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

    
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We do not regret to inform you of this at all.

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.

Update
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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Estranged

Go play retail, ffs.

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Nigel Pow

Eh, there are already websites like http://www.wowlf.group/ or https://classicwowgroups.com so this doesn’t do much

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xpsync

Oh, the Humanity!

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Reginald Atkins

good going blizz on this one.

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johnd212

The headline is very misleading. Blizzard hasn’t blocked this and the article makes no mention of Blizzard’s comments to block it. I don’t like misleading headlines that creates hostility towards a company that needn’t be there.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Uhm, the update at the bottom of the article pretty much states that?

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johnd212

I didn’t notice that but still feel they should update the title. It’s still misleading and often the only thing people read.

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Bruno Brito

Uh…did you read the update?

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johnd212

Clearly I didn’t. I find updates annoying because the title (which most people only read) is still misleading.

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NecrococoPlays

So it should read: “WoW Classic has an LFG addon for forming groups (but Blizzard blocked it)” instead of what it says, “WoW Classic has an LFG addon for forming groups (but Blizzard’s going to block it)”?

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MurderHobo

I don’t care either way, but if they actually want to nail the classic experience most of the LUA functions wouldn’t be protected until shortly before Burning Crusade.

Heart, Healbot, waypoint autotravel, one-button rotation mods, etc… were all very much a part of the Classic experience.

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dixa

it’s on the modern client, none of that functionality exists anymore. the macro language is entirely different too

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DargorV .

Just turn the addon into a website where you can sign up with your in-game name and list yourself up for X or Y content.

The classic tryhards won’t be able to touch you then.

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Haxton

That’s literally how a lot of people used the official forums.

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Techno Wizard

Jesus, it never rains but it pours. This feels like a standard tactic by Blizzard to whip up a frenzy from the masses before launch, just to get the extra blood pumping. I hope it doesn’t backfire while I’m munching popcorn admiring the fallout, nuke style.

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kalech

I liked the first iteration of the LFG, back when you signed up in a list and groups werent automatically put together. It was more convenient than a chat, but you still had to talk and interact with people.
Imo, an addon like this would do no damage to Classic because vanilla dungeons are more difficult. You just can’t get away with not communicating when the content is tougher, even if you had a LFD tool. And if you ask me, it’s communication INSIDE the dungeon that really matter, not how you put your party together.

I disagree with people going ape-shit on Icy-Veins though and being total dick-bags. Its fine to dislike the addon but no need to act like a hysterical 5-year old.

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Chuck Baker

I played vanilla wow before it went live and still play today. My thoughts on classic wow is that if you want to revisit the old memories and remember the struggles of an evolving game, that’s awesome. But, you can not whine and complain about what it does or does not have….that’s why the current wow is still here. Classic is for remembering where the game was, where it’s roots are. It is not for playing wow to the fullest with all the bling of today’s wow. I think no add-ons and such is the way it should be.

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MurderHobo

I remember whipping up my own mod during vanilla that would execute the optimal action for every button push using just one button on my warrior. Without gear I could devastate in PVP.

I remember using Heart/Healbot to automate all the healers in our raids so that again by just repeatedly mashing one button all the healers cast the perfect downranked heal on the optimal target with minimal overlap and auto-cancel for anyone who was overlapping another heal.

I remember making a mod that recorded set waypoint paths that let me sit back and watch as I farmed black lotus.

For me, tinkering with the UI and automating actions was most of the fun in the game. That was my very real Classic experience. I understand why that can never happen, but I can’t subscribe to the argument that we’re being given a true classic experience.

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dixa

this is classic but on the current client. none of that functionality exists now. your mod that automated gameplay was technically a bannable offense and you are lucky you weren’t caught. I would not want to be on a server with such a jerk player.

people forget how quick they broke decursive

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MurderHobo

I understand that this is a recreation in the current engine.

I never had a mod that qualified as automated. One button, one action was the rule, and the only time I was ever reported (by a PVP opponent) the devs asked about what I was doing and cleared it. Of course the functionality was protected shortly thereafter, but using Decursive, Heart, Healbot, or waterfall tables to select an action was not a bannable offense. It was something they didn’t like, and they modded out.

As far as waypointing that was just a button click to set direction and another to engage autorun. All quite legit at the time.

The point I was trying to make is not that I desire those things or even regret that they made changes to the LUA functions, but to point out that banning mods at launch isn’t a ‘Classic’ experience any more than their new layering system is.

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NecrococoPlays

I would not want to be on a server with such a jerk player.

That’s a bit rude.

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MurderHobo

I understand the sentiment. I did say I was automating things, and gave little context as to how I was using it. And while I love scripting and tinkering more than playing, I also understand why the API had to be locked down over time.

They blasted that one-button warrior macro early on in Vanilla, I think before the .8 patch, but I never used it for anything but dueling or dealing with gankers since I wasn’t a PVP-focused player.

Heart and Healbot and Decursive I still have issues with, not because one-button spamming was the right direction for the game, but it revealed just how little thought went into the design for healing and how it scaled to raid-sized groups. At the time I advocated going with a more action-combat style of healing, but of course that never happened.

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Haxton

It’s running 1.12, so down ranking wasnt optimal as a strat, besides using a rank 1 frost bolt on a mage for the base line snare.