Blizzard poster Turrit announced yesterday that free realm transfers are being made available
to address faction imbalance and overpopulation issues on the following PvE realms:
- Aggramar (Alliance only)
- Area 52 (Horde only)
- Stormrage (Alliance only)
- Thrall (Horde only)
The free transfer period will run from Tuesday, May 25 (today) to Tuesday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. PDT. However, Turrit did make a point of mentioning that Blizzard has a transfer goal in mind, and if it's reached, they may shut the free transfers down early. If you're on any of the affected realms and have been considering a transfer, this might be a good chance to save yourself $25.
To my surprise, it turns out Drak'thul was actually a PvP realm until very recently
, and after a quick look at WoW Progress's list of U.S. realms
, I have to agree it looks like the server
needs some love. While it's possible the page hasn't been updated, it's apparent that the Drak'thul's raiders are struggling -- and there's some rather illuminating commentary in this thread
(I'll grant I can't verify the accuracy) on how some of the server's troubles may have gotten their start. Two things come to mind: Blizzard's observations a year ago concerning only PvP realms being low-pop
, and: what's happening on Cho'gall
The full announcement is past the cut.
We will be offering free character moves from select realms to assist in population balancing. The ability to move a character on the selected source realms will be available starting on Tuesday, May 25 at approximately 11:00am PDT and will end on Tuesday, June 1, at 11:00am PDT.
Drak'Thul is a Central time zone realm in the Vengeance battlegroup.
In the event that these realms meet our transfer goals before the scheduled end date, the transfers to or from any realm may be disabled. We highly recommend that if you are planning to transfer that you do so at your earliest convenience. No characters will be eligible for these free moves once the transfers have been closed.
You can begin your transfer by visiting the Character Move page located here: https://www.worldofwarcraft.com/account/character-move.html
Source Realms (PvE)
Aggramar - Alliance Only
Area 52 - Horde Only
Stormrage - Alliance Only
Thrall - Horde Only
Destination Realm (PvE)