Black Lotus and WSG Adjustments Incoming

Updated 3:00 a.m. CEST 28 May – The Black Lotus and Warsong Gulch hotfixes are live in all regions.

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.

Thank you!

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Finally! #qualityoflifechangeswelcome #nowfixavandeleshamans

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Excellent news.

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no more lvl 1 ghosts across the world searching for black lotus :slight_smile:

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imagine investing in lotus lmao, ty blizzard you listened

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This is a mistake, the price of black lotus is high because people are sitting on them and not having them enter the market. instead of this you should fix the very obvious botting problem the game has atm.

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remove world buffs from raids

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whoa, that’s huge!

not sure how i feel but will defo make some people very happy

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great now remove layering.

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we dont have early av herbs and dynamic spawning, this is the correct choice by blizzard.

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Good job, Blizzard.

The Black Lotus change especially should really hurt the various Mafias.

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Technical limitation ye? Now about that spell batching…

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i wish but its part of vannila sadly.

A good change at last

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I cannot believe this is the option blizzard have taken. Rather than fix the botting epidemic you ruin the market for all those people who have been working so hard to farm for the future. Horrible mistake made to please casuals. Getting a flask is meant to be difficult and require effort, not easy. TERRIBLE LAZY DECISION, PLAY god and change the market rather than fix the botting crisis, I wonder if thats because of the subscription fees.

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NOW ADRESS BOTS BOTS BOTS oh and BOTS and it’s all great!

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Took long enough, so glad this is finally happening.

Now please also do something about the bots. There’s like a hundred in Stratholme at all times for example.

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If WSG is being adjusted to stop players reaching places that were not intended to be reached, why isnt the back door to Stormpike in AV being treated the same?

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srsly… I’ve spent hundreds of hours investing in BL farming so i can profit from it later.

Instead of solving the botting problem, my time investment has just been screwed.

Edited to add: running laps of zones without using multiple accounts or layer cheats.

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“Black Lotus scarcity has been consistently among the top issues we’ve seen player feedback about”

9 months to act to fix 1 obvious issue

Hopefully Classic will be fixed by 2030

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