Blizzard is taking bigger steps to combat World of Warcraft Classic’s bot issue, including banning nearly 120,000 accounts and reinstating restrictions on who can create and play the game’s popular Death Knight class.
In a post on the Wrath of the Lich King Classic forums, Blizzard announced that the game has banned approximately 120,000 “evil accounts” from the Wrath Classic and Classic Era servers. Blizzard notes that the latest ban adds to the usual spate of bans, which often span “tens of thousands of accounts per week.”
But this time Blizzard goes one step further. When Wrath of the Lich King was first released in 2008, players had to have a level 55 character on the same server to create a Death Knight. However, this was not the case with the release of Wrath Classic where Blizzard allowed each account to create one Death Knight character without restrictions. This was because Blizzard wanted players to play with their friends and jump right into Wrath Classic without having to spend dozens of hours improving core WoW content.
But as Garrosh Hellscream once said, “times are changing.” Blizzard is bringing back the original restrictions on Death Knights with a March 21 regional maintenance to combat bad actors.
“It was important to allow all accounts to access Death Knights, even if they didn’t meet historical requirements,” Blizzard writes. “However, now that the debut period is over, we no longer want to allow an unlimited number of Death Knights to be created on new accounts. This is a tempting vector that malicious actors can use to join and exploit very quickly. «
Community reaction to the news was mixed. First, players have pointed out that since Blizzard first announced the move, new accounts without an existing level 55 character will have the ability to create Death Knights that are abused by bots and “evil accounts.” The problem has only gotten worse over time, with several WoW creators like MetaGoblin and WillIE documenting the problem over the past few months.
Players on the game’s subreddit point out that banning the easy creation of Death Knights will push bots to use the game’s paid character boost service, WoW Classic, which has long been another bone of contention within the gaming community. . Overall, players seem happy with Blizzard’s move, but they doubt the return of Death Knight restrictions will bring permanent change. In the post announcing Death Knight restrictions, Blizzard acknowledges that the war against bots is an endless battle, writing that “as long as there is a demand for gold and other services, players are really willing to pay.” , these bad guys will keep coming back.
Blizzard has been quiet about its plans for WoW Classic for 2023, but the few lines of code in the public test room for WoW’s current Dragonflight expansion provide some evidence that there may be news of what’s coming next, perhaps related to “hardcore” server servants. . Soon.
Source: Creo Community
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