World of Warcraft Classic has a few weeks under its belt, players who have already defeated Ragnaros and Onyxias, and the game is starting to move into operations mode after an insanely popular launch. With that transition comes the usual maintenance of an always online, game as service model; including fighting new and unique ways of cheating the system.
Although Blizzard first said it wasn't a very big concern, the developer has decided to address the issue of layer hopping to grind mobs or resource nodes in World of Warcraft Classic. This is a trick that takes advantage of the server layer system to basically make resources that were just mined, killed, or collected magically reappear by switching to another layer of the server.
Now that the WoW Classic community seems to be very vocally upset about the issue and there are many confirmed cases of it, Blizzard is ready to take action. In a recent blue post on the Blizzard Forums, the team had this to say about addressing the issue...
"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."
This is great news for WoW Classic fans, who can rest a bit easier knowing that progress (and the Auction House) aren't being throw out of balance by players who were taking advantage of the layer hopping exploit. The delicate balance of providing a great gameplay experience and also delivering on the vanilla experience is a tricky one, but so far Blizzard seems to be keeping a large portion of the community happy as some WoW Classic players hit max level.
Be sure to check back for more WoW Classic strategy guides, news, and updates in the coming days. Until then, For The Horde!
World of Warcraft Classic is available now on PC. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available now on PC.
Source: Blizzard Forums