As we all know; botting, rmt, gold buying/selling, excessive gold farming has had a detrimental impact throughout Classics history and with Blizz’s track history of staying hands off of Classic in terms of moderation as much as possible we prob won’t be getting the best case scenario of human GM’s banning bot accounts anytime soon.
The next best alternative I see regarding this matter is instituting gold caps on future WoW SoM, Fresh, + servers. It’s too late for Era servers in which millions of gold is already apart of the economy and hyperinflation is rampant, but for future servers it would be the perfect time to test setting stricter gold caps.
Some ideas on caps: Classic Vanilla would have a 5k gold per server per account limit where a TBCC server would have a 10k gold per server per account limit.
Consequences: By cutting the amount of gold that an account is able to carry you will both increase the value of gold on the server and bring down cost of items on the server. GDKP’s will still be allowed to exist but you won’t have outrageous purchases such as Gressil, Dawn of Ruin selling for 198,000 gold In 100% legitimately earned no RMT gold
If anything, it will make more people able to participate in GDKP’s runs rather then having a couple whales buying everything, thus making them easier to get gear from W/O RMT.
Further consequences: I’m not naive to suggest this is the end all be all solution to the gold/botting problem in Classic and I’m sure there will be people who will have multiple accounts to hold onto gold that exceeds the cap limit, however it will become much more expensive to do so.
Going back to the Gressil, Dawn of Ruin sword that sold, one single account was able to make a 198,000G transaction at the cost of a $14.99 per month subscription.
Try that in a server with a 5k gold cap and it would cost that individual 40 subscriptions with a monthly cost of $599.60 on WoW accounts to complete an equivalent transaction.
This will also make it more costly and less appealing to amass large quantities of gold to sell if you’re only limited to 5k per server account as you would need many more accounts to be able get into the realm of having +100k gold.