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Honor has been a bit of a mess in the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch, with it having three entirely different gain rates in the past week, from a bug causing a crazy high amount for Battleground wins, to the bug being fixed and players complaining it was now too little, to the current state of double honor for everything. It appears that in all that commotion a trend has picked up speed, especially over the weekend, as more and more players are AFK or naked farming Battlegrounds for Marks of Honor.

However, it seems Blizzard took note of that and have started handing out 8-day suspensions for "PvP Non-Participation/Exploitation". MissionAssured got hit with the suspension and shared the Blizzard mail, after having participated in only 3 such runs:

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As you can see the suspension expires on the BCC release date, but players caught up in this are probably pretty upset to lose the remainder of the pre-patch, as MissionAssured definitely is, apparently being very displeased for being punished for doing something provably wrong:

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Don't be a piece of *filtered* and make everyone else's experience in the game worse, and you won't get suspended. How can they think it's okay to just afk in BGs? People like that really annoy me.

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Greetings. I hated that afk meta but given how fast are aliance queus i understand that going full 15 man afk makes it even in honor and marks in a long run. I despise people playing the game this way. Blizzard is light-speed to take away or suspend people. I play horde, thank for the free honor.

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First time in any MMO that I've played where it's a bannable offense of being AFK in a PvP BG/Arena type setting.  But then again I'm just use to this behavior being part of the norm during the last 8 years since I very rarely queue up for PvP content anymore.  

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27 minutes ago, Ragingwolf said:

First time in any MMO that I've played where it's a bannable offense of being AFK in a PvP BG/Arena type setting.  But then again I'm just use to this behavior being part of the norm during the last 8 years since I very rarely queue up for PvP content anymore.  

It ruins the experience of the other people queueing, I don't understand why it's taken so long for them to do something like this.

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54 minutes ago, Endymion said:

It ruins the experience of the other people queueing, I don't understand why it's taken so long for them to do something like this.

I understand that it can ruin the experience for people when they persue this type of content but it's no different when players decide to abandon in the middle of high keystones and yet there is no penalty for that sort of behavior or in the midst of a Raid progression.  You are just stuck to either finish it out or leave group and try again with a new group composition.

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I love how the guy is pleading ignorance to his actions. "aT LeaSt LeT mE kNoW iT's WrOnG wItHouT a pUniSHmeNt!"

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2 hours ago, Ragingwolf said:

I understand that it can ruin the experience for people when they persue this type of content but it's no different when players decide to abandon in the middle of high keystones and yet there is no penalty for that sort of behavior or in the midst of a Raid progression.  You are just stuck to either finish it out or leave group and try again with a new group composition.

thats true but i think the big point here is that they are getting something while afk and screwing up the other people thats not the case for m+ or raid

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2 hours ago, N3ilo said:

thats true but i think the big point here is that they are getting something while afk and screwing up the other people thats not the case for m+ or raid

That maybe the case but you can't just cater to one part of the game when other aspects of it are recieving the same results.  It needs to be fair across the board not just in one select area..in this case for PvP should only reward an eighth to zero reward for little to no reward without any contribution provided for said scenario.

Example) In Aion contribution during Fort Raids did not just rely on PvP kills it also relied if you provided adequate contribution to dps on named mobs in the Fort during the length of the siege or if the Fort becomes capped.  If you were to AFK you recieved 0 AP or Medals to earn PvP weapons/gear.  There were not bannable offenses for being AFK not even for the 5v5 Dredgion queues for select hours.

If anything instead of banning people Blizzard should re-evaluate on what is considered as contribution for BG's and reward accordingly.

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I received this email yesterday.  While I understand this is for the afk mark and honor farmers I was not/am not apart of this trend. Nor did I join a losing premade for free marks. All my time spent in battlegrounds was with my guild premade cruising through battlegrounds for our marks and honor. After submitting my appeal the response was just you weren't following our ToS. I am confused on what's going on and why I was suspended for reasons I am not guilty of. I was able to capitalize day one honor and bought the r14 swords and 2 mounts. After more premading with my guild I was able to cap the 75000 honor and 100AB marks/60 or so WSG marks/35 or so AV marks. Anyone with relating issues? Should I expect to also lose all my progress? I wasn't playing on a 58 boosted toon. Full naxx geared rogue. Been playing since classic launch

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If AFK'ing is bannable due to "detracting in-game integrity", would that mean premades that queue to purposely lose for quick honor/marks be considered "detracting from in-game integrity"?

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6 hours ago, jujuondat said:

If AFK'ing is bannable due to "detracting in-game integrity", would that mean premades that queue to purposely lose for quick honor/marks be considered "detracting from in-game integrity"?

That would definitely be considered detracting, yes, but I'm guessing it's a harder thing to detect/prove.

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16 hours ago, Ragingwolf said:

That maybe the case but you can't just cater to one part of the game when other aspects of it are recieving the same results.  It needs to be fair across the board not just in one select area..in this case for PvP should only reward an eighth to zero reward for little to no reward without any contribution provided for said scenario.

Example) In Aion contribution during Fort Raids did not just rely on PvP kills it also relied if you provided adequate contribution to dps on named mobs in the Fort during the length of the siege or if the Fort becomes capped.  If you were to AFK you recieved 0 AP or Medals to earn PvP weapons/gear.  There were not bannable offenses for being AFK not even for the 5v5 Dredgion queues for select hours.

If anything instead of banning people Blizzard should re-evaluate on what is considered as contribution for BG's and reward accordingly.

i dont think the other parts are recieving the same results cause i get nothing when i go afk at the start of a raid or m+ but u are if you are just in a battlefield jumping arounnd in a corner but i think the system in aion you talkt about is interesting i am just wondering if that means you are struggeling to get loot when you play a ofmeta class or spec and cant push out dps as much as the meta classes 

i mean lets say we just get boss loot when we come to 10% of the entire dps survival hunters can just stay at home 

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this is honestly so funny, look how delusional this guy's reddit posts are about how he wasn't cheating/exploiting.

on behalf of everyone who had to deal with you afk andys in BG's, eat a massive bag of *filtered*, have fun not playing TBC on release.

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On 5/25/2021 at 5:02 PM, Ragingwolf said:

I understand that it can ruin the experience for people when they persue this type of content but it's no different when players decide to abandon in the middle of high keystones and yet there is no penalty for that sort of behavior or in the midst of a Raid progression.  You are just stuck to either finish it out or leave group and try again with a new group composition.

It is different though. In mythic keystones you choose who you allow to play on your key. In BG you do not choose your own team, or at least not your entire team. I have been an advocate of a full week BG suspension if players went AFK or exploited the system in a way which ruined gameplay for others. This 8 day ban is even better. People like me (PvP addicts) on the Alliance side and the Horde side want to play a BG as a BG, not as a honor farm.

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9 hours ago, SwordartL said:

@Ragingwolf You sound like afker yourself.

And comparing to m+ leaving groups is even more ridiculous since they did not even left lol what a troll

I don't afk in Battlegrounds I rarely queue up for them.   But you also have to take in consideration that people do need to either drop out, leave w/o warning, or even afk for the content they participate in.  I was drawing in comparison that Blizzard would go gun-ho for a PvP event compared to PvE and state that many keys deserve to be broken w/o any reward gain.  The common factor that is being loss in both PvE and PvP is time a player is willing to invest.  So please don't come at me and state that I know nothing and saying I'm trolling when I see a comment like that friend.

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