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#1 - 2014/02/03 08:53:00 AM
No realms are due to be connected next week but these are the next in line:

English Realms
  • (RP) Darkmoon Faire and Earthen Ring
German Realms
  • (PvE) Rexxar and Alleria


Plans for these connections may change at any time. We’ll provide additional updates for future connections here as soon as we can.

To see a list of all realms connected so far, see our other forum post. For more information on Connected Realms, please read the preview blog post here.


FAQ
Q. My realm needs connecting, is it on your list?
A. All low and some medium population realms will be connected. They’ll all have a healthy population when we’re done. Don't worry, we're aware of the exact situation on each realm.

Q. When will my realm be connected?
A. We'll keep you posted on the latest information as we get it. It's an ongoing process and the schedule is updated as we progress.

Q. My realm has a lower population than some of those on the list, why isn’t mine being connected first?
A. The order we connect realms depends on a number of technical factors, but we will get to them all.

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#16 - 2014/02/03 12:55:00 PM
03/02/2014 10:10Posted by Minerx
As far as I know, these realms are RP PVP and are flagged like this by Blizzard... I'm missing something ?


03/02/2014 10:31Posted by Reddot
It seems that Takralus is having bad day. These realms are PvP.


Gimme a break, it's Monday!

Fixed, thanks for the heads up :)

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#84 - 2014/02/05 04:41:00 PM
05/02/2014 16:29Posted by Noxno
so uhm did any of the connections work?


It's planned for tonight so check back in the morning :)

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#127 - 2014/02/06 04:58:00 PM
06/02/2014 16:48Posted by Pecpec
WTH is this? Skullcrusher whas on top of the list and now its nowhere to be found.... Explain please


As we said in this post last week, the Xavius/Skullcrusher connection has been temporarily postponed. As soon as we have any news on the new date, we'll let everyone know :)

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#204 - 2014/02/10 01:00:00 PM
10/02/2014 12:16Posted by Reptilik
03/02/2014 08:53Posted by Takralus
(PvP) Dunemaul and Auchindoun/Jaedenar


This connection appear both next week and in the week starting with 24th of Feb. It's a mistake or was postponed?


I updated the post, it's scheduled for this week. Sorry for the confusion :)

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#209 - 2014/02/10 02:00:00 PM
10/02/2014 13:31Posted by Mcaffee
Any chance of English PVE realms getting some connecting love from you guys as to this date only 2 of these connections have been made versus 15 PVP connections.

Top of my head I would say Bronze Dragonflight & Hellfire are in dire need for a love connection to be made sooner rather then later.


We've nothing against PvE realms at all, there just happened to be more low pop PvP realms, which is why the list is a little PvP heavy right now. We're trying to help some of the smallest realms first, then work our way up to the bigger ones where possible.

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#214 - 2014/02/10 02:40:00 PM
10/02/2014 14:14Posted by Ailuro
10/02/2014 11:09Posted by Sinedd

English realms doesn't lack RP realms that can be connected as in the Spanish realms, this also happened to a RP-PvP realm somewhere in a non-English realm which got connected to a normal PvP realm, but here the RP-PvP realms with low population got connected together without any normal PvP server, so most likely this will be the case for RP realms.

Whilst likely true, it would be comforting to have an official statement that this is indeed an exception-case.
Because up untill now, I was under the impression that only similair type realms would be connected.

Even if this is an exception, it does bring about the question how it will be handled that rp(pvp) have additional policies that are likely to conflict with policies in place on pve/pvp realms.


This is indeed an exceptional case for Spanish realms, due to the fact there was only one RP and one RP PvP realm. We asked the players on these realms what they would prefer, and this was the option they went for.

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#304 - 2014/02/18 02:37:00 PM
18/02/2014 07:42Posted by Qahnaarin
I honestly don't give a crap. It's all Blizzards fault in the first place they allowed the realms to become neglected which lead to this situation. Now as a result of their negligence all our realms (apart from high pops) are suffering. Quel'thalas used to be a pretty damn good server back in TBC and Wrath now it's pretty much dead, nothing useful on the AH and recruiting is next to impossible.

There's no real hope until we get connected and I don't have hopes of them doing so any time soon and until they do I refuse to spend any more money on this game, WoD pre orders and otherwise, I've given them far more than they deserve.


Realm populations fluctuate for various reasons. We can't force people to stay put on certain realms if they'd rather move elsewhere to play with friends or join guilds etc. We're now in a position, tech-wise, where we can connect realms to help with low populations, and so we're doing that as swiftly as we can while making sure it runs as smoothly as possible. I understand that it can be frustrating if you've been waiting for news on your particular realm, however, please know that we're working hard on it, and as soon as I have any news to share, I will.

