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‘World of Warcraft Classic’ Release Date, Update: Community Ecstatic After Blizzard Listened to Players Regarding Potential Loot Abuse

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As summer draws to a close, players who have been patiently waiting for “World of Warcraft Classic” are getting restless by the day. Fortunately, Blizzard has done a good job at keeping the community updated and listening to the suggestions that players have brought up.

The latest of this is the loot system on “World of Warcraft Classic.” To address the growing concern regarding loot exploitation, community manager Kaivax posted Blizzard’s solution to this potential issue. Kaivax explained that a five-man raid involving a party of four with one additional pickup has the chance to abuse loot trading by denying that specific player with gears.

“Taking that into consideration, we’ve decided that the two-hour loot trading system in [World of Warcraft] Classic will only apply to soulbound gear that drops in raids. Soulbound loot that drops in five-person content will not be tradeable at any time. What we hope to do is to strike a balance between saving players time and minimizing the potential for abuse of the system. We think this approach better addresses the concerns we’ve heard from players on the subject.”

Following the announcement, the community was ecstatic to hear the news and many have praised Blizzard for having listened to the proffered solutions. It was initially thought that communication between Blizzard and players will be greatly reduced after former community manager Ythisens was fired during the company’s massive restructuring. Fortunately, the speculation turned out to be a false alarm and “World of Warcraft Classic” is shaping up nicely so far.

As for the progression, the developers opted to stagger content release in six phases. Blizzard initially planned it to be four but after listening to the community’s suggestion, they opted to extend it. Phase one of “World of Warcraft Classic” involves Molten Core, Onyxia and Maraudon, while the last phase is Naxxramas and Scourge Invasion.

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