Blizzard Blue Daxxarri has posted today regarding a win-trading bug which Blizzard has recently noticed being used:
Bans have already followed this announcement, with even prominent PvP streamers not being immune to their action, as well-known rogue Reckful was suspendeded for allegedly win-trading before recommencing play on a second account.
BANS AND RATING RESETS EVEN FOR PROMINENT PVPERS
Players suspected of engaging in win-trading have also had their rating reset, but as yet no removal of conquest point gear, elite gear (attained above 2200) or conquest points has been noted. This was the course of action taken by Blizzard in the follow-up to the relatively recent arena win-trading bug,so it might follow – Daxxarri’s post had, at the time of writing, only been up for a few hours.
Gamebreaker does not post full details of how bugs were exploited, but this was yet another abuse of the queueing system, where teams would attempt to face off against each other, and thanks to a weakness within the RBG