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Season 21 Theme "Exploit": GR150 ZDPS Barb Rank 1, Hotfix Coming

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Sooo the good old Season 19 exploit/creative use of game mechanics is back (sort of) and we already have a Greater Rift 150 Zero DPS Barbarian clear with it, ranked No.1 in the EU (and also the only solo GR 150 clear this season so far on both EU and US). This particular use of the seasonal mechanic was caught by Wudijo and it's very similar to the Season 19 one, with the main difference (and possible reason for no bans/not seeing it as an explicit exploit) being that you can do this one solo, which was one of the main issues with the S19 abuses. Basically you farm stacks from kills outside the rift for the effectiveness of the seasonal effect and then carry it back to the Greater Rift in progress, except unlike S19, this time you have to time it VERY precisely. This technique was used by the current rank 1 in the EU, QuentoD3:

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As you'd expect there were threads up on the forums immediately (with some dramatic titles like "Season is over, exploits everywhere"), and we also got a blue response to them, stating that the issue will be hotfixed soon:

Blizzard LogoHotfixes Coming (source)

Locking this up as we have an incoming hotfix to address a few items.

And just for comparison, here's the blue post detailing the bans handed out for the similar use in Season 19 (minus the group section):

Blizzard LogoSeason 19 Bans (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.

If you want to check out the full video of this in action, check out Wudijo poking around with it:

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