Some of you who have been on Haomarush for a long time might remember my old guild, <Total War> from 2006. We had over 500 active members at one point, and we had 100-person raids on Alliance capital cities every weekend. We'd take over entire towns for hours at a time and just cause general havoc for you Alliance on this server. It rocked. Those of you who were here for the last year of Vanilla know what I'm talking about.
After BC came out, it was readily apparent that Blizzard was set to destroy world PVP because of its unpredictable nature and the way it takes control out of the hands of the developers. Elite guards everywhere, "safe" cities like Shattrath, and flying mounts undid the goals of Total War. So I jumped into the raiding scene and started up <Kraklenheit Industries> in July of 2007. Around that time, Haomarush's population started a steady decline.
KI stayed on Haomarush for about 8 months or so, but we found it impossible to recruit because of the server's rapidly declining population. We eventually had to transfer off. We chose Smolderthorn. It was a high pop server that even had a short queue on the weekends. We really progressed well in raiding and were having a blast. But then, during Wrath, Blizzard opened up free transfers off of Smolderthorn. We lost half the server in the course of a week. And since then, the server has been dropping faster and faster.
Smolderthorn now has almost the same population as Haomarush, although our H:A ratio is about 4:1. The alliance side is so bad that if you click "armor" on the Auction House, you may get about 5 items total -- all quality levels, level 1-85, all armor types. The only Alliance 25-man raiding guild is transferring off the server this week, leaving just a handful of about 30 alliance level 85 players on the server. The horde side is a bit more robust but struggling as well. I know Haomarush is in similar dire straits, so I thought I'd come back to my old home and see if I can get some of you guys to band together with us on Smolderthorn. We've got a thread going here:
Please help us out and help Haomarush by bumping this thread and keeping it to the top. Although the thread is about Smolderthorn, our real goal is to bring the situation of extremely low-pop servers to the eyes of the developers. We need to keep this thing on the forefront of the General Forums so that everyone sees it and gets in line with our cause. Feel free to post on the thread with stories about Haomarush and the things you guys have to deal with every day, and the things you have to miss out on because of your population. I know how bad it is, and we need to get Blizzard to at least acknowledge it.
Thanks for your time, guys. Haomarush was once a great server, and some of my best WoW memories come from here. Let's try to get things back on track.
<3 Stoz, Ex-Guild Leader, <Total war>