Blizzard has taken action against World of Warcraft Classic players who were using bots to exploit the Death Knight class in the Wrath of the Lich King Classic expansion. The company has banned “almost 120,000” accounts that were involved in such behavior. Blizzard has also reinstated the level 55 requirement from the original game, which was removed to make it easier for players to hop into the iconic expansion. The community welcomed this move, which called it a “direct nerf to botters.”
World of Warcraft Suddenly Bans 120,000 Players
World of Warcraft Classic reverses WoW to its state in 2006 but uses the current game’s modern infrastructure. Launched in 2019, it has gradually added expansions such as Burning Crusade Classic and Wrath of the Lich King Classic. However, removing the level 55 requirement for the Death Knight class in the latter expansion allowed players to create new accounts and jump straight into endgame content to farm high-level resources, leading to the flood of bots that prompted Blizzard’s action.
In a statement, Blizzard explained that lifting the level requirement initially aimed to reduce barriers to the iconic expansion. However, the company no longer wants to allow the unrestricted creation of Death Knights on new accounts, as it can be exploited by malicious actors. While the move has been praised by the community, some feel that the level restriction should never have been lifted in the first place.
Blizzard has not yet announced plans to release Cataclysm, the next expansion in the game, for World of Warcraft Classic. However, the team seems open to the idea, and players can expect more content to come in the future. In conclusion, Blizzard has taken decisive action against players who were using bots to exploit the game, and the community has welcomed this move. Blizzard’s decision to reinstate the level requirement for the Death Knight class has been viewed as a positive step toward ensuring the integrity of the game.