UPDATE: An interesting statement was made by Exorsus guild on Reddit. They spoke about their ban and also a lot of other things that everyone should be aware of. It was a great read.
Last week we had the AP exploit where a bunch of people got temporary bans and now looks like three top guilds were suspended 8 days for exploiting a bug at Helya encounter. The guilds I’m talking about are Exorsus (Экзорсус), From Scratch and Limit.
At the moment there are were only 5 guilds who defeated Helya and the ones mentioned above already have their achievement stripped down (wowprogress was updated as well).
Apparently by using this exploit you could stop the boss using her breath during the fight. Limit guild released an official statement regarding this matter:
— Limit (@limitguild) November 22, 2016
According to their statement, they were aware of this exploit and they reported it. And indeed they did that on November 17.
This is a delicate matter in my opinion but Blizzard should have reacted somehow when this exploit was reported. I’m pretty sure that the world top guilds are monitored a bit better because they are the first that try out an encounter and report bugs. There should be a clear way to report bugs/exploits and to keep everything in one place. At the moment people report things like these in-game (this should be improved and should be the only way in my opinion), on twitter, Reddit, facebook, and forums.
There is a really thin line here. I remember back in Burning Crusade when “the good use of game mechanics” helped with the defeat of Archimonde…
An exploit is an exploit and that should be final. If you know about it and use/abuse it you deserve whatever punishment Blizzard has in store for you. But what should happen if you were Limit guild, knowing that some exploiters are never punished?
Whatever happens here the idea is pretty simple: do not exploit anything in the game. Report the exploit if you find it, do not make that exploit public and forget about it.