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WoW: TBC Classic Beta - WTF ... Group search with matchmaking system?!

During BlizzCon 2021, after the announcement of WoW: Burning Crusade Classic, the topic of "group search" came up briefly. This already existed in rudimentary form in Burning Crusade, but the tool did not yet function automatically or across many servers. That didn't come until patch 3.3 in Wrath of the Lich King. Instead, for the various dungeons, you could leave your wish to join a group, or you could search for players interested in dungeon XY. You could access the list of interested parties via the associated gathering stone and then contact them.

In February, Patrick Dawson, Production Director at Blizzard, stated that they were considering modernizing the tool. The developers aren't planning an automated cross-realm group search, instead they want to spruce up the interface so it's easier to use and players searching for and opening groups can connect with each other faster/easier.

Is an automated group search coming after all?

However, after the launch of Burning Crusade Classic's closed beta, dataminers have now discovered several "global strings" (via Wowhead) that are obviously part of the new version of group search, giving the developer the lie:


ERR_MATCHMAKING_IN_PROGRESS You are still seeking more members through the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_MEMBER_ADDED_S %s has been added to the group by the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATACHMAKING_MEMBER_STILL_IN_QUEUE Looking for a new party in the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_NOT_LEADER Only the party leader can leave the LFM matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_NO_RAID_GROUP You cannot use the LFG matchmaking system while in a raid group.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_SUCCESS Your group is complete, you have left the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_MEMBER_STILL_IN_QUEUE Looking for a new party in the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_OTHER_MEMBER_LEFT Party member has left. Looking for a new party in the LFG matchmaking system.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_TIMEDOUT Matchmaking timed out.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_MUST_BE_LEADER You must be the party leader to use LFM and autojoin.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_OTHER_TIMEDOUT Matchmaking timed out waiting for other player.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_AUTOJOIN_FAILED Group no longer available.
BINDING_NAME_TOGGLELFGPARENT Toggle LFG/LFM Frame
LFG_BUTTON Looking For Group/Looking For More
NEWBIE_TOOLTIP_LFGPARENT A tool to help you find a group to join or find additional players to complete your newly created or existing group.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_PENDING_MATCH_S The LFG system is waiting to complete the match for %s.
ERR_MATCHMAKING_PENDING_INVITE_S The LFG system has matched you to a group for %s.
SLASH_LOOKINGFORGROUP1 /lfg
SLASH_LOOKINGFORGROUP2 /lfg
SLASH_LOOKINGFORMORE1 /lfm
SLASH_LOOKINGFORMORE2 /lfm


Since there is talk of a matchmaking system in the various strings, it seems that the tool does automatically search for teammates for a dungeon run. At least: The tool doesn't work for raid groups and apparently doesn't teleport the found players directly in front of the dungeon. Still, automating the search is a step too far for us. How do you rate this?

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