Blizzard DDoS attack affects Overwatch, WoW Classic and more - Dexerto

Blizzard DDoS attack affects Overwatch, WoW Classic and more

Published: 7/Sep/2019 21:54 Updated: 7/Sep/2019 23:03

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard has confirmed that a DDoS attack is behind the connectivity issues being experienced by WoW Classic and Overwatch players on September 7.

Connectivity issues are nothing new for Blizzard fans, but it’s usually only one game affected at a time. On September 7 WoW Classic players began reporting server issues early in the day.


WoW Classic players have reported that they’re getting booted from servers, when they’re even able to connect. Some servers seemed to be working, but only for a limited time before the issues started up again.

When will WoW Classic be back online?

It’s not known at this time if every WoW Classic server has been affected or not, but there have been multiple reports that the issues seem to be taken care of at the time of writing.


Dexerto has tested several servers and they all seem to be working normally as well, we will update the story if this changes.

What about Overwatch?

Overwatch players have also reported connection issues that have resulted in them being kicked from matches and unable to reconnect.

Blizzard acknowledged the issue on the official Overwatch forums, which seem to be connected to the DDoS attack mentioned by Blizzard Customer Support on Twitter.


Are the Overwatch issues fixed?

At the time of writing, the Overwatch issues also appear to be fixed, according to a post from Blizzard Customer Service on Twitter. Dexerto has also tested Overwatch and wasn’t able to find any issues with connections at the time of the test.

Though they don’t mention Overwatch specifically, it does seem like most of the connection issues have been resolved and Blizzard said they are monitoring the situation.

It’s currently unknown if other Blizzard games such as StarCraft 2 or Heroes of the Storm were hit as well, but there aren’t any reports of them being affected that Dexerto can find.


Even though the issues are being reported as fixed, Overwatch players might want to be safe about queueing up in Competitive until Blizzard says definitively that the issue has been taken care of. 


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.