Blizzard Addresses WoW Classic Layering on the Forums
During a recent blue post from a community manager on the forums, Blizzard detailed new changes coming to the layering system used to help servers survive the launch of WoW Classic. Apparently layering has worked as Blizzard intended so far and some realms have reached their end-state of a single layer. Most servers saw a maximum of three layers during the beginning days of Classic WoW and almost all realms narrowed down to two layers shortly after. Classic WoW brings Azerothians back to the early days of World of Warcraft and it is presently available for PC around the world.
The realms Blizzard has permanently set to one layer are: Anathema, Arcanite Reaper, Ashkandi, Azuresong, Deviate Delight, Earthfury, Felstriker, Heartseeker, Netherwind, Old Blanchy, Remulos, Smolderweb and Windseeker in the US region. For the European region, Bloodfang, Dragonfang, Earthshaker, Hydraxian Waterlords, Judgement and Ten Storms are permanently set to one layer as well.
“As we’ve said before, we will have all realms on a single layer before introducing world bosses and a great deal of progress has been made towards that goal,” said Community Manager Kaivax. “First and foremost, players have leveled up and spread out around the world. This allowed us to accommodate more players per layer, which means fewer layers required per realm.”
This transparency between Blizzard and the WoW Classic community is refreshing as they add that the realm selection screen will indicate the layer status instead of the realm population. Servers that aren’t affected by layering will remain showing low, medium or high which represent the servers population.
Did you ever notice the layering when playing Classic WoW or watching a stream of it? Do you remember experiencing a lot of disconnects or latency during previous iterations of World of Warcraft? Let us know in the comments below!