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WoW Classic: 21 Servers On Single Layers

WoW Classic: 21 Servers On Single Layers

Blizzard announced on October 23 that 17 new WoW Classic realms are now only using a single layer. The company issued an update the following day, announcing that 4 new servers are now using just one layer.

WoW Classic: 21 Servers On Single Layers

After having previously announced that 19 realms are now operating on a single layer, the WoW Classic devs stated on October 23 that 17 new servers are now no longer layered.

Update: On October 24, Blizzard stated that 4 new european servers were down to a single layer.

List of Affected Realms



  • Dreadmist
  • Flamelash
  • Stonespine


  • Transcendence


US East

  • Atiesh
  • Bigglesworth
  • Blaumeux
  • Grobbulus
  • Myzrael
  • Rattlegore
  • Thunderfury

US West

  • Benediction
  • Bloodsail Buccaneers
  • Kirtonos
  • Kromcrush
  • Mankrik
  • Skeram
  • Stalagg
  • Sulfuras
  • Westfall


  • Yojamba

What is Layering?

Layering is a technique which is similar to Sharding; it was present on all World of Warcraft servers. In essence, each server is comprised of several layers, and each layer contains the entirety of the world map.

When a character is created, it is automatically assigned to one of these layers and is not able to leave it unless Blizzard deactivates the entire Layering system.

It employs the use of several smaller servers inside a larger server to reduce lag, issues pertaining to creature respawns, etc.

This system is different from Sharding, as the latter only requires the use of layers for small sections of the map instead of the entire world being layered.

Players can leave layers by joining groups (effectively Realm Hopping).

Official Blizzard Statement

Today, we took the final step to reach a state where there are no longer multiple layers on the following realms:

Bloodsail Buccaneers
Yojamba (Australia)

These are in addition to the realms that we listed on October 3 1.2k.

We continue to closely monitor player populations and realm performance, and we expect to move the remaining layered realms to their final state soon.

Free Character Moves continue to be available from many of the highest-populated realms, and as before, we suggest that anyone considering using that service do so as soon as possible.

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