WoW Classic Players Are Using Illicit Tools To Stay Logged In And Avoid Login Queues

If you watch people play games on Twitch, or you read about them on websites, or you just awoke from a thousand-year slumber and the first thing anybody explained to you was the concept of “video games,” you’re probably aware that everybody’s going bonkers for WoW Classic right now. This has resulted in hours-long queue times on high-population servers.

Players are, understandably, tired of dealing with them. Less understandably, some players are skirting the rules to get around the wait times.

WoW Classic players have been reporting sightings of people using so-called “auto clicker” programs to automate click and key-press routines so that the game doesn’t log them out when they’re away from their keyboard.

That way, they don’t have to leap back into the queue after, say, reassuring their families that they’re alive or ensuring that they stay that way by sleeping. Generally, these players’ characters move in simple, repeating patterns so as to throw off WoW’s detection software. The usage of these sorts of programs to automate multiple actions at once is technically against the rules in both regular WoW and WoW Classic, but these auto clicker programs remain easy to install and use.

The broader community does not like these players because they indirectly contribute to queue times by occupying space on servers. It is, however, impossible to gauge how much these players contribute to those wait times, and they’re likely a minority in the face of the sheer number of regular people who just want to get through the queue and play the ancient MMO the old-fashioned way.

Also, it should be noted that Blizzard “substantially” increased the number of players capable of occupying the same server yesterday, which has minimized the queue issue on many servers. Popular ones, however, still have lengthy queues.

Some players have also attempted to use WoW’s built-in auto-run feature to avoid getting the unceremonious boot, which means they end up adventure-sprinting face-first into the same rock or wall for minutes at a time. Unfortunately for them, WoW still counts this as being AFK, so these players mostly just look really funny.

Lastly, special credit goes to longtime mega-guild Method, whose members have realised that cold, mechanical automation is no substitute for determined, red-blooded workers. I’m referring to the fact that, as part of their big “Race To World First” event in Las Vegas, the guild has a guy who runs around and periodically presses the spacebar on AFK players’ keyboards so they don’t get disconnected.

This is effective and probably not against the rules. So if you really, really want to stay logged into WoW Classic, there’s your solution: find a guy.


Comments

    Ah. Hour long login queue. They’re really going all in for the authentic experience! I seem to remember something about using jump to keep from DCing back in the Vanilla days.

      Right down to the random server crashes! Blizzard really have done a fine job recreating the vanilla experience!

      Seriously though, I haven't had a single server queue since I started playing Classic. Maybe I'm just lucky.

      Also I logged into regular WoW and the chat was just people complaining that nobody is playing regular WoW now because everyone is playing Classic.

      jumping used to work (maybe still does?)

      you know those toothpick bird dispenser thing... I built something like that, that would tap the space bar every few minutes. kept me logged in during the early days of TBC launch when the queues was astronomically high haha

    "the guild has a guy who runs around and periodically presses the spacebar on AFK players’ keyboards so they don’t get disconnected. This is effective and probably not against the rules."

    I dunno, does that count as account sharing? /s

    I can understand why these people would use automation tools.

    The queues are very long.

    The other issue is people may not want to go on a lower pop server due to friends being on the original.

    eg. All my friends and guild hopped on Arugal - the only Oceanic PVP server on day 1.
    I tried hopping on that night to be met with a 6 hour queue (15,000 in queue)

    Now they could move but why would they? They have already started levelling characters and probably meeting people on original server.

    Last night I was still looking at a 2 hour queue + 4000 players in queue on Arugal. And that is after Blizzards server cap increase. So I suppose I will need to wait till launch craziness settles down or roll on another server and just not play with my friends.

    Given the queue times I can understand some peoples frustrations and using tools to stay in game.

    Hehe how come I picture one of those little nodding bird toys with the water in the bottom, that perpetually go up and down hitting the keys?

      You mean the one Homer Simpson uses in that episode where he becomes fatter and works from home?

    oh, and the clone groups running around exist again, same char, same class, almost on top of each other all the time.

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