Arena Exploitation and Win Trading - Updated
Just kids being kids, you know? Please don't ban my friends -.-
• Best Solution: Delete the character(s) found to be cheating.
• Why: This solution clears out the cheated gear, achievements, and loots without removing a subscription.
• Bonus: This is a stiff penalty that will deter others from doing the same in the future.
• Issue 2: Honest people have unfortunately gained ranking off of the above cheaters.
• Best Solution: Reset the ladder and MMR.
• Why? This solution completely fixes the issue while only temporarily truly effecting those that really should be where they are on the ladder/mmr.
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.
You are going to have to fix the problem that is allowing people to exploit the system(which you are doing, thank you), however, resetting teams that you think are exploiting will not help fix the overall issue. when one, or in this case, many teams exploit, the teams that are not exploiting the system, but do in fact play against the exploiters are gaining an MMR boost based on the exploited rating. Simply put, anyone who has qued in the past 3-4 days has gained inflated points and an entire reset of the ladders and a reset of MMR would be needed to remedy the situation, once you have figured out how to stop the exploit from happening again.
They clearly don't know their own game if they think a banwave will fix the issues. Ratings will still be inflated even for the legit teams that just happened to que into empty free point matches.
The only true way to fix it is a straight up MMR and Team Rating reset which has so many pro's its the obvious thing to do here but yet blizzard still wont its really quite a joke.
Reasons why a straight up reset would be beneficial/negative:
+ hunters that stampeded to 2200+ will now actually have to be good players to retain rating
+ MMR should have been reset from beginning of season because a players capabilities can change drastically expansion to expansion if they are playing the fotm class
+ Ladder will be completely free of cheese and cheaters for the rest of the reason
- Players who were legit will have to replay up to their old ratings. Shouldn't even matter because if they dont like to do arenas than why are they playing in the first place
-It will cost blizzard money which is an issue because clearly they don't have a lot of that.
Don't even know why i wasted my time writing this it will never be seen.
TLDR: There is an orchestra of reasons on why a total mmr and team reset is mandatory if the remainder of the season is going to be a success but it simply wont happen because blizzard does not give a shred of care to pvp.
11/13/2012 10:00 AMPosted by DaxxarriWe 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.
I know you won't divulge your secret sauce as to how you are going to catch the "bad" guys, but the fact of the matter is there are many legitimate teams that were caught up in this by no fault of their own. Every team, "good" or "bad", has seen rating inflation from this exploit. I believe Blizzard has the methods of catching the teams that were in fact exploiting, but the only solution to the legitimate teams that now are sitting with inflated MMR's and team rating is to reset the ladder ratings, and ideally also MMR.
Just remember Blizzard. This problem has two variables. The teams that exploited and the legitimate teams that have had their ratings and MMR boosted as a side effect of the exploiters. Please address both.
Is there any way at all you can salvage any part of this season, without doing a reset, which we all know you aren't going to do? Can all of you sit down and honestly agree on the fact that this season is working as intended? Please.
Honestly, the only way to fix this is to do a complete reset. And even then you're going to piss a lot of legitimate players off by taking away their rating because there's no way to distinguish between them and the people who received their rating from the exploiters.
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