Hi everyone, with the collapse of the Alliance on the server and it now being Horde dominated I thought I’d post something here to clarify what a lot of the Horde’s position is now.
To start with, I’m a guild leader here and am still a guild leader on retail, and, after 15 years of playing, Flamelash is my first experience of not having a 3:1 faction ratio against me. I’ve never changed server to avoid being out-numbered and have successfully led my guild, friends and many new brothers and sisters over the years to great enjoyment and fun times, making stories we’ll remember forever bonded by our experiences together.
When Classic launched, Flamelash was a pretty balanced server, busy as it was, the first count put Horde at about 55/45 advantage. That’s about as close to balanced as I think it’s realistic to expect without some immediate moderation or unachievable community-wide organisation, especially on such a busy server opened late to accommodate and avoid the massive over-population the first servers had expected.
I’ve read a lot of complaints about how the Horde camp FP’s, roam in gangs to find Alliance to fight and have driven the Alliance off the server. As a first-hand account of someone who genuinely doesn’t mind dying (literaly, we lose nothing,) I can say that the Alliance players on Flamelash were immediately terrible sports in almost every experience that I, my friends and guild members have had with them. While levelling in the initial couple of months, Alliance guilds who levelled quickly roamed to kill Horde for nothing, no honour points, no ranks, just 5-10 Alliance players going around zones of questers 10+ levels lower than them to kill them for “fun” and so spreading a bitterness and resentment from the start, so much so that many simply refused to play. Some Horde may have been guilty of this, too, but I will not let it go un-said that the Alliance were largely trashbag people in almost every experience I had with them while levelling up.
Cut forward to the release of the honour system, after we’d cleared the current raids, lost a portion of the population to the decline of novelty and realisation that Classic just isn’t that much fun for many people, and the Horde stuck to it more than the Alliance through sheer desire to play a version of the game that doesn’t hand you everything, allowing the slightly imbalanced server to become actually imbalanced. Not through Horde “camping FP’s” because I can tell you straight up that the Alliance roamed and griefed just as much, if not more, than I witnessed any Horde to the point when easy-going people as myself almost stopped caring about being sporting towards them (although I must confess I continue to push towards being decent to levellers and loners). Constant “I’m being ganked by a group of Alliance” messages in general chats around the world, guild chat, whispers from people who don’t even give honour yet, what mercy do you expect? For reference, the Alliance lost at Southshore so their raids went to Felwood, Winterspring and the Plaguelands to kill anyone who would give honour, if they wanted a fight and not to just murder anyone they could, why not fight where the fight was instead of going to increasingly remote zones?
Now the Alliance have lost, and pretend that it’s the Horde’s fault that their trashy people can’t stay. “Gonna server transfer, pop too imbalanced, got killed” is just rubbish. To them I say: most moved because they couldn’t win easily, they don’t want to fight, they don’t want a balanced server, they just want a server where the Alliance dominate and should stop pretending. I feel sorry for the mass-delusion that because one is an underdog it’s better to leave than put up a fight. Best of luck with the future.
To the Horde: I’ve spoken to so many cool people while fighting around the world, and although we didn’t always win the characters I’ve met have made me happy to have chosen Flamelash for my guild. We’ve now beaten the Flamelash Alliance just in time for cross-realm battlegrounds to be released next week, which is awesome! Congratulations on breaking so many of them that they just gave up and moved, and think ahead to facing them again in the future in Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch! Horde victory on Flamelash! I look forward to fostering a bright future for the server with you all.