WoW TBC Classic: PTR bug made players swim through the air

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When the Phase 2 content of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic

landed on the public test server a few days ago, I of course immediately headed to the PTR version of Outland with my characters to run down the various merchants for you and check out some details.

The first surprise, however, was not a feature but a funny bug: When I stepped through the portal from Shattrath towards Orgrimmar, I could suddenly swim through the air - similar to the gravity loss phase in the fight against Kael'thas. So I swam towards the zeppelin because I wanted to stop by the merchants of Karazhan, parked myself on the wrong airship lost in thought, only to realize it at the last moment and swim onto the right zeppelin while still flying away. No gravity ftw!

As fun as this bug sounds, it would obviously have a critical impact on the live servers. We're already noticing this, as the numerous bots are simply bypassing all dangerous groups with their flying hacks

in dungeons. Skip all the bosses in Serpentshrine and swim straight to Vashj? That wouldn't be a problem anymore.

On top of that, players on the PTR quickly figured out how to target the bug: Simply approach a portal on a flight mount in Shattrath and then click that very portal in mid-air. The streamer Crix tried it

out

in this video

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The good news is that Blizzard fixed the bug today. As of now, PTR visitors will have to ride and run their way through Azeroth again. Now if only they would remove the bots with their flying hacks ...

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