The Alleria Server Transfer FAQ

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Thinking of transferring to Alleria? This FAQ is for you!


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.
Edited by Dunnik on 9/24/2011 11:35 AM PDT
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The Alleria Server FAQ Cont'd


I love killing Alliance dogs/Horde scum. What is PvP like on this server?

For a "Care Bear" PvE server, Alleria was once a competitive environment for PvP. The now-defunct Rampage Battlegroup, which Alleria used to be a part of, was seen as one of the most challenging - so challenging some hardcore Arena players transferred off to find greener pastures in other Battlegroups. As befits a launch day sever, World PvP has a long history on Alleria and even though it's a PvE server it's still easy to go looking for trouble, especially if you're Horde. A PvP server is only a /pvp flag away, after all. Serious Arena players, however, should know that few teams on Alleria get past 2000.



How about PvP guilds, are there any on this server?

As far as I know there has never really been a solid, long-lasting and competitive PvP-centric guild on Alleria. The now-defunct <Weekend Warriors> came closest. Many have been created with PvP in mind, but none seem to survive for the long haul, or keep to their original PvP purpose. Doesn't seem to stop people from trying to make new ones, however. Part of the reason for their lack of success may be the historical faction imbalance, since a PvP guild would likely want to do some World PvP as well. Thus, the better PvPers on the server are more likely to be found scattered amongst the established guilds - in fact it's a bit of a tradition for high end raid guilds to keep a few "pet" PvPers on staff: these elite PvPers don't raid, but they still contribute to the greater glory of the guild.



Are there any guilds here that are recruiting? How can I find one?

This realm forum has several recruitment posts that are a great place to start looking for guilds. A more targeted approach would be to look up server progression rankings and speak directly to the guilds best suited to your needs and abilities. Alleria's guilds run the gamut from the hardcore to the casual and everywhere in between.



Any guilds that raid off hours? Like daytimes, or late-night?

As above, best to check with individual guilds but there usually are a minority of guilds that cater to the "off-hours" crowd. <Chronus> is well-known for their later evening start times, and <Wolves Reign> has been raiding in the midnight to 3am time slot for over four years. Additionally, <No Use For A Name> raids weekends during the afternoon. If anyone has any information on additional off-hours guilds, please reply to this post.



So what time then do most guilds raid on this server?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, check with individual guilds for their respective schedules but most seem to raid during server "prime time", with raid start times somewhere around 6pm to 9pm, Server Time (CST).
Edited by Dunnik on 9/24/2011 11:49 AM PDT
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The Alleria Server FAQ Cont'd

So who is this Alleria character anyway? Never heard of him.

Her, not him - and that's not surprising, since Alleria Windrunner has been Missing in Action for years and makes no appearances in the World of Warcraft (aside from the statue of her in Stormwind, a helm with her name on it in Sunwell, and a coin from the Dalaran fountain). You have, however, heard of her younger sister, Sylvanas. Yes, that Sylvanas.

Perhaps Blizzard chose her name for a server six years ago because the memory of Warcraft II was fresher - Alleria Windrunner is one of the special units in that game. Blizzard might reintroduce her into the World of Warcraft some day, perhaps as part of a final confrontation with her wayward sister...



Post Script: Visit warcraftrealms.com and navigate to "WoW Census" under "realm data". Download and install the mod and follow the simple instructions. Like all mods of its type, the data gathered must be uploaded to warcraftrealms.com. Remember that a census only produces reliable results if many people participate (hence the reason it's mandatory IRL to fill it out). The WoW Census is one of the game's oldest mods, so it's efficient and trustworthy.



(Sources: Blizzard, warcraftrealms.com, wowprogress.com, wowpedia.com, wowhead.com, author's experience. Last updated on 24 September 2011. Comments, corrections & suggestions welcome!)
Edited by Dunnik on 9/24/2011 11:44 AM PDT
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Thanks for copying over, Dunnik.
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hopefully you'll get a sticky out of it this time
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Good job Dunnik!
That is a superbe overview imo!
./clap
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Why hasn't this been stickied yet? The WoW gods must hate us.
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88 Draenei Shaman
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Bump & sticky!!!!!!!
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Thanks to all those posters above for their support, but it looks like, for whatever reason, this post cannot or will not be stickied by Blizzard. As to why, your guess is as good as mine. So I suppose we'll just have to do it the old fashioned way, and keep this post bumped so that it continues to appear on the first page.
Edited by Dunnik on 1/14/2011 12:19 PM PST
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Also, thumbs up the original post!

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11/18/2010 10:00 PMPosted by Dunnik
The Alleria Server FAQ Cont'd



How about PvP guilds, are there any on this server?

As far as I know there has never really been a solid, long-lasting and competitive PvP-centric guild on Alleria. Many have been created with PvP in mind, but none seem to survive for the long haul, or keep to their original PvP purpose. Doesn't seem to stop people from trying to make new ones, however. Part of the reason for their lack of success may be the historical faction imbalance, since a PvP guild would likely want to do some World PvP as well. Thus, the better PvPers on the server are more likely to be found scattered amongst the established guilds - in fact it's a bit of a tradition for high end raid guilds to keep a few "pet" PvPers on staff: these elite PvPers don't raid, but they still contribute to the greater glory of the guild.




Actually if you remember there was "Weekend Warriors" which was a pretty good PvP guild in BC.
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Actually if you remember there was "Weekend Warriors" which was a pretty good PvP guild in BC.


I forgot about them to be honest, but I stand by what I wrote, for Weekend Warriors is no longer around (and so not "long lasting"), and I believe that, over time, Weekend Warriors switched focus either partially or entirely to PvE (ex-members please confirm?). Nevertheless, Town, that guild was worth mentioning because if any guild has come close to the conditions above, it's Weekend Warriors. Perhaps they deserve an honorable mention in the question above.
Edited by Dunnik on 12/12/2010 1:14 PM PST
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Bumpage
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Free bump
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Bumper cars are a popular attraction at the Darkmoon Faire.
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Bump and sticky this blizz for the love of god!
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