So this producers letter comment really confuses me in a few ways. 1) why would they make a EQ1 server to celebrate a EQ2 Anniversary? 2) why are they making a server launch in HoT right after Phinny finished it? As far as question one, I assume it has to do with EQ1 being more popular and November is probably when Mangler will start to see population start to trickle off slowly until it hits PoP, as has happened slowly on all the other Phinny Clones. Casuals really enjoy Classic > Velious, and they get left behind even more in Luclin if they aren't raiding. Question 2, why HoT launch? I would speculate they are trying to get some of their Classic>Velious only players to try new EQ play style. What better way to get them there by launching in a really easy group setting, auto granting up to TSS, in an era where Pets can tank group content and named, mercs can be used to fill in group spots, and people can get a taste of what the modern EQ kind of looks like, with all the skills and abilities that are not there prior to SoF'ish eras. People also enjoy a clean slate where everyone is on the same level (look at D2 seasons, or every TLP fresh start).