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Blizzard to open new WoW Classic servers after warning of 'severe queues' at launch

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Blizzard will open four more WoW Classic servers hours before launch on Monday, August 26, in the hope of easing the "severe queues" expected on the busiest servers. 

It will open two new PvP servers, or "realms", and two normal servers: one each for Eastern and Pacific time zones. The realms will open for registration at 10am PDT, and WoW Classic goes live at 3pm PDT. "We urge players on realms marked Full or High to plan to play on one of these new realms to avoid the longest queues, and to help spread the player population as evenly as possible," it said in a forum post.

In its last server update (opens in new tab), Blizzard warned of overcrowding on six servers: Faerlina, Herod, Mankrik, Pagle, Thalnos and Whitemane. It previously said queues on the busiest realms would last "several hours (opens in new tab)". If you've reserved slots (opens in new tab) on one of those servers, it might be worth switching over on Monday when the new servers go live.

The new realms are: 

  • Incendius, PvP, Eastern time zone
  • Bigglesworth, PvP, Pacific time zone
  • Old Blanchy, Normal, Pacific time zone
  • Westfall, Normal, Eastern time zone

If you're gearing up for WoW Classic, take a look at Jennifer's guide to the best WoW Classic class (opens in new tab), her guide to the best WoW Classic race for each class (opens in new tab), and her guide to the best professions for making quick cash (opens in new tab).

Thanks, PCGamesN.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.