So, I know it has been brought up, but I wanted to bring it up here (at the suggestion of a very kind gm).
This server (haomarush) needs either free transfers to a more populated server -or- a server merger. As it is now, it is hard to play the game, and part of the reason we left the game entirely a few months ago. My wife and I have 4 characters each ... to transfer them all, it'd cost us $200. So, please refrain from asking why we don't transfer. Those that are left are either those that can't afford to transfer or those that don't agree with paying to transfer. Everyone else is gone (literally).
1) There isn't a high enough population to maintain a 25m raid regularly. We saw many people transfer servers because of this. This is a -serious- issue.
2) It is near impossible to get a rated battleground going. Literally. Especially geared characters ... literally. Nearly impossible. On a regular basis, it is impossible. This is a -serious- issue.
3) There is a [huge] lack of items on the auction house. Need something for crafting? ... well, you'll have to go mine it yourself, or DE it, or make it, etc. There is a -huge- lack of items on the AH. Compared to many more populated servers, it is very dismal.
4) Everyone 'good' has transferred away. Seriously, this is true. I'd love to hear the numbers of players/characters that transferred away from this server within the last month compared to those that transferred to this server. It has to be 1000:1. It might be more.
4b) Blizzard has made their money off of this server's character transfers. Literally, I am sure it has made the money they'd want. If it is a money thing, it's been done. All that are left are those that can't afford a transfer or those that don't want to pay for a transfer. Everyone that could afford it/was fine with paying has left.
So, my proposal is simple. Either a free character transfer to a more populate server, or a server merger. No one would mind either way. The larger guilds have transferred away (with only shells remaining of what they once were ... mostly alts for guild perks)
Thanks for listening.
Edit: Also, the haomarush realm forum has plenty of similar requests:
The gm's just tell us to post on the realm forums. We have been posting since August 2011. Nothing has happened, and this issue needs to be addressed. The population is so low that it impacts the way we play can the game.