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News video games 22 October 2020, 15:59

author: Jacob Blazewicz

WoW Players Complain About Poles and Polish Server

Some time ago, Blizzard decided to merge a handful of smaller World of Warcraft servers with Burning Legion, the unofficial realm run by Polish community. The result: complaining about slavic players, who are less than eager to welcome foreign gamers with open arms.

The most important information:
  • An informal conflict on one of the World of Warcraft servers has been going on for months due to the forced relocation of some English-speaking players to an unofficial Polish server;
  • Internet users complain about Blizzard for forcing the merger, but also about the behavior of Poles who resent foreign players.

Everybody know about national stereotypes and gamers are no exception. Here and there we can find more or less serious complains about people who don't speak English on English-speaking servers, cheating Russians or... toxic Poles, apparently. This last stereotype appeared in the World of Warcraft community and there's some truth to it apparently. On Blizzard's official forums and forums related to the game we can see some very unflattering remarks about Polish WoW players.

Why the aversion? All because of Blizzard's practice of merging servers. In August users from Al'Akira, Skullcrusher and Xavius were moved to Burning Legion. The point is that the latter is considered an unofficial Polish realm, despite its nominal designation in the "English" category. So when players who don't know the Polish language appeared, conflicts quickly occurred in the so far quiet space. Unfortunately, some players discovered this only recently, when they returned to the game after many months.

WoW Players Complain About Poles and Polish Server - picture #1
Polish community welcomes English-speaking players on Burning Legion (August 2020, colorized).

It's easy to understand the annoyance of people who encounter a language barrier on every step after entering a supposedly English server. Inability to understand trade offers and other messages is annoying enough, but there is also the reluctance of players from both sides to join guilds who do not speak their preferred language. Unfortunately, Polish users do not make things easier. When asked to speak English on the Burning Legion, they often tell their interlocutors to "get lost" (to put it mildly). Even before, some users reported discrimination against foreign language players in order to force them to leave the server.

Nevertheless, Polish players are not the target for most of these discussions. A large number of users hold a grudge against Blizzard, accusing the company of lack of insight before the servers were merged. Some even call for a cancelling of the merger, although this is probably not possible. Others demand a free transfer of their account to another server. Unfortunately, Blizzard still hasn't commented on the case, which may suggest that it doesn't intend to interfere in the feud on Burning Legion.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).


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