Blizzard brought on the banhammer on “almost 120,000” WOTLK Classic Gold accounts after discovering players were creating bots to use the Death Knight class to farm resources from the Wrath in the Lich King Classic expansion that launched in September.
For the uninitiated, World of Warcraft Classic launched in 2019 and it is a reversion of WoW to its state in 2006 but while using the current game’s modern infrastructure. As the experience has gradually added the principle game’s expansions, it's since reached Wrath with the Lich King. In this expansion, the Death Knight class starts at level 55. Initially, the World of Warcraft Classic version was on the market to players without having restrictions, as opposed to requiring a person to reach the amount they did inside the original wotlk classic gold for sale. Despite removing that requirement, Death Knights still start at level 55, which meant players could create new accounts, start as Death Knights and jump right into the Wrath in the Lich King expansion endgame content faster and farm high-level resources. The result is that bots have flooded the servers and Blizzard has finally taken action.
In an argument on the company’s forums, Blizzard says it's got not only banned 120,000 accounts that have been engaging in this nonsense but reinstated the extent 55 requirements in the original game to help discourage it altogether.
“We felt it had been very important with the launch of Wrath on the Lich King classic to offer anyone who desired to hop into this iconic expansion a chance to do so with as few barriers as possible,” the statement reads. “Allowing every account use of Death Knights — even though they did not match the historic requirements — was important. However, seeing that the initial launch period has transpired, we will no longer wish to encourage the unrestricted development of Death Knights on brand-new accounts. It’s a tempting vector for malicious actors to make use of to get into your game and begin exploiting in a short time.”
The community already seems happy with the decision, with one user within the forums calling it a “direct nerf to botters,” though some often feel like this was an avoidable error. One comment reads “that restriction shouldn't have been lifted, but better late than never I guess.”
The team has since added expansions in the form of Burning Crusade Classic and Wrath from the Lich King Classic. While the studio has yet to announce any offers to release Cataclysm, the next on the game’s expansions, for World of Warcraft Classic, they seem a minimum of open to the reasoning.