Edit: typo :P

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#309 - 2014/02/18 04:17:00 PM
18/02/2014 15:47Posted by Sareena
Any chance you could let us know which realms are scheduled to be connected to each other?
I have an alt problem that has spilled over onto another realm.

Would like to reduce the number of server transfers as much as possible.


Sadly I can't, because things can change from the plan and we don't want anyone doing anything based on some info we give out that is inaccurate later down the line :(

18/02/2014 14:47Posted by Darkspears

Realm populations fluctuate for various reasons. We can't force people to stay put on certain realms if they'd rather move elsewhere to play with fiends or join guilds etc.

I always knew there were douchebags all over the internet, but people now seek them out too? This seems a bit over the top :D


Fixed now, thanks :3

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#327 - 2014/02/21 08:53:00 AM
Hey all, the original post has been updated with the next scheduled batch of connections.

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#333 - 2014/02/21 10:37:00 AM
21/02/2014 09:56Posted by Khadryn
21/02/2014 08:53Posted by Takralus
Hey all, the original post has been updated with the next scheduled batch of connections.
Thanks for the update.

I do hope the RP realms will start getting connected soon though.


More EN RP realm connections are indeed coming soon :)

21/02/2014 09:56Posted by Khadryn
By the way, will realms that are connected eventually get their own forums?


Yup, we've started with a couple of them already: http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/10727893/

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#351 - 2014/02/21 12:30:00 PM
21/02/2014 12:18Posted by Voisin
AD is big, but wouldn't call it overcrowded.. you still have to search really hard to find any RP. Most of the corwdyness is just people idling in SW


Argent Dawn has queues at peak times, so we're not currently looking to connect it with any other realms.

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#354 - 2014/02/21 12:37:00 PM
21/02/2014 12:12Posted by Rhy
Hi, from dragonmaw - i've checked the realm pops for each of the servers listed. Dragonmaw and haomarush are more or less faction balanced, but both spinebreaker and vashj are horde dominated with only about 50 active alliance players each. Are there going to be more connections and will they be from more alliance dominant realms to balance off vashj and spinebreaker?


When all realms have been connected to this group (including any not shown), the faction balance should be close. However it's obviously a little hard to predict exactly.

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#460 - 2014/02/28 08:27:00 AM
Hey all, I've updated the post to include the next connections.

The Laughing Skull connection which was originally due for this week will hopefully go ahead next week now, then Sunstrider should be the week after if all goes to plan.

Just FYI, as the connections get bigger, it sometimes takes longer for the process to complete which is why we occasionally have to postpone things. But we're super aware that you guys are keen to see the connections go through, so we do all we can to make sure it goes ahead :)

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#475 - 2014/02/28 10:26:00 AM
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@Takralus

The main issue and the prime reason for frustration for many is that when you are on a medium pop realm, that in theory should function pretty good, but in reallity is struggling hard. You have no idea if Blizzard is actually seeing the major issues affecting your realm sinse they refuse to tell anyone about there plans and who can expect to be connected.

The not knowing part is what are making people agring. Even knowing for sure that your realm would not be connected would be better, as you would then know what you had to work whit. Then you could decide to stay on your dead realm or move on. As it is now all we can do is hope and the longer that goes on the more people will give up whit the game, there server og whit Blizzard.

All people are really asking is for Blizzard to face up and be honest about there ideas and plans.


I understand. However, plans change all the time (as you can see from this week's connections), so telling people what we think we may do way in advance really isn't wise, because if/when it changes, people may be disappointed. Just trust me when I say we know which realms need connecting, and we'll get to them all. I wouldn't advise anyone on a low population realm to consider moving until they've seen what the situation on their realm is like when the connections are done. Please just hang on in there, we're getting to you!

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#488 - 2014/02/28 12:10:00 PM
28/02/2014 12:05Posted by Lucisa
*VERY DEEP SIGH*
Again..no PVE Realms...


My thoughts exactly...why not tho is what I wonder...


Because, as we've said multiple times before, we're helping people on realms with lower populations first. More PvP realms are in a worse situation than PvE realms, hence they're being connected first. Simples.

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#499 - 2014/02/28 01:10:00 PM
28/02/2014 12:59Posted by Lucisa
Why in the world are low pop PvP realms be in worse state than PvE? If nothing PvE players (guilds) on low pop realms can have more problems finding recruits for raids etc...At least they should be connected evenly,not 99% of them being PvP...


