People that got banned benefited from win trading, willingly or not.
If you meet a win trading team you had the possibility of reporting them and leave, you decided instead to get the easy win, so enjoy, cya back in 3 days.
I remember when banned actually meant banned and not suspended. It's a small wonder why bots and exploiting are commonplace now with Blizzard being so lax on their punishments.
I was banned and never wintraded. I was 2412 cr legit. I've been playing all season and yes i've faced empty teams and gotten rating here and there but always maintain a 2400 rating like i have the past 3 rbg seasons. How is it our fault we get q'd into them? Canceled my sub today, blizzard isnt getting another dime from me. I'm offended being called a cheater.
all the wintraders and exploiters need much more then 3 day bans.
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Everybody's innocent in here. Didn't you know that?
Seriously, a 72 hour ban, ouch. That's brutal! How will you guys survive?
In all honesty I'm completly in favor of banning every single last person who participated in win trading knowingly, but banning people who just had bad luck and did not intentionally farm win traders is plain wrong. Those who farmed them on purpose however deserve the ban just as much.
And yes people wintrading are bad people, they are ruining the game for everyone who doesn't. Just try to convince yourself that your wintrading activities aren't bad, that nobody cares and you don't deserve bad. It wont change that they are bad for everyone else, that most people DO care and voice their opinion quite loudy and you guys don't just deserve a 3 days ban and your gear and achievments stripped, it should be a permanent one.
Last edited by Deleth; 2013-01-30 at 04:26 AM.
But in the end it doesn't matter. If the Win traders want rating or gear so badly, they will get it. Win traders do not care about the rules or what other people have to say about them. There's really no honor among online gaming in general. Its just the way it is.
Blizzard can ban them all they want. They only delay the inevitable cycle that continues each season. The only real way to break the cycle is for pvp to become the main part of WoW... which will never happen.
And oh yeah, earning prestige in an online game... lol. That's probably the only thing I find pathetic about Win traders and sometimes hardcore players.
Games similar to WoW or just MMO's in general lack in this regard and are doomed to be mainly restricted to online play. Therefore, they'll always be people who want to expose certain elements of the game knowing too well that's it online pvp. You honestly can't blame Blizzard on this one.
Win trading exists because there are rewards for win trading i.e. titles and weapons. The game's popular enough for people to care about titles, weapons and twith.tv donations. There are a number of frauds, including many of the most famous streamers.
Speaking of win trading... how about Lance Armstrong... it's the same thing. He got famous, got rich, and what punishment does he get? The same, useless punishment these fools are getting.
This is not about "finding another team with a similar person and just helping each other out", it's people cheating, being dicks and douchebags because they could otherwise not achieve what they can achieve this way.
The reason why this kind of stuff doesn't or much more rarely happens in offline play is not because people wouldn't do it or because these games are much more competitive, it's because there people you are playing with and against are sitting right next to you. You are constantly being monitored and don't have the same chance to cheat as you do in online gaming.
In all honesty, for the first time ever I find this video to be absolutely appropirate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0
And yeah, games that are played offline and streamed worldwide constantly are definitely more competitive over games that are basically restricted to online only. More people = more competition. Wow's pvp has too many people below 1800, some people 1800-2.2k and a fraction of the playerbase over 2.2k. Therefore, its easy prey for people who are generally above 2.2k to win trade instead of taking a risk to lose a game vs a lesser team and lose 100 rating over one game. Plus, a lot of the same people you compete with often become your friends and sometimes you rather just help each other out.
Oh yeah I don't win trade. I just know how these things work.
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Sadly, a 3 day ban in Wow is about the most severe punishment given. They could do more, but that $15 a month is just too important.