A plea for low populated servers

#0 - Oct. 24, 2010, 11:01 p.m.
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First of all I'm not sure if this is the right place for this topic, so i apologize if it isn't but I couldn't really find a better place.

The last few weeks we have been seeing some servers being changed from pvp to pve and free transfers open to other servers in order to fix the low population and/or the horde/alliance ratio.
Now while I'm sure many of us appreciate that you are trying to fix this problem, I have to say that I don't think you are doing this the right way.
Opening the transfer to 3 other low populated realms where the ratio is already more than out of balance is not really gonna solve much, because this wont push up the population and the ratio will most likely only get worse and not better.
Also if you have already been playing on a low pop server you prolly dont wanna transfer to another one even if it is free.

Fact is, there are some servers out there that really need some serious help because playing has just become very hard.
I've been playing on Dentarg since i moved there in TBC and at the start it was ok, it was not a high populated server but there was a decent amount of alliance and a lot of good horde guilds.
But as the time went by more and more left, specially alliance and now there is not even any guild that does raiding anymore on alliance side, wintergraps is a nightmare because if there is any alliance at all they ofc have a high amount of tenacity, which means you need a group of ppl to be able to kill someone. Battleground Queues can take really long because the battelgroup doenst seem to be the best either. lately it has been a little bit better but still.
And that there are hardly any alliance is not even the worst problem since im not a big PVP-er anyways but what bothers me is that its close to impossible to recruit because there are not alot of horde players to pick from and getting someone to transfer to dentarg after they saw the population is really rather hard too. Why would you wanna spent money on a transfer when you are on a nicely medium or even high populated server with maybe even a nice balance between the factions?
We don't really have much to offer to these people.
There has been free transfers open to dentarg a few times i believe. most of the times on alliance side only but that did not help at all which should be pretty obvious.

I would like to suggest that you think about either shutting the low populated servers down completely and open free transfer for everyone on it to some medium populated servers or merge some of the low populated server into only one server instead. I don't think there is anything that can be done to make every single one of the servers that suffers from the lack of players better, so it might be best to cut some of them off and just have the rest play together.
Changing Servers from pvp to pve and/or marking them as new does not really help anyone on those servers and neither does moving them to 3 other servers that are also low on population.

For now most players are stuck to their server, sure there is the payed transfer but the restrictions make it kinda lame, specially the gold cap on them. I mean 20k gold really is not a lot these days for anyone, specially at the end of an expansion.
Then there is the guildbank that people would want to bring if they decide to move together as a guild, which most likely has quite some amount of cash too.
Some guys don't wanna leave their alts behind or they simply have to transfer them for the gold and in the end the whole thing will be much more expensive than just 20 euros for one char and then you have to ask yourself if that's really worth it. Paying so much to leave a server is for most players either not affordable or just not worth it.
They might decide to start a new char on another server but most of them are either gonna quit the game or stay on the server and quit eventually if they cant get a group to raid or pvp together anymore. After all I believe most people play this game for a social aspect too. To play with their friends and guild mates and not with a random pug that disbands after 4 bosses because someone ninjad DBW ;)

Many players in my guild and on the server, that i know, are very disappointed with the current situation
so please help us, please do something to fix this problem because we have been playing this game for a very long time and we love it but lately it has just been very frustrating due to the lack of players
#28 - Oct. 25, 2010, 1:56 p.m.
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They just made Magtheridon a PvE server <snip!>
I just don't see the logic in why exactly they would do it to Magtheridon
Magtheridon has a much lower overall population than Dentarg.
#53 - Oct. 25, 2010, 3:21 p.m.
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With a reply like that you probably were better off not replying at all : /
Except that you can see that we are listening. We do not intend for realms to have low populations and we do want to improve the situation for realms that are in need of it.