Wyrmrest Accord, where the majority of my characters live, is a high population server (to state the obvious). We even suffered the indignity of login queues at peak hours from Christmas or so on until February! Drenden, where Yynsia and Splattini currently reside, is about as far from a high population server as I can imagine existing. It’s probably not actually close to the bottom at all, but it sure feels like it when you’re used to being surrounded. (This one time I logged in, the population was listed as Medium. Seriously!) Drenden’s supposedly being combined with Arathor (wat? There’s a server named that?) today, so we’ll see if that changes anything.
A generally low population isn’t an issue for Splattini, who remains stuck in the 60s (I hit the BC Wall). I level her via LFD, and I haven’t drawn up any mog sets for her yet, producing no need to purchase things off the AH. Yynsia, though, she’s got problems.
YOU’RE CHARGING WHAT FOR THAT!?
Sigh. Being an idiot, I thought that the AH on Drenden was going to be so much better than the one on WRA. I mean, it’s not an RP server! Therefore, people would pay less for the crap that’s really only good for transmog/RP! And since there were less people, surely the prices wouldn’t be so freakishly high! (I swear to Gawd everything on WRA jumped by a couple hundred gold when MoP went live.)
WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG. The market is even more jacked up. You still have the AH addons/gurus/people with disturbingly deep pockets controlling everything, but since there are fewer of them and less stuff, it’s easier for them to literally control every last freaking item! True, people will pay a pretty penny for platekini on a RP realm, but at least there’s a little bit of competition to bring prices down. Kinda.
Glyph prices? Way higher. One of the reasons I ditched leatherworking/skinning to take up herbing/inscription was the Allianceside glyph market – when you’re not in Mists level content, you simply don’t make enough via quests/dungeon runs to buy the useful ones. (The other reason would be the simple fact that skinning makes me horribly OC. I canNOT move on until all the mobs on the ground have been skinned. Otherwise, I’M LEAVING PROFIT JUST LYING THERE. This is enormously problematic in places like Blackrock Spire or Sunken Temple.) I haven’t even LOOKED at enchants/gems yet. I’m scared. If a Jade Spirit enchant is like, 4k on WRA … I … I can’t do it. I can’t. I need somebody to hold my hand.
OMG TREASURE MAYBE?
Many boosted 90s are, shall we say, still figuring out their class – myself included. The sad truth is that I’m pretty incompetent at Enhancement (super dinky offhand weapon doesn’t help), since I usually run Yynsia as Resto (and Bombelina’s geared enough to heal while in Elemental). As a result, there are a lot of chests on the Isle with potential tokens in them on the that I just can’t get to. I require other people to kill the mean, nasty mobs around them first!
On WRA, this usually doesn’t take very long. (If somebody doesn’t intentionally kill said mob, they pull it while running, which means I get a nice window of opportunity to loot and run.) On Drenden? Well, yeah. I’m not waiting for that to happen! It’s not that I don’t see people at all. It’s just that I haven’t seen anything like peak times on WRA, where pretty much everything is already tagged, dead, or respawning.
RARE! KILL IT KILL IT! OR NOT, I GUESS.
What with Yynsia’s gear and my poor understanding of Enhancement, somebody else has to hit the rare first because there is no effing way she is surviving. Problem is, there aren’t a whole lot of people who will do that. On WRA, strength in numbers counts for something. Players that might otherwise not touch a mob first get impatient and do, knowing that enough help will arrive in time to save them. Drenden? Well, I just have to wait longer for that moment.
It is incredibly mind-boggling to me to see Evermaw just … happily swimming around the Isle, all chill and stuff. I can follow him around, thanks to Water Walking. I imagine him filtering all the Pandarian plankton with a whaleshark smile, safe in knowing that he’s not going to get chased down and brutally murdered anytime soon.