Phinigel server launches in exactly one week! We do not have a time yet, but according to the official EverQuest Twitter account we can expect them to release that information sometime before launch.
How crowded will launch day be on Phinigel? Looking back at Ragefire’s launch, the queues were insane for one week. They launched a second server (Lockjaw) for players to overflow into which did help some. Like all MMO launches, hype fades and queues go away over time regardless of opening more server. In this case, we can look at it two ways:
- Phinigel will likely see an initial surge from players on both Lockjaw AND Ragefire which means there will likely be queues in the first week.
- The initial hype of a TLP has faded, and players may not see Phinigel with the same wide-eyed enthusiasm they had back in May.
Here’s a potential problem, and it keys in to my second point above. Daybreak is likely capitalizing on the hype of opening new servers, and the enormous surge of Krono purchases that accompany them. That’s great for Daybreak, but awful for the players. It will burn out the rather small group they have remaining. Hopefully their plan isn’t a 6-12 month cycle. But moving on to more optimistic plans…
I have decided on my race/class for Phinigel: Gnome Necromancer! Yep, I’m going to take the plunge and once again go for a pet class. Now most EQ vets will say, “Wait three months and play an Iksar! The Regen is op!” True. The regen is fairly game-breaking level 56+ when it feels like unlimited chloroplast. I simply don’t want to wait until Kunark to take advantage of the following:
- Necros solo very well which means I have options
- Necros get groups pretty easy since pets and dots are great dps in this version
- I can farm plat on my Necro to pimp out an Iksar alt in 3 months
I also do not like Iksar casters. I don’t like how they stand straight up when they cast, and the tail poking through the robe isn’t for me. I think I’ll go Iksar Monk again when Kunark comes out, or I’ll lean toward an Iksar Shaman. Honestly it all depends on what my friends play at that point. I don’t care.
Gnome was a choice for obvious reasons. Gnomes are awesome. End of story. And I think a Gnome Necro can go into Neriak… which makes them awesome for the convenience factor of both continents early on.
My friend, Damage, is going to play a Halfling Druid. That makes my decision to play a Necro even more enticing since a Druid and a Necro duo is among the best out there in classic.
Are you taking the plunge and playing on the Phinigel server? If you need more details on what type of server it will be, check out my post on the Phinigel server rules and unlock explanation. Want to play with my small group of friends? Having a group is always nice, and people to talk to makes EverQuest way more fun. Let me know here or post on our EverQuest forum and I’ll get you set up.