The Latest Banhammer Kerfluffle

Because I like the word “kerfluffle” and wanted to use it.

Now I’m not a PVPer.  For the record, I dislike PVP.  However, because there are a number of achievements in that category, the hubby and I have been talking for a couple months now about starting some PVP and getting at least a few of those achievements.  We’ve even talked it around with some of our guildies.

Now that my perspective is clarified, here’s what I see.

Blizz: OMNOMNOM *banhammer falls*  All of those banned are guilty and there can be no doubt because we’ve investigated this thoroughly.

24 hours later

Blizz: Oops our bad… we banned people wrongly and innocent people who got queued into wintrading battlegrounds got banned.  We’ll restore their rating, gear and accounts by Tuesday.

Okay, so they banned and removed the gear and rating of innocent people…  Now, false positives happen and while I’m not an example in this case, the system has indeed locked my account before for no reason.  Nothing was taken… nothing was gone, but it still took a day of sitting on the phone to get it resolved and get my account working again.  That was a royal pain in the rear too as we had a raid that night and I spent the day not knowing whether I’d be able to help Ven lead the raid and what were they going to do missing a tank?

Blizzard is composed of humans – humans who make mistakes.  But it seems to me that if this was thought out as well as they seem to initially indicate, that more legwork should have been done to insure they minimize the false positives as it seems there were a number.

Granted it’s all speculation on my part, but the real fact is, whether the false positives were involved in PVE or PVP teams, them being banned can affect more than just themselves.

The real issue seems to be that there is a very real problem in the PVP realm of the game… PVPer friends tell me that botting is rampant and with this whole win-trading business that spells out a very real problem in the game.  And let’s not even discuss all the PVE nerfs that have been suffered in the name of PVP.  Perhaps the solution would be to further separate the two sections of the game?

Eh, that’s a discussion for another post I suppose… but as for me, if my account is at risk if I did queue into the wrong rated BG with friends, perhaps it’s just best to stay away?

Author: Askevar

Raid leader and Tank. Also is an altoholic

One thought on “The Latest Banhammer Kerfluffle”

  1. This just seals the deal for me on not doing PvP. If I ever got banned just for playing PvP I’d just say screw it and quit the game.

    It’s not worth the hassle to prove I’m innocent and I shouldn’t NEED to prove it. This sort of poor handling just isn’t acceptable and it’s not the first time they have swung a wide ban hammer in a PvP exploit issue and had to eat crow for mistakes.

    The games direction and administration lately really has me scratching my head and worried.

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