Yesterday, June 16 2020, Blizzard surreptitiously pushed a change to the Auction House, forcing a “throttle” on auction activities such as posting or cancelling.
This throttle seems to be around a batch size of 30 to 40, and has met with great levels of unhappiness amongst the masses.
A few items of concern:
- Batch size too small to qualify as “power auctioneers”, the stated target.
- For example, I average between 50 and 100 auctions per session, which is mostly glyphs
- You can easily exceed the limit just dumping mats you salvaged while being totally casual
- No testing on PTR
- No feedback gathered from testers
- Pushed to production with no discernable testing
Basically it works out that if you do more than ‘x’1 actions in a minute, all the actions beyond that value in that minute will be throttled. Massively.
This is less of a patch than a hit.
The outcry was immediate and loud. We had bloggers, streamers, twits, twitchers all calling this out, and who can blame them. I mean, sure, you wanna tackle certain bad actors, then fine. But honest pizznesmens? Optics are bad on this.
The interesting part of this is, while I was writing this, things changed. Quietly, without a lot of fanfare, Blizz backed things off a bit. I don’t know how far, but I do know that it’s at least as far as sixty actions in a single minute since that’s what I had to test with.
The other guy blinked.
They’re leaving the throttle on cancellations, but I can live with that (even though it really sucks)
1 Where ‘x’ is somewhere between 25 and 40 based on what we’ve heard so far.