You're suggesting PvE realms get priority over PvP realms with lower populations because of raiding? Players on PvP realms raid too, ya know.

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#504 - 2014/02/28 01:35:00 PM
28/02/2014 13:12Posted by Lucisa
28/02/2014 13:10Posted by Takralus
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You're suggesting PvE realms get priority over PvP realms with lower populations because of raiding? Players on PvP realms raid too, ya know.


Uhm....I believe I wrote "they should be connected evenly" so dont put words in my..post o.O :p


Sorry, I misunderstood you. However, as we've said, players on lower population realms have a harder time of finding people for raids & trading in the auction house etc., so we're trying to connect many of the lowest realms first. The realm type doesn't factor into the order.

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#506 - 2014/02/28 01:41:00 PM
28/02/2014 13:14Posted by Malgin
"(PvP) Bloodscalp and Emeriss/Agamaggan/Hakkar/Crushridge
(PvP) Laughing Skull and Shattered Halls/Balnazzar/Ahn'Qiraj/Trollbane/
Talnivarr/Chromaggus/Boulderfist/Daggerspine"

why not do one batch of pvp and one batch of pve??


So the people on Laughing Skull or Bloodscalp should wait while we connect a higher population PvE realm, one that's already in a better situation than either of those realms?

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#509 - 2014/02/28 02:00:00 PM
28/02/2014 13:47Posted by Iarwain
@Takralus

I for one trust, that you people in Blizzard are doing these mergers in the order you feel is best for the most people. We as players tend to look very hard on the issues our own server have and tend to ignore servers whit the same or even worse problems.

As i have mentioned before in this threat. I strongly belive that you would gain a lot more from the community by comming out whit you plan for these connections. Than you would stand to lose is you would haev to whitdraw a few of these prommises.


I know, as I said before, I totally get why people feel so passionately about it. Please know that we do too though :)

All I can currently do is reveal our latest plans as they are decided (which are still subject to change). I will continue to try to share as much as I possibly can.

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#513 - 2014/02/28 02:29:00 PM
28/02/2014 14:06Posted by Anroka
It would help us in the community of these realms a lot to know if we can expect more connections to the Moonglade/The'Shatar connection, so we know how to best shape the community.


Another connection is currently planned for that group, but this may change of course depending on population levels :)

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#669 - 2014/03/05 04:12:00 PM
05/03/2014 15:00Posted by Cadogan
Blizzard, I am in desperate need of a timeline.


I totally understand that you, along with most of the people in this thread, are very keen for more information. However, we can't give you a timeline because there isn't a set one unfortunately. Plans are adjusted each week (as people have seen).

Please continue watching this thread for the most up-to-date information about upcoming connections.

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#673 - 2014/03/05 04:38:00 PM
05/03/2014 16:20Posted by Gursha
Hey out of curiosity when are you going to announce even more PvP connections? I ask so I know when to toss my hopes out of the window again.

Needs moar pvp connections right? Sod everyone else.


Can't say when, but more are coming.

05/03/2014 16:31Posted by Kana
Out of curiosity, do you have a estimated timeframe of when we'll start to see more PvE connections, because I don't want to keep looking as this thread each week and see my realm not on the list again.


Nope, afraid not. But again, they are coming.

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#703 - 2014/03/06 08:50:00 AM
Hey all, the original post has been updated :)

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#916 - 2014/03/13 08:27:00 AM
13/03/2014 01:56Posted by Tirixian
Although I know that this comment will most likely not be seen by any Blizzard employee, but I hope my voice will be heard by members of the WoW community. Today, my realm The Sha'tar was successfully merged with Moonglade. And when I say successfully, I really mean it.


13/03/2014 01:53Posted by Anroka
With all the bad news, enquiries and complains this thread receives, I figured I might well leave some positive news for the Blizzard representatives. As well as others, of course.


Really happy that you guys have noticed a positive improvement, and thanks for taking the time to give your feedback :D As a fellow Moongladian/Sha'tarian, I can say I also particularly enjoyed seeing everyone welcoming each other and being generally excited about the new situation \o/

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#1130 - 2014/03/26 08:38:00 AM
Hey all, the connections went through as planned so I updated the first post to reflect that. I'll add details of the next realms asap :)

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#1200 - 2014/03/28 08:10:00 AM
Hey all, I've updated the original post :)

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#1202 - 2014/03/28 09:00:00 AM
28/03/2014 08:13Posted by Maria
Hello, can you please answer one question? Are you done with our group Darksorrow/Genjuros/Neptulon or you are planning to add more realms?


