Three well-known guilds in the MMORPG World of Warcraft have apparently been blocked for the use of a bug in the game. During a boss in the landmark Test of Valor, the guilds used a bug in a battle which has subsequently led them to be banned.
The lock has been applied to From Scratch (FR-Sargeras), Limit (US-Illidan) and Lock Ekzorsus (RU-Howling Fjord). The bug was allegedly used to achieve a boss killing and secure a place in the league table. They creatively made use of certain game mechanics on Helya Mythic which were unfortunately for them picked up by Blizzard. It has been quite some time since any top guilds of this amount have received temporary bans in World of Warcraft, and this will hopefully encourage Blizzard to outline their firm stance on instances such as this. All members of Exrosus, From Scratch and Limit who were involved with the kills have received eight day bans, with all their achievements that were awarded being stripped from them.
Members of one of the banned Guilds Limit have commented on the situation: “Before the opening of the landmark mode, we found that it is possible to avoid a breath, allowing the tank to die during its application. We planned to use it as an advantage in the third phase. To our surprise, when we got to the 3 phase epochal regime, because this boss generally stopped using breathing again, while the 1-phase everything worked as expected.”
Limit continued: “Seeing this, we wrote a Twitter-message Director World of Warcraft Jon Hazzikostasu and felt that we should not kill the boss this way. After 300+ assassination attempts without using the bug, we learned that the From Scratch and Ekzorsus boss killed in this manner without visible consequences. So we decided that if we won the guild using a bug, we give up and use it, too. It took us about 5 attempts to phase 3 to make it and kill the boss. We deserved the ban because the bug used in breathing. ”
The Trial of Valor is the second raid in the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, entitled Legion. The raid opened on November 8th and features three bosses; Odyn, Guarm and Helya.