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#4275475 -Class Balance Hotfixes-

Posted Braindance on 25 November 2014 - 07:32 PM

Buff arms

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#3666066 A guide to preventing DDOS'ing

Posted mukuld50 on 19 March 2012 - 06:32 AM

Hey guys! Since the NAO staff is about to launch information about Tournament 3 soon, I figured that it would be a good idea to have a consolidated guide of how to deter the so-called "DDOS'ers" from ruining your gaming experience.  I am not expert on network security, and collected much of this information from various places on the internet.  Also, thanks to Shouri and Thorrior for mentioning some excellent ideas that will make it much harder for amateur ddos'ers to circumvent around.

Before talking about how to prevent DDOS'ing, I think that we should all understand what this is.


What is DDOSing?


"A denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) is an attempt to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person, or multiple people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely."

How easy is it to DDoS?

While there are various ways to actually conduct a DDoS attack, the TL;DR of everything is that DDoSing is as simple as getting an individual's IP address and "paying" a botnet/service to flood that individual's IP with packets hence flooding up the bandwidth.  

Easier way to understand DDoSing: Picture a logging company which transports logs down-stream in a river.  A DDoSer basically floods the stream with his own "logs" hence preventing river access to the actual logging company for their logs.  The more money / resources that the DDoSer has access to, the harder will it be for the logging company to send the "useful" logs down stream.

This directly equates to the fact that larger the river (faster the internet), harder will it be to fill the river with logs (flood an individual's internet with trash packets).  This was seen during NAO 2 - I was the victim of an apparent DDoS attack, however my internet speed (100 down / 8 up), and my firewall was resilient enough to allow me to still function in WoW.  On the other hand, Snutz was not so lucky with having a good internet / firewall.

How are WoW players being DDoSed?

Nowadays, 99% of the WoW arena community has shifted towards using Skype for communication needs.  Turns out, that it is quite simple to get an IP address from Skype, simply by knowing the individual's Skype username.  So, basically, the DDoS victim cannot realistically prevent himself from exposing his IP address to DDoSers, since obtaining a Skype username is easy.

What the hell should we do then?


I fully believe that most of the "DDoS'ers" who are trying to harass the WoW streaming community are actually complete amateurs who do not know a single thing about how an attack actually can be done.  They are using publicly available techniques to flood a victim's IP address with traffic.

So... what does this mean? If a user can change his IP address, and then "protect" his IP address from being leaked out again, then he or she is good to go.

How can I change my IP address then?


First of all, you should know what your current IP is.  An easy way to figure that out is to go to: http://www.whatsmyip.us/

Write the IP address down, and each time you attempt a process, go back to the website to see if your IP address changed.

Depending on your ISP, and if you are connected to a router or not can immensely change the amount of effort that you have to put into changing your IP.  Below is a concise summary of steps that SHOULD work:

1. Before trying any other methods to change your IP address, try turning off (or unplugging the power of) your Cable/DSL modem for five minutes.

2. If 1. does not work, repeat the process for 8 hours (overnight works well) instead of 5 minutes. Hopefully this will result in an IP change.

If the above two steps do not work, try these:

Computer directly connected to a modem:

1. Get to a command prompt (Start -> run -> cmd)
2. Type "ipconfig /release" (without the quotes, on the command line by itself).
3. Type "ipconfig /renew" (without the quotes, on the command line by itself).
4. Check your IP address.

If the above does not work, try:

1. Get to a command prompt. (Start -> run -> cmd)
2. Type "ipconfig /release" (without the quotes).
3. Shut down computer.
4. Turn off cable/DSL modem.
5. Leave off overnight.
6. Turn everything back on.

Computer connected to a network via a router:

1. Log into the router's admin console. (Often http://192.168.1.1/)
2. Release the IP address. (Method varies by router manufacturer)
3. Turn off router, ethernet hubs/switches, and the cable/DSL modem.
4. Leave off overnight.
5. Turn everything back on.

Hopefully the above steps helped! If not, then:

  • If you are using a cable/DSL modem and a router, you may wish to connect your computer directly to the cable/DSL modem. This allows your ISP's DHCP to issue you a new (hopefully changed) IP address based of the (hardware) MAC address of your computer's ethernet card.
  • If all the above has not worked to change your IP address and you have a router, check and see if there is a "Clone MAC Address" option. Using it should change your IP address; however, you'll only be able to do it once

Still dont have a new IP?  Maybe changing the MAC address of your NIC card will help:

1. Click Start->Run-> type "regedit"

2. Navigate to:
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3. Under this key, you should see numbers in sequence as “0000″, “0001″ and so on. Click on one at a time to check the description of the device to match it with that of your Network Card. In this example (0001):
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4. Once found, in the right-pane, look for “NetworkAddress” key value. If you find it, right-click and select modify. Enter the desired MAC-Address as a 12 digit number (all in one, no “space” “.” or “-”). Note that you can enter any arbitrary MAC-address as long as it is hexadecimal (a 12 digit string containing numbers 0-9 and letters A-F).

