Buying Fame...or Infamy
In this week's editorial Byron "Messiah" Mudry looks at the arena
combat and reward system and the way a select few are using it to
become extremely wealthy in-game. Since the inception of the arena
combat system in the World of Warcraft many players have hungered for
some of the amazing gear that can be earned through the arena rewards
system. It didn't take very long before players found a way to bypass
the system and arena ratings and arena team sales began. In the
fast-paced arena combat system is this legal? Ethical? Moral, even?
Should you be able to buy your way into the rankings and essentially
get gear for gold?
The how is actually surprisingly easy. There are a
few ways, however
the most common seems to be as follows. They generally have a fully
geared 3v3 or 5v5 team (depending on which you are buying) that starts
off being very highly rated. They then log on and throw many matches to
drop their rating through the floor. The do this (when possible) to
another of their (or their friends) teams to raise their rating. Once
the rating is low enough to be in an easy bracket for their gear, they
start a fresh team and put up a notice of a team for sale.