Many World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic realms are currently plagued by server login queues of up to six hours or more during peak playtimes, and according to Blizzard, the situation is only going to get worse.
In a detailed forum post explaining the server queue situation and what can be done about it, Blizzard states outright that while they are working on solutions (before later stating there is no technology or hardware solution to the problem), the real answer to the game’s current server woes is for players to take advantage of the free server transfers currently being offered to those most affected. The situation will likely only get worse in the weeks ahead, Blizzard notes, as the majority of the game’s new Wrath of the Lich King content won’t officially arrive until September 26. Considering Wrath of the Lich King is considered one of the game’s best and most popular expansions, even more players will no doubt to return to the game in the weeks ahead, making queues even longer.
How did Blizzard and players find themselves in this situation? By Blizzard’s own admission, the company didn’t want to take a “heavy-handed” approach and prevent new or transferring players from playing on the game’s most heavily populated “mega-realms” over the last year, as doing so could potentially restrict players and break up friend groups looking to play together.