Hey, everyone! After running the EU event earlier today, we wanted to share some preview info for the US on the world event occurring this afternoon.
Here are some things you can do to help make things go smoothly:
1) The event will begin at slightly different times on different servers. (Over the span of 1p-3p pacific - Stay tuned here for potential updates to this time.) Please don't be surprised if it doesn't begin on all servers precisely at noon, or if it begins a little later.
2) Once the event begins, there are event bosses up in all zones at the same time!
3) If you find yourself as part of a zerg that's insanely big to where you're only seeing your tiny area of people on a colossus, move on to a new one or a different zone!
4) You should get credit for the event as long as you participate in anything that's going on, anywhere in the world. You don't need to all be on the same colossus in the same zone at once to win.
Given the popularity of the event and the focus on a specific time, we do expect to see queueing.
Since we are very likely to end up in a situation where we have people queued who could not participate, and people who could not make the finale at all, we're already making sure we have a way to reward people appropriately after the fact. (For both US and EU region players, of course.) Stay tuned here to the forums over the next couple days for specifics there.
Our servers are good at handling mass events with tons of people in the same zone -- But thousands of people attacking the very same creature does get more than a little hairy. (Though the events will progress.)
We're already taking what we've learned over the last week and today into account as we work on the next set of world events, and will be designing them such that full-server-population flashmobs aren't quite as likely to occur - Both for fun factor and performance.
Equally importantly for the future, we'll be ensuring there are more phases that each last longer , and a more clear progression, to maximize everyone's chance of participating.
Those are our goals -- Fun, rewarding events you can look forward to, and don't have to reorder your life around in order to attend. With your continued help and feedback, we'll definitely get there.
Thanks very much for helping us learn more, as we make it through the end of our first ever crack at an event of this size. It is appreciated greatly.
Note: Edited by Ama to update the event times; 1-3pm PDT.