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Blood Thief Exploit Hotfixed, Bans Coming

Discussion in 'Diablo 3 General Discussion' started by Flux, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Flux

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    Blood Thief Exploit Hotfixed, Bans Coming

    [caption id="attachment_382140" align="alignright" width="300"][​IMG] Kinda like this...[/caption]Thursday evening an exploit went public that allowed players to spawn almost infinite amounts of blood shards from Blood Thief goblins. The trick was to find a Blood Thief, and while one player stayed near him, the others in the game went into a Greater Rift, before the first player killed the Goblin. In some way this caused the Goblins to drop thousands of shards for each person in the Grift, and the normal amount for the one who did the killing.

    The trick could be repeated every time a Blood Thief was located, word spread quickly, streamers were demonstrating it live, and things rapidly got out of hand with players gambling through tens or even hundreds of thousands of Blood Shards. Blizzard hotfix disabled the exploit by requiring everyone in the game to be within proximity of the goblin in order for Shards to drop, and now that the bug is fixed, outraged fans are demanding that heads roll, and Blizzard seems to agree.

    We're currently working on a hotfix to address an exploit that allows players to gain a significantly larger number of Blood Shards from Blood Thief goblins than intended. While we don't have an ETA to share at this time, we're looking to implement the hotfix (which will also address the underlying bug) as soon as possible in all gameplay regions and will be sure to update this thread once it's live.

    With this, we're also in the process of actioning accounts which have been found to be actively using this exploit to gain an unfair advantage. This behavior not only undermines the spirit play, but directly violates our in-game policies for Diablo III. As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and enjoyable online environment for legitimate players is very important to us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take additional action as needed.

    In the meantime, we encourage everyone to please game responsibly. Not only can using exploits lead to account penalties, but it can also negatively impact the enjoyment of your fellow players. This is why we're working as quickly as we can to fix the underlying issue, and why we'd appreciate your help in keeping the effects of the exploit as minimal as possible until it's removed from the game.

    For more information on how to report exploitative behavior, click here. For questions regarding account actions, please refer to Account Administration.[source]http://diablo.incgamers.com/blizzard-tracker/devthread/us/17086218537[/source]


    There are numerous claims that various streamers were banned for exploiting this, but there's a lot of trolling going on with people claiming to be banned to get attention, or accusing others of using the exploit. How many people were actually doing it and how much (if at all) this will impact the Leaderboards (chars from banned accounts vanish from the Rankings) remains to be seen. Blood Thief Exploit Hotfixed, Bans Coming.

    Also note that the hotfix tonight didn't properly fix non-splitting Gelatinous Sires, and they will now rarely do some mega-splitting, resulting in dozens of Gelatinous Spawn, rather than just the half dozen or so intended. Hopefully Blizzard won't deem their execution another exploit, and likely we'll see another hotfix soon to fix that issue as well.



    John Yang tweeted this slightly-cryptic comment on the exploit late last night:

    https://twitter.com/_JohnYang/status/588818512946204672
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  2. Lanthanide

    Lanthanide IncGamers Member

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    Curious why anyone is so "outraged" that other players exploited a bug, since there's no trading any more anyway. Leaderboards? It's so early in S3, that within a month any impact from this shard hoarding will be negated anyway.

    I bet most of those "outraged" players are just upset they didn't get to exploit it themselves, or wish they had discovered it and kept it a secret.
     
  3. nobbie

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    Ok, BannerCookie got manned, but how about e.g. the DNA guild feat. Gabynator, Klankster & Co.? 310K Blood Shards in 900 Rifts in Season 3 for Gabynator? C'mon, Blizzard, look closer please!
     
  4. BaronScarpia

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    The R.I.P. youtube video, by a streamer, with "live" ban and email:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKscXYOLD-I
     
  5. TheChosenOne NL

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    Do not insult me with such accusations. I strongly dispise cheating in any form or way and I think a firing squad is a fair solution.

    With so many bloodstones those people can get ancient gear of everything and early season hardly matters. And not everyone plays as much and still wants a shot at leaderboards. And as some point season ends.
    And I'd like to know a party member has earned his gear instead of cheated his way into it.
    Seems more like you are upset you didn't discover it sooner...
     
  6. GigaClon

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    It would be neat if they had something other than a ban. Like Deleting character or strip the characters naked or invincible Diablo chasing them over the map.
     
