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Groups Using/Abusing the Seasonal Buff "Sharing" Is Intended

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After the hotfixes, we now got further explanation on the exploit-like side of the issues with the seasonal power. One of the hotfixes prevented solo players from stacking up kills outside a Greater Rift and then procing it inside, but the other method players are using/abusing to get the most of the seasonal theme is apparently ok. Here's a quick explanation on what's actually happening by our own guide writer Impakt:


If you take a look at the group leaderboards, especially for 4-player, you will notice many groups clearing 150 GRs quite quickly. This is due to an abusable mechanic in the seasonal theme which could be called a "catch-up" mechanic relating to gaining stacks. If 2 players in a party have de-synched timers on their seasonal themes, and they are not within range of each other when their seasonal theme procs, upon coming back into range of each other the person who just procced will abruptly "catch-up" to the other person's stacks, allowing you to pass stacks back and forth throughout the rift, only going higher and higher. Using this, groups can get into high hundreds, sometimes 1000 stacks, which is enough to 1-shot groups of elites and the Rift Guardian, even at 150 GR.

And here's the blue post confirming that that behavior is fine, and the final part especially seeming to indicate that this is the "meta" way for groups to use the seasonal power.

Blizzard LogoSeasonal Power in Groups (source)

Per the design from the design team, the seasonal buff being passed around in groups is working as intended.

As noted in the hotfix items that Rich posted, the idea that you can grab stacks alone outside a GR to take them in and clear things correctly is not.

Season metas will change with each season.

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This strikes me as a "garbage in, garbage out" situation, I feel like the design team wasn't actually asked about the infinite stacking exploit but rather if the stacks being shared among group members is correct, those 2 are not the same thing and while the latter is obviously intended I highly doubt the former is.

It looks to me like a lack of understanding about the situation from both the community manager and the design team

But at this point it has been going on for too long anyway, other than a complete season restart I don't see any way to fix this anymore, they seem willing to fix or add something more to the season but I doubt they will touch the stacking problem at all

As for "Season metas will change with each season" I'm not quite sure why this was thrown in, it doesn't really seem to fit with the rest of the post and almost feels like an insult, like they're sneering down at the reader, bizarre choice.

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