What’s up guy and girl players of WoW. Tarou here bringing you a video on how to choose a server! For more FREE WoW guides, check out my channel at RyutaroAkaTarou Alright so you’re either playing World of Warcraft for the first time or are tired of your current server and want a change. Either way, you’ll need to choose a server and that can be pretty overwhelming with all the choices. I hope to simply that for no matter what you’re looking for. To get started you’ll want to decide which type of server or realm is best for you. There are four types of servers available for WoW; PvP, PvE, RP, and RP-PvP.
PvP: or Player vs Player is usually geared towards players who want the ability to fight over players throughout the game world at any given time in contested areas. PvE: or Player vs Environment and sometimes referred to as normal is more for players who want to travel throughout the game world without worrying other players attacking them. They don’t want to be bothered and don’t care that they can’t kill an opposing faction player unless they’re flagged. RP: or Roleplaying is a server or realm type made especially for those who like to roleplay within a game. In addiction they are PvE servers. Most roleplayers take on the identity of someone they’ve made up completely or use the character and class they’ve pick as a starting base using the game’s story line and stereotypes. RP servers have so-called strict rules against real-life talk or out of character talk but from my experience, it depends from server to server and faction to faction as some hardly even roleplay at all.
RP servers also require stricter naming rules when choosing a name for your character which typically just means it can’t be anything made up of a few words like Ipwnnoobs. RP-PvP: is basically a combo of RP and PvP servers allowing roleplayers to attack or be attacked when in any contested areas of the game world. All other RP and PvP rules or descriptions also are included. So with four different types how do you figure which is best for you? Well, a simple thing to do is ask friends or anyone you know who plays and see what they think.
Here are some typical stereotypes and some of my own personal opinion. PvP servers tend to have more asshats than you may be use to but also usually have the some of the best PvP’ers and PvE’ers in the game. Tradechat will be busy with tons of things going on and usually some trolling. You may find a lot of Elitists around as well. Depending on the server, there could be more Alliance or more Horde or a pretty even number. PvE servers tend to have less asshats and more people willing to work as a group for end game but maybe not so much for leveling. Since they can’t be attacked, some may have the solo personality type and avoid others while they level. These people soon find though at higher levels or when doing dungeons they’ll need to interact with others if they want to advance.
PvE servers are almost always more Alliance than Horde. RP servers tend to be the most curtious places but all that roleplaying could wear you out if you aren’t a roleplayer yourself. In recent years, the whole rp code of rules has been less and less enforced as many players don’t worry about it as much. RP’ers are not actively monitored by GMs or anything so only fellow players can police the servers by reporting offenders. Needless to say, only the hardcore RP’ers are likely to do this. RP servers can have more Horde or Alliance and even be pretty balanced. RP-PvP servers are just a mix of RP and PvP and usually stick to the RP side of the stereotypes.
These servers tend to have more Horde than Alliance. Ok, so after you’ve picked the type of server you’d like to play on, you’ll next want to think of which exact server would be best for you. This can be a very lengthy and tricky part. So, I’ll see if I can make it easy on you. Depending on where you are in the world you’ll want to decrease your choices by choosing an appropiate time-zone and language. I like to use wowwiki.com for this. Say you picked PvP and live in Florida. So you’d scroll down to US Eastern and then to Eastern PvP servers. That’s if you want the server’s time to be the same as where you live. Sometimes though that might not work out with your schedule and you may want something later. For instance, if you work until 7pm and raids on most servers are starting then, you’d never be able to prep and make it in time. That’s why you may want to choose a server that’s in the Central or Mountain time zones since they would be starting at between 8-9pm Eastern time.
Ok so let’s say you like the Central time-zone. We now have limited our search down to 29 servers. Next, you’ll want to think if you’re more into PvE, PvP, Alliance, Horde, and if the economy of the server matters to you as well as if the population is important. My experience with different populations gave me a general understanding of their main differences. Low population servers typically are quiet, duh right, typically are friendly but, finding a group for anything is impossible most of the time. Luckily, the dungeon finder helps with this problem somewhat but you can pretty much forget easily getting into a PuG for a raid or PvP and you almost want to certainly have a guild willing to take you or a pvp team needing you before you transfer or you may find yourself bored. Low pop servers economically wise are usually a lot more expensive with slow sales and low competition. High pop servers are the complete opposite. They generally have more rude people, are super easy to find a PuG for raids or PvP, have a ton going on always, and enough guilds to make finding one fairly easy.
