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Community Reactions, Memes and Consequences of the Boosting Community Ban

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With two large bombshells dropped by Blizzard yesterday, the community has been trying to process everything that's been announced, and some are sharing their thoughts through comments, some through memes, and some are just noticing the differences in the game after the announcements.

We have a few instances of before and after trade chats on various servers, as the long-term effects of this decision aren't quite clear yet, but the immediate results are very evident:

And a much more zen demonstration:

Some herald the return of the original trade chat, with all its... glory?

However, not all is well in trade chat:

Not quite convinced by the results so far and the long-term efficacy of this new ruling, some players are already fearing the workarounds:

But it's not all positive, as there's a lot of players actually upset at the gold they'll be losing and seemingly confused at how to make gold in the game if it isn't by boosting:

And then there's the more... creative presentations of what's happened:


So, memes aside, the general response to the ban has been mostly positive, with a little bit of doubt that this will solve the problem long-term as crafty boosters might find a way around it, and then there's the not-insignificant boosting community that really isn't a fan of the decision and is wondering about its fairness (in particular related to the Race to World First guilds and their sales activities) and how they'll move on now.

This is one of the bigger moves Blizzard has made in the community part of WoW and it remains to be seen how much of an impact it will have, but boosting is and has always been a very controversial and touchy subject for many players.

Where do you come out on the issue? Was this a good move? Was it fair? And was it enough?

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Honestly never seen the issue with boosting myself, been on both sides of it and it's got it's ups and downs. 

The cancer of it all was the spam, it was incessant, unwanted and unrelenting. If they weren't so aggressive about it, taking up ever damn channel they could and abusing systems in place, people probably wouldn't have cared. 

There was a vocal middle ground of "oh you didn't EARN those pixels so you don't deserve them", but the ones at the top didn't care and happily boosted people, and the buyers obv didn't care and did it anyway.

 

Now if only we could take this kind of anger and backlash and channel it into some real world bullshittery eh 😄

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I actually quit wow because getting in groups was horrible. People actually said: "go buy boosts for a few times and then come back" 

Boosting was getting more and more manditory in the leveling/gearing cycle.

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"Аnal [skillname]" 24/7 is making a comeback, is everyone as excited as I am?!?!?!

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2 hours ago, Teufel said:

"Аnal [skillname]" 24/7 is making a comeback, is everyone as excited as I am?!?!?!

That might be something childish and dumb that people do (and I've never cared for), but at least it will be real people and not just endless bots spamming runs.

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There are some boosting communities running under the table still. Saw quite a few yesterday doing what appeared to be accepting gold from a guild for advertising on toon A then trading with a houkan bank alt B then that B char would log off after running to the bank to make a deposit. 

I reported it. 

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9 minutes ago, Extraslug said:

There are some boosting communities running under the table still. Saw quite a few yesterday doing what appeared to be accepting gold from a guild for advertising on toon A then trading with a houkan bank alt B then that B char would log off after running to the bank to make a deposit. 

I reported it. 

I don't have any idea how they're gonna sniff things like this out but it's nice they're trying to do something about it.

What they should've done is actually moderate the game for the last 15 years so it never got to this point.

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I couldn't care less about boosting per se. Buyer and sellers choice. I'm delighted it will be gone because of the constant spam. Trade chat was often impossible to read, in particular with one guild on the server I'm on spamming the same boosts one after another via many different toons. Good riddance.

A shame for the guilds who were sensible about it though.

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2 hours ago, Extraslug said:

There are some boosting communities running under the table still. Saw quite a few yesterday doing what appeared to be accepting gold from a guild for advertising on toon A then trading with a houkan bank alt B then that B char would log off after running to the bank to make a deposit. 

I reported it. 

At least it's now harder for those people to advertise. Besides, they might have enough data to detect some of these operations. For example, if there are large sums of gold being moved between characters on multiple servers with same account, while doing carry runs, it might be actually pretty easy to find these guys. This stands out from the activities of average player. It remains to be seen how active are they going to be about banning the remaining organizations, after all they do make some profit for the company too by buying tokens.

