If you were around yesterday, you may have heard about the Death Knight rebellion that I reported on my Facebook page. Some cheeky folks had discovered a bug which allowed Death Knights to apply their diseases to friendly targets. Chaos ensued, with an outright slaughter of low level character taking place on some realms. Now that the bug has been squashed, debate has sparked over whether or not those Death Knights who took advantage of the bug should be punished. Some people saw the behaviour as harmless fun; I personally thought it was a tribute to the seventh anniversary of the Corrupted Blood Plague, whereas others – most likely those who were on the receiving end of the griefing – are not laughing and are calling for those who participated in the mindless slaughter to be banned.
As a disclaimer, I was not killed by this disease. I did get curious however, and logged on to my retired Death Knight and popped Unholy Blight near an
innocent level 43 druid. Nothing happened – Death Knights were only able to place the diseases on friendly players with the aid of a /cast macro – besides said druid spitting on me! I felt utterly terrible for even trying it and I high tailed it out of there. Do I deserve a ban?
To Ban Or Not To Ban
What about those Death Knights who spent three hours camping and griefing low level players, to the point where they even hunted them down when they tried to run away? They did not receive any competitive advantage by using the macro either, but they were jerks! I think that’s where Blizzard’s report function should come into play. I highly doubt Joethedk would have been reported, however those responsible for the Moonguard Massacre pictured below probably have been! To me, the issue with last night was less about the bug and more about the abhorrent behaviour displayed by some players. I hope Blizzard sees it that way as well.
A Final Word
There is perhaps a small chance that I will wake up tomorrow to find myself with a ban. While I may not agree that I deserve it when I didn’t use the macro, the fact is that my intent was to kill a friendly player, and so I will accept my punishment gracefully. With a lack of any world wide pre expansion event that anyone lower than 85 can participate in, it will be a ban well-earned. There are many stories circulating around about the Death Knight shenanigans, and I will remember it for a long time to come. The fact that it was the Death Knight class handing out the carnage is especially fitting. That’s for all those rotten tomatoes, you jerks!
Do you feel that all players who used the macro should be punished, or just those that took it too far? Do you have any cool stories to share about the great Death Knight rebellion of 2012? Share your thoughts in the comments below!