WoW Classic - Blizzard Responds to Layering Issues
Originally Posted by blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve been monitoring players’ use of layers, and we agree that we should add a delay between subsequent layer transfers. Under the hood we have all the controls I talked about in the Reddit AMA before launch, a few secret weapons we haven’t discussed publicly, and we’re working on deploying some additional controls to further restrain layering from being exploitable.

However, we also want to assure you that the issue is a much smaller problem than some people are claiming. We’ve been closely monitoring the effect layering is having on economies and other aspects of the game, and many of the stories we see posted are wildly inaccurate. We’ve seen screenshots of banks full of rare crafting materials, which we’ve investigated and proved false.

Another popular theory is that you can determine your current layer by doing a /who in a capital city, and comparing the results against the /who your friend does. That doesn’t work because /who returns results from the entire realm, not just from your layer, and if the result set is too large it truncates the results before sorting them. This means every player gets different results, but those differences in result set have nothing to do with which layer you’re on. This has led some people to claim that they’ve discovered dozens of layers per realm, but that claim is completely false.

All realms have a single-digit number of layers. Most of them have a low single-digit number.

Rest assured that there are not people running around with banks full of (Thorium) Arcane Crystals or Black Lotus.
This article was originally published in forum thread: WoW Classic - Blizzard Responds to Layering Issues started by Stoy View original post
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  1. anon5123's Avatar
    Once again, people not realizing that Blizzard can see literally EVERYTHING and have a much clearer view of what is going on than players ever will.

    Less drama, more bear-ass-collecting and lowbie-ganking.
  1. mhdoe's Avatar
    It starts with the classic streamers like Alexensual and others who are against anything and just gets blown out of proportion like most of the claims you hear about.
  1. javierdsv's Avatar
    Lol, ragers were burned.
  1. La's Avatar
    You mean the guy who posted a private server full of items and refused to post more proof was actually lying about the severe issues of layering, and people were totally overreacting? Wow. Who would have thought? Sad they even have to explain this kind of stuff but there's a lot of stupid people out there.
  1. Laerrus's Avatar
    LOL @ the things players are willing to do in order to expedite removal of layering.

    Patience young grasshopper, it will happen in due time.
  1. Syce's Avatar
    its nice they made a post about this. They need to do it more often so people can start to understand that Blizzard CAN see everything going on in the game that the players cannot.
  1. MrLoque's Avatar
    Isn't layering something that has nothing to do with the Vanilla experience? I totally understand the idea behind it but what's the point of recreating the Vanilla experience if you add it... Doesn't layering completely changes the way people interact with each other?
  1. tratra's Avatar
    layering is an awful thing in classic, I absolutely hate empty citys and spots. I'd love to still be on the logging screen or 15 lvl instead of 45 than seeing the world so empty.
  1. MAGAForLife's Avatar
    HAHA anti-classic shills BTFO!
  1. TigTone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MAGAForLife View Post
    HAHA anti-classic shills BTFO!
    What?......
  1. MAGAForLife's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TigTone View Post
    What?......
    People are creating fake reports about how bad layering is to try to sink classic.
  1. TigTone's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MAGAForLife View Post
    People are creating fake reports about how bad layering is to try to sink classic.
    So you’re assuming it’s anti classic “people” ?
  1. Zentail's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MAGAForLife View Post
    People are creating fake reports about how bad layering is to try to sink classic.
    Those are classic fans, not anti-classic fans though.
  1. BananaHandsB's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrLoque View Post
    Isn't layering something that has nothing to do with the Vanilla experience? I totally understand the idea behind it but what's the point of recreating the Vanilla experience if you add it... Doesn't layering completely changes the way people interact with each other?
    Because there are exponentially more ppl trying to play the game now than during vanilla launch, and it would have been a MUCH more different experience NOT having layering than having it (and the servers wouldn't have been able to handle it). Layering has made the experience for 99.9% of people much closer to the actual release experience than if they didn't have it, while also allowing the servers to actually function during launch.
  1. Nnyco's Avatar
    Wow, somethin from the classic-community is totally gettin thrown out of proportions? Never seen that before.
  1. Sensa1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BananaHandsB View Post
    Because there are exponentially more ppl trying to play the game now than during vanilla launch, and it would have been a MUCH more different experience NOT having layering than having it (and the servers wouldn't have been able to handle it). Layering has made the experience for 99.9% of people much closer to the actual release experience than if they didn't have it, while also allowing the servers to actually function during launch.
    have to agree...with the possible exception of Orgrimmar seeming a little quiet on occasion I can say that for the most part the areas I'm in (currently lvl 20) have had a lot of people in them and I'm still having to group often to finish certain quests efficiently on KromKrush.

    That being said, the sooner it goes away the better.
  1. Lycanthat's Avatar
    All I wanna know is: if a server currently has for example 3 layers, is Blizzard essentially relying on a 2/3rds drop-off of concurrent players in order to keep the queues the same?
  1. JustaWarlock's Avatar
    I mean, Blizzard would say that wouldn't they....
  1. glowpipe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MAGAForLife View Post
    People are creating fake reports about how bad layering is to try to sink classic.
    Urm.. how high are you ? if anything, its classic players who don't want layering doing this. Layers or not wouldn't affect a single classic hater.
  1. EternalBany's Avatar
    fix hunters

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