WoW Boosting Communities Deleted from Discord
Today, several months after the Policy Update for Organized In-Game Services, a few boosting communities in Europe got their discord server deleted.

Servers affected by this include Dawn, Nova, Oblivion, Sylvanas and Twilight. The owners of these servers also had their Discord account suspended and received the following message: "Your account participated in selling, promoting, or distributing cheats, hacks, or cracked accounts."

According to multiple sources, this is not a mass report on the discord servers. This is more likely a follow-up from Blizzard's risk team since communities simply ignored the new policy update from January and continued to offer escrow services.


Remote FollowUnit Script to be Disabled in Dragonflight and Wrath Classic
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
So, Blizzard has recently issued heavy-handed anti-boosting measures. However, addons are still able to accept a remote /follow command from another player. This makes boosting services more attractive as boostees can then be fully AFK for a very long time. This is (or was) a common practice for boosting on Faerlina.

How this looks in practice: A booster advertises that they are doing slave pens boosts, and that they have the auto-follow weakaura. 1-4 boostees join, and then the booster shares a weakaura with them that will accept a remote /follow command. Now after they pay the booster they can just go AFK for 30 minutes, since the booster can just type a command in party chat and the boostee characters will automatically follow the booster out of an old instance ID and into a fresh one without them even being at the keyboard.

If the above doesn’t give you an idea of what this would look like, just look at the first 10 seconds of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6voUtTiLz0

I don’t see how the ability to remotely issue a /follow command meaningfully benefits anyone except multiboxers and people selling a service that allows someone to AFK for exp/gear, and Blizzard have now shown that they don’t really appreciate either of these gameplay styles, so I’m wondering why it’s still in the game. While boosting has taken a heavy hit, there do appear to be some boosting options still available albeit not as accessible as before, so in my mind it makes sense to make whatever’s left as inconvenient as possible.


I reached out to our UI and accessibility teams and we’re investigating this.

In general, we agree that accessibility is important, but that doesn’t mean that every effort to stop automation or botting is an attack on accessibility. There are lots of game functions that the game requires a hardware event for, and it makes sense for /follow to be added to that list, based on the behavior Kruffzz suggested. We’re targeting that change for both Wrath of the Lich King Classic, and Dragonflight releases.

Before making decisions like this, we reach out to gamers with disabilities. To be clear, the change we’re planning will still allow a disabled player to follow a guide, including through the use of a Macro or UI Mod to issue the follow command. The behavior it prevents is for UI Mods to initiate a follow on their own based on receiving a message from another source, such as a message from another player.

Thanks for the suggestion, Kruffzz!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Boosting Communities Deleted from Discord, Remote FollowUnit Script to be Disabled started by Lumy View original post
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  1. Somic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puri View Post
    I mean the comparison is completely off, because honor buddy was a bot that directly interfered with the wow client and was not some unaffiliated third party web site, but just to stay in that example: In 2017 Blizzard won in US court and Bossland (the manufacturer of Honor Bot) was made to pay 8.6 million dollards, but in 2018 a german court ruled that (as there are no punitive damages in most civil law countries) Bossland does not have to pay. So they could only seize assets that were in the US, but there were none. So there was nothing to gain for Blizzard (but they effectively shut down Honor bot, which obviously also is a victory).
    Whether or not it interferes with the client has absolutely nothing to do with why they got sued or the outcome of the lawsuit. If you read the outcome of the trial it was specifically about ruining blizzards customers experience and ruining their reputation.

    This boosting would fall almost exactly in line with the honor buddy lawsuit.
  1. Talon8669's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TomBrokovski View Post
    boost buyers and communities are simply a symptom of a much greater problem that blizz will never address, since they are the ones who created that environment and profit directly from it.
    They didn't create it. Gold selling/buying has always existed and was against the ToS. Blizzard simply decided to finally capitalize on it and started selling the tokens for real money and allowing people then to trade them in game for gold.
  1. Cæli's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Somic View Post
    They most certainly can. In fact this exact thing happened where blizzard sued a German company named honor buddy for something like $10 million dollars specifically because they proved in court that their products or practices infringed on the experience of blizzards playerbase and that they were ruining blizzard reputation so they shut them down and they had to pay big big big bucks.

    You can argue whether or not blizzard should do something or how hard it would be, but that’s besides the point. They most certainly COULD do something if they wanted to. They have done it before.
    no, they can't do anything against someone determined to do illegal things. this is like saying "everything that is illegal is prevented by the police". what is illegal for blizzard isn't necessarily illegal in other juridictions.
  1. Somic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cæli View Post
    no, they can't do anything against someone determined to do illegal things. this is like saying "everything that is illegal is prevented by the police". what is illegal for blizzard isn't necessarily illegal in other juridictions.
    What in the fuck are you even trying to say dude lol. Of course they can and they have. They can sue. They have sued before. And they have won. I never said that they can eradicate all illegal activity in their game I said they can do something to prevent it or deter it.

