I did a ping plot test and it looked like the lag spikes where happening in Toronto, Canada on Bell's servers. I play from Atlantic Canada. The test showed 2 or 3 hops within my province with no spikes and then it hopped to Montreal and then a couple of hops in Southern Ontario. The lag spikes were detected in Toronto, ON on Bell's servers. All of the hops in Canada where on Bell Aliant [atlantic region ISP] and on Bell in Quebec and Ontario. The problems happened in Ontario. Then it hopped to the USA on 2 or 3 different servers and then to the WOT server. It showed no spikes after the hop left Canada. So for all of you Canadians out there, you are probably hopping through Ontario servers somewhere and getting the lag spikes from Bell's servers there for the NA East server. If I play on NA west, I will still have to hop through central canada and Ontario on Bell's servers so the lag spikes will still be there. I think there were some ice storms this winter that damaged a lot of the phone lines and com links in central canada. This could be causing some of our problems. I never had lag issues with this game until the past couple of months and I have been playing this game for years with no problems.
For others who live in the USA or other countries, you would have to do a ping plot test for at 30 minutes or so and see where your problems are. You would be hopping around on various servers that would be different from mine or anyone from Canada. You may not be having the same problems. You can download ping plotter and it give you a trial version so you can do the test for free until the trial runs out. If any of you are from Central or Eastern Canada and play on the East server, run the test and report the result back here. Here is the link for ping plotter: