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EricMusco
01.13.2017 , 02:46 PM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Hey folks,

Let’s talk about Season 7. We have just finished our full investigation of Season 7 and a few things have happened. All users who were found to be win-trading, hacking, botting, etc. have had their Season 7 ratings wiped out on all of their characters, they have been removed from the leaderboards, and appropriate ToS action has been levied against their account. With those actions being taken, we have gone ahead and sent the top 96 titles to the top performers of Season 7, so be sure to check your mailbox.

We wanted to explain a little bit about why this process delayed the Season 7 rewards. In past seasons we started to get a pretty good lock on how players were cheating. The "how" is important as it enables us to find those players quickly and consistently. Over time as players realize we can track how they are doing this, they change methods and we need to change with them. As we got towards the end of S7, between player reports and some suspicious things in our data, we could see that players were starting to dodge our ability to catch them. We then delayed the top 96 rewards specifically so that we could really deep dive into what was going on.

The “TLDR” of all of this is that through our investigation we were able to lock-on once again to how players are win-trading/cheating and how to identify them. We’ve eliminated them from the top 96 of Season 7 and we will continue to apply this knowledge into Season 8. Again I want to thank all of you for your continued reports of these players.

Thanks everyone.

-eric
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xShenanigansx
01.13.2017 , 04:01 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by EricMusco View Post
Hey folks,

Let’s talk about Season 7. We have just finished our full investigation of Season 7 and a few things have happened. All users who were found to be win-trading, hacking, botting, etc. have had their Season 7 ratings wiped out on all of their characters, they have been removed from the leaderboards, and appropriate ToS action has been levied against their account. With those actions being taken, we have gone ahead and sent the top 96 titles to the top performers of Season 7, so be sure to check your mailbox.

We wanted to explain a little bit about why this process delayed the Season 7 rewards. In past seasons we started to get a pretty good lock on how players were cheating. The "how" is important as it enables us to find those players quickly and consistently. Over time as players realize we can track how they are doing this, they change methods and we need to change with them. As we got towards the end of S7, between player reports and some suspicious things in our data, we could see that players were starting to dodge our ability to catch them. We then delayed the top 96 rewards specifically so that we could really deep dive into what was going on.

The “TLDR” of all of this is that through our investigation we were able to lock-on once again to how players are win-trading/cheating and how to identify them. We’ve eliminated them from the top 96 of Season 7 and we will continue to apply this knowledge into Season 8. Again I want to thank all of you for your continued reports of these players.

Thanks everyone.

-eric
Mr. Musco,

For every single season that ranked arena has been a thing, there has been an exploit by using an outside program to be able to manipulate their characters and leave the map. This has allowed these exploiters to leave the map becoming invulnerable, and dodge the acid at the end of the game resulting in a win for them. This has been a major problem for years now. Do you know if anything is in the works to fix these maps so that they can no longer be exploited? I believe the general consensus from the players with programming experience is that fixing the maps and where the acid hits is easier than detecting the actual hacks.

Thank you.
Zodius Karr
Juggernaut
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DarrelK
01.13.2017 , 04:17 PM | #3
That awkward moment when you wait 2 months... and get title for the wrong class.

Well, who would have thought, Eternal Sage it is!
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Alec_Fortescue
01.13.2017 , 04:17 PM | #4
Acid mechanic has to be changed, certain classes have a massive advantage when it comes to it since the beginning.

As for the hacking, they need to think about some new options, like putting a killzone around the arena or something.

Rishi map has to be removed from rotation because it's still not fixed, ocasionally kills people, easy to get stuck on invisible colliders and is incredibly imbalanceed toward melee.

Also cheaters still got their titles. -_-
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xShenanigansx
01.13.2017 , 04:35 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Alec_Fortescue View Post
As for the hacking, they need to think about some new options, like putting a killzone around the arena or something.
Killzone please.
Zodius Karr
Juggernaut
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KittyKat_Karrot
01.13.2017 , 04:42 PM | #6
Round expiration mechanic really does need to be changed from acid to something more like dampening from WoW. Neither winning nor losing ranked games because of acid strats feels good at all. Acid rounds' outcomes are often times not at all reflective of who was putting on the most pressure during the round.

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xShenanigansx
01.13.2017 , 05:50 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by KittyKat_Karrot View Post
Round expiration mechanic really does need to be changed from acid to something more like dampening from WoW. Neither winning nor losing ranked games because of acid strats feels good at all. Acid rounds' outcomes are often times not at all reflective of who was putting on the most pressure during the round.
I like that idea. But if that was implemented into the game right now, it would make games with hackers never ending. Something like this needs to be implemented after they fix the arenas. Preferably with something like a kill zone outside of it.
Zodius Karr
Juggernaut
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Season 6 Highest Ranked Rating Earned: 1940

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Alec_Fortescue
01.13.2017 , 06:57 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by xShenanigansx View Post
I like that idea. But if that was implemented into the game right now, it would make games with hackers never ending. Something like this needs to be implemented after they fix the arenas. Preferably with something like a kill zone outside of it.
Killzone with on collider enter or something may sound good but hackers will always find spots wher they will be unreachable by players / gas while not entering the killzone. It may also cause other problems as it is not unusual for leapers to but out and fall of the map (they'd reset back to spawn after reaching a certain point) as well as people getting knocked up in the air vertically by, say, sniper or force push because they were jumping at the time. :l
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Talon_strikes
01.13.2017 , 10:57 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by xShenanigansx View Post
Killzone please.
/Seconded

We need something like that, or an exhaustion zone.
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-Bob-
01.14.2017 , 01:33 AM | #10
You guys can't give advice to experts, Geeze what's wrong with you, show some respect!
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