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Project Ascension is back at it again!

Have you ever played the Arena in Hearthstone? You build a whole deck by picking one card from a couple and then you play against other people. The game shows you three cards, then you pick the one you want and it gets added to your deck. When you have 30, your done and you go play against other people. It’s draft mode.

Ascension just did that with Classic WoW.

If you’ve never heard of Project Ascension, their claim to fame has been their slogan of ‘create your own class’. Well, they’re delivering on that pretty interesting this time. Instead of picking all your abilities like normal, or getting them assigned randomly like last season, Ascension is introducing this playstyle where instead of picking all your abilities, you draft three, and pick one. What you draft is random, but you still get to choose. So maybe you get lucky and draft a few good combo abilities like shadowbolt shadowform and mind flay, and then next thing you know the best thing you can grab is mortal strike. Sure, you get a few reroll scrolls to fine tune it, but it actually seems pretty fun to draft a whole hero to 60 and then see how good you can make it.

Their season 5 video they posted up on youtube is like 20 minutes long just because of how much stuff they’re doing with it. Draft mode is kind of the main thing, but they’re also doing ironman, x1 exp rates, and legion invasions (TBC coming soon I guess?). They even put in 1v1 arenas where you can win your opponent’s gear.

I’ve said it before, but Ascension is pretty much WoW plus. It’s familiar but different, and it feels like it breathes new life in a game that by this point we’ve all played to death.

Season 5 releases November 8th, but their last season is still running until that happens. It’s worth jumping into for an afternoon.

You can check them out at https://project-ascension.com

Kaivax

Over the five weeks since we launched WoW Classic, we’ve continuously monitored realm populations and utilized layering when necessary to handle launch populations. As we’ve said before, we will have all realms on a single layer before introducing world bosses, and a great deal of progress has been made toward that goal.

First and foremost, players have leveled up and spread out around the world. This allowed us to accommodate more players per layer, which means fewer layers required per realm. The last time a server in this region had more than three layers was the first week of September, and almost all realms reached two layers shortly after that. This includes high population realms such as Faerlina, which has had only two layers for three weeks now.

Along the way, some select realms reached their end-state of a single layer, and we locked that in. With a change we made earlier this week, the following WoW Classic realms are now permanently set to one layer:

  • Anathema
  • Arcanite Reaper
  • Ashkandi
  • Azuresong
  • Deviate Delight
  • Earthfury
  • Felstriker
  • Heartseeker
  • Netherwind
  • Old Blanchy
  • Remulos
  • Smolderweb
  • Windseeker

Be on the lookout for another change that we will make in the coming days: soon, realms that are operating with more than one layer will indicate that on the realm selection screen. Those realms will say “Layered” in the realm list. Thereafter, you’ll only see the Full/High/Medium/Low markers for realms that are permanently set to one layer.

We plan to move more realms to a single layer over time, and we will continue to offer free character moves to balance populations and manage login queues. In order to avoid queues in the future, we encourage you to use that service as soon as possible.

Thank you very much!

Source: Official Post