Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ensidia Banned

Now I had another topic ready to go today, but I think we should go with and talk about what is big news in the WoW world at the moment. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about you can check out here. That is Muqq's rant on what happened and his feelings. For the short version I will show here the email he got from Blizzard, well basically just the banning info.

Date of Violation: 03/02/2010

Character Name Involved: Muqq
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.

Basically Ensidia's explanation for it was they were unsure what was causing the bug, but they knew there was one. They argued that if they would have stopped and reported what was going on then someone could have got the kill before them. For a guild focused on world first this is a big deal to them. They thought like this a)risk waiting and not being first or b)someone else using the bug and getting the kill first. So they say the argument without knowing what was causing it they couldn't try to not use the bug without trying to pinpoint what it was therefore wasting their attempts. Did that make sense? So they went on doing what they were doing and got their kill. Now they go on to say even with doing this the kill was still messy. Just imagine if it had been done the right way? If I was in there position not knowing what was causing it and still trying to get that kill I can honestly say I wouldn't have stop trying. I would like to think I would have reported it while still trying. Therefore covering myself from any of this happening. Think about it GMs find out the encounter gets shutdown for a hotfix and no one can do it. They messed up and should be punished its that simple. Ya it probably sucks for them as they may be a week behind on heroic modes but they made the mistake and they have to live with it. I really doubt Hard Mode Arthas will be killed the first week so they still have a chance to get the World First on that. Also at the time of writing this no one else has killed him on normal so who knows.

So really I would say live with what you did. No use complaining about it when you could have done something about it, and prevented it from happening. You are not mad at Blizzard for not finding or knowing it existed, you are mad you got caught using it. If it were about the bug you would have reported it when you realized something was up.

Reminder today is your last day to get your raid stories in. Kinda interesting that this topic came up while dealing with that.


  1. now that has gotta suck


  2. "You are not mad at Blizzard for not finding or knowing it existed, you are mad you got caught using it."

    Bingo. Spot on Gauss.

    If I remember correctly, and if someone actually knows, please correct my understanding, Ensidia members are not similar to members of Three Score or Spectacular Death. I was either told or read that people in that guild work in the gaming industry, although I don't think any of them work for Euro Blizzard. They are, in effect, paid to play MMO's. They don't have jobs teaching math or debugging miles of code or running a fast food restaurant. They exist to capture world firsts.

    Hence, if some other guild, a guild rather unknown, gets a world first 10-man, how irritating is that going to be to a guild that wants to be #1, period? Might that cloud one's judgement just a bit?

    I read the diatribe and it rings hollow to me. These people have been playing WOW since it was a dream. If anyone in this game, beyond the developers would recognize an exploit it would be them. Gauss is absolutely correct. They should have reported it immediately to a GM, continued on, but reported it. The fact that they didn't and are screeching loudly, quitting and leaving expletive laced commentary suggests they knew exactly what they were doing.

    I wouldn't say Blizzard is blameless here either. They released an encounter without PTR testing. I understand why, but I do think 72 hours is a bit harsh. 48 maybe. So they don't get a world first. Give them something else, but I feel that Blizzard should own up to some of this but not fully testing the encounter.

    Still, I fall back on a guy named Shakespeare for the appropriate quote, "Methinks the [guild] doth protest too much."