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Blizzard, WoW Classic affected by yet another wave of DDOS attacks [UPDATED]

Published: 8/Sep/2019 20:09 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 0:13

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new wave of DDoS attacks are sending WoW Classic players into a fit for the second day in a row.

UPDATE – Sept 8 at 5:05 PM

Blizzard announced that most servers are “back online and stable” following the DDoS attacks.

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The company will continue to monitor the health of their servers as they watch out for any potential issues. There will be a realm maintenance the morning of Sept 9.

Original story below:

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On September 7, Blizzard confirmed that an attack against network providers was affecting connections to their games such as Overwatch and World of Warcraft

Now, the attacks have begun again, prompting a response from the company’s customer service Twitter account. 

“We are currently monitoring a DDOS attack against network providers which is affecting latency/connections to our games,” they said.

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While they don’t mention WoW or any game specifically, they did in a previous tweet. “Our teams are currently investigating issues impacting realm stability. Thank you all for your reports,” they said. 

Fans are reeling. Some WoW players even feel that some sort of compensation is in order. “At least give us a chunk of rest bonus for this nonsense,” a user named Gerold suggested.

On the official Overwatch forums, tech support MVP WyomingMyst warned players to avoid competitive play

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“If you are able to log onto Overwatch, I strongly recommend avoiding the Competitive Play mode at this time. Penalties cannot be reversed if you are disconnected during a Competitive Match,” they wrote. 

The issue may even have affected the Overwatch League playoffs as the official broadcast went offline earlier on September 8.

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However, people found work arounds. “I’ve found that a temporary solution for the DDOS attacks is to use the Command Center; it does no go down when the OWL stream flickers. Hope that helps someone out there,” Commentator Wolf ‘Proxwolf’ Schröder wrote. 

In any case, fans looking to raid and level up may have to find something else to do until Blizzard can find a way to resolve the problem. 

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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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.

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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.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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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.

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