World of Warcraft Classic realms are so overcrowded players are having to wait in line to finish quests

(Image credit: Reddit: u/Kiba)

World of Warcraft Classic is officially live and servers are already being tested by the incredibly high number of people joining in to play the vanilla version of the MMO. In fact, it’s so overcrowded, players have been stuck in hour-long queues to get onto the servers, but waiting in line isn’t only just happening to log in. WoW Players who have managed to get in have been posting shots on Twitter and Reddit showing the long queues currently being formed in-game to finish quests.

One example comes from Reddit user greenufo333 who posted this image with the caption "when dozens need to kill one boss." As you can see, players are waiting in a nice neat line, which just goes to show how busy the servers currently are. Essentially players are queuing to get in, only to queue again, as reiterated by a comment on the image made by Reddit user Jaysphan128  who said, "waiting in a four hour queue to stand in a line." 

(Image credit: Reddit: u/greenufo333)

A video posted on Reddit at launch by user PredatorFish really gives you a good idea of how busy the classic servers are, with an impressive swarm of players joining. Despite the overstuffed realms, the community are finding the humour in it all, and lots of folks appear to actually be enjoying the camaraderie of having to wait in line with their fellow players. 

There have also been lots of pictures surfacing of the extremely long queues and lengthy waiting times to get into the jam-packed realms. Before Classic went live, players were already warned that the sign-up numbers signalled long wait times at launch, and Blizzard recently opened three additional realms in the US to try and keep up with the demand. As someone who's from the UK, all this queueing makes me feel right at home. 

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Heather Wald
Senior staff writer

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.