Diablo 3 Hardcore Warning: Tristram Is Deadly Again

An urgent Diablo 3 Hardcore Warning. You can die in Tristram the instant you join the game.

Prior to DiabloWikiPatch 1.03 fixing the problem by putting a portal barrier over the bridge to the Weeping Hollow, players were able to lead monsters across the bridge into Tristram. This was very funny when it was an accident, as players newly into Inferno practiced the “run around screaming” tactic so common in those early “gear check” days. Sometimes players ran for the safety of town, except it wasn’t safety, and jokes about, “the chased me all the way back to Diablo 2” were funny… except that in D2 town was a safe zone.

It was also pretty funny when players “built a zoo” in Tristram, leading numerous monsters right into the center of town, where they destroyed anyone who joined the game before their loading screen ended.

It was a lot less funny when people did this in Hardcore; at least to the victims. The problem was fixed in v1.03 though, at least on that end of town. There are two sides to Tristram though, and though the monsters out the southern gate aren’t as fierce, if some patient asshole spends the time to herd a bunch of them into the center of town, on a high MP level, it’s still pretty much instant death for a new player joining the game. Which is easy to do if you accept an invite to join the game from someone who sees you in chat.

Grimiku: We all know that playing public games in Hardcore can be risky (any time you involve other people, that becomes the case), and I hope everyone is being extra careful when they do.

Not the first thing you want to see in a new HC game.

Not the first thing you want to see in a new HC game.

@CodSack As a fellow Hardcore player who’s lost a few high-level characters, I’m really sorry this happened to you. We all know that it’s likely that we’ll eventually die in Hardcore (sometimes due to circumstances we can’t even control), and that it’s permanent when it happens, but it doesn’t change the fact that losing a hero can be pretty hard. I can only imagine how frustrating this was for you, but I hope it doesn’t dampen your spirits too much or turn you away from the Hardcore community. Generally, it’s full of awesome people who genuinely love the play style, and only want to help out their fellow Nephalem. I hope this has primarily been your experience too.

I know you’re concerned with ensuring this kind of situation doesn’t happen again (to you or to other players), so I want to let you know that we’re passing along the feedback from this thread to the appropriate people who can evaluate it and decide what to do. Along those lines, it’s also helpful to report this kind of behavior whenever you see it using the right click > Report option, so that our Customer Support staff can investigate the situation itself and anyone involved. Unless we receive a report, we can’t really look into the issue and/or see if there’s any way that we can assist.

Allegedly the main guy doing this over the weekend on the EU server was permabanned, but you can be sure others will duplicate the trick, so you may want to avoid accepting invites to join games from people you don’t trust, and be cautious joining any game in Act One, until Bliz patches in a fix to this exploit.

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  1. Well I hope the 3 in the screen shot get permabanned.


  2. I never understood the drive behind boobytrapping to PK. It is such a coward way to kill someone. At least in d2 when I would PK I would go hostile and hunt you down and give the person a chance but this is just some halfwits getting their rocks off by ruining someones day. Just to add according to reddit one of the players was banned for exploiting and not for PKing.

    • It’s because people are so determined to PK they’ll do it even if the game technically doesn’t allow it.

      Though if the game did let you attack players directly I’m not sure it’d really be an improvement. Anyone with the gear to not die to the mobs they’re trapping you with won’t die to you either, so it’s still gonna be a hopelessly one sided fight.

  3. wow thats insane.. i would kill the guy if it happend to me.. never liked hc ever.. always glitchy and full of idiots 🙁

  4. Some people really have nothing better to do….bleh.

  5. I think its funny, love the rage…doesnt make me a bad person i just get a kick when people lose it, people like mortuus saying “id kill the person etc etc” gold.

    • Nah it doesn’t make you a bad person it just means you have a small penis and no life and are mad at the world because of it. It is pretty common knowledge when people get off on watching others suffer it is because they are sad and misery loves company. So they choose to make others miserable to make themselves feel better. Sad, sad little man.

      • LOL dude did u just make an assumption of my dick size based on what I wrote ??? Wow…well I can assure you that it’s quite decent. Also I live in Australia with a great job, play Aussie rules football with my mates and go out on the town most weekends. What else you got nasty butthurt Internet guy ???

        • Over compensate much there lemonwedge thanks for proving my point btw it is sweet when people respond as expected.

