WoW Classic: Blizzard bans 120,000 accounts in the fight against bots – new players cannot play death knights

WoW Classic: Blizzard bans 120,000 accounts in the fight against bots - new players cannot play death knights

New players in WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic lose access to Death Knights. The fight against bots is obviously more important.

There are a few differences between the modern World of Warcraft Dragonflight and the Classic version of Wrath of the Lich King. One of the biggest might be how many bots and cheaters you meet in the game world.

Because especially in the Classic version, this is a rampant problem that has existed since the original Classic launch. Blizzard is trying to contain these people and has now taken a drastic step: More than 120,000 accounts have been banned.

And there is one more innovation: creating a death knight will become more difficult.

What did Blizzard do now? In the official WoW forum Blizzard has stated that over 120,000 WoW Classic accounts have been permanently closed in the past few days. These accounts could be proven to be fraudulent, such as botting, gold trading or exploiting.

Blizzard emphasizes that this was an additional action. There would continue to be waves of bans every week, with tens of thousands of accounts being fined or closed.

They also explain that the “launch phase” of WotlK Classic is now over and that there are new restrictions – which also affect botters in particular and make it difficult to create new death knights.

What does that mean for players? For those who want to play the Wrath of the Lich King Classic but don’t have a character above level 55 on the appropriate realm, time is now running out to create another Death Knight. Because with the next maintenance work on March 22nd, Blizzard will remove the option to create a death knight on new accounts.

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If you want to create a death knight in the future, you first have to bring a character to at least level 55, as was customary at the time.

However, if you already own a death knight or have a character above level 55 on the respective realm, nothing changes.

So the adjustment is only aimed at restricting completely new accounts, which are often used by botters and scammers to immediately have a high-level character.

Why is Blizzard doing this? Fraudulent people usually only earn gold with their accounts in the high-level area, which they then illegally sell on. If such an account has to start at level 1, Blizzard has much more time to transition automated behaviors like botting before the first real damage is done. However, since Death Knights start at level 55, there is a much shorter period of time before these characters earn decent gold and have an impact on the market.

With the change, Blizzard will have significantly more time in the future – and the scammers will have to invest a lot more effort to make new characters “farm-ready”.