When WoW’s lattermost expansion launched, you might remember it was Nightelf Druid Fs who first scaled the dizzy Pandarian heights of level 90. Hours later, however, she was sent packing by Blizzard amid accusations of cheating, and her account was reset to level 87.
Well. Nearly seven months on, Blizzard’s Ent Council have changed their minds.
“After some lengthy deliberation on this topic and evaluation of all facts, we’ve decided to overturn our decision on this matter,” said the developers on the official WoW forums yesterday.
“We will be re-instating Fs’s achievements. Our apologies to Fs for any frustration this has caused.”
The backdrop for Fs’ remarkable achievement was the Townlong Steppes, where the player and a friend farmed Shaman mobs. Upon death the mob releases a cloud which grants a DPS buff. The buff can be stacked up to eight times, and allows players to defeat subsequent Shamans much more quickly.
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While it’s hardly the way the expansion was intended to be played, Blizzard have evidently since decided that the technique doesn’t constitute an exploit.
A couple of weeks after Fs was stripped of her title, another player reached level 90 entirely by pacificist means. Now that’s an achievement, isn’t it?