So you want to start over. part1

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Either with a faction transfer, server change; or completely re-rolling.  There are a few things to consider when choosing your new home.

First I would recommend taking a look at this list:  Choosing a realm with a near by datacenter (or the datacenter that you have the best ping to) is very important as a rogue.  Rogues are very twitchy class where a lot of our success can be determined by reaction time. Adding another 240ms ping to those reactions will not help.  You can also see what time zone each server is and what battlegroup they are in.  Find a realm where your ping is low and that is in a time zone where the server's peak hours match your play times. The best way to do this is to try out the realms on different datacenters at different times in both the starting areas and in a major city.  If you ping ever spikes on a certain datacenter you may be better off looking elsewhere.

Next thing I would do is head over to a server census site like:  There you can see what the Alliance to Horde ratio is for the server you are thinking about moving to.  Just keep in mind that all information for that site is submitted by players, if no one submits data, the data will be off.  I would suggest finding as balanced a realm as possible.  It is rarely fun being vastly outnumbered.  And being able to roll the other faction consistently gets old after a while also.

Finally, spend some time on your chosen server before you transfer any existing characters there. It is amazing what you can find out about a server just by spending a little time in Trade chat.  Although rarely will you find any huge positives in Trade; you can find out if you can handle the negatives.

So you've chosen a Realm that you like.  Part2 will cover racials; specific to the rogue class.

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