Yes we're done with that group for now.

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#1212 - 2014/03/28 10:07:00 AM
28/03/2014 09:10Posted by Zialaeron
Was wondering if the Darkmoon Faire/Earthen Ring connection means we will have a 2 way and a 3 way connection of the smaller 5 RP realms (as opposed to the 5 way most were expecting).


Still waiting to see how things pan out, but we're not currently planning to add more realms to the Darkmoon Faire/Earthen Ring connection.

28/03/2014 09:32Posted by Téacup
Ok, I have to ask because the wait is driving me crazy; Will Steamwheedle Cartel ever get connected?


Current plans are to connect it, yes. But as I always stress, nothing is set in stone; we have to carefully analyse how things go as we proceed :)

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#1215 - 2014/03/28 10:20:00 AM
28/03/2014 10:10Posted by Colfernos
Thats a shame really..

I seen server be merged into fives.. that would help the 5 minor Role Play servers if they became one. Seems a lot are hoping for this to happen.


Connecting all five of the low/medium population EN RP realms would result in mild queues at quiet times for players on those realms, and hours of waiting to log on at busy times :(

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#1224 - 2014/03/28 10:45:00 AM
28/03/2014 10:27Posted by Andraí
Connecting all five of the EN RP realms would result in mild queues at quiet times for players on those realms, and hours of waiting to log on at busy times :(
Pretty sure there's 6 EN RP realms. :)

Would it really be the case if all except AD were connected, it'd make queues? I always thought all except AD were suffering in a minor way.


You're right, apologies, I edited my post to clarify I was talking about the low/medium population realms. Argent Dawn often has queues by itself so it won't be connected to any others. But yeah as I said, the others aren't as small as, say, some of the PvP ones we've been connecting.

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#1237 - 2014/03/28 12:43:00 PM
28/03/2014 10:26Posted by Yolopaggins
@takralus now that you are on a comment spree :D, do you have more information on burning blade and drak'thul?


28/03/2014 11:51Posted by Mammoth
Takralus, while you're commenting, do you have any comments on the BB/DT connection?

Being told that this is now a Cz realm and that you should transfer gets old fast.


We're aware of the situation and we're monitoring events. As this is something that's related to DT/BB, it's better to move the discussion away from the general Connected Realms thread over to the realm forums. I posted in this thread earlier just to nominate a main thread where we can focus the feedback, any updates we have will most likely be posted there :)

28/03/2014 10:33Posted by Graendal
Thanks for the update Takralus. Seeing as there are only a few EN PvP realms left now and considering the fact you said you are done with the Darksorrow/Genjuros/Neptulon connection, does that mean that you're not planning anything for Twilight's Hammer? I'm sorry if I come across as needy or nosy but the suspense has been killing me lately. :(


It's currently on the list for a future connection, however, I'll insert my standard reminder here that if numbers change too much, so may our plans. Stay tuned!

28/03/2014 10:37Posted by Nerraw
Is the Dragonmaw/Haomarush/Etc. connection done for now?


Yup, for now.

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#1249 - 2014/03/28 03:58:00 PM
28/03/2014 14:22Posted by Qahnaarin
Still going to push for my realm to be connected regardless.


There's a short Q&A in the original post about which realms will be selected for connection, and when that might be. Unfortunately, "pushing" for it more does not have any effect of the the date we can connect realms, nor will it in future. There are lots of factors that dictate which realms are connected and when, most of them technical.

Just keep checking this thread for updates each week. The current population level of your realm (Quel'Thalas) means it is likely to be connected at some point, bearing in mind this may change of course.

28/03/2014 13:13Posted by Ekaliath
When will Tarren Mill be connected, its like 85% hord over 15 % allie :(( cant even play timeless isle.


Sadly, connected realms won't always help with faction balance :(

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#1339 - 2014/04/02 05:15:00 PM
Due to some technical issues, the connection between Aggramar and Hellscream did not process completely and therefore has been postponed for the time being. The other connections were completed successfully (see here).

We are not planning to connect any realms next week but Darkmoon Faire and Earthern Ring (EN) as well as Rexxar and Alleria (DE) are still the next in line.

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#1418 - 2014/04/14 08:50:00 AM
Hey guys and gals, just dropping in for a quick status update. There are no connections planned to go ahead this week and it's possible they may also be on hold next week too. I'll post again next week to let you know either way. Apologies to those of you keenly awaiting your connections; we're working on getting them done asap :)