We consistently watch queue times for all areas of the game to try to identify problem areas where we can step in and make an improvement. Battleground queue times specifically tend to be a direct result of how many people are entering the queue at any given time from both the Horde and the Alliance within an entire region. While a number of factors can lead to longer queue times, faction interest in queuing for PvP tends to be the primary one. For that reason, for a limited time and only for select realms, we'll be allowing Horde characters to changed their faction to the Alliance for free.
These faction changes will be provided on a limited basis to players on realms where we see the greatest potential for making an impact. Guild leaders who want to faction-change their guild for free will first need to pay for the initial transaction, but will be granted a refund* if they change to the eligible faction within the free-faction-change time frame.
Free faction changes will be made available to Horde players on Bloodscalp, Firetree, and Frostmane. Eligible characters will be able to transfer from Horde to Alliance for approximately** two weeks beginning on June 24. If you're looking to transfer—and especially if you’re a guild leader looking to initiate a guild faction change—we highly recommend taking advantage of this offer as soon as possible to avoid leaving anyone behind. For more information on faction change eligibility and limitations, please visit the support site here.
Players who wish to take advantage of the faction change will need to log in to the game to initiate the change.
We'll be providing updates on availability—as well as if this offer is extended to additional realms—here on the front page, so keep checking back. We look forward to your feedback, and we’ll continue to work to help ensure you spend less time in a queue and more time slaughtering your enemies in glorious team combat.
* Eligible Guild Faction Change refunds will be automatically processed within 72 hours.
**Faction Change availability may either be shortened or extended depending on ongoing evaluation during the transfer period.
Battlegrounds and Arenas
Wow. And I thought the Ironman Challenge was ridiculous enough but Doubleagent takes it to a whole new level....Also, does that mean he is still stuck on the Wandering Isle? Can't think of a way for him/her to get off...
Yes, he is still stuck on the Wandering Isle. I understand that he intends to continue leveling that toon to 100 once WoD is live.
I don't understand how you could level to 90 in a low level zone... I thought low level stuff stops giving experience above a certain threshold.
WTB 50% off realm/faction transfers for everyone
Honestly I don't know how to react to this.... achievement?
As someone who reached max level as a neutral in AO years ago, I applaud Double Agent. Playing against the mechanics of a game can take some serious pig-headedness. Congrats!
Aw Sh*t I knew i should've waited to buy MOP, not sure if it was worth it now...
But it's been confirmed that he's not going to pick a faction and will stick to neutral, even after wod release.
I can't believe they are reducing the penalty for quitting a losing-bg-in-progress from 15min to 5min. They should INCREASE it to like 1 hour. It was already bad enough to waste your queue on a loss-in-progress, but now it's going to be even more common...OK, maybe I *can* believe that Blizzard is still actively working to destroy this game... sigh...
First the Horde get a bike, now a faction change? D:I wanna be Horde...
I still don't know what (aside from boredom and because he could) possessed Doubleagent to do it. For months I've been watching him update us and each time I though 'nah, he'll give it away'. He stuck at it though as nuts as it was.