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Published on 2019-09-08 05:07 AM

New Increasing Cooldown for Changing Layers
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
'We recently developed a hotfix that restricts frequent layer-hopping, without impacting those who simply wish to play with their friends. Following realm restarts earlier today, this hotfix is now live in all realms in the Americas and Oceania region.

Now, each time a player moves to a new layer, there will be an increasing amount of time before that player can move to another layer. If a player moves between layers multiple times over a short timeframe, the cooldown can increase to a duration of several minutes (or longer) before they can change layers again. The cooldown will then decrease over time for players who don’t change layers.

This hotfix will become active in other regions following their next realm restarts.

Thank you!
Published on 2019-09-07 08:29 PM

DDoS attack affecting Blizzard servers
Blizzard is reporting a series of DDoS attacks affecting connectivity to their servers. They are actively working on the problem and we will keep you updated if we hear anything new!

Published on 2019-09-06 10:12 PM

BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Art
Blizzard shared the BlizzCon 2019 Commemorative Art today!

Published on 2019-09-06 01:29 AM

WoW Classic Free Character Moves - Update 5:00 p.m. PDT - September 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We have enabled free character moves for select realms to offer you a way to move your characters from the most high-population realms that have extended queues. In this region, player-characters at any level can now move:

From -> To
  • Arugal -> Felstriker
  • Faerlina -> Heartseeker (new realm)
  • Stalagg -> Heartseeker (new realm)
  • Herod -> Earthfury (new realm)
  • Skeram -> Earthfury (new realm)
  • Incendius -> Netherwind
  • Thalnos -> Netherwind
  • Fairbanks -> Arcanite Reaper (new realm)
  • Whitemane -> Arcanite Reaper (new realm)
  • Bigglesworth -> Anathema
  • Pagle -> Windseeker
  • Grobbulus -> Deviate Delight

On the realms above, free character moves can be initialized from either the character select screen or the queue screen.

We expect these free character moves to remain open for the realms above through this coming weekend. Please note that restrictions apply:

  • A character cannot move if the character:
    • is a guild leader.
    • has active auction listings or bids.
    • has mail.
  • You may be required to change your character’s name once you’ve reached the destination realm.
  • You cannot move a character to a PvP realm where you already have a character belonging to the opposing faction.
  • This is a one-way, irreversible move. Blizzard Customer Support cannot monitor or modify a free character move.

During periods of high usage, free character moves may take up to several hours to complete. This service may be closed at any time, without warning, should a destination realm become full. We strongly encourage players who wish to use this service, especially in coordinated groups, to do so as soon as possible.

Thank you!
by Published on 2019-09-05 09:58 PM

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.

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