Blizzard introduced down the banhammer on “virtually 120,000” World of Warcraft Traditional accounts after discovering gamers have been creating bots to take advantage of the Loss of life Knight class to farm assets within the Wrath of the Lich King Traditional growth that launched in September.
For the uninitiated, World of Warcraft Traditional World of Warcraft Traditional launched in 2019 and is a reversion of WoW to its state in 2006 however utilizing the present recreation’s trendy infrastructure. As the sport has step by step added the primary recreation’s expansions, it has since reached Wrath of the Lich King. On this growth, the Loss of life Knight class begins at stage 55. Initially, the World of Warcraft Traditional model was out there to gamers with no restrictions, fairly than requiring a participant to achieve the extent as they did within the authentic World of Warcraft. Regardless of eradicating that requirement, Loss of life Knights nonetheless begin at stage 55, which meant gamers may create new accounts, begin as Loss of life Knight and soar proper into the Wrath of the Lich King growth endgame content material a lot faster and farm high-level assets. The result’s that bots have flooded the servers and Blizzard has lastly taken motion.
In a press release on the firm’s boards, Blizzard says it has not solely banned 120,000 accounts who have been participating on this nonsense, however reinstated the extent 55 requirement from the unique recreation in an effort to discourage it altogether.
“We felt it was crucial for the launch of Wrath of the Lich King traditional to provide anybody who wished to hop into this iconic growth the power to take action with as few limitations as potential,” the assertion reads. “Permitting each account entry to Loss of life Knights— even when they didn’t meet the historic necessities —was vital. Nevertheless, now that the preliminary launch interval has handed, we not want to permit the unrestricted creation of Loss of life Knights on model new accounts. It’s a tempting vector for malicious actors to make use of to get into the sport and begin exploiting in a short time.”
The neighborhood already appears happy with the choice, with one consumer on the boards calling it a “direct nerf to botters,” although some appear to really feel like this was an avoidable error. One remark reads “that restriction ought to by no means have been lifted, however higher late than by no means I suppose.”
The workforce has since added expansions within the type of Burning Campaign Traditional and Wrath of the Lich King Traditional. Whereas the studio has but to announce any plans to launch Catacylsm, the following of the sport’s expansions, for World of Warcraft Traditional, the workforce appears a minimum of open to the concept.