WoD: Blizzard Confirms DDoS Attack. Hellscream: “Let none Login servers. We will never be defeated!”
Today hasn’t been the best day for Blizzard and the launch of their Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. Players have already been dealing with progress halting bugs, lag, and connection issues since the midnight launch, but late Thursday afternoon a DDoS attack began bringing the servers to their knees.
Hellscream has said many times that he will not be defeated and would do anything possible to stop the players entering the Dark Portal, thus he put the special forces of the Iron Horde to work in order to flood the servers and let none login!
Blizzard Community Manager, Bashiok, confirmed the DDoS attack, via the World of Warcraft General forums.
” We’re excited to finally launch Warlords of Draenor and explore this new world with you, but we know that the experience has been less than ideal as we approach our first full day of launch.
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.
To help correct for this and other issues, we’ve temporarily lowered maximum realm populations. This means there will be high queue times experienced on high-population realms.
Here are some of the other important issues we’re currently working to address:
We’ll post updates here as we make progress against these issues. Thank you for your zeal to face down the tyranny of the Iron Horde—and for your continued patience as we work to improve the current experience. ”
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