Blizzard is eliminating Layering Abuse in WoW Classic

Layering has been a problem since the launch of World of Warcraft: Classic.

But what exactly is Layering? Layering (WoW Classic) is an alternative to the sharding technology (WoW Retail).
Sharding distributes players in different versions of zones determined by the population for that zone, to ensure that there is a balance for the players and a better experience can be created for the player.

But Blizzard wanted to keep the real Classic experience for Classic, so they came up with an alternative system called Layering.
Instead of balancing players around shards or zones and combining players from multiple realms, layering will allow realms to create a separate instance or themselves to balance their own population.

Now, people are exploiting the Layering system so players are able to swap layers at will, this could potentially affect the economy on Classic WoW.

Blizzard is working hard to eliminate the Layering system, Blizzard said the Layering will only be used for a couple of weeks or maybe a month at the start of Classic WoW, in order to balance the huge influx of players in the same zones.

Over the five weeks since we launched WoW Classic, we’ve continuously monitored realm populations and utilized layering when necessary to handle launch populations. As we’ve said before, we will have all realms on a single layer before introducing world bosses, and a great deal of progress has been made toward that goal.
First and foremost, players have leveled up and spread out around the world. This allowed us to accommodate more players per layer, which means fewer layers required per realm. The last time a server in this region had more than three layers was the first week of September, and almost all realms reached two layers shortly after that.
Along the way, some select realms reached their end-state of a single layer, and we locked that in. With a change we made earlier this week, the following WoW Classic realms are now permanently set to one layer:
  • Bloodfang
  • Dragonfang
  • Earthshaker
  • Hydraxian Waterlords
  • Judgement
  • Ten Storms
Be on the lookout for another change that we will make in the coming days: soon, realms that are operating with more than one layer will indicate that on the realm selection screen. Those realms will say “Layered” in the realm list. Thereafter, you’ll only see the Full/High/Medium/Low markers for realms that are permanently set to one layer.
We plan to move more realms to a single layer over time, and we will continue to offer free character moves to balance populations and manage login queues. In order to avoid queues in the future, we encourage you to use that service as soon as possible.
Thank you very much!