The Alleria Server Frequently Asked Questions (v2)
Hi, I'm thinking of transferring to Alleria, what's this server like?
That's a big question, can you be more specific?
OK, what's the population of Alleria? High? Low?
Alleria is now classified as a Medium Population server with approx. 25,000 players.
Well that's good, but is there a queue to log in?
There hasn't been a queue in eons.
Is Alleria a new server, or an old one?
Alleria went live on 23 November 2004, otherwise known as "Launch Day".
How many Horde and Alliance are there on the server?
Here is the most recent data from the Warcraft Census, as of 23 September 2011:
Total Alliance: 3,559 - 70%
Total Horde: 1,548 - 30%
A to H Ratio: 2.3 : 1
Are those numbers above accurate?
The numbers above, due to a need for more data collection (esp. Horde-side), should be considered an estimate and not an absolute. Please see the end of the FAQ for info on how to contribute to the WoW Census and improve the accuracy of these numbers.
So Alliance controls Tol Barad 24-7?
As is well known, Tol Barad heavily favors the defending team, so with our faction imbalance you might think Alliance controls it 24-7. In fact we do not: Tol Barad changes hands with regularity, and in recent months, it's the Horde that has controlled TB more often.
But they're still outnumbered - so is it still bad for the Horde on Alleria?
Probably not as bad as one might think. The LFD tool and cross-realm BG's have made life easier, and there is an advantage in being a small and therefore tight-knit community where everybody knows everybody else. Several Horde guilds and many players have sought greener pastures and transferred off Alleria over the years, but a core of die-hards yet remains. However, the economy is smaller and of the top 20 raid guilds, only 2 are Horde. Part of the problem is the "recruitment pool" is so small, but this may actually be to the advantage of new Horde players - it may be easier to stand out from the crowd. Overall it's a challenging server to be on if you're Horde - but some people like challenge.
I like shiny lewts. What's the progression like on this server?
Progression wise, Alleria is an above average server, currently occupying the 62nd spot of 241 tracked guilds on wowprogress. This wasn't always the case: Alleria was the home of the world-first guild <Risen> and was the original home of <Premonition>, frequently the #1 guild in the US region. This hardcore legacy persists to this day and is likely the major reason Alleria is still a middle-of-the-road server. For more specific information on progression, best to check wowprogress.com, guildox, or a similar website.
First in the World to 62nd in the US? Ah, how the mighty are fallen. So why did those two guilds in particular leave Alleria?
<Risen> didn't leave Alleria per se, their issues were more with the game than with the server, to make a long story short. <Premonition> left Alleria during the last period of serious instability, serious enough to become a liability for a guild competing on the world stage. The irony is - and this is the important part for people considering transferring to Alleria - that not long after <Premonition> left the server, the stability issues were solved and ever since then it's been years of smooth sailing.
A question about the server economy, any idea if Alleria is more or less expensive than other servers?
Alleria has always been more expensive than the average, up to 20% more depending on what the economy is like on your server. Perhaps this is because of its relatively high population, or that it's a launch day server. BoE epics can go from 5 to 25k and up. The Vial of the Sands goes for around 35-50k. Orbs go for around 700-1000g, and Valor bracers for around 6-8k. On the plus side, the the economy is well provided for in terms of the availability of crafters and mats. The Horde economy, as noted above, is much smaller, but prices are kept in check by the ability to purchase and transfer certain items between factions.