Blizzard announces changes to eradicate WoW boost groups

The best (and sometimes the worst) part of World of Warcraft is undoubtedly the social aspect. While players of the hit MMORPG can enjoy grinding, questing, and solo exploration, it’s all the more enjoyable with a friendly face or two. There are other benefits to having friends though, one of which is the long-standing practice of ‘boosting’. However, Blizzard is now aiming to crack down on WoW boosters with new changes.

The concept is simple. A friendly player connects with a high level character, regroups with your low level character, and lures all enemies into an entire low level dungeon before taking them all down with a single AoE. Although the amounts of XP are lower than those of a group of the same level, a few races like this can significantly speed up the leveling process.

Unfortunately, there is a more seedy side. Anyone who’s hung out in Stormwind or Orgrimmar knows that scammers selling gold for real money are a dime a dozen, but just as common are those selling dungeon-strengthening services. Pay someone working in an illicit agricultural warehouse somewhere a shot of in-game gold, and they’ll boost you. More often than not, gold earned from dungeon boosters is then sold to others for real money. Apart from anything else, the constant adverts to boost gummies speak worse than a political argument erupting on Trade Chat.

Blizzard has a solution, however. For the latest major release of Burning Crusade Classic content and for future Wrath of the Lich King Classic dungeons, it is implementing changes that will make mobs in low level dungeons harder to endlessly bypass, and reduce XP group won when there is a large gap between player levels.

This isn’t the first time Blizzard has taken action to stamp out boosting – in January it announced that large-scale groups that operate across multiple realms are breaking WoW’s Terms of Service and will face bans. However, this decree did not apply to individual players and guilds, and thus the majority of these organizations, which use discord rather than in-game communications, were able to dodge these bans. This announcement will likely be more effective, but will have the side effect of stopping the practice even among friendly guildmates.

For more on the changes to Classic servers, check out our article on changes planned for the upcoming WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic.

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