 - April 14, 2010, 7:10 p.m.
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Is Magtheridon really that much better than Mazrigos or Burning Steppes? (honest question)
Maybe it is in limbo somewhere between the two? Take this theoretical situation for example. What if you had moved an Alliance character to Mazrigos via FCM last week (which, by the way, was not possible), and then this week we announce the realm was being converted to PVE. It's plausible that such a situation might cause annoyance.
#10 - April 14, 2010, 7:12 p.m.
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Because they don't want to open up new servers, ever again ;)
We want to ensure our existing realms are always moving towards becoming ever livelier, healthily-populated places. If they aren't already, and the majority are.
#12 - April 14, 2010, 7:48 p.m.
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Nice to see some migration to Vashj, but alliance is already outnumbered by a large amount so allowing Horde as well to come isn't going to help balance the server
Indeed. But allowing characters to move to the realm is at least a sign that we are intending to keep your realm populated and flagged as PVP. Alliance FCMs do occur, as you can see, just time and time again the more realms as destinations for Alliance the less effective the FCMs are. So instead we try and work through a few at a time.
#15 - April 14, 2010, 8:14 p.m.
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Burning Steppes needs Alliance players. No FCM for more than half a year. How can you explain that?
Thank you.
Maybe some Alliance on Ravencrest will hear your call?
You're welcome.
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PS: Wryxian, I thought you were fired last week... Vacations I guess...
No, it is the task of our team to post these threads. The vacation idea is highly tempting, mind.
#18 - April 14, 2010, 9:34 p.m.
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Just want to give Blizzard a high five for the Mazrigos PvP to PvE, i was skeptical at first when i heard about the Veknilash thing so i decided to track how Vek would do after the conversion.

After some months i can only say that Blizzs idea was a huge success, alliance went from 1.500-2000 items in the Ah to over 17.000 when i checked last week. Thats the only way i have to track how the population improved.

To the alliance thinking of migrating from Mazrigos i would like to encourage em to stay, the thing works, just give it 1-2 months to work, and youll find yourself in a healthier server than the ones offered for migration.
Vek'nilash has dramatically evolved in a positive direction. The realm now has a healthy and growing population on both factions, and at level 80 also -- which is good for this stage of the game's progression.

Maybe you might consider sharing your thoughts in this thread?
#20 - April 14, 2010, 10:09 p.m.
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Also you might want to consider doing something more drastic since there are 9 realms here with a low alliance population.
Something like realm conversion for instance? We continue in our efforts to employ a useful process, FCM, which has shown to be a mostly effective and helpful tool in working towards our goals for realm population and balance. But yes there are other processes in our "toolkit" now, and yes we do look ahead at where we might next want to use such measures.
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And if you consider 0 new guilds and probably less then 10 players in total is an effort "in the right direction" makes me wonder what you consider a sucess?
But it is a move in the right direction. We are listening and we do care about Laughing Skull, as we do all our realms. We want the realm to be a livelier and healthier place for both factions.