As usual, when a new patch hits any game including WoW there tend to be some… unexpected features. In WoW Patch 4.3 and Dragon Soul’s case, the unexpected feature included a loot bug which allowed many of the top raiding guilds – if they so chose – to cheat the system and gear up far faster than expected.
Many of said guilds, including Paragon, arguably the world #1 guild at the moment, did so. Blizzard promised swift punishment for those who exploited the system, and so it came – not only the removal of all loot, but also an eight-day ban for all involved. Eight days might not seem that much, but it will remove all those who are being punished from the first week of Heroic raiding, potentially costing them world-firsts.
There’s some argument that the punishment is too harsh – but Rank 4 Healing Touch argues, in a detailed and persuasive post, that it’s actually not only fair but necessary –
“Just because something has glitched in the system does not give you the rights or privilege to abuse the system or break a law or rule. There are guidelines imposed upon you as part of being in this game (or life for more important matters) and you are bound to adhere to them. Those long documents you probably ignore each patch update and click “agree” have something to do with that. If there is a bank error in your favor and $10,000 dollars accidentally gets placed into your bank account it is not yours.
If you falsely believe you have any right to that money and spend it then legal action will be taken against you as you are in fact stealing. You know the money isn’t yours nor should you have access to it so flying in the face of that knowledge will get you in trouble. If you do the right thing and report the excess of money immediately the bank will correct the error and everyone goes on about their business.”
This issue’s already controversial, and R4HT’s comments already include a range of opinions, includiing one person saying the punishment was far too soft. Whilst I don’t agree with every point made in the post, it’s well-argued and persuasive, and presents a compelling case that the punishment did, in this case, fit the crime.
What do you think? Too hard, too soft, or appropriate?Read more →