I am very disappointed in the way that this realm has been handled overall. A core of people swapped to this server with me when Cata came out. This realm had transfers from many other realms and we really saw a nice healthy server population. However Blizzard immediately allowed transfers back to FULL realms and soon we lost a large portion of our population. However the thing that bothered me the most is that I felt we had been tricked into coming to a smaller realm. However we dealt with the situation and learned to thrive on this realm.
Slowly over the last year we have lost so many players due to sheer boredom that the combination of inactivity on this realm and Cata have brought on. It has become a struggle to recruit and attempt to fill any positions on this realm.
Recently though things have grown worse. Multiple guild have transferred off server in an attempt to save themselves. Guild have been trolled and broken apart. And a lot of really good players have left due to pure inability to do anything outside of their (weekly?) raid. Guilds that were once hardmode guilds have lost their ability to clear normal modes as a guild.
This bring me to my guild Blackened Demise. We recently partnered with the guild Moot and have been consistently trying to give our players the chance to do something any time they want to. We have expanded our Saturday run from a 10m into a 25. We now field two 10s on Sunday. We have been building as hard as we can to make a home for our players on this realm.
So why are we leaving you might ask. Well it simply comes down to not wanting to watch my guild continue the slow death that it has been experiencing. We have lost so many friends to the boredom that this realm induces. Our partnership with Moot strengthened things and helped stabilize us for a lot longer than we would have been able to do on our own. Moot however is experiencing the same things we are. The officers of Moot have decided to join us on our realm hopping experience.
We have spent the last 3 weeks looking into and examining realms that might be a possibility to transfer to. We have finally found a realm and will be leaving on the 16th of March. I am disappointed in having to do this especially since a lot of our raiders feel that Blizzard has dropped the ball on the lower population realms. You have essentially tricked people from full realms, who do not want to wait on 8 hour queues, into coming to a realm that is going to die on them.
This is a problem for this realm for a long time. This is an article about our realm in particular http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/world-of-warcraft-expansion-3/1170532p1.html.
So I always try to face a problem with an answer. So I have come up with a few solutions
1.) Lock transfers of new accounts into Full servers
2.) Allow a group transfer rate(Discounted rate) for guilds wanting to move places.
I.E. 250$ per 15 people in guild.
3.) Allow each character or account one free transfer per 6/month.
4.) Combine smaller servers. Use one as the origin realm and one as the destination. Handle it the same as a character transfer or guild transfer. Some people are going to lose their names and that is unfortunate, however it is needed.
5.) Let the smallest realms die off and lock them to transfers into them.
Please do not trick people into thinking a realm is thriving... when you know it is one that is prone to dying.
I would love if someone from customer service or billing could contact me directly in regards to our upcoming transfer. Heck i would like it if anyone acknowledged this post existed...even if it is only in private.
I have made tickets and was directed to post on here. Honestly we have tried every avenue we can and don't feel that we are getting anywhere. So while we hate to say it ... we are leaving you Naz... Have fun and if you are ever on Bleeding Hollow say hey to us.
I am going to have my guild members come here and post on this thread hoping it may get some traction or be noticed by someone that can actively help smaller realms and people that are stuck on them.
Take care Naz.