Blizzard has issued bans for up to 31 days for exploiting a bug.
Bugs are common in every game, and Blizzard is no exception. However, in MMOs, players can use bugs to gain unfair advantages over other players. Due to the social nature of MMOs, knowledge of these bugs can spread quickly. Players can then use these bugs to their advantage.
One memorable moment in World of Warcraft history that involved a bug was the Corrupted Blood event. Warlocks would intentionally infect their pets in Zul’Gurub and summon them in major cities. Due to a bug allowing players to carry the disease outside of the instance, low-level players would instantly die and panic ensued.
This particular bug involved a leveling potion. The Draught of Ten Lands is a new potion introduced in Patch 8.1. The bug allowed players to repeatedly use the potion to stack the leveling buff. Players in heirlooms with other experience-gaining buffs could easily level to max level with the bug. This is especially important considering the heritage armor for the Allied Races if one levels an Allied Race to max level.
Blizzard handed out bans ranging from 2 days to a month.
While bans for the exploit were around 2-3 days on average, a handful of players reported bans up to two weeks with no prior offenses. A Reddit thread reported that one player’s ban was a month long. Since players have to have accounts in good standing for the Mythic Dungeon Invitational, this could affect players who wish to compete in the tournament. In addition, those who received longer bans may miss out on the opening of the Crucible of Storms raid on April 16. It is unknown at this time if the players who used the exploit will have those characters de-leveled, but it is very likely.
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