Blizzard to temporarily ban World of Warcraft arena players for win trading, reset ratings above 2200


Blizzard believe in the “spirit of fair play”, and are acting to preserve it in WoW’s three-on-three PvP arenas. The developers have identified an exploit in the queuing system which allows players to to gain high team ratings, ‘dodge’ unfavourable team compositions and engage in win trading. The punishment? Arena team deletions, temporary bans and partial rating resets.

“These, and all, exploitative activities are absolutely prohibited,” says Blizzard community manager Nik Gianozakos. “We will investigate the situation carefully, and players that have been found to have participated in exploitation will be subject to the appropriate actions against their World of Warcraft accounts and characters.”

Appropriate actions can include any ofthe following:

  • Arena team deletion
  • Character MMR (Match Making Rating) reset to 1500
  • All Conquest gear removed
  • Conquest earned tally reset, as well as all Honor and Conquest points removed.
  • All Arena achievements earned since the beginning of Mists of Pandaria removed.
  • 3 day suspension

What’s more, all team ratings and MMRs across the board above 2200 will be reset to 2200 during upcoming maintenance, to counter “rating inflation”.

Have you noticed ratings climbing particularly quickly in WoW lately?

Thanks, MMO Champion.