Once upon a time things were pretty inflexible after you started that first Level 1. When my partner and I started playing we chose our home server Barthilas only because, well, that was what Blizzard recommended to us when we first loaded the game.
After playing for a couple of months I got attached to my characters only to discover that many people I worked with were already playing World of Warcraft, but they were well established on other realms as Horde (you know, the other scary side). Without completely re-rolling, it seemed that we would never get to play together.
During the Burning Crusade I did reroll. Well I didn’t technically re-roll. I started a Blood Elf Mage on another server just so I could instance with some of my work mates. Things fell apart when I reached level 70. I just didn’t have enough play time to raid on my home server, Barthilas, as Lathere and also with my Horde Mage.
In the last month or Blizzard have given players the opportunity to join their real life friends on whichever server they want, and on whichever faction they want. Hand out some cold hard cash and you too can go from PVE to PVP (and vice versa, of course) and you can now also change your faction. There’s no better time to play together side by side with your mates.
This has got me all excited. A friend of mine (who been raiding in a Horde guild since the start of BC) would often come talk to me and we’d start trading war stories. We both have similar goals for what we want out of the game and we even raid similar hours on the same content. However, I didn’t think that there was ever a chance we would get to raid together.
That is all about to change. Vitare has recently gone through a recruitment spree and an opportunity for this Tauren Warrior to transfer over and raid with us has come up. I know it’s a huge move to break away from his long term guild, alts and server. But he’s coming over to join the Alliance on Barthilas as is his girlfriend.
The Alliance are cool too you know!
There seems to be a misconception amongst people I’ve met who play Horde. Basically they think that the Alliance are “gay” and all the good guilds are Horde guilds.
I decided to do a little bit of research to see whether or not there was any truth behind this myth. Here are some fun facts that I have put together using the Oceanic realms for my information.
This information was gathered from Wow Progress. There are 12 Oceanic servers in total, 6 PVP and 6 PVE.
Fun Fact 1. The best PVE progression is on the PVP servers
The top 5 progressed servers are all PVP. The top 3 progressed servers are:
Is it all that bloodthirsty world PVP that has honed our skills? I don’t know. I don’t think all the time I’ve spent in wisp form spirit running back to my body has improved my performance as a raider.
Fun Fact 2. More Alliance guilds experience “Top End” progression than Horde
Looking at the top 10 guilds from each server in total there are 62 Alliance guilds experiencing top end progression in comparison to 48 Horde guilds.
Things even out if you only look at guilds that have progressed into Trial of the Grand Crusader. There are exactly 35 Alliance and 35 Horde guilds that have downed bosses in Heroic 25 man.
Fun Fact 3. Oceanic Players like their Alliance!
Unless you’re on a PVP server, in which case, prepared to be ganked constantly, and outnumbered by the Horde.
So while the overall ratio of Horde to Alliance is 1: 1.15 across the realms, PVP servers have significantly more Horde players in comparison to Alliance. No wonder there’s always a pair of Undead Rogues hovering about ready to gank me. I think this just makes our leading Alliance guilds on PVP servers look even more impressive *ahem*, since they have a smaller pool of players to recruit from.