Blizzard you’ve shown an absolute total disregard for PvP. You’ve treated the PvP community like idiots and continue to do so. Astoundingly you seem utterly oblivious to this! In fact, based on the stuff you’ve said of late—which frankly isn’t much in regard to PvP, let’s be honest—I know for a fact you’re totally oblivious to it. Indeed, you whittle on about how PvP does matter, but here’s a hint: actions speak louder than words and you’ve certainly done none of the former for some time.
From MMR abuse, win trading, allowing PvE gear (Legendary...) in PvP, the honour gear fiasco, the poor balance, flavour of the month classes, **takes a breathe**, bugs, the return of ring of valor, forcing arena players to do RBGs, the removal of skirmishes for no adequate reason, **takes another breathe**, the shambles that was the WoW Tournament, the enormous cost of weapons, the removal of arena armoury features (match history...), “shut up PvP guy” and that's just some of the issues.
So why don’t we go through the A-Z of why PvP sucks and why Blizzard is to blame and try and catapult PvP and your treatment of the PvP community to standards we both deserve?
Pause for a moment though.
Before we continue with our little chat, I just want to point out some ideas, stuff you should keep in mind while reading this and forever more afterwards:
1. Prevention is better than cure
2. We’re not idiots!
3. Actions speak louder than words
So let’s continue shall we?
MMR Abuse and Win Trading
Who was banned for either of these actions?
Was anyone in the EU? Nope.
Was anyone in the US? Nope.
Was the 3.6k, clear as day, cheating Russian team? Nope.
And yet you still have the nerve to release this gem of a statement:
07/07/2011 18:15Posted by Katriednawe’d like to remind everyone about the importance of fair play. To be clear, cheating is not tolerated in World of Warcraft, and exploitation of ranked PvP play is no exception.
And to go back to point number 3, words Blizzard, your actions say different. You’ve shown at best a passive support for cheaters and at worst, an absolute disregard to fair play. We’ve already seen that no one was banned or had their team reset, but that’s not all folks.
You see the issue of MMR abuse became most rampant the week after the season was extended. If you take a look at AJ you can see a great deal of stories of how people lost rank one and gladiator. Indeed, Hydra—arguably the best Disc Priest in the world, who holds every other rank 1 title to date—lost rank one in this particular week to some win trading double DK Paladin team. This was after holding it for most of the season. But for you extending the season, people deserving would have got their just rewards. Yet, you’ve failed to even apologise for this blunder.
Hell you called it cheating yourself and told us to report it:
So, as I hinted at before, this really is not a practice to be encouraged. In the simplest terms, the fact that this ‘tactic’ effectively games the system, in order encourage queuing against specific brackets of individuals (in this case, lower rated teams) for the purposes of boosting team and personal ratings, means that it would be construed as cheating.
To this end, players making use of this type of strategy really shouldn’t expect to necessarily ‘get away’ with such actions, and if you yourself have any knowledge of teams specifically embarked on this kind of scheme then you’re welcome to get in touch with us and provide us with the details accordingly.
To be fair, you do always state the end of the season deadline isn’t for definitive. However, there wasn’t a huge MMR bug allowing widespread cheating to occur any other time you said it. Would it have been so difficult to end the season and just have us wait two weeks instead of one for the new season?
No worries though right, the MMR bug has been fixed?
Sure it has, but you started a new season with the bug still in place and only a few weeks afterwards did you fix it. Newsflash Blizzard, it wasn’t some slight bug; you should have delayed the season until you fixed it. I mean Fair play? You launched the season while people could still abuse and still benefitted from their abuse of last season.
Or maybe you believe it our responsibility to police ourselves? I’ll just get on the phone to the exam board and tell them not to worry about students cheating shall I? It’s your job to police things, not ours. Remember point number 1, preventing cheating in the first place is better than fixing it later especially when you have ample evidence it’s occurring.
The old armoury had a match history feature that made it easy to spot and report win traders. The removal of this feature doesn’t support the argument you don’t give a damn about cheating, but it certainly adds weight to it.