Lately 20-29 has been extremely active at most hours of the day, which is great. Unfortunately competitive games have been very rare. We need more active, good players on both factions.
Why play 29? You can hit 29 and be in a competitive state in a single day for 15-30g. You don't need Librams. You don't need PoD or other rare, expensive uldaman drops. You don't need to farm BRD arena, maraudon ect. Just know your class and buy 1 stat from BiS green(or catch a cheap perfect) BoEs for under 1g a pop, done. Rogue is probably the most expensive 29 class there is and vendetta is dirt cheap here compared to real servers where they were 400-600g(they're under 5g here due to a pickpocketing bug) in a content patch earlier than the one we are currently on. Butcher/Zealots is 10g, shadowmancer 3g~. That's the most expensive twink you can make.
You also have access to enough talents to matter, enough skills to make plays and EVERY class/spec is potent. I knock ret pallies a lot, but they are actually amazing and we ran one in our primary group back in 06-07' because they provide everything a holy pally does except sustained healing(they still bring great cross healing) while dealing higher damage than an un-enraged warrior. Unfortunately, 90% of ret pallies don't know that they are still support even when DPS built, so they just become warriors without howl or hamstring. Shamans are basically in the same boat but at least poorly played shamans still have ghost wolf, frost shock and purge.
tl;dr Let's make 29s as competitive as they were in vanilla retail.