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Greatest news EVER !

It will do only GOOD to the game and players.

It was a real cancer a ruined the game an the game experience of players. And I'm not talking of spam advertising obviously (I saw that in the topic my god *facepalm*). If you don't know what harm it does to the game, ask someone who has time to answer you or I will when I'll be back home.

The only defenders are the ones using this shµt.

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18 hours ago, Arcling said:

At least it's now harder for those people to advertise. Besides, they might have enough data to detect some of these operations. For example, if there are large sums of gold being moved between characters on multiple servers with same account, while doing carry runs, it might be actually pretty easy to find these guys. This stands out from the activities of average player. It remains to be seen how active are they going to be about banning the remaining organizations, after all they do make some profit for the company too by buying tokens.

Please. There are crapton of ways you can identify boosters with Blizzard-level access to account informartion. If they wanted to shut down boosting services - they could have done so at any time in a decade.

Nothing happened then, nothing will happen now, it's just the post appeasing guys like the one right under you, who think it'll not only achieve something, but it will be "GOOD", completely disregarding all the upsides the boosting brings to the table.

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4 hours ago, Teufel said:

Please. There are crapton of ways you can identify boosters with Blizzard-level access to account informartion. If they wanted to shut down boosting services - they could have done so at any time in a decade.

Nothing happened then, nothing will happen now, it's just the post appeasing guys like the one right under you, who think it'll not only achieve something, but it will be "GOOD", completely disregarding all the upsides the boosting brings to the table.

If there is one positive is that some of them will disband, others will stay more "hidden". Less spam is better, but yeah, I do have my doubts as well if they are going to go that far to shut down every service. As I've mentioned before, there is too much money to lose if token sales go down, and we know these "services" drive their sales.

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Boosting is just a symptom of this latest generations whole attitude towards gaming.  They dont give a *filtered* about enjoying the gameplay or evern earning anything.  They just want to be the bestest Leroy they can be as fast as possible.  Just like the dipshits who buy aimbots in COD.   Boosters and anyone who enabled the practice are just pathetic.  This generation doesnt want to work for *filtered*. They want everything and they want it now and they will pay anything for it.  You see them complaining that cant save for houses and *filtered* but theyll pay 10 bucks for starbucks everyday and pay some poor south korean sitting in a basement RL money to level their toons.  Our future is bleak if these are the people who will be at the helm.   I can see it now theyll have Comacho in office faster than you can say lootbot.  

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What will still be allowed is high-end guilds, on their own server, advertising on a character that actually runs in the raid. So it is not going away completely. Personally I'm not that bothered by it (MoP was the last time I ran alts through on a boost, and then ended up helping the boost team when they were short a healer until they server transferred).

In my view, small servers will no longer have (legitimate) access to boosting - meaning anyone who wants to take a boost has to server transfer, further draining higher-end away from these servers. Medium pop servers may see Raiders creating an alt team, if the demand (and gold) is there; co-incidentally providing them with a way to get extra BoEs for the World First Race.

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22 hours ago, Greenmachine776 said:

Boosting is just a symptom of this latest generations whole attitude towards gaming.  They dont give a *filtered* about enjoying the gameplay or evern earning anything.  They just want to be the bestest Leroy they can be as fast as possible.  Just like the dipshits who buy aimbots in COD.   Boosters and anyone who enabled the practice are just pathetic.  This generation doesnt want to work for *filtered*. They want everything and they want it now and they will pay anything for it.  You see them complaining that cant save for houses and *filtered* but theyll pay 10 bucks for starbucks everyday and pay some poor south korean sitting in a basement RL money to level their toons.  Our future is bleak if these are the people who will be at the helm.   I can see it now theyll have Comacho in office faster than you can say lootbot.  

bro stop they're dead already

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