0. Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/25/2012 10:50:46 AM PDT
Our legacy Battle.net team is in the process of upgrading the hardware that runs StarCraft, Warcraft II, Warcraft III, and Diablo II. The new servers are of similar specification and ability, but running on a smaller form factor, and modern and more maintainable hardware. Before we roll these out we’ll first be testing the new hardware on a Public Test Realm (PTR) called Stratholme in Warcraft III, and US Test in all other titles. To ensure the latest data is available on the PTR to facilitate testing, we’ll be copying data from Azeroth/USEast which will mean an approximate four hour downtime the morning of May 29.
~9:30 a.m. PDT, May 29 – Azeroth/USEast unavailable for four hours to copy data to PTR
~1:00 p.m. PDT, May 29 – Azeroth/USEast returns, and Stratholme/US Test becomes available for testing with copied data
We anticipate an approximate one to two week testing period of the new hardware, and appreciate your assistance in logging in, playing a bit, and letting us know how it goes. We’ll be creating a new PTR Feedback forum (http://forums.battle.net/index.html?sid=3000) shortly before maintenance on May 29.
We’ll be rolling out the new hardware to Azeroth/USEast first, and will provide further information once we’re ready to begin transitioning over.
8. Re: Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/26/2012 06:07:29 AM PDT
similar specification and ability... that does syggest nothing will change from customers' point of view. the service will be exactly the same, and e.g. the ladder site will remain crippled.
but I know nothing about maintaining hardware like this, so I ask:
what does maintaining the old hardware actually consist of? is it possible that they've neglected maintenance of the old hardware and that's caused issues? if that was the case, then the new service will be better, because a) a decade of piled up small issues are gone and b) they won't be able to mess it up quite like that again?
if maintaining the hardware actually takes effort, surely we have to assume that the people at blizz/bnet are incompetent and failed it, so this is good news. maybe everything will feel just a bit smoother after this, or why not a whole lot smoother. maybe I'll get to browse solo/ffa reports and game details whenever I want.
or maybe I'm fantasizing. as I said, I know nothing about maintaining this sort of hardware.
someone tell me why they're updating hardware
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10. Re: Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/26/2012 07:14:39 AM PDT
Here every1 is begging for new mappool new-ingame aspects etc. This is BULL!%%! mates.
First they MUST remove the hackers wave that bnet have nowdays.
Then a change in AMM system is really needed too, because players with high % need hours to find game.
12. Re: Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/26/2012 09:13:05 AM PDT
Pretty hilarious how people still try to argue about RoC's balance on such a thread.
"Please new AMM, please new map-pool, please remove hackers".
Are you even remotely serious? This game represents a low 0,0001% of Blizzard's current customer basis, and a parasital one at that (in that it doesn't bring any revenue and needs maintainance anyway), no changes will be made.
I still can't cope with the fact that some people are actually unrealistic and silly enough to continue asking Blizz for changes on the least-loved of their games, they've become too big of a company and quite simply don't care anymore.
Got any money? Got any true willpower and leverage? Show it and they'll listen, but stop arguing like worthless ants on the occasionnal patching thread, it's pathetic.
Q u o t e: I still can't cope with the fact that some people are actually unrealistic and silly enough to continue asking Blizz for changes on the least-loved of their games, they've become too big of a company and quite simply don't care anymore.
Yet they update their hardware for legacy games...
honestly, a small map pool change wouldnt hurt and would probably take 15-30mins of someone's time to pleasure thousands of fans that still play nowadays.
That and fixing the searchtimes, searching hours for games because the search range is so small isnt very cool, and it's definitely not a playerbase problem, considering i went from 5min searchtimes at lvl50 rt to endless amounts of hours searchtimes the day after lol
16. Re: Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/27/2012 02:50:41 AM PDT
Not a wc3 player's view is important but the perspective of users of the other titles. Blizzard still has enough money to maintain the servers, so taking them completely down would rather scratch their image because it would be a well visible signal to other communitys that this fate may befall them, too, sooner or later. Instead, it sounds like they would want to reduce it as a smoother step and more modern and better maintainable servers ensure that they have to take lesser care of them in the future. I see it the way that they just do not want to deal with the drag. Maybe that new format can survive by its low costs but Blizzard will remain to leave it alone.
17. Re: Legacy Battle.net Upgrade 05/27/2012 04:10:30 AM PDT
You must add some popular maps to the 1 vs 1 mappool, that are frequently played on tournaments and cups, as well as in the ZOTAC Cup (held every Saturday, 100 euro prize to the winner, many professional players compete).
Here are the maps:
Ancient Isles (aka AI)
Last Refuge (aka LR)
Amazonia (aka AZ)
Download available here (first 3 maps): http://wc3.zotac-cup.com/en/statics/mappool