5. If you don’t find the key, right-click in the rightpane, select “New” – “String Value”. Enter the name as “NetworkAddress”. Now modify and set the desired value.

6. Now, disable and enable the Network card from the ControlPanel – Network Connections.

7. This should reflect the new MAC-Address on your NIC. Should you choose to go back to the original manufacturer set MAC-Address simply delete the key you just created/modified in the Windows Registry.

8. Power-cycle/attempt to reset your IP again using the various methods that I previously listed in this post.

If all of these fail, and you are not able to change your IP address, contact your internet service provider and ask them if they are able to change your IP address or how long your connection needs to be off for your IP address to change.


I changed my IP address, now what!

Now that you have changed your IP address, the next step will be to protect your IP address from leaking out.  The first obvious question is - do you have to create a new skype ID?  Nope, not really!

Perform the following steps:

1. In Skype, Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Connection
2. Check the box that says "User port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections"
3. Click this drop-down and change it to "SOCKS5"
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4. Go to http://www.xroxy.com/proxy-country.htm
5. Select the Country that you live in, pick any "SOCK5" IP from the list, and enter it in the Skype settings.

What this does is basically run your Skype off of a proxy.  If you pick an IP in your country, and proxy off of it, chances are that your call quality will not degrade.  If in any case it does, pick a different IP and mess around with it till you optimize the connection.

Now what?

Nothing! If the amateur average-joe WoW DDoSer is trying to get your IP, chances are that he will get the proxy'ed IP from your Skype and waste his time and money DDoSing a proxy server somewhere in a random location.  As long as he doesnt have a bazillion dollar botnet set up, he should not be able to take the proxy-server down.  There are obviously other ways to get IPs, but I am fairly confident that this will fend off the annoying little no-lifers for quite some time.

Other prevention techniques via Skype:

1. In Skype, go to Tools -> Options -> Calls -> Call Settings -> Show advanced options
2. Change to:
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3. In Skype, go to Tools -> Options -> IM & SMS -> IM Settings
4. Change to:
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What else can I do?

1. Invest money in a good software firewall.  I personally use Norton 360, and configured well, it can do wonders.
2. Buy a good router.  Many routers have DDoS prevention built into the firmware.

Other fun facts:

In the US, there can be a serious federal crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act with penalties that include years of imprisonment. Many other countries have similar laws.


#4258255 True Blizzcon Winner = Dampening

Posted amirdaheat on 08 November 2014 - 10:23 PM

YEAH BOY SWE REPRESENT FÖR I HELVETE

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#4257820 How did Looney get to blizzcon?

Posted Phatxyo on 08 November 2014 - 08:42 PM

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please..


#4257805 How did Looney get to blizzcon?

Posted Wallirik on 08 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

why would he camp a pillar with a monk that can then freely LoS everything? oh my god fuck you're stupid rofl delete your account


#4257973 How did Looney get to blizzcon?

Posted jaimex on 08 November 2014 - 09:10 PM

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#4253044 rbgs have the highest skill cap

Posted Datacuss on 04 November 2014 - 09:25 PM

https://twitter.com/...743771869937666
Bump this if you agree with what xandyr has said, blizzard only looks at twitter and a lot of people have been thinking this for a long time that have RBG'd.


#4250320 rbgs have the highest skill cap

Posted Unseenz on 02 November 2014 - 08:17 AM

frequently players with peanut sized brains will make the argument that "3s has a higher skill cap than rbgs" whereas if they understood what a "skill cap" even refers to they would come to the realization that this is impossible

rbgs will always be both more competitive and stimulating for smarter players, those who are willing to apply knowledge of game mechanics to changes in the environment aka people who can think quickly in more than one dimension will come out on top.

let us for example imagine a situation in which two mice are placed in a box, and that they have to battle to the death. Clearly, the more physically capable, bloodthirsty mouse would come out on top and skill wouldn't be a factor [this is an analogy for playing a better comp, for all you arena people reading this].


#4241494 How do the majority of warriors feel here about our current state?

Posted Revolol on 23 October 2014 - 11:32 PM

View PostClamnesia, on 23 October 2014 - 07:52 PM, said:



So you want more damage buttons? like i dont get it..

This goes out to all of the warriors who are crying... Instead of just crying.. Why dont you actually write down what should be adedd to make warriors "funner". Like i dont understand what you want exactly. You have an interrupt. You have several gap closers. You have defensives. You have offensive CDs. You have root breakers. You have 2 buffs. you have at least 5 damage dealing abilities. You have some form of self healing. You have options to increase passive run speed. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!!!!! Any more and you become the way you were in mop which was NOT NOT NOT ok, for anyone except the warrior behind the keyboard.

