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Blizzard has punished players who exploited a bug to cause endless dungeon respawns in WoW Classic

Nearly a month on from release, it's been safe to say that World of Warcraft Classic has been a resounding success for Blizzard Entertainment. The remastered vanilla edition of the hit MMORPG is so popular, that players are having to queue up in-game just to kill certain bosses, while many have already hit the max level cap of 60, and are being rewarded for the achievement.

But the game's launch has not been without its trials. Some players have managed to exploit Blizzard's layering technology (which creates different versions of the same zones in a server to manage player populations) to create endless respawns in certain dungeons for quick levelling, but the company has now issued multiple bans out to those who committed the crime.

It appears those punishments are beginning to be rolled out, with u/DingoCrazy revealing an email in which Blizzard state that the account in question will be suspended for one month, and any items obtained through the exploit removed. Community Manager Lore also took to the forums to explain how Blizzard determine whether players should be punished for benefitting from bugs, stating that they consider whether the players in question had to perform specific actions to deliberately cause the bug, and whether they did so with the intention of benefitting from it. If you want to know the safest way to buy wow classic gold, will be your best choice.

For those who may be worried that they’ve accidentally exploited a bug and are now on a one-way road to ban-ville: don’t be. In order to abuse the bug, players would have to take extremely specific steps. The chances of a non-cheating player replicating these steps is almost non-existent. As WoW Classic tracks all player activity, it’s easy to filter through and see which players are intentionally abusing the bug for gains. As long as you haven’t been purposely partaking in any shady activity, you’ll be fine.

For a game that was made in 2006, it's amazing that players are finding new things to exploit in WoW Classic, even if they're a result of something that was added to the experience that wasn't there in its first iteration. What seemed like a risky investment for Blizzard when it was announced has quickly paid off thanks to glowing WoW Classic reviews and a dedicated fanbase, and this exploit's removal will do little to dull the fervor surrounding the game - in fact, it's likely just to make players even more excited, since it's so reminiscent of the type of stuff that was found in MMORPGs by players over a decade ago.