WoW Shut Down in China
Today was the day that World of Warcraft shut down in China.

Jian Guo made some art to commemorate the shutdown.



WoW Hotfixes - Updated January 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hey all! Here are today’s hotfixes.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Algeth’ar Academy
    • Vexamus
      • Fixed an issue allowing players to line of sight Mana Bombs and Arcane Fissure.
  • Mythic+
    • Affixes
      • Thundering
        • Mark of Wind now prefers tank specialized players.
          • Developers’ note: We’ve heard the feedback from players that safely removing their mark on tank players can be overly dangerous in many situations. Tank players will still have the option of being involved in removing Marks of Lightning, but we believe this change will offer players increased flexibility in terms of how they choose to approach the affix.
    • Halls of Valor
      • Olmyr’s and Solsten’s health reduced by 25%.
      • Valarjar Aspirant health reduced 20%.
      • Valarjar Marksman health reduced by 10%.
      • Valajar Purifier health reduced by 20%.
      • The health of the four kings found in Odyn’s throne room has been reduced by 20%.
      • Valajar Champion’s no longer use Enraged Regeneration.
      • Ebonclaw Worg no longer use Ferocious Bite.
      • God-King Skovald
        • Is now less verbose when stating his claim to the Aegis of Aggramar.
      • Hyrja
        • Health reduced by 10%.
      • Fenryr
        • Health reduced by 10%.
        • Ravenous Leap bleed effect now has a 30 second duration (Was infinite).
      • Odyn
        • The periodic damage on Runic Brand has been reduced by 20%.
    • The Nokhud Offensive
      • Balakar Khan
        • Nokhud Stormcaster health reduced by 20%.
        • Balakar Khan’s Static Spear prefers not to target the same player for subsequent casts.
        • Balakar Khan’s Static Spear area of effect damage reduced by 30%.
      • Teera and Maruuk
        • Ancestral Bond is now applied when Teera and Maruuk are 15 yards apart. (was 10 yards).
    • Vault of the Incarnates
      • Broodkeeper Diurna
        • Reduced the base damage on Stoneslam Detonation by 63%. This will reduce the need to bring only tank-specialization classes that can avoid the effect by being immune to it.

Items and Rewards
  • Fixed an issue with Darkmoon Deck: Dance where the cast was bouncing more or less than intended for certain cards.
  • Fixed an issue with Darkmoon Decks where players would sometimes not be granted a Card after the cooldown had completed.
  • Fixed an issue where, if a player lost their Spiteful Storm Aura, all players also using the trinket on the same target would lose their auras as well.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic
  • Sack of Ulduar Spoils and Large Sack of Ulduar Spoils now drop Emblems of Conquest instead of Emblems of Triumph.
  • Creatures and NPCs
    • Elder Bluewolf of the Lunar Festival has been found, and we’ve relocated them to the Wintergrasp fortress.
  • Dungeons and Raids
    • Weakened the increased healing taken effect generated from Blood of the Loa in Troll Heroic Dungeons with Defense Protocol Alpha active. That buff now has a 4 second duration (was 10 seconds) and cancels when the enemy is no longer affected by Blood of the Loa.
    • Ulduar
      • Iron Council
        • Stormcaller Brundir’s ` will no longer get stuck midair if killed during his transitions into and out of Lightning Tendrils.
  • Professions
    • Fixed an issue where you could not abandon Leatherworking.
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW China Shut Down, January 23 Hotfixes started by chaud View original post
Comments 74 Comments
  1. Shadowferal's Avatar
    He can still probably collect unemployment benefits if terminated. If you quit then he can't collect anything. At least that's how it works in my state.

    "Ranking"...sounds like a good reason for unionization.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenRavens View Post
    Your article says he was terminated by HR, my article says the same.

    Take it up with the writers, but as far as it has been reported in print, he was terminated. Maybe find an article that said he quit and link it.
    Again he said "i am quitting" to literally everyone and then said "i am going to do no work until you fire me" and so they fired him...
    that is him quitting but forcing them to fire him so that he gets benefits, come on now, how many times do i need to say this?
  1. Fight4Fun's Avatar
    How much % of WoW money was from China?

