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The North American Auchindoun server came online with the Burning Crusade on January 16, 2007 at 12:01 AM EST. It is a PvP server in the EST timezone. The server population ratio of Alliance to Horde is very unbalanced at 80, but about 1:1.5 overall. The vast majority of Horde being comprised of blood elves, which account for more than half the entire server. Because of its low population, Auchindoun is free of server queues. Battleground queues for Horde, however, are another story and can be very long.
Black Temple cleared by Reckless Ambition 12/04/07, making it the 2nd most progressed in PvE (Retaliation Battlegroup) at that time.
However, the guild disintegrated before finishing Sunwell Plateau, and its longtime rival Synergos, led by the famous former Reckless Ambition member Conq (originally transferred from Kil'Jaeden) was the first guild on the server to finish the Burning Crusade, clearing Sunwell Plateau and finishing as the 2nd most progressed in PvE (Retaliation Battlegroup). Synergos warrior Karvekh passed the dual warglaives to rogue Prada on the last Illidan kill of Burning Crusade, becoming the only pair of warglaives obtained on the server. Synergos continued this progress into WotLK, with Synergos raid leader Aleryn (also transferred from Kil'Jaeden), leading an incredibly successful WotLK tactical campaign, obtaining 2nd place for the guild in the battlegroup on virtually every progress kill, as well as producing achievements ranging from server, battlegroup, and world first, in Naxxramas.
The period from the end of Burning Crusade through the beginning of Wrath of the Lich King was the golden era of the server, featuring triple-raids from Synergos, which accomplished high ranks in world achievements, national achievements, and the period saw a virtually drama-free server environment sustained by the anti-elitist philosophy of Synergos. Most guilds on both factions came under a political monopoly of Conq's influence, earning him his nickname of "The Warchief." Addiction remained free from external influence, although Conq and Kain had a solid alliance.
Auchindoun is also home of the "Outlandish Podcast" and its guild. This podcast is nearing a year old with new content being released consistently on a weekly basis. Definitely check it out for news, commentary, wacky commercials for WoW addons and parodies of songs with an Outlandish twist.
The troll hunter Kripparrian  of the guild <Synergos> (recently transferred to Ysondre - as of Feb 2009) was the first player to reach Level 80 approximately 49 hours after the release of the WotLK expansion on November 13, 2008. He has gone on to become one of the world's most notable gamers, respected as a gaming entrepreneur, and has become one of the most notable Hearthstone players in the world.
- IRC – www.gamesurge.net , #auchindoun
- Time Zone – EST
- Alliance : Horde Ratio – 1:1.5 (More info available via WarcraftRealms: Auchindoun)
PvP on Auchindoun
Although the faction ratio on the server is imbalanced and favors the Horde (especially at level 80) there is still a very active PvP scene to be found on Auchindoun. The Alliance on this server often enjoy fast queues in battlegrounds and world PvP (read: ganking) happens quite often and is a fact of life for either side. Horde almost always control all world PvP objectives by default with the exception of the Terokkar towers. This is due to the towers being held for a set amount of time after capture by default. Currently both factions trade off holding Wintergrasp with neither side having an edge over the other most of the time.
- Divine Infusion PVE/PVP: Reyvus
- Daybreak PVE: Bluequark, Dujek, Rehael, Karme, Tazia, Voidxx, Aihilin, Sayeva
- Undecided PVE/PVP: Amplysa, Anheusers, Notos, Tiwaz, Adramelk (Merger: It's a Trap/Kill Loot Repeat) (Disbanded May 2010)
- Goombas PVE/PVP: Snappos (Disbanded May 2009)
- Reckoning PVP/PVE: Lolderan, Bizzyvamp, Colibri, Timwest, Wis
- The Reborn PVE: Minmin, Bolddave
- Invictus PvE: Azuriel, Boryenka, Sproll (10 Man Only)
- Revolution PVE: Metau, Habanera, Harakhtwe, Pwedo (Disbanded August 2009)
- Simple PvE/PvP: Mzbehaivn, Aesaa, Gharok, Arawna, Hebea, Hekata
- The Vanguard PVE/PVP: Vamandrac, Ronalgus, Josequervo, Mintea, Monkeythief, Wolfenzzed
- i-die-you-follow PvE: Fnutme, Tyla, Celbrook, Korkey, Commonor, Jeredruid
- Addiction PVE/PVP: Anubis, Bear, Danrax and Eggbeater
- And The Sunshine Band PVP: Mooimacow, Taterdots, Holyascrit, Rofltard and Pootanga
- Brohaus PVE/PVP: Mogthak, Down, Macy, Donk, Clementine and Crashed
- Insurrection PVE/PVP: Makaveli and Rly
- Outlandish Podcast PVE/PVP: Outlandish, Glitch, Deadgilder and Nahla (Disbanded)
- Pacifist PVE/PVP: Kerr and XiClown (Disbanded April/May 2009)
- Penumbra PVE/PVP: Allul, Draenora, Lewferigno (June 2010 - Active and Recruiting)
- Obstinate PvE/PvP: Dotnet, Circu, Kotah, Togashi, Epifany (Dec 2008 - Sept 2009)
- Recurring Nightmare PvE/PvP: Apoc, Sell and Zarek (Apoc was the first and only player on this server to obtain the Phoenix mount).