Economically they have more sales, cheaper prices, and high competition. Lastly, medium pop servers are a calm medium and can sometimes have one extreme to another but generally are a good balance of high and low. I prefer a medium to high pop server personally. Alright, now that you have the basics down, how about a little example. Let’s say you want to have a server with good PvE progression, you’d like to be Horde, a good economy, and you want a very active, high pop server. You’ve already picked your server type as PvP and time-zone as Central so keep open wowwiki’s realm list and then head to wowprogress.com. This site tells the ranks of guilds and servers/realms but more than that can give population numbers along with ratios of Horde to Alliance. To narrow your search, hover over ‘Realms’ at the top of the webpage and select you region. To continue with our example, I’ll pick US. This then gives me a long list of ranked servers or realms.
I’ll try and find one that matches up by taking the first three or so off of wowprogress that have the population I’m looking for and ratio of Horde to Alliance. Grabbing the top three I see that Illidan and Mal’Ganis are in my time-zone but Blackrock isn’t. I’ll continue looking until I have about ten servers. Now that I’ve got my ten servers, I’ll start making a character on each and see what they’re like. The first server I’m checking is Illidan. I go ahead and click on it and see that it’s Horde dominant population and PvE wise. The population number isn’t an overall population and only includes high level characters that have done some sort of endgame raiding.
Illidan has 8,600 which is only second to Blackrock. Several guilds are 13/13 in heroic while many after that have strong progression. Taking a look at more specific stats for instance we can see that in BoT Heroic 72 guilds have taken out the first boss only 13 got the second while only 4 guilds have beat the remaining bosses. BWD Heroic has some other info as well as the normal for those raids and others. This is a good indicator of seeing how many guilds are progressing through content. In other words, if you’re into PvE you’ll have a much easier time finding a guild since there are so many to begin with. Ok, I like what I saw and I’ll go ahead and make a character on Illidan. Whoa so, I already get a warning tell me that the population is super high and I may have to wait in queue during peak times.
I’m ok with that so I’ll make an orc and run to Orgrimmar. If you aren’t ok with queue times, you could cross this one off your list and continue on. While running to org, it’s best to start /who’ing 85’s if you’re wondering about endgame stuff. You can even message some of the guilds you saw on wowprogress by doing /who ‘guild name’. I got lucky and some random level 22 guild invited me so I’ll join and ask them a few questions. Some answers you’ll already know since you saw the server’s rank and PvE stats but the way they answer can also be important. This guild was pretty honest and gave me some good info even though it seems like hardly any. They told me they were great for PvE but people would know right away if I was bad so I can expect to be judged no matter what I do PvE or PvP wise. If you’re pro this shouldn’t be a problem but if you’re just learning the game it could be emotionally draining and make you hate the game.
Elitist players often have this effect on new players or noobs but you can’t just generalize good players who you think are elite and say they’re all dicks because that’s not true at all. I also found out Alliance doesn’t exist so, if I was big into world PvP, then I’d be SoL on this server. I can tell the server is pretty big on PvP though with how many people are dueling out front when it’s only almost three in the afternoon. Once I get inside Org I take a look at how many people are roaming around which is huge for this time of day and the trade channel spam. I’m looking for how much nonsense like trolling versus how much raid and PvP group forming I can see going on.
Looks like there’s tons so now on to the final quick test of checking the economy. Prices for items and mats are both pretty low meaning competition is likely high. I may not expect to make a killing profit wise on this server but I can expect a decent volume of selling with this high of population and activity although I will have high competition as well. Finally, if everything looks good, mark on your list that the server is a keeper and go on to the next one. Keep doing this until you have narrowed down your list to just two or three. It may seem like a hassle but, take a few days and log in during raid times or times you plan to play and just kinda watch Org or Stormwind if you’re Alliance. Get a feel for how the server is. Randomly message people and ask them questions but try not to be annoying and lengthy. Some people may ignore you but others can be very helpful.
Keep in mind though you want several opinions on the same subject since one person isn’t a good rep for an entire server. Once you feel confident in the server, make your level one or transfer your 85. That’s it for this How to Choose a WoW Server/Realm Guide and I hope you liked it. Please subscribe and visit tarouwowguides.com for FREE 1-525 leveling, gold making guides, and news! Thanks for watching^^! “Now Go Realm Search or Something!” http://www.wowwiki.com/Realms_list http://www.wowprogress.com/realms/rank/us.
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