Many thanks to Venruki, Monkeynews, Staysafe, Asmongold, Cdew, Sodapoppin, Ayle, Frostadamus, TipsOut and other streamers who have recorded the significant exploits and problems that result from layering. Also thanks to everyone who has contributed the below links to this post.
If you have any clips to share, please let me know and I will add them!
Thanks in advance to Blizzard for their consideration.
Layering exploits and problems:
Gurubashi Chest exploit:
Mining node exploit:
Rares de-spawn (or spawn) if you group up with players ON THE SAME LAYER:
Layer hopping exploits:
Layer hopping exploit - how to layer hop between layers with your main, using alts:
How to layer-hop and escape being ganked in World PvP:
Ruins World PvP - enemy players and players from your own faction can be phased in and out at will. You can also use this to your advantage to escape PvP.
World PvP gamebreaking:
Soda gets ganked and successfully avoids the next gank by changing layers:
Ruins immersion/community (even during questing) - Layering creates UN-Vanilla gameplay and separates players from each other by making players appear and disappear around you between layers - even without grouping with other players). The world loses integrity. It’s frustrating to simply group up with a friend. You could end up in a boring, dead layer.
Controversial Community Reaction:
Kargoz (Good Morning Azeroth):
Countdown To Classic:
Kevin Jordan (a Vanilla WoW game designer):
WoW Classic Dev Team,
I’ve tried to make a good argument to keep any type of sharding out of WoW Classic since it goes against Blizzard’s own Mission Statement and puts (Vanilla) gameplay second. It’s a modern solution that harms authentic Vanilla gameplay.
You worked hard to address the shortcomings of sharding - and we thank you for that!
However, while layering (i.e., continent-wide sharding) reduces the frequency of sharding, it creates economy-breaking exploits, diminishes immersion and community and breaks World PvP in Classic WoW.
Perhaps the most serious problems caused by layering are around the economy and World PvP. There is likely to be significant gold-farming, which will result from high-level AOE farming (e.g., mages) and guilds continuously hopping from layer to layer to farm resource nodes and rare mobs. And anyone on a PvP server who wants to escape PvP can simply hop to another layer at will.