- Shooting Blanks PVE/PVP: Owenwilson, Lukewilson, Recovery, Jiji and Yei
- Solstice PVE/PVP: Lino, aka Antonio (Formed from the former Synergos members who did not transfer to Cho'gall with Conq. For a time was called Twenty After Four. Achieved Top 50 status with a significant 10-man Sartharion kill.)
- Synergos PVE/PVP: Conq - A triple raid superguild which achieved virtually all server firsts of significant note from the end of Burning Crusade into the beginning of WotLK. Discontinued but not disbanded, in early/mid-Dec 2008, when Conq and his loyalists transferred to Cho'gall with intentions of capitalizing off of the more populous server, where it was reformed as a highly-ranked guild under the name JUGGERNAUT. Synergos members who stayed on Auchindoun formed Solstice. The guild was reactivated briefly by Conq, who did not actively play but rather appointed Philosopher as the active guildmaster, and the guild was discontinued again early 2009.)
- Intensity PVE/PVP: Painkilerz (Well followed for his witty banter, and raid leading humor.)
- Prettier Than Thou: PVE/PVP: Caligula, Ryanator, Huey, Moredome, Mcdeady (WILL NEVER DISBAND.)
- End of Eternity PvE/PvP: Karkaz, Twilink, Borguss, Zalordeyn, Pendragon, Boogiemonstr, Suspense, Tombstone, Rilea, Hoofsta, Pitchblaack, Zzenon ( Ysera, Bleeding Hollow )
Realm Firsts with WotLK
Blizzard provided updates can be found at: http://www.wowarmory.com/achievement-firsts.xml?r=auchindoun
Realm 1st to Lvl80 - Kripparrian <Synergos> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Alliance to Lvl80 - Booi <Goombas> (A) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Horde to Lvl80 - Kripparrian <Synergos> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Death Knight to Lvl80 - Mosdefknight <Insurrection> (H) 17-Nov-08
Realm 1st Druid to Lvl80 - Androxius <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Hunter to Lvl80 - Kripparrian <Synergos> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Mage to Lvl80 - Arcnova <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Paladin to Lvl80 - Psyche <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Priest to Lvl80 - Legate <Goombas> (A) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Rogue to Lvl80 - Rougeh <Syngergos> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Shaman to Lvl80 - Coercionist <Addiction> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Warrior to Lvl80 - Benix <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Warlock to Lvl80 - Simayi <Lord of the Blood Elves> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Draenei to Lvl80 - Druidd <Goombas> (A) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Dwarf to Lvl80 - Legate <Goombas> (A) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Gnome to Lvl80 - Booi <Goombas> (A) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Human to Lvl80 - Avatarofhate <Simple> (A) 18-Nov-08
Realm 1st Night Elf to Lvl80 - Aequinas <Goombas> (A) 17-Nov-08
Realm 1st Blood Elf to Lvl80 - Althaea <Addiction> (H) 15-Nov-08
Realm 1st Orc to Lvl80 - Benix <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Tauren to Lvl80 - Androxius <Addiction> (H) 16-Nov-08
Realm 1st Troll to Lvl80 - Kripparrian <Synergos> (H) 15-Nov-08