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29-06-2009, 09:18 PM
Well guess that should make stuff a bit easier for some of the recruiting efforts we seen on SS before :D

By Nethaera

We wanted to give everyone a very early heads-up that, in response to player requests, we’re developing a new service for World of Warcraft that will allow players to change their faction from Alliance to Horde or Horde to Alliance. There’s still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm. Players who ended up creating and leveling up characters on the opposite factions from their friends have been asking for this type of functionality for some time, and we’re pleased to be getting closer to being able to deliver it.

As with all of the features and services we offer, we intend to incorporate the faction-change service in a way that won’t disrupt the gameplay experience on the realms, and there will be some rules involved with when and how the service can be used. The number of variables involved increases the complexity of implementing this service, but we plan to take the time needed to ensure that it lives up to expectations before officially rolling it out. We’ll go into much more detail on all of this here at http://www.WorldofWarcraft.com as development progresses. In the meantime, we wanted to let you know that because this type of functionality requires extensive internal testing well in advance of release, you may be seeing bits and pieces of the service in the test builds we use for the public test realms moving forward.

29-06-2009, 09:27 PM
Face, meet palm.

Oh hi!

29-06-2009, 09:38 PM
Seriously.. Let's ruin the bits of lore that's back, shall we?

29-06-2009, 09:43 PM
very early heads-up

5 months later and 3.4 launched:


6 months later and 3rd expansion, they launch it.

2000g says I'm right.

30-06-2009, 08:39 AM
Been expecting it for years. Suppose it gives me the chance to bring my Shaman to Alliance...oh wait...Draineyes...nvm.

30-06-2009, 10:09 AM
I'd be tempted to transfer my Druid and Rogue to alliance, I'd miss my horde pvp server though. But definitely tempted as I don't play them much due to no guild (I get bored alone).

If I could switch races, I would change Sylana to gnome *today*. Doubt they're going to allow that though. If the service provides a 'Select your target race' option, it might be possible to switch to horde then back to alliance with a different race for a premium price and some wait duration. They've probably thought of that though.

Swapping brief to undead would be tempting too...

But mostly seems like a way for them to get more money than anything else.

30-06-2009, 10:30 AM
I'd be tempted to go Human.

30-06-2009, 11:47 AM
Well I see a lot of trouble with this aswell. Back when they allowed PVE-> PVP transfers we lost 5 raiders the very first day ending all raiding till the massive raidnerf patch where we could finally get the people for it cause the gear-reqs were lowered.

30-06-2009, 01:06 PM
First thought was want, now looking around I can see every tom dick and harry wanting it.

30-06-2009, 01:08 PM
Finally i can get Shadowmeld :D

30-06-2009, 02:00 PM
So.. whats your prediction? All horde reroll alliance or the other way around or 50/50?

30-06-2009, 02:53 PM
I can finally be Horde, therefore "cool".

30-06-2009, 06:03 PM
I already feel like a cow.

30-06-2009, 07:08 PM
cow shaman.. better start getting that extra hit gear :P

01-07-2009, 08:43 AM
Suppose it's handy for those of us who like to play both factions. Thing is I have my favorite classes on both sides - 2 Warriors, 2 Paladins, 2 Druids, 2 Rogues - no need to pay Blizzard more money.

01-07-2009, 04:55 PM
Depends somehow on the consequences (aka costs) of such betrayal. For now I say it is... One bridge too far.

Changing race for aesthetic reasons I could understand. I have enough of retards playing it good old alliance style on Horde side nowadays (guess it has to do with average age of those types as well).

15-07-2009, 02:46 AM
I probably would switch horde tbh.

03-09-2009, 09:15 AM
Apparently it's now available on the US servers, yet I haven't seen anything on the homepage stating this news. I've checked the EU accountmanagement, but nothing there either. It will come soon I guess.


So now that it's coming closer, anyone changed their minds or thinking this over seriously?

03-09-2009, 10:24 AM
Yeah i'm transferring my lock.

04-09-2009, 12:06 PM
I'm gonna transfar my lvl 20 shammy kk! Alliance is for the shiny happy people just so you know!

04-09-2009, 08:13 PM
When is this available?

04-09-2009, 08:39 PM
No date for the EU, said not to expect it for a few weeks yet

06-09-2009, 01:56 PM
apparantly they expect at least two weeks before we get it europe side, possibly longer.

06-09-2009, 02:57 PM
All you no skills are welcome to go to Alliance side. Other way not. Thank you :p

06-09-2009, 03:05 PM
See you on alliance Vatt \o

06-09-2009, 10:53 PM

08-09-2009, 09:26 AM
I actually did intend to bring my Shaman from Horde to Alliance and my Mage to Horde, but at the prices I've seen I'm not going to bother. Wouldn't have moved them until the expansion anyway, because I do not want a Draineye Shaman, even the female ones grate on one's nerves after a while.

09-09-2009, 01:39 PM
This needs to go live faster. So Chonar can recognize more players.

09-09-2009, 03:16 PM
More people need to recognize his tentacles too.

09-09-2009, 03:37 PM
It was a tentacle?

10-09-2009, 09:13 AM
kept rubbin it, but nothing happened :(

10-09-2009, 09:17 AM
Many more considering changing factions?

10-09-2009, 09:40 AM
I'm not going to switch factions. If I ever feel a burning urge to explore the Alliance side of the game, I'll do it the old fashioned way, by rolling from level 1.

However, I might be tempted to switch races for some of my characters, once this feature becomes available.

10-09-2009, 11:48 AM
Still likely to faction change my priest, unless I find someone decent on Alliance (which, tbh I've almost given up on) to play with. Will stay SS horde with him for a week or two and, if it's not better, then transfer off :(

10-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Many more considering changing factions?

I most likely will.

I started on the alliance side for a few friends, who nowadays aren't playing anymore. Always was more bounded with the horde and since nothing holds me from playing Horde anymore, I'll be transferring probably all my chars over.

10-09-2009, 04:13 PM
Considering it, discussed it breifly with a few people

11-09-2009, 04:57 AM
We just wanted to inform you that the deliberately staggered release of the Paid Faction Change service is still on track. We will of course update you when the service is available for use in Europe. Until that time, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Being keen WoW players, we are also very interested in this new service and are excitedly looking forward to having it available in Europe also. Thanks again for your patience everyone.


11-09-2009, 05:21 AM
Considering it, discussed it breifly with a few people

Well, you could become a part of a well respected long established guild.

11-09-2009, 07:00 AM
Well, you could become a part of a well respected long established guild.

Nemesis Alliance.

15-09-2009, 01:57 PM
Many more considering changing factions?


17-09-2009, 04:41 PM

its live in the EU

17-09-2009, 04:46 PM
£20 or €25 per character.

17-09-2009, 05:22 PM
Dantheman of the Alliance :>

17-09-2009, 07:35 PM
You Traitious Dog!

17-09-2009, 10:01 PM
Now you can destroy the me... oh wait.

17-09-2009, 10:23 PM
Decided that I'm going to transfer my level 70 Night Elf warrior to a sexeh Orc female Warrior. And my priest to an undead priest.

But not yet. Gunna farm some monies first with all my 80's :) Prolly within a couple weeks though.

18-09-2009, 08:16 AM
Be aware of

'Please note that all achievements and quest lines relating to the Argent Tournament are reset when a character uses the Faction Change service.'.