Doesnt haste now lower the cooldown on your abilities so that youre not having empty globals as much? Did you try stacking haste? So youre pressing buttons more often? like.. jesus.. You cant be GODs all of the time. People had enough of warrs throught mop
It's fairly clear you've never played a warrior. You know what I want? I want to be able to control my own rage generation again. Having ONLY passive rage generation from melee attacks SUCKS. It makes for awful gameplay, and a lot of sitting on your hands, especially when you're being trained. They even took rage generation off shouts, so you can't even build rage that way. I also want stance requirements on abilities gone. It sucked before, it sucks now. Anyone who thinks stance dancing brought skill to warrior is horribly dillusional. All it brought was more macros. Having CS auto swap you to battle is fucking terrible. If I'm being trained I've taken to just not using CS at all, or I take too much damage in the 2 seconds I'm in battle(granted this will change at 100, but it's still a bad mechanic) I want enrage back and CS procs back. Both of these made for interesting gameplay. I can't speak for others, but I tracked my enrage and tried to only use CS and burst when I had the 10% physical damage buff from it. Again, makes for more interactive gameplay(at least at some level). CS procs were better than execute procs IMO because it helped you set up burst better, but I like any proc that spices up the rotation. And lastly I want disarm back. Peeling a rogue opener with charge > swave > disarm was one of my favorite plays. The rest I can deal with. Sitting the occasional root and not being super OP is fine, but I don't like playing wack-a-mole with no real interaction with my rage bar. I feel like a fucking ret pally.

EDIT: Don't even get me started on getting overpower and slam back. Again things that made dealing damage take at least SOME thought.


#4218820 EU WoW Arena Tournament Stream Discussion Thread

Posted Shawir on 27 September 2014 - 11:26 AM

"today was a good day" martin luther king


#4162312 The show goes on

Posted HeyimJack on 04 July 2014 - 07:31 PM

View PostSamyh, on 04 July 2014 - 07:24 PM, said:

Carts win the map, Swack's team played it badly.

Thoroughly enjoyed this thread.
Are you a fucking turbo spesh? can you please stop saying they played it badly after you cheated right off the bat and got a free base.

It's like starting a flag map with 2 free flag caps "hey guys we don't have to win just turtle" You didn't get a single killing blow cause you just had to try hard spin the flags because you cheated and knew after a matter of time you'd win despite playing like dogs.


#4162306 The show goes on

Posted Forumz on 04 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

''yeah we cheated but its ok because you can still win.''

Ok.


#4162069 The show goes on

Posted Schvetolga on 04 July 2014 - 03:50 PM

View PostSamyh, on 04 July 2014 - 03:18 PM, said:

Hi,

I agree the use of third party programmes such as Lag7 is really scummy and ruins the bracket.

However Swack, as I agree it was totally stupid for Rogtrainer to use Lag7 to cap Center Mine on that night, it did not win the game or change anything within that game. A fight at mid was present as always, so if anyone capped it or didn't cap it, both teams would be AoEing and trying to get the cap; anyway, it seemed totally normal from my end. Now the pure and only reason why you lost is because your team chose to not assist your Flag Carrier and simply attempt to PvE @ Center. This is not a viable strategy and will only pay off against idiots.

You'll notice our tank got 4 carts across and your tank got 2 across. You had no interest in slowing our Carts until the final (winning) cart. For example I spent 3 minute rotating fear/mc/horror on your tank and he was able to make it across the map in 5 minutes vs our tank going across in around 1-2 minutes. Now I respect you feel that you must win mid, but it is only going to give you a small amount of points (carts are where the major point gains and reductions are). In short, even though Rogtrainer unfairly capped Center Mines, the game was lost purely because you didn't run carts as you should. If we had one base we would of still won, I seriously think so.

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Next time, how about run carts instead of trying to PvE?

Note: I am in no way in favour of Rogtrainer using Lag7 to cap a base and don't really like it either.

I'd like to see Blizzard try and counteract programmes like this and maybe the bracket can become enjoyable; but at the end of the day there will be certain individuals who choose to play unfairly and ruin it for others.

And before you say; I do unintentionally support Rogtrainer by playing with him on occasion.
(sorry)

Anyway, GG. Run a better tactic next time?

(I'm going to get so much hate for this post)

If you didnt use Lag7 to get mid you wouldn't be able to run carts like you did, nor would you be able to interrupt us from taking mid for such a long time simply by running to your corps and getting perfect resses (you cant loot your own factions corpse on Deepwind because god knows why) and thus giving you even more points and prohibiting us from slowing your FC and helping ours. If we started slowing your FC and helping ours we would never ever have gotten mid.

Can't even believe your knowledge of this game is so miniscule that you actually think it was just a minor thing. You actually think you would've won if it was a fair fight? You scored 0(!) killing blows.

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You all say you dont like the fact that he uses Lag7 but none of you do anything about it. None of you AFK inside the game to protest, none of you stop healing to protest, you just say you dont like it but you go along with it nevertheless and thus supporting his actions. The only person I've actually seen do anything to stop his team using Lag7 is Winkay and big creds to him for doing so.


#4162174 The show goes on

Posted HeyimJack on 04 July 2014 - 05:13 PM

I may have used Lag7 to cap a base but it doesn't really matter because bases don't mean anything on that bg

We would of won anyway, we don't need killing blows to cap mid because we're that good

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#4160887 The show goes on

Posted Sulre on 02 July 2014 - 09:33 PM

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