    How in the hell did you take what I said and come up with the idea that blizzard will eradicate all of crime forever lol. That’s some baby brain thinking you got there.
  1. Dundebuns's Avatar
    I read this and felt for some of the disabled gamers that do rely on /follow. Glad Blizz are looking at removing the egregious uses of it while mantaining the usability benefits.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Good now they just need to remove the token as I've been saying and I know it's coming so don't QQ when it happens.
    And how, exactly, is removing the WoW Token going to stop people buying services with WoW Gold?
  1. Cæli's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Somic View Post
    What in the fuck are you even trying to say dude lol. Of course they can and they have. They can sue. They have sued before. And they have won. I never said that they can eradicate all illegal activity in their game I said they can do something to prevent it or deter it.

    How in the hell did you take what I said and come up with the idea that blizzard will eradicate all of crime forever lol. That’s some baby brain thinking you got there.
    my point was that blizzard cannot shut down all entities doing things blizzard doesn't like. I'm not sure what you're trying to prove. because "blizzard can react" if that's what you mean, duh.
  1. DragonsBeard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Good now they just need to remove the token as I've been saying and I know it's coming so don't QQ when it happens.
    You think they are gong to remove the wow token? really? lol that makes them so much more money than a simple sub. It's not going anywhere.
  1. Lora's Avatar
    thats actually dogshit. discord doesnt need to adhere to blizzards bullshit. not that im really torn up about it but thats an extremely slippery slope to get actioned on by something that happened outside of your platform. actions that occurred before the ToS was changed should not result in anything happening if they were done within the ToS at the time. i dont get how people dont see how thats a massive fucking issue.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    And how, exactly, is removing the WoW Token going to stop people buying services with WoW Gold?
    It won't but it'll make the game a proper mmo again with no advantage to the whales, as it has been proven whales are always bad for the long term health of any game, epsecially one that already has a rather expensive monthly fee and box price to just get into the game.
  1. dope_danny's Avatar
    Oh no, somebody think of the whales. They might have to actually play the game!
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsBeard View Post
    You think they are gong to remove the wow token? really? lol that makes them so much more money than a simple sub. It's not going anywhere.
    It will as it hurts the overall health of the game even if people are in denial about it because they get to play for "free". They are at the lowest sub count in the history of WoW and it isn't just design descisions that got them here.
  1. Malcho's Avatar
    Why can't Discord shut down the pedo servers that certain specific RP realm individuals like to lure younger WoW players to on the regular as quickly?
  1. Somic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cæli View Post
    my point was that blizzard cannot shut down all entities doing things blizzard doesn't like. I'm not sure what you're trying to prove. because "blizzard can react" if that's what you mean, duh.
    Okay let’s just ignore the fact that you are blatantly attempting to move the goal posts here sweet heart and let’s go back to what started this conversation.

    Someone specifically said blizzard can take action against websites or other third party actors and you said AND I QUOTE:

    blizzard doesn't control the world, blizzard cannot do anything against many websites and especially if it's a website hosted outside the us. I mean...
    The conversation was never about whether or not blizzard could eradicate the world of all crime you knob. You specifically said they can’t do ANYTHING against websites especially if they are outside of the US. I proved you wrong with my specific examples I gave you. THATS what I was getting at.

    If you’re going to say “if that’s what you mean then duh” then you’re calling yourself dumb, because you specifically said they couldn’t.
  1. Cloudmaker's Avatar
    Hehe, it's good to see that Discord and Blizzard finally collaborate with each other. This will definitely make the gaming environment healthier.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    It won't but it'll make the game a proper mmo again with no advantage to the whales, as it has been proven whales are always bad for the long term health of any game, epsecially one that already has a rather expensive monthly fee and box price to just get into the game.
    And yet, look at Classic.

    Yep. No WoW Token sure curbed the rampant inflation and the extreme rise of the "dreaded" GDKP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcho View Post
    Why can't Discord shut down the pedo servers that certain specific RP realm individuals like to lure younger WoW players to on the regular as quickly?
    Report them to Discord with legitimate evidence of said actions?

    I mean... its not Rocket Surgery...
  1. ExtremelyCrusty's Avatar
    OMEGALUL. Oh well.
  1. Cosmic Janitor's Avatar
    I mean I hate the boosting clownshow as much as the next guy, but I fail to see how they broke the rules of discord. Feels rather corrupt.
  1. Funkyjunky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lora View Post
    thats actually dogshit. discord doesnt need to adhere to blizzards bullshit. not that im really torn up about it but thats an extremely slippery slope to get actioned on by something that happened outside of your platform. actions that occurred before the ToS was changed should not result in anything happening if they were done within the ToS at the time. i dont get how people dont see how thats a massive fucking issue.
    Discord shouldn't punish people for breaking Discords ToS and community guidelines?

    That rule has been active for years. Nothing new here..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Janitor View Post
    I mean I hate the boosting clownshow as much as the next guy, but I fail to see how they broke the rules of discord. Feels rather corrupt.
    Blizzard: "Selling in-game items and services such as carries or boosting for real money is not allowed."
    Discord: "selling game cheats is not allowed"

    Seems obvious what rule they broke.
  1. chaoticcrono's Avatar
    selling boosts isnt a cheat or hack though so discord is in the wrong

    and if you think it is by that same logic buying items from the auction house is cheating.

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