World of Warcraft Classic started out as such a wholesome and nostalgic experience for fans of the series. But once the PvP Honor System went live, this, ironically, all changed. It led to players starting new characters on different servers – often PvE servers. Having spotted an opportunity to make money, Blizzard has just released WoW Classic Paid Character Transfers.
A Paid Character Transfer will set you back $25. This seems like a hefty price to pay just to relocate one character to a different realm within your region. Your $25 will let you transfer a level 1 to 30 character with up to 100 gold. A character between levels 31 and 50 can transfer with 500 gold. And a character over level 51 (up to the max level of 60) can transfer with up to 2,000 gold.
There are a few more limitations you should keep in mind when looking to transfer. Each transfer has a ninety-day cooldown. Additionally, a character cannot transfer from a PvE realm to a PvP realm, or from an RP realm to an RP-PvP realm. Not that anyone would want to do that with WoW Classic in its current state.
Pack your bags
Blizzard has tried to make it seem like players aren’t fleeing PvP servers that are too strongly favored towards one faction, particularly the Horde. On the WoW Classic Paid Character Transfer page, it says, “Every World of Warcraft realm is home to its own unique community of players.” As if exploring a different community was a good enough reason to drop $25.
But WoW players are largely leaving because they’re getting camped by the opposing faction. Leveling has been frustrating, to put it politely. Blizzard could have stepped in and kept the realms balanced, punishing those who abuse the Honor System. Instead, they’ve seen an opportunity to make some money, and they’ve taken it with both claws.