Blizzard has noticed that some realms are pretty unbalanced in terms of faction ratios. One of these realms is Barthilas and they’re trying something new to see how it will affect ratios and queue times; I think PvP queue times specifically. And that is offering free faction changes to us hordies on Barthilas for one week, starting today.
According to Mmo-champion, Barthilas has roughly 18.6k players with a Level 90 character on the realm. Around 14.7k of those characters are Horde and 3.9k are Alliance, resulting in a population that is 21% Alliance and 79% Horde. Looking at characters rather than players, there are ~41.7k Level 90 characters on Barthilas now, with 34.3k Horde and 7.4k Alliance, for a 17.8% Alliance and 82.2% Horde population.
One of the main reasons I’m not saving like mad to move my characters off a PvP realm now that I’m not raiding with my guild (which is the only reason I moved to a PvP server) is that there really isn’t that much ganking that occurs as a horde because of the faction imbalance. In fact the only time I usually get killed is on the timeless isle by my own bloody coin hungry faction players or as a lvl 60 in Hellfire Peninsula and tbh that is normally x-realm players that kill me there. I have no idea what it’s like for an alliance on Barth; I would assume they are getting killed as soon as they step outside their front doors. I wonder if this offer will have the desired effect of more people rolling their toons over to the blue and gold of the Alliance banners or if like me many are hesitant because quite frankly the faction imbalance is the only thing that makes a PvP realm bearable.
I am tossing up the idea of moving my druid alliance side though; I’m thinking come warlords I’d like to level a priest and a druid and it makes sense that my two geared, and not just in terms of purple items but in terms of big bags, novelty items, love of their names etc, are the two I play through to 100. I stepped into well of eternity on Zeirah the other day and with the automatic transformation that makes you a night elf, it was a little nostalgic and hit me how much I miss the night elf form. Silly I know, but anyone who reads this will know I’ve not got great fondness for the troll form. And the advantages of moving the druid means I’d have a night elf druid and my priest can stay blood elf, the other race I love from a looks and lore perspective.
Despite the tentative yet growing idea of moving my druid Alliance, I’m wondering if Barthilas is the place to do it. With cross-realm abilities I could do everything with my Alliance friends without having to pay for a off-realm transfer and with the ability to pass things through the neutral Auction house (frustrating and roundabout as that process is) I’d still be able to access my other toons professions but offsetting it all is the idea that I might be ganked to high heaven and end up hating it more.
It’s something to think about. I do like the idea of taking Blizzard up on free offers; it might encourage them to do more lol but I’m not sure if I want to face life on a possibly still unbalanced PvP realm. I might log on and have a look at my character list of toons, there’s bound to be one of my toons sitting there on Barth that fancies a look at other side.
What do you guys think of the offer?