Blizzard Details WoW Classic Loot Trading; WOTLK-like Trading Will Only be Available in Raid Locked Content

Mar 23, 2019
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Blizzard has detailed how WoW Classic loot trading will work in the upcoming Vanilla server option for World of Warcraft.

While loot trading was first introduced in the WOTLK expansion, Blizzard said that they wanted to keep the loot trading option in Classic to solve various loot problems. Apparently, this announcement didn’t sit too well with numerous fans, and Blizzard has now confirmed that the loot trading system from WOTLK will only be available for raid locked content – soulbound loot that drops in 5-man dungeons won’t be tradeable at any time.

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At BlizzCon 2018, we talked about how we plan to keep loot trading in World of Warcraft Classic. We added loot trading in Wrath of the Lich King to solve a common problem: a player could accidentally loot an item meant for another player or give it to the wrong person using Master Loot. They would then have to contact Blizzard to get the item moved to the intended recipient, which might take days. We wanted to keep loot trading in WoW Classic because the end result is the same – the correct person gets the item – and it’ll save everyone time.

But we heard your concerns about the potential for abuse of the loot trading system in parties of five. It’s possible that abusive play could take the form of a group of four players colluding to deny loot to a stranger who joined their party as a pick-up. Raid groups, being much larger, come with more understanding on the part of solo players that loot distribution can depend on the whims of the many players and raid leaders who know each other.

Taking that into consideration, we’ve decided that the two-hour loot trading system in WoW Classic will only apply to soulbound gear that drops in raids. Soulbound loot that drops in five-person content will not be tradeable at any time. What we hope to do is to strike a balance between saving players time and minimizing the potential for abuse of the system. We think this approach better addresses the concerns we’ve heard from players on the subject.

In a post on the official WoW Classic forums, community manager Kaivax explained that loot trading won’t be available in UBRS since it won’t have a raid lock. UBRS initially was a 10/15 person raid/dungeon that became a 5-player dungeon in Cataclysm.

Loot trading will be available in locked raid content such as Zul’Gurub

“The answer to the UBRS question is: loot trading will be available in content that has a raid lock. UBRS will not have a raid lock”, he said.

“A big part of loot trading (in a 2-hour window) as a solution to a concern is that raid locks require you to wait a week (or 3 days) before you can try again for the loot that was accidentally given to the wrong person. “

So no WOTLK-like loot trading for normal dungeons in WoW Classic. What are your thoughts on this? Hit the comments below.

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