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

    
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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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Loyheta

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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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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Brother Maynard

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BalsBigBrother

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

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Vincent Clark

To those who were gloating that the U.S. was getting this patch first (and suffered through the initial glitches), I’d like to point out I logged into the game from the EU this morning with zero problems (other than I had to update my graphics drive first). Karma. :)