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Arena rating reset for players over 2200

Rating reset for players rated over 2200
After the release of last week's information from Blizzard Community Manager Daxxarri, more has been added to the list of action Blizzard is taking to rectify the problems caused by the recently discovered arena MMR exploit.

Amongst other things, this exploit made win-trading far less onerous. Win-trading is a practice, completely against the terms of service, where players queue, particularly in 5v5 at the quietest times of day, to attempt to ensure they face the same team repeatedly. The two teams will then trade wins, allowing one team to advance to a high rating, then the winning team may switch to an alt team, allowing the losing team to do the same. This is, as we mentioned, completely against the terms of service, and will likely get you banned.

With the exploit, win-trading could be carried out without the losing team suffering an MMR loss. Thanks to this, very high ratings were achievable, and in order to rectify this issue, Blizzard has decided to reset every team and player with an MMR or rating above 2200 to 2200. This would usually have an immediate effect on conquest point caps, but that will take effect next week and will be implemented as usual.

Is this fair? It seems like it might not be for those who have legitimately gained 2200+ ratings, without using the exploits, and for those who benefited unwittingly from the exploit. Equally, why has Blizzard not gone further and completely reset MMR and rating? Do these things only matter at the top?

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Filed under: News items, PvP

Blizzard will take decisive action against arena exploiters

Blizzard will take decisive action against arena exploiters
Blizzard Community Manager Daxxarri has posted today regarding a recently discovered Arena exploit. While precise details are not known, it appears this relates the a method whereby players could escape from playing against comps they were struggling with, countercomps, or teams they had faced previously, without losing MMR by exiting the game.

This, while not win-trading itself, led to win-trading, and, as Daxxarri says, both win-trading and the use of exploits are completely against the rules.

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.

Players will have to wait and see just what Blizzard's investigation reveals, and what their actions will be as far as punishing the perpetrators. Many are already calling for ladder resets and MMR resets, but of course, these can punish the innocent as well as the guilty. The nature of this bug is such that it's possible some players benefiting from it may have been unaware they were doing so.

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