World Go Boom
For the last several nights there has apparently been a shit storm happening on the Blizzard network, or more likely the networks they use as a backhaul. The frustrating thing about a DDoS attack is that at least on some level, if it is a large enough one there isn’t a whole lot you can do other than triage. Most successful attacks don’t actually target the servers of company, but instead the connections just upstream of the data center. If you can somehow manage to get that provider to start blocking the ip ranges that are attacking you… and most of the time they are not nice clean IP ranges, but instead random rootkit/malware infected bot machines… the attack often times moves upstream again making the effect inconvenience even more companies. The real problem in this whole situation is that bot networks are dirt cheap to use, because virus infections of all those folks who only use the internet for “the facebooks” are prevalent. The rumor has it that this particular bot attack is spawned by some of the players who were recently banned from Overwatch for hacks and cheats. Now as is shockingly commonly the way among spoiled internet brats, they are throwing a massive tantrum in the form of an attack directed at Blizzard and their customers.
Now for the most part the last couple of nights have been chill for me personally. It seemed as though initially so long as you were not running raid content and as a result switching server clusters… you really didn’t encounter much issue. I for example happily leveled my way through Pandaria, and it was not until about 8pm last night that I started to encounter issues. I have to admit it was a little nostalgic seeing the “World Server is Down” message, because it had been so long since that was a regular occurrence on the Argent Dawn server. Because we were the first Role-playing server sorted alphabetically in the list, we became the target of a lot of protests and down right petulance from players simply wanting to wreck our fun time. More often than not it was spawned by a similar set of spoiled internet brats, namely in the form of players on the PVP server Blackrock. Any time their server would go down they would come over and flood our server with level 1 Gnomes “protesting” and as a result bringing our server down as well. Those same players would likely be the type that are currently DDoSing the network, but back then that sort of attack was not really possible. I am sure there were plenty of otherwise good people who got swept up in the madness, just like what happened during the “warrior protests” that also targeted our server. However the bulk were likely simply lashing out at the “lol arpee” server because we made an easy target.
The servers however eventually recovered and as a result I was able to say goodbye to Pandaria and move on towards Draenor. I spent a silly amount of gold last night upgrading all of the caster heirlooms I have to level 100, so that I could use them on my Warlock, Mage and Priest… all of which have yet to push through to level 100. It seemed like gold well spent given that I would likely be playing all of them shortly. In the grand scheme of things, percentage wise it was not that big of a hit to the total amount of cash that I had laying around. Additionally questing through the Draenor content is going to make back a good chunk of it given that I will be selling my gear instead of wearing it. If I find myself desperate for money there are lots of characters that I have not touched tons of quest content on. In any case I picked up Grimoire of Supremacy that lets me swap my Felguard for a permanent Infernal which seems pretty awesome. I think running around with an infernal is the ultimate player fantasy for a lot of folks that end up going Demonology, and I remember how much fun it was when I helped my friends complete that quest in Felwood to get their first. The only negative is… that it seems to have removed my ability to summon these various demons as their short term “fire totem” like variety that was a decent dps boost. I have a feeling that while fun for running around, that I might eventually swap back to using one of the other talents. I managed to stay awake long enough to get through the Tanaan Jungle intro quest, and am now in the process of setting up my garrison. I am hoping that tonight I can make a serious dent in the leveling process, and maybe move into Gorgrond. Mostly I am making the big push, because I know that Friday night will begin another Diablo 3 season, and I will begin switching time with that game.