  7. TheChosenOne NL

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    30k bloodstones in the red would be apropriate.
     
  8. Darkmere

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    ... Do that many people really have enough time to sit around playing seasons for 12 hours a day that they could have competed with these yokels even if they hadn't cheated?
     
  9. Silverfang

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    The huge advantage to rob oneself of all the fun playing the game could have brought, you've meant. Without the implications of trading, you're only able to hurt your own gaming experience anyway. (Leaderboard runs excluded here.) Just like changing a savegame in an offline game and not at all like the usual exploiting consequences of the typical multiplayer experiences. Only "merit" I can imagine, would be having (to have?) the shallowness of the biggest epeen in one his peer group.

    To the bans: People are curious by nature. If one has heard about something working different then intended, trying it out for oneself to know by own experience, how to reproduce the result and speculating on the why behind, does not necessarily include a malicious intent to abuse an exploit. Thus I'm having my issues regarding banning retroactively. It would be better to announce the exploit as such, to warn about future abuses being grounds for a ban and Blizz will do so indiscriminately, give the info two to three days to spread and THEN ban the people still abusing the ban and, in this case, subtract the bloodshards gained by the exploit in these two/three days from the current amount of shards from players adhering to the message, but not instantly. (Getting off with a slap on the wrist this way would essentially mean, to have to balance out a Bloodshard count far into the negative for a while.)

    Granted, Blizz tries to filter the accounts for active abuses only. Clear cutting retroactively still leaves a taste of an overreaction over milk long spilled, though.
     
  10. nobbie

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    Thats's not the point. The point is that cheating should be punished, and it should be more than just using BannerCookie as a warning! Especially the top leaderboard players/clans should be examined very closely, and they should permanently lose their account and everything they played for during the past 3 years if they cheated rigorously. It cannot be that only players like BannerCookie lose everything because he has spread the cheat via his livestream. Top ranked cheaters deserve the same treatment. I just checked Twitch today and am asking myself "Why is this butthole <insert cheater here> still playing when it's very obvious that he has cheated?"

    And, by the way, Blizzard should examine the top leaderboard players from LAST season, because they don't gor for the actual top ranks before the current season ends.
     
  11. ADest

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    lol, are you people serious? Bans? Because Blizzard is once again inept?
    And WTF does this BS mean?

    "In the meantime, we encourage everyone to please game responsibly. Not only can using exploits lead to account penalties, but it can also negatively impact the enjoyment of your fellow players."

    How can anyone read that crap with a straight face, much less write it? "Game Responsibly" LOL. "Negatively impact the enjoyment of your fellow players" LOL. You mean like that Great Rift Clear Screen is affecting every player's enjoyment!? How many people were banned (fired) for coming up with that stinky bug?
    This is why online only gaming is so terrible. It forces a community to form around the game, and communities suck.
     
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    This is stupid. Why didn't they ban infinite WOTB abusers back in the day? Or infinite Smokescreen slow-ball dh's? If it required a third party hack or something, then sure, ban away. if it is a stupid programming error, then Blizz should either roll the offendors back or roll everyone back. Blizz should have the black eye for letting this happen, not the individual person.

    Additionally, it is good to know his open auction bids will be returned to him. Way to show you are with it, blizzard!
     
  13. nobbie

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    @Flux: It'd be great if your next podcast is about Cheating in Diablo 3, with this particular incident as reference. What is fair, and what not? What would be the right measures for cheaters? Does Blizzard only make a few examples so that they don't alienate their "top streamers"? Etc etc.
     
  14. mortuus

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    what did people think must because a bug like this made it possible they clearly took advantage of it i mean seriously if people were streaming and bragging how they glitched the game to get thousands of shards then they deserved it we all know that blizzard usually bans this kind of behaviour its no suprise really.
     
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    Would anyone like a slice of TurboHUD?
     
  16. nobbie

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    Because you report bugs and don't exploit them.
     
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    The funny part is a bunch of people got banned for stacks of Forgotten Souls.
     
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    Was power leveling the first ladder(s) a bug or exploit? Or was it just part of the game? There is a line here that Blizz crossed. If this exploit was bannable, then it is clear that power leveling is, too.
     
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    Rumor has that rollbacks are real, as we speak (unconfirmed)
     
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    If bans are too much then at least inventory wipe...
    What about wiping all characters as a lesson???????????
     

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