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Upcoming Black Lotus and Warsong Gulch Adjustments

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Blizzard is working on a series of hotfixes that they hope to release in the next few days. First, they are increasing the spawn rate of Black Lotus. The second hotfix affects some Warsong Gulch places that should not be accessed by players. The final hotfix tags you as busy if someone else tries to start a trade with you if you are engaged with the mailbox or bank.

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Via hotfixes, we’re working on several quality-of-life improvements that should go live in the next few days.

Black Lotus scarcity has been consistently among the top issues we’ve seen player feedback about, so we’ve decided to update how we handle Black Lotus spawns. Since the launch of WoW Classic, the game has used the spawn times and locations from original World of Warcraft, but population and social factors have led to Black Lotus being much more scarce than it was in original WoW. While these issues affect all mining and herb nodes to some degree, Black Lotus is especially affected because it has the special property of only having one spawn up at a time in each of the zones it spawns in.

In original WoW, designers planned Black Lotus around a technical limitation – only 10 spawn locations per node type could be active at the same time in the same zone. We no longer have that limitation, but it gives us a design intention that we can work with: Black Lotus was supposed to spawn in the widest variety of locations, while there could only be one up at a time in each zone. As always, our goal is to minimize differences from original World of Warcraft, and we feel this is a case where we can follow that design intention in a way that is warranted by modern conditions as well as beneficial to players.

We’re going to increase the spawn rate of Black Lotus, and we’re going to add many additional possible spawn locations in each of the Black Lotus zones. With a different hotfix, we’re working on making it so that a player cannot see a Black Lotus on-screen or on their minimap if they’re dead, unless they have 300 Herbalism.

For Warsong Gulch, we’ve identified a number of locations in the battleground where clever players have found ways to get to a place they were never intended to go. These exploits are decidedly unfair, so we’re putting a stop to them. In most cases, the way we prevent such things is to place an invisible gate that blocks the unintended path. However, that’s sometimes impossible, so we make the out-of-bounds location fatal.

We’re also working on a hotfix that should put a stop to one small annoyance – now, if a player is actively engaged with the mailbox or bank, they will be considered “busy” if someone else tries to initiate a trade with them.

We’ll have all of these changes noted for you in the next Hotfixes Update that follows them going live.

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Huge! Who hoarded them is going to get massive cuts if they planned to sell them at a premium later. Normal people playing the game and trying to have fun with friends are going to benefit immensely from this change, yay 🙂

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1 hour ago, Seksi said:

Huge! Who hoarded them is going to get massive cuts if they planned to sell them at a premium later. Normal people playing the game and trying to have fun with friends are going to benefit immensely from this change, yay 🙂

Perhaps some people play this game to make gold? That's the fun for them?

I'm not against the change (don't play classic tbf), as I've seen a lot of complaints of botters staying dead by known spots which is what's mostly behind this issue in the first place, screw those guys.

Just saying that there's a lot of ways to play this game and have fun.

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4 hours ago, Bobbis said:

Perhaps some people play this game to make gold? That's the fun for them?

I'm not against the change (don't play classic tbf), as I've seen a lot of complaints of botters staying dead by known spots which is what's mostly behind this issue in the first place, screw those guys.

Just saying that there's a lot of ways to play this game and have fun.

Considering I have over 50k gold, I most certainly see you point 🙂 but also do think this change is good for the overall health of the game, as lotuses will still be very much in demand, in fact there is a great business opportunity to be buying underpriced lotuses right now as people panic! Making the markets move is not always bad for savvy business people, it can be the opposite, in fact!

Mostly glad that I wasn't one of the persons who invested all of their gold into 250g+ lotuses.

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