Leeston, on 30 March 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:
It's funny how people keep arguing in favor of boosting. The only positive thing it does is give lower rated teams practice against incredibly skilled players. However, it also cheats them out of the end of season rewards. I only wish there was more that blizzard could do to stop this permanently because banning an account doesn't solve anything. I'm sure the people boosting are making far more money than it would cost to buy another copy of wow. Funny thing is, they don't even need to own an account to boost so it hardly solves anything. The only way I really see them being able to stop boosting is if they took legal action against the people involved. I'm not sure if they could even do this, and if they could, I doubt they would because it would be so costly and time consuming. I really wish that the ladders could be completely fair and free of win trading and account sharing but until they come up with a better system, it's an unrealistic expectation.
Yup, you hit it on the head. Once boosting surfaces on a ranking system, it's almost impossible to root out for the very reasons you mentioned. The members of the AJ community and the "WoW esport" community who encourage and/or offer these sells should be fucking ashamed of themselves. You are ruining
the game. I don't mean making it less fun for some people. No. You are ruining
the competitive ecosystem for everyone.
And there's just no turning back. The ladder isn't going to be magically restored, even if these so-called representatives of the PVP community decide to stop offering sells (they won't). The precedent has been set. Thousands of players have given up on the ladder system because all they can queue into are pro/semipro players in the reward brackets, ensuring that they'll never get anywhere because we all know that they stand no chance against these veteran players.
Part of the WoW playerbase has been pushed toward buying rating (don't get me wrong the number is small, but it has a drastic impact), and as a result PVP rewards don't mean anything anymore. The pathetic glad sellers have literally sold the integrity of this game's entire competitive ranking system. And like Leeson said, you can't do shit to stop them.
So you have this small group of players whoring themselves out to the detriment of the ladder, and meanwhile players like Conradical and Nycto not only defending them, but somehow having the temerity to say that "glad sells help the ladder". Are you fucking kidding me? Some of you will call me out for posting just another whiny negative post about the state of the game. And you know what? You're right. This post is negative as fuck. So why do I post at all? Because I used to love
playing WoW arena, and look at the state it's in now. Balance is an issue, but it's not what ruined this game's fun factor. Imbalance has always been there. But this type of disintegration of the good competitive aspects of the game? Trash my posts all you've want, but glad sellers have ruined this game, and I don't think I'm being overly melodramatic in saying that it might not ever recover.