WoW Classic has an LFG addon for forming groups (but Blizzard’s going to block it)

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If you’re excited to take a trip back to the days of talent trees and expensive mounts but not to the days of shouting in vain looking for a group with World of Warcraft: Classic, there’s an addon for that. Yes, a new addon exists for forming and looking for groups, and while it’s not a built-in queue system, it’s meant to work as close to that as it can. Start looking for a group, have periodic chat messages posted about looking for that group, or look for existing groups you can join up with.

Some players are already up in arms about this addon being possible, but as those with more programming knowledge have pointed out, this is not an addon that was impossible in 1.12 but just one that wasn’t in 1.12. Banning this addon would break numerous other functions in the game. So it remains to be seen if any action will be taken by Blizzard as a result of this particular add-on in the near future, but for the time being it means that players can sign on board for a classic experience with a more advanced LFG system.

Welp, that didn’t last long. Blizzard announced this afternoon that it’ll be blocking the plugin because the studio has decided it’s “incompatible with [its] social design for Classic.”

“We’ve been closely following the community discussion around this add-on for WoW Classic, as well as analyzing it to make sure we understand how it works. After careful examination, we believe the nature of ClassicLFG is incompatible with our social design for Classic. Thus, in an upcoming patch (in the weeks following launch), we will be adding restrictions to the Classic add-on API that will significantly limit this add-on and others like it.

In line with what we shared at BlizzCon last year, we intend to be very careful about allowing add-on functionality that might undermine aspects of the social dynamics that are core to the Classic experience, even in cases like this where it’s clear that the addon author had no ill intent and was simply trying to provide a service to the Classic community. Ultimately, if a streamlined group-finding system was something we considered compatible with Classic, we would have kept the modern Premade Group Finder tool rather than choosing to remove it from the Classic client.

It’s difficult to articulate a clear-cut rule for exactly when an add-on crosses the line. However, when an add-on goes beyond presenting information or providing aesthetic customization, and attempts to create an interconnected social network that relies on other players also using that same add-on, we are likely to scrutinize it particularly closely.”

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