Updated October 13, 8:00 a.m. PDT
Following further review, we’ve decided to wait to address this issue. The change announced for this week will not be implemented.
We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve developed a solution to the issue of non-existent characters being counted, that conforms with the great deal of feedback we’ve received.
With a hotfix to WoW Classic that will take effect before the next weekly honor calculations on October 13, any player-characters that are currently deleted will no longer be counted as part of the total pool of PvP participants.
Thank you very much!