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World of Warcraft DDOSed for expansion launch

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Warlords of Draenor has launched. In fact, we might have a fun giveaway for you as a result, so keep an eye out in the coming days. However, the launch hasn’t been easy for Blizzard as people tried to attack them when they were most vulnerable.

Community manager Micah “Bashiok” Whiple wrote on the Warcraft forums an apology and explanation of why the experience hasn’t been ideal for people as Warlords of Draenor launched:

Europe was our first region to launch, and we encountered a few issues due to the sheer number of players attempting to enter Draenor from a single location. We worked to add multiple new ways to access Draenor, and this helped ease some of the initial rush into the new expansion as players were able to access it from their capital cities, as well as from the shrines in Pandaria.

While that solution helped a ton for our North American launch, we ran into a few other issues, including a distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in increased latency.

What a shame for WoW. It still hasn’t dampened their success, with more people playing since the latest update than they’ve seen in years. However, I really don’t understand why people do this. What is the point of a DDOS? To prove it can be done? There was no claim, no demand, just random acts of irritation.

Here’s hoping that Warlords of Draenor isn’t brought down by the experience. Hopefully, all the WoW fans out there will be able to play all weekend. And can we please just tell everyone to stop with these stupid hacks and DDOSes?

Last Updated: November 14, 2014


  1. ReaperOfSquirrels

    November 14, 2014 at 13:04

    I think a few people have something against Blizz as they get DDOS’d REALLY often, and it affects ALL their games. Nothing worse than a lag spike in a dungeon at a boss, or a rift at the guardian.


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 14, 2014 at 13:05

    It’s childishness.


  3. Guild

    November 14, 2014 at 13:06

    Seriously bored people who get twisted enjoyment out of annoying the crap out of other people.


    • RinceThis

      November 14, 2014 at 13:33

      I know a song that will get on your nerves, get on your nerves, get on your nerves… I know a song that will get on your nerves… Wheeze, Get on your, fucking hell I’m getting on my own nerves now… 0_O


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 14, 2014 at 13:39

        Don’t worry – the weekend is almost here. Here’s a song to get you in the mood:


        • RustedFaith

          November 14, 2014 at 13:50

          That song makes me want to of myself. It made friday worse!!!


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 14, 2014 at 14:04


  4. BacchusZA

    November 14, 2014 at 13:20

    What I don’t get is why even bother with a DDoS? The hordes (haha) of WoW players all trying to log in at the same time ammount to the same damn thing as a DDoS anyway. I mean, the first week of a WoW expansion is always a bloody nightmare of queues and disconnects, I’m surprised they’d even *notice* a deliberate attack.


    • RustedFaith

      November 14, 2014 at 13:49

      I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they are using the DDoS excuse due to their infrastructure not being able to handle the load.

      Let me guess in a week the DDoS threat will be resolved once they upgraded infrastructure.


      • Johann

        November 14, 2014 at 16:46

        Yeah I also think the DDoS thing is just an excuse. The thing is this morning I could play no problem, as soon as the kiddies got home from school the servers started lagging and everything just crashed.


  5. Admiral Chief Wang

    November 14, 2014 at 14:08

    I have a free key if anyone is interested


  6. Danie Nell

    November 14, 2014 at 15:17

    Whoever are doing these DDOS attacks better beware of the nerd rage, they would be ripped to shreds if found!


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