          • Haha not really champ, but I must say I’m super impressed with how much you know ! You must be super smart… Okay whats my height/weight ?? My skin folds ?? What i earnt this year ?? The colour of my eyes ?? Ill give ya a hot tip I like long walks on the beach 😉

            I’m also getting a kick from your replies btw, to be so hostile over me stating I enjoy people losing it over a video game…who’s the one with no life ?? Try again don’t be shy.

  6. That is 2% of hardcore players. The rest are very helpful and goodfellas.
    I put myself in risk many times to help someone. I died because of it. 🙁

  7. What is sad and pathetic is that people seem to think this is the player’s fault. When in reality, blizzard needs to fix their game (put instances/checkpoints between Act 1 town and the entrance…) so players cannot die to stupid stuff.

    These players should just be temp banned, and the other players restored.

    Sadly, Blizzard is so incompetent that they leave these problems in game forever.

    • I agree, Diablo 2 made it so the town was a safe point, you couldn’t attack at all in town, but no monsters would walk past that barrier, once you stepped over that line, they turned and went back to what they were doing. D3 just added that zone barrier from Tristram to the next zone, but still left the road to the Cathedral free to do this.

      I really see Blizzard as incompetent now. Yeah, players will find ways around most stuff, but it seems like even the obvious things that they should have fixed pre-launch (identify all, skipping cut scenes, warping from act to act via way points) they don’t even try to implement until the forums have told them 10,000 times.

  8. Funny how the logic changes depending on what side the site author is on.

    Account hacked by a hacker –> player’s fault, buy a 10 euro authenticator, no excuse.
    Get killed in a creative way by a troll –> PERMABAN THAT ASSHOLE TROLL NOW OMG

    Kudos to the guy who found this. He wouldn’t and shouldn’t be banned over valid use of current game mechanics. Too bad some hardcore characters died, as with any hardcore death. You can either grieve and move on (maybe wait for the inevitable patch), or go back to softcore safety.

    • Yes, funny how two completely different things work completely differently.

      Also, “valid use of current game mechanics” my arse – what’s valid and what isn’t is not up to the player (you) to decide, but those who designed the game mechanics in question (Blizzard). There is no room for creative interpretation; it’s their game and their rules, and an oversight that goes directly against the spirit of the cooperative aspect of the game is validated by its existence. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out, so I sincerely hope they permabanned the grieving cock in question.

  9. I’m actually kind of surprised that it took people this long to figure that method out. I don’t PK, never have, never will, it’s just not something I can imagine enjoying. But honestly, for those who are hell bent on it… Shouldn’t you feel pretty stupid for not figuring out to just use the other entrance? It took you guys a year to come up with that ingenious tactic? Essentially, just drag them in the backdoor. Seriously? I guess that speaks volumes about the intellect of those who do this kind of thing.

    IMO the only time that PvP is any fun is when it’s fully consensual. Even then, it gets old pretty quick. This kind of nonsense is the equivalent of sucker punching someone who just woke up. Just f*** off already. Maybe you can learn to play with others once you’re old enough to grow hair somewhere other than your head.

    By the way, this is at least the 10th time I’ve seen xSituationx (see screenshot) mentioned in connection with cheap PK stunts in the past week. I have no idea who the guy is, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say it might be a good idea to avoid the little douchebag.

  10. The guy is terrible, no doubt, and I hate to say it because it’s almost become too easy to blame Blizz these days, but seriously Blizz should have hot fixed this at the first sign of trouble. Hell, give the guards aggro and make them do 10billion damage to monsters. Boom done. Then again, that’s a lot to ask from the glacial pace these devs work at.

  11. It’s pretty ridiculous he got banned for that. No fun allowed.

  12. QUOTE

    I don't see how this is fun, but then again, I'm not a sociopath.

    Killing players in a video game is sociopathic? I thought it was called hardcore, not carebear.

  13. The only thing that needs to happen is fix the towns so that monsters can not be camped where you spawn in. No bans, no nothing, just let it go. Who accepts a random invite from a random person anyways? I saw a video of these guys just going through recently played with list begging people to join. Where is the common sense? You are playing hardcore, your guard should be up at all times.

  14. LOL dude did u just make an assumption of my dick size based on what I wrote ??? Wow…well I can assure you that it’s quite decent. Also I live in Australia with a great job, play Aussie rules football with my mates and go out on the town most weekends. What else you got nasty butthurt Internet guy ???

  15. even though this was a dick move, the shouldn’t have been banned for blizzard’s incompetence/lack of foresight. How could you even describe this as an exploit?

  16. I really don’t understand why they would ban over this. It’s called HARDCORE, not softcore.

    If they didn’t want this kind of thing to happen they should have done something about it…last year.

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