    Do we have the numbers?
  1. mbit2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stormwolf64 View Post
    How does that stack ranking measure up with the insurgence of activists at Blizzard who's no doubt mostly looking for things to be outraged about?
    First problem with stack ranking is it's applied to teams individually and not company wide. So lets say you have 2 teams
    mythic raid team
    lfr raid team

    stack ranking says you promote & fire 15% of each team. This means you lose mythic raiders while promoting lfr raiders.
    Some suits think they smart beating the horse into a gallop making everyone fear for their job but it just exhausts itself faster.
    The real motivation this gives is to compete against your teammates over collaborating together. You dont need to work hard when you can just crab bucket and focus on not being at the bottom of the performance review. Microsoft tried and failed with it so they dropped it already a decade ago.
  1. BrokenRavens's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    Again he said "i am quitting" to literally everyone and then said "i am going to do no work until you fire me" and so they fired him...
    that is him quitting but forcing them to fire him so that he gets benefits, come on now, how many times do i need to say this?
    Sigh. That is NOT what he said…

    He reportedly told staff he would be leaving the company if the policy was not reversed, but shortly after the email was sent he was called into HR and “terminated”.

    Saying “I am quitting” is not the same as “if they don’t change x, I am quitting”, but either way, in the end he got fired.

    I want to also emphasize the word shortly here. He wrote an email saying he did not like the policy and made it public, that was what he got fired over.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenRavens View Post
    Sigh. That is NOT what he said…

    He reportedly told staff he would be leaving the company if the policy was not reversed, but shortly after the email was sent he was called into HR and “terminated”.

    Saying “I am quitting” is not the same as “if they don’t change x, I am quitting”, but either way, in the end he got fired.

    I want to also emphasize the word shortly here. He wrote an email saying he did not like the policy and made it public, that was what he got fired over.
    He said he was then called by an HR representative to confirm his resignation and he told them that he was still considering it but that he would not work until the policy was retracted.
    mate come on now, a policy change takes MONTHS its not something that can be done in a day, and if someone says "i refuse to work for weeks/months" then you fire them, simple as, he knew what he was doing, he was quitting, but he wanted to be fired to gain benefits.
  1. rogoth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    Again he said "i am quitting" to literally everyone and then said "i am going to do no work until you fire me" and so they fired him...
    that is him quitting but forcing them to fire him so that he gets benefits, come on now, how many times do i need to say this?
    so in summary, you're being a pedantic cunt arguing over semantics when in reality the company FIRED HIM as per the reports on this subject, and regardless of what he said to people, that is the fact of the matter, he was terminated from his job before he had any chance to officially quit his role in the company, that's literally what happened black and white, there's no grey area there's no subjective 'but he told people he was quitting' bollox, his employment was terminated by the management at blizzard, meaning whatever he said to friends/colleagues is irrelevant.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rogoth View Post
    so in summary, you're being a pedantic cunt arguing over semantics when in reality the company FIRED HIM as per the reports on this subject, and regardless of what he said to people, that is the fact of the matter, he was terminated from his job before he had any chance to officially quit his role in the company, that's literally what happened black and white, there's no grey area there's no subjective 'but he told people he was quitting' bollox, his employment was terminated by the management at blizzard, meaning whatever he said to friends/colleagues is irrelevant.
    He told HR he was planning to quit, and refused to work.
    he quit, but wanted to be fired to get benefits
    that is literally what happened
    Nothing you say changes that.

    And again I agree with him, and what he did was a fucking smart move, and I hope they listen.
  1. Shadowferal's Avatar
    It's not everyday that someone takes a hit for the sake of ethics.
  1. mbit2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    It's not everyday that someone takes a hit for the sake of ethics.
    Maybe maybe not. If he is so moral why not earlier? Maybe just already planned to quit and got some grievances on way out.
  1. Shadowferal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mbit2 View Post
    Maybe maybe not. If he is so moral why not earlier? Maybe just already planned to quit and got some grievances on way out.
    The end result here, please...
  1. Locruid's Avatar
    Erm, in many states if you were fired for refusing to work you dont get Unemployment benefits....
  1. BrokenRavens's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mbit2 View Post
    Maybe maybe not. If he is so moral why not earlier? Maybe just already planned to quit and got some grievances on way out.
    They only started enforcing the policy recently, apparently.
  1. Shadowferal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Locruid View Post
    Erm, in many states if you were fired for refusing to work you dont get Unemployment benefits....
    Yup...that's one...another is insubordination.
  1. RobertMugabe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fight4Fun View Post
    How much % of WoW money was from China?

