Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ensidia banned for killing the Lich King

MMO Champion reports that the 25 Ensidia members who participated in the "first" 25-man Lich King kill have been banned for 72 hours. Quote:
Date of Violation: 03/02/2010
Type of violation: Exploitation – Abuse of in-game mechanics or glitches with intent to exploit or cheat in World of Warcraft.
Details: Use of Saronite Bombs to bypass The Lich King fight mechanics
Consequences for Account: Account suspended for 72 hours, all items and achievements gained removed
Now it should be very clear from my general writing that I am not a huge fan of uber guilds like Ensidia. Nevertheless I find this decision of Blizzard against Ensidia somewhat harsh, considering the fact that they didn't do anything different than they do in other raid encounters. They just happened to have a rogue who was using instant cast Saronite bombs as part of his damage in all sorts of fights, and it just so happened that there was a bug which caused the use of Saronite bombs to reset a part of the encounter and make it much easier.

Removing their achievements might have been justified, just like if some bug had caused a raid boss to drop over dead. But I don't see how it can be justified to suspend their accounts for 3 days for an "exploit or cheat in World of Warcraft". This wasn't some wall hack or obscure kiting tactic to exploit WoW, it simply was an engineer using the best engineer bomb for some added damage, and a bug in Blizzard's code causing that to have unforeseen consequences. The fault is very much Blizzard's own, not Ensidia's. Ensidia lives of their reputation, and the "you only got the first kill because you used a bug" is already hurting them. No need to add insult to injury and also ban them.

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