I started playing WoW when I was about 14, introduced to the game by my cousin, (who incidentally is about to finish her master’s degree in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University, and I am ridiculously proud of her) who played on EU Azjol Nerub. I remember that my first character was a Tauren Hunter, named Yalocin,
and I had no idea what the f*** I was doing.
Later, when I was about 16 or so, I became good friends with a guy at my school called Frederick. He also played WoW, but he played on US realms. Since I was playing on EU realms, and we wanted to play on the same server, he persuaded me to buy the game and expansions all over again, and I again rolled a hunter, this time a blood elf named Alyssia. About a year and a half on, I had made good friends on the server, I liked my guild, and I had fun with my friend Freddie. Then the two of us fell out, and I lost my love for the game. I deleted all my characters, and took a hiatus, for about two years, and of course when I came back to the game everyone I knew had either quit or transferred to another realm, and my server was incredibly quiet.
Since then i’ve had played WoW on and off, mostly off, playing for no more than a couple of months at a time. The problem is, now all of my characters are on separate realms, and I no longer know anyone on any of those realms. I don’t stick to a guild very long, because I have no relationship with any of my fellow guild members. Most guild are either totally focussed on raiding, too inactive, or only exist for the sake of guild benefits.
I’ve decided that I want to play WoW again, starting in October, but I need to make some major changes for that to happen.
The only people I know who play the game US anymore are people from the guild Petopians, and one friend who keeps switching realms.
However, most of my characters are on US realms, including my level 90 night elf druid, a level 80 blood elf death knight, a level 60 blood elf warlock, and a level 50 goblin hunter. If I were to continue playing on US servers, I would have to pay for at least 3 realm transfers.
On EU servers, however, I know that my cousin is considering playing the game again, and her boyfriend plays is at the moment. I also have a couple of friends that play on various EU servers, and I know that if I meet more people that play WoW, the chances are that they will play EU, since I live in the UK. Additionally, since I live in the UK, raids and general activity would be more likely to happen at a time when I am actually awake. I’m studying to become a teacher, so my sleeping routine is incredibly important. I can’t afford many late nighters for real life, let alone to raid! On my EU account I already have a level 80 blood elf warlock, and a couple of low level characters. However, if I were to start playing again, I would be preordering Warlords of Draenor, and could easily use my level 90 boost to recreate my US druid.
The problem is that all of my beloved mounts (I have grinded, done mount runs, and spent real cash on these mounts, many of which I would sorely miss), achievements, tabards (I spent months grinding for my tabard of the sha’tari skyguard- It was AGONIZING.), vanity pets, and such would be lost.
So, my question to you all, is what do you think I should do? Should I continue to play US realms, or should I switch to playing EU realms?
There are Pros and Cons to both, so I am completely torn as to what I should do. I have avoided using a poll, as i’d quite like for replies to explain why they think I should pick US/EU (delete as appropriate).