A peculiar bug has emerged in the World of Warcraft community, specifically affecting hundreds of players in Norway. This issue, which seems to have arisen following the recent 10.2 update, is causing significant frustration as it makes the game nearly unplayable. Players are experiencing frequent freezes during loading screens, forcing them to restart the game repeatedly. This problem is not just a minor inconvenience; it’s leading to players being dropped from groups in mid-game activities like raids, PVP games, and more.
The bug’s uniqueness lies in its apparent geographical limitation, as it seems to be impacting only Norwegian players. Discussions on Blizzard’s forums and Reddit suggest that this could be a networking issue. Some players have shared traceroute results indicating significant routing problems to Blizzard’s servers for Norway. Interestingly, the issue appears to be linked to a node in the Netherlands, which is part of Blizzard’s network, pointing towards the problem being on Blizzard’s end.
This issue isn’t confined to World of Warcraft alone. Reports indicate that it might be affecting other Blizzard games like Diablo IV and Hearthstone. The timing of the bug’s appearance is also under debate, with some players stating it began before the 10.2 update.
In the absence of an official response or fix from Blizzard, Norwegian players have found a temporary workaround by using VPNs to route their connection through neighboring countries like Sweden and the Netherlands. However, this is far from a permanent solution. The community is eagerly waiting for Blizzard to acknowledge and resolve this issue, as it significantly hampers the gaming experience for a large number of players.