March 26, 2023 3:17 pm

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Blizzard brought down the banhammer on “almost 120,000” Globe of Warcraft Classic accounts immediately after discovering players had been building bots to exploit the Death Knight class to farm sources in the Wrath of the Lich King Classic expansion that launched in September.

For the uninitiated, Globe of Warcraft Classic Globe of Warcraft Classic launched in 2019 and is a reversion of WoW to its state in 2006 but making use of the existing game’s modern day infrastructure. As the game has progressively added the major game’s expansions, it has considering the fact that reached Wrath of the Lich King. In this expansion, the Death Knight class begins at level 55. Initially, the Globe of Warcraft Classic version was accessible to players with no restrictions, rather than requiring a player to attain the level as they did in the original Globe of Warcraft. Regardless of removing that requirement, Death Knights nevertheless start out at level 55, which meant players could generate new accounts, start out as Death Knight and jump proper into the Wrath of the Lich King expansion endgame content material significantly faster and farm higher-level sources. The outcome is that bots have flooded the servers and Blizzard has lastly taken action.

In a statement on the company’s forums, Blizzard says it has not only banned 120,000 accounts who had been engaging in this nonsense, but reinstated the level 55 requirement from the original game in an work to discourage it altogether.

“We felt it was pretty essential for the launch of Wrath of the Lich King classic to give everyone who wanted to hop into this iconic expansion the potential to do so with as handful of barriers as feasible,” the statement reads. “Allowing each account access to Death Knights— even if they did not meet the historic specifications —was essential. Having said that, now that the initial launch period has passed, we no longer want to let the unrestricted creation of Death Knights on brand new accounts. It is a tempting vector for malicious actors to use to get into the game and start out exploiting pretty promptly.”

The neighborhood currently appears pleased with the choice, with 1 user on the forums calling it a “direct nerf to botters,” although some look to really feel like this was an avoidable error. A single comment reads “that restriction need to by no means have been lifted, but superior late than by no means I guess.”

The group has considering the fact that added expansions in the type of Burning Crusade Classic and Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Though the studio has but to announce any plans to release Catacylsm, the subsequent of the game’s expansions, for Globe of Warcraft Classic, the group appears at least open to the thought.

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