Arena Exploitation and Win Trading - Updated

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Community Manager
UPDATE: November 19

Providing an environment where players can compete in the spirit of fair play is extremely important to us, particularly in rated Player versus Player combat. As part of that commitment we regularly monitor gameplay, and have discovered an issue where some Arena teams have exploited the queuing system to obtain high team ratings, “dodge” unfavorable team compositions, and engage in win trading.

These, and all, exploitative activities are absolutely prohibited. We will investigate the situation carefully, and players that have been found to have participated in exploitation will be subject to the appropriate actions against their World of Warcraft accounts and characters, including:

  • Arena team deletion
  • Character MMR reset to 1500
  • All Conquest gear removed
  • Conquest earned tally reset, as well as all Honor and Conquest points removed.
  • All Arena achievements earned since the beginning of Mists of Pandaria removed.
  • 3 day suspension

In addition to the measures already discussed, as a result of the rating inflation that occurred due to the exploitative activity, all Team Ratings and MMR above 2200 will be reset to 2200 during the upcoming maintenance.

Please note: Conquest Point caps should not be affected by this reset. Point Caps will return to the appropriate levels relative to rating the following week.

In addition, as of this posting, these penalties have not yet been applied. In the meantime, we have implemented a hotfix to resolve any remaining issues with the queue system to prevent this behavior in the future.
Edited by Daxxarri on 11/19/2012 6:16 PM PST
90 Tauren Warrior
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Neat!
90 Undead Monk
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\o/!!
90 Human Mage
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Rank 1 blue post

YAYAYAYYAYAYA
90 Orc Death Knight
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BAN HAMMER!
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Providing an environment where players can compete in the spirit of fair play is extremely important to us,


and yet lvl 90's recieve no punishment for ganking lvl 1's..hypocrisy at its finest


It's ironic because nearly every low-level question area has high level guards in the area. Also, if a level 1 has PvP toggled on by default when it's toggled off, they know the risk.

Posters like you baffle my mind at their logic of thinking.
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LET THE FURY BEGIN
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THANK YOU
90 Tauren Monk
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Providing an environment where players can compete in the spirit of fair play is extremely important to us,


and yet lvl 90's recieve no punishment for ganking lvl 1's..hypocrisy at its finest


Can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

When I play on a PvP server, I use high levels ganking me as fuel to level up and start kicking the !@#$ out of them.

If you're gonna %^-*! about it, it's not the server type for you.
90 Gnome Death Knight
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Warm Fuzzies!
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Yeash!
90 Blood Elf Death Knight
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Perma-bans, imo.
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What really needs to be done aside from just Monitoring the situation is:
1. Wipe the ladders, while many teams may not have directly exploited themselves. A lot of teams PURPOSELY attempted to queue into exploiting teams that were logging out to prevent mmr loss. Hence giving a certain rank one team on bloodlust free wins to 3000 rating.

2. Ban anyone who did use this exploit intentionally, isn't very had to monitor which teams did so. Terrible win:loss ratio on the team, yet high win:loss personal.

3. Reset MMR. Having proceeded to another season with the previous seasons mmr was ridiculous, there were many teams wintrading to there alts because of this and teams such as KFC with the hunter bug that took 6 weeks to fix, depsite the fact that the community pointed this out at least 10-20 threads a day, just steam rolled through the ratings with there bugged pets and ruined the ladders with around 75% of the top 100 teams consisting of warrior/hunter/x
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inb4 no mmr / ladder reset.

Taking bets.

Edit for updated changes:-

While the updated changes are welcomed. If the teams that didn't 'wintrade' but kept queueing into then, then got to 3k rating 'legit' aren't reset the updated changes aren't going to change this season. But at the same time can't really penalise them the same for just queueing.

Just reset the entire ladder and mmr, it will be a much better fix.
Edited by Trip on 11/15/2012 1:21 PM PST
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I dont know how you will be able to punish players for queue dodging as even players who dont know what it is engages in this, say you lose 5 times to the same team you will probably stop queing for a few minutes or hours and get your bearings back instead of wanting to throw your computer out of a window.
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Providing an environment where players can compete in the spirit of fair play is extremely important to us, particularly in rated Player versus Player combat. As part of that commitment we regularly monitor gameplay, and have discovered an issue where some Arena teams have exploited the queuing system to obtain high team ratings, “dodge” unfavorable team compositions, and engage in win trading.

These, and all, exploitative activities are absolutely prohibited. We will investigate the situation carefully, and players that have been found to have participated in exploitation will be subject to the appropriate actions against their World of Warcraft accounts. In the meantime, we are currently working to resolve any remaining issues with the queue system to prevent this behavior in the future.


What about the people who got high ratings playing against these teams without being a part of it? my friend is sitting on a 2800 team because of this.
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