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Every WoW Classic server: How to pick the realm for you

WoW Classic servers
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Looking for the best WoW Classic server? With the news that Burning Crusade Classic is due for release—re-release?—sometime this year, you may be keen to jump into Blizzard's vintage MMO to get prepared ahead of time. There are plenty of WoW Classic servers to choose from but which one you choose will depend entirely on how you like to play the game. 

PvE servers, for example, require you to toggle on PvP if you want to fight the opposing faction, whereas on a PvP server you're under that constant threat when venturing into contested areas. If you're heavily into class fantasy and want to concentrate on the story aspect of World of Warcraft, an RP server might be more to your taste.

So if you're ready to step into Azeroth but you're not sure which realm to choose, this list covers every WoW Classic server in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

WoW Classic normal servers (PvE)

On these WoW classic servers, you have to manually flag yourself for PvP to fight other players. Choose one of these if you don't want to get ganked while you're going about your business.

Americas

NameTypeTime Zone
AshkandiNormal (PvE)Eastern
AtieshNormal (PvE)Pacific
AzuresongNormal (PvE)Pacific
MankrikNormal (PvE)Eastern
MyzraelNormal (PvE)Pacific
Old BlanchyNormal (PvE)Pacific
PagleNormal (PvE)Eastern
WestfallNormal (PvE)Eastern
WindseekerNormal (PvE)Eastern

Europe

NameTypeLocale
Mirage RacewayNormal (PvE)United Kingdom
Nethergarde KeepNormal (PvE)United Kingdom
Pyrewood VillageNormal (PvE)United Kingdom
AuberdineNormal (PvE)France
EverlookNormal (PvE)Germany
RazorfenNormal (PvE)Germany
LakeshireNormal (PvE)Germany
Хроми (Chromie)Normal (PvE)Russia

Oceanic

NameTypeTime Zone
RemulosNormal (PvE)Australian Eastern Time

Asia

NameTypeLocale
Shimmering FlatsNormal (PvE)Korea
MaraudonNormal (PvE)Taiwan

WoW Classic PvP servers

In PvP servers, you're automatically flagged for PvP anytime you enter contested or enemy territory, where you'll spend most of your time after early levels. Pick these servers if you want to fight other players often or like the omnipresent threat of PvP combat.

Americas

NameTypeTime Zone
AnathemaPvPPacific
BigglesworthPvPPacific
BenedictionPvPEastern
BlaumeuxPvPPacific
FaerlinaPvPEastern
FairbanksPvPPacific
HerodPvPEastern
IncendiusPvPEastern
KirtonosPvPEastern
KurinaxxPvPPacific
KromcrushPvPEastern
KurinnaxxPvPEastern
LoathebPvPMexico
NetherwindPvPEastern
RattlegorePvPPacific
SkeramPvPEastern
SmolderwebPvPPacific
StalaggPvPEastern
SulfurasPvPEastern
ThalnosPvPEastern
ThunderfuryPvPPacific
WhitemanePvPPacific

Europe

NameTypeLocale
AshbringerPvPUnited Kingdom
BloodfangPvPUnited Kingdom
DreadmistPvPUnited Kingdom
FiremawPvPUnited Kingdom
FlamelashPvPUnited Kingdom
GandlingPvPUnited Kingdom
GehennasPvPUnited Kingdom
GolemaggPvPUnited Kingdom
JudgementPvPUnited Kingdom
MograinePvPUnited Kingdom
NoggenfoggerPvPUnited Kingdom
RazorgorePvPUnited Kingdom
ShazzrahPvPUnited Kingdom
SkullflamePvPUnited Kingdom
StonespinePvPUnited Kingdom
Ten StormsPvPUnited Kingdom
AmnennarPvPFrance
SulfuronPvPFrance
FinklePvPFrance
LucifronPvPGermany
VenoxisPvPGermany
PatchwerkPvPGermany
Dragon's CallPvPGermany
TranscendencePvPGermany
Harbinger of DoomPvPRussia
Пламегор (Flamegor)PvPRussia
Змейталак (Wyrmthalak)PvPRussia
Рок-Делар (Rhok’delar)PvPRussia

Oceanic

NameTypeTime Zone
ArugalPvPAustralian Eastern Time
FelstrikerPvPAustralian Eastern Time
YojambaPvPAustralian Eastern Time

Asia

NameTypeLocale
HillsbradPvPKorea
IcebloodPvPKorea
LokholarPvPKorea
RagnarosPvPKorea
IvusPvPTaiwan

WoW Classic RP servers

Join a roleplaying server if you love to play in-character. Immerse yourself in the fantasy. These RP servers can also be PvE or PvP focused.

Americas

NameTypeTime Zone
Bloodsail BuccaneersRPEastern
Deviate DelightRP-PvPEastern
GrobbulusRP-PvPPacific

Europe

NameTypeLocale
Hydraxian WaterlordsRPUnited Kingdom
Zandalar TribeRP-PvPUnited Kingdom

The number of servers doesn't compare to normal World of Warcraft. WoW Classic. Players outside the US and Europe may have a bit more trouble finding a suitable server.

There are no non-English speaking RP servers, so many players will have to fight through a language barrier to enjoy their ideal play style. There's also no RP servers in the Oceanic region at all, so Australian players will have to deal with European ping.

It's possible that the server pool will continue to expand based on demand. Make sure you know what server your friends or old guildmates are joining before you pick one yourself.

Which WoW Classic server should you choose?

That's the million dollar question, ain't it? Choosing a good server is critical to your long-term enjoyment of WoW Classic, as the only way to change servers is to either start a new character or pay for a character transfer. Before you decide on a type of server, though, it's also crucial that you pick a server with the lowest population—especially at launch. While playing on a sparsely populated server sucks, WoW Classic's limited server pool means that many servers are bustling. But if possible refrain from picking any server that are listed at "high" or "full" capacity, as nothing is worse than sitting in a queue for 25 minutes before you can actually play.

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Normal servers are best if you just want to have a good time leveling up and doing PvE content. While playing on these servers, PvP is entirely optional. That means you won't get unexpectedly ganked by high-level players, but this also diminishes the social interaction of WoW. But if you just want to have a good, predictable time, Normal servers are the way to go.

PvP servers are for players that want the true World of Warcraft experience, where danger can lurk around any corner as other players can kill you in most zones without penalty. What's great about PvP servers is that if you ever tire of questing or grinding, there's often groups you can join to raid enemy cities or take over bustling crossroads. Opportunities to make friends and have dynamic social interactions abound, so if you're okay with potentially having to give up questing in a zone because a group of level 60s are camping your body, PvP servers are the way to go.

Roleplaying servers come in both Normal (PvE) and PvP versions. The difference is that, here, players are encouraged to interact as characters in the world. While it might be a bit awkward getting into the groove of roleplaying, RP servers are legendary for their vibrant and tight-knit communities. If social interaction is what you want (this is an MMO, after all), you should give RP servers a chance. Players frequently create their own fun outside of questing and PvP, like hosting parties, mock trials, and all sorts of other fun in-game events.

What servers are WoW Classic streamers playing on?

Many of the biggest WoW streamers reserved their space on Faerlina at launch. Faerlina is a US-East PvP server.

Morgan is an FPS specialist and one of PC Gamer's resident young people. He would love to spend more time playing weird stealth games and immersive sims, but he's still waiting for Warzone shaders to install.