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Another discussion has erupted in the Diablo 3 community, with a very specific use of the seasonal killstreak mechanic resulting in technically solo, but not really, Greater Rift 150 clears. The most prominent example is TheUltimateEggman, who has been banned from Twitch after presumably being mass reported by viewers following his Barbarian, Witch Doctor and Monk Season 19 GR 150 "solo" streams, with a little/a whole lot of help from his friends.

You can check out an example of the process in action below, as well as Blizzard's official response - a statement saying players abusing this exploit will be banned, depending on how much they used it, as well as have their runs removed from the leaderboards. They will also be fixing the exploit asap.

Blizzard LogoSeasonal GR Clear Exploit (source)

It’s recently come to light that there is a method in which players can unfairly leverage the Seasonal buff, Pandemonium, in an unintended and unfair way to progress as a solo player. We wanted to let you know exactly what our stance is and what steps we’ll be taking to correct this.

First, utilizing a group buff to progress in solo Greater Rifts is not intended and will be considered cheating. Players found using this mechanic may have their accounts suspended or closed, based on severity of abuse as well as previous account history. These account actions are between Blizzard and the offending players, so please note we will not be commenting on the status of accounts on a public basis, as has always been our standard practice.

Second, we will be deleting any and all clears from the Leaderboards where we have been able to confirm this exploit was utilized.

Third, we will be fixing this exploit. We ask that you do not make use of this exploit in the meantime while we are working to deploy a patch. Our team is already at work on a solution and, as soon as it’s ready for deployment, we’ll update this thread accordingly. We won’t detail this exploit here, but it takes some planning, know-how, and research to make use of this; this is not the type of exploit you can perform by accident.

Lastly, this is a good time to remind the community of a few things:

  • Third party addons of any kind are strictly prohibited. While any kind of botting software falls clearly under violation of our Terms of Service, for Diablo III, this also includes any kind of overlay software, map hacks, or any other addons or alterations to the client. Addons are not supported for Diablo III and use of them may result in account warnings or permanent account closure.
  • We are committed to continuing to support Diablo III, including taking action against botting and cheating. Please keep in mind that we do routine actions to keep Sanctuary fair for everyone, and we will not regularly provide public notice of mass account actions.

We’re working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible and thank the community for bringing it to our attention, expressing your concerns thoughtfully, and having patience while we remain committed to our Blizzard principles of Play Nice, Play Fair and Commit to Quality.

Thank you.

 

    So what are we looking at here? Well, what he did is go for a toughness build, gather up a massive amount of mobs in the GR, then portal out and head into specific places where his friends had a bunch of mobs waiting. He would then dot those mobs, go back to the GR and have them finish the mobs off, triggering the killstreak effects which then killed the mobs inside the GR, repeating the process several times.

    It's good that we've heard from Blizzard directly on this subject, as there was a whole lot of debate happening on whether this was actually an exploit or not, seeing as these concerns were known from the PTR and were not addressed.

     

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