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Blizzard suffers DDoS attack after smooth World of Warcraft: Legion launch

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World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Legion, is out now. According to those who’ve resumed their crushing World of Warcraft habits, Legion had just about the smoothest launch imaginable. Not just for a Blizzard game, mind you – but for any game or expansion that hinges on online connectivity.

It’s been smooth sailing for World of Warcraft fans. But that changed. Because some people are assholes, Blizzards servers and its network connections to service providers have been under attack in the day or so since launch, leading to disconnection, lag spikes and players being unable to finish quests.

The DDoS attacks also brought other Blizzard games – like the still immensely popular Overwatch to their knees. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Thankfully, Blizzard’s network engineers have stemmed the attacks, opening up the Azeroth to would-be-adventurers once more.

As a reminder, of you’re busy contemplating whether or not to return, here’s what’s new:

  • Stalk Your Prey as a Demon Hunter: Turn the tainted power of the Legion against them as an all-new hero class-the vengeful Demon Hunter. As a damage dealer or tank, pursue and evade your targets with preternatural agility; draw upon your demonic fury to fuel devastating attacks; and strike fear into your foes by metamorphosing into hellish new forms.
  • Wield Legendary Artifacts: Build a battle-forged bond with your own Artifact-a legendary class-specific weapon that transforms and grows in power as you battle the Legion. Customize your Artifact with personalized traits, tempering-or twisting-it into a form that suits your character.
  • Explore the Ancient Roots of Azeroth: Seek your world’s salvation among the forbidden ruins of the Broken Isles-mythic seat of night elf civilization, gateway to the Emerald Nightmare, and hiding place of the titan relics used to shape Azeroth.
  • Unify Your Order: Find refuge from the felstorm at your Order Hall, a site of great power linked closely to your character’s class and cause. Whether you follow the code of the paladin or the dark ways of the warlock, unite fellow members of your order to carry out class-specific missions and defend against annihilation.
  • Boost to Level 100: Prepare to face the invading armies of the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and experience this night-shrouded new chapter of World of Warcraft alongside your friends.
  • Earn PvP Powers in the New Honor System: Dominate the enemy faction in Battlegrounds and Arenas to progress through the all-new Honor system. Unlock PvP-specific spells and abilities that open up a range of new tactical possibilities, and earn prestigious titles and rewards.
  • . . . And More: Take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more on the way to the new level cap of 110-no matter what kind of adventures you seek, endless possibilities await.

We’ve also got a Collector’s Edition of the game to give away to one lucky South African reader. All you need to do to be eligible is to fill in this form. You get one entry per wholly unique and valid e-mail address.

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Next week, on 6 September we’ll do the draw. Good luck!

Last Updated: August 31, 2016


  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    August 31, 2016 at 11:03

    • Original Heretic

      August 31, 2016 at 11:08

      Deck the halls with it.


      • Illidan Stormrage

        August 31, 2016 at 11:14

        Hearthstone Decks?


        • Original Heretic

          August 31, 2016 at 11:15

          As long as you can sing Fa la la la in there somewhere, then sure, why not.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      August 31, 2016 at 11:27

      I’ve removed your entries from the competitiona and fired them in to the sun. Using a Missile toe.


      • Dungeon of JJ

        August 31, 2016 at 11:29



      • Admiral Chief

        August 31, 2016 at 11:43



        • Dungeon of JJ

          August 31, 2016 at 11:47



      • Guava_Eater

        August 31, 2016 at 14:27

        Is that more or less deadly that the Camel variety?


  2. HvR

    August 31, 2016 at 11:06

    They were not prepared?


  3. HairyEwok

    August 31, 2016 at 11:08

    Whomp whomp whoooommmpp.


  4. Original Heretic

    August 31, 2016 at 11:09

    Blizzard’ll sort these attackers out. Mebbe they’ll even bring plagues of horrible, gnat-like creatures to them.


  5. Illidan Stormrage

    August 31, 2016 at 11:10



  6. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    August 31, 2016 at 11:13

    Yes…. DDoS…. That’s why Error 37


  7. VampyreSquirrel

    August 31, 2016 at 12:11

    Blizz was warned MONTHS ago that they’d get DDoosed during this time.


    • Dungeon of JJ

      August 31, 2016 at 12:14

      People are still asses 🙂


      • VampyreSquirrel

        August 31, 2016 at 12:17

        Yes they are.


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