    Do we have the numbers?
    I don't know the exact numbers of how much they earn, but it is known that China was a lot cheaper and that they had a different sub model, like you could pay to for just 1 day of game time or per hour AFAIK.

    That being said, Chinese players made about half of all WoW subs back in the day when they would still report sub numbers and I assume it was somewhat similar until recently, so if I have to guess, it's a pretty big financial hit for Blizz nonetheless, but also nothing that we non-PRC players have to worry about.
  1. Kathranis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FelPlague View Post
    He quit, but he made his bosses pull the trigger, so that he would get firing benefits, he quit, entirely, but he didnt make it official, that way blizzard would have to, and that way he gets benefits, its a super common and smart tactic.
    I don't know, can come back to haunt you if all your work referrals are to people who say, "Yeah, this guy flaked out and stopped doing his work because he wanted to get fired." And in many (most? all?) states if you're fired for cause, you get no benefits. Refusing to work would be "for cause."
  1. Lorgar Aurelian's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mbit2 View Post
    Maybe maybe not. If he is so moral why not earlier? Maybe just already planned to quit and got some grievances on way out.
    The wowhead article tells us why, the policy was ignorable until now so it wouldn’t have been an issue until they started forcing it.

    In an internal staff email reported by Bloomberg, Birmingham expressed his frustration, writing that the quotas were often ignored, but that he was now being forced to lower an employee's evaluation from successful to developing, a change which affects their profit-sharing and can have an adverse effect on their likelihood for future promotion
    https://www.wowhead.com/news/classic...protest-331111

    He’s also said on his Twitter he’s willing and wanting to go back if the policy changes.
  1. FelPlague's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathranis View Post
    I don't know, can come back to haunt you if all your work referrals are to people who say, "Yeah, this guy flaked out and stopped doing his work because he wanted to get fired." And in many (most? all?) states if you're fired for cause, you get no benefits. Refusing to work would be "for cause."
    Thing is him saying he is "not going to work" is not proof enough for the cause, and they are not about to keep him on for weeks/months to get enough cause, better to just get rid of him before it becomes a hassle if he is really going to do that.
    Better to pay off the troublemaker then keep them on and put a wrench in the cogs for a long enough period of time to prove you don't need to pay em.

    And yeah if all of your referrals, but I doubt there is a single company who would hear
    "you got fired for refusing to work at activision blizzard?" and go "That is a bad thing"
    if it was a reputable company sure, but with the press they have going on these past few years? lol nah.


    like literally he is super smart, knows blizz would not be willing to call his bluff basically.
    Cause yeah they could keep him on and play a game of "corporate chicken" where they keep him on and if he refuses to work they fire him for refusing to work, or if he gives in and starts working worried they will have probable cause to fire him without reverence.
    Basically he said something, knowing blizz was unlikely to challenge it, now if he was bluffing or not, we may never know. But that does not matter cause he got blizzard's money, he got out of there, and he sent a message.
  1. cateran100's Avatar
    "Activision does not have greater power in Activision-Blizzard! Blizzard still doing it's own decision!"
    Meanwhile in reality:
    "In creating "Activision Blizzard" they needed an executive, and Bobby Kotick, from Activision Publishing was selected as the new CEO of Activision Blizzard. Mike Morhaime, still President of Blizzard at that time, reported up to Bobby Kotick's staff at "Activision Blizzard"

    Bobby and an investor group staged a "hostile takeover" meaning that they bought up more than 50% of Activision Blizzard shares. (There's no actual violence in a "hostile takeover" despite the name). I forget which year this happened, but it resulted in greater control."
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mysticx View Post
    Oh well, i saw the Chinese-made ripoff game trailer on Twitter last week, such impeccable timing! Right before WoW is getting shut down, that trailer cropped up, a more cynical man than me would wonder if there's possibly a connection...
    This trailer even had deathwing rofl, but I suppose if you don't know WoW or are looking for a replacement (chinese people)... You could be easily interested

    (but then you read it'll be for Mobile also so...)

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