World of Warcraft’s pre-expansion patch has a rough start as Blizzard levies bans and grants past content to subbers

The rollout of yesterday’s pre-expansion patch for World of Warcraft could have gone smoother. Much, much smoother. During the day, many players were completely unable to log in, and the problem reportedly popped up on Overwatch’s servers as well. While progress seems to have been made toward fixing the issue, Blizzard did take its Communities feature offline to improve stability.

Of greater concern for certain players is the fact that Blizzard is lowering the boom against players using certain cloud gaming services. Multiple users have reported that suspensions and even bans have been levied for those who have used cloud services to stream the game and play it remotely.

“If you are still using cloud gaming services for WoW, I recommend stopping now until Blizzard stops being anti-consumer about it,” said one Reddit player. “This is a real blow for my gaming for a while, as I don’t have the cash to buy hardware to play anymore at the level I was on my cloud machine.”

Of course, if you’re planning on ignoring that advice, now is the time to sub, as Blizzard has also nuked the Battle Chest and retooled its subscription description to grant all past game content through the Legion expansion just for subscribing to the game.

“Get access to World of Warcraft® and every expansion through Legion™ with your subscription—no additional purchase required. Begin your journey today and play up to level 110 through six expansions of adventure!”

You’ll still need to buy Battle For Azeroth to play that now, of course.

Source: Blizzard, Reddit, #2. Thanks Skardon, Anon, and Cotic!
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Warlords is still horribly unbalanced. An average enemy in legion at 104 has 4k hp. An average WoD enemy at 100 has over 8k hp. It’s so hard to level though there even if you only do bonus objectives.

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Bryan Turner

So let me get this straight, I can rent a gaming PC on the cloud?

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Denice J. Cook

Er, anyone who (assumedly) hasn’t played in years, or ever, and is hoping to level from 1-110 for just the price of a sub should know that world-scaling isn’t working too well as far as mob drops go. I haven’t played in many years, returned a few weeks back, and my Vanilla Classic/BC 30s/40s/50s and even my 80s Wrath characters don’t seem to get any drops any better than what they’re already wearing.

I leveled my maiden Warlock of olde to 110 on map bonus objectives and pet battles, how sad is that? :P

Also, there was a stat squish, the loss of certain character spells and skills, and apparently some major mob adjustments to the leveling zones with this new BfA pre-event patch, too. This results in mobs having way more hitpoints, hitting way harder, and pulls having to be a lot smaller. Granted, I’m not geared too well on any of my characters but it’s not for lack of trying, and leveling was a lot faster before.

That last part wouldn’t be such a big deal if WoW wasn’t going on 14 years old, and suffering from the typical top-heavy population. You’re pretty much soloing to 110, and everyone else is going to be working on BfA shortly, while newcomers/returning players are left alone in the dust.

Moreover, there seems to have been a major, universal quest XP nerf coinciding with this new patch yesterday, at least among all my characters. I just deleted every quest in every character’s log that dropped down to like 850 XP per quest from 8500 or whatever and am sort of starting over, wandering the lands and trying to find new ones that pay out better. 850 XP and a 6 silver quest reward isn’t going to get a 53 frost mage any better gear from the Auction House, if there is even anything there at all besides L110 stuff.

I only really came back to support Blizzard because they’re bringing back Classic Vanilla servers. I just think it’s kind of funny that most of my toons ARE Classic characters (a few hit Lich King, some didn’t even get that far) and things really seem a mess. The lack of drops and the quest XP nerfs bother me the most by far, but we’ll see how it goes.

By the way, pet battle XP doesn’t appear to have been nerfed– yet.

You get one L110 instant boost credit to your account if you preorder BfA. I still have it sitting there. I’m playing an MMORPG, though, not Fortnite. ;) I just wish it was all better balanced and working right.

And what of those who get frustrated and buy L110s before the BfA launch? I’d recommend waiting until after BfA drops, to make sure that the 110-120 content isn’t as borked as the rest of it seems right now.

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Adam Russell

In the link you gave for an example of a cloud ban, the user doesnt actually know why he was banned.

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Cosmic Cleric

In the link you gave for an example of a cloud ban, the user doesnt actually know why he was banned.

There’s a good theory response, one or two responses below that post, in the link you’re talking about.

Basically that with cloud technology he was reusing an IP address of somebody else who exploited the game earlier, and so that’s why he got nailed, but then was reversed after they realized that it’s the same IP address, but different human being, one who exploited, one who didn’t.

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Schmidt.Capela

Also, accessing the game from IP addresses that belong to geographically distant networks in quick succession. AFAIK that is one of the ways Blizzard uses to hunt for leveling services — a crackdown on which makes sense given the timing, mind; the pre-expansion patch is prime time for leveling services, as many players want to get to the expansion with a max level character, ready to take on the new content.

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Nate Woodard

I’m not gonna lie. This time around, I’m not exactly excited by what prepatch has to offer. I think this expac is going to be pretty boring for me over all.

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styopa

ELI5 the cloud gaming thing? Are there euphemisms I’m missing here?

From a quick read, people have licenses to the game, and are playing it en-cloud on a sort of virtual machine? How is that illegit or something a company would want to discourage – unless of course they’re sharing that login with other people which would be against TOS?

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Leiloni

From what I can tell it appears to trigger some sort of auto ban, probably due to the change in IP or something? Reading the linked Reddit thread I’m assuming Blizzard has no way of knowing if it’s a legit player or someone actually exploiting – unless as was done in that situation, the player appeals and details what they’re doing. Who knows if it’s a policy or just a side effect of their automatic processes catching people accidentally.

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I am on a little hiatus to let the dust settle a bit but I am kind of excited which is not something I thought I would ever say about WoW, never say never I guess :-)

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Bryan Turner

Used my boost on a Warlock named Hydrabob, playing Demonology feels like what a Minion Master Necromancer in GW2 should have been.

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Minimalistway

In EU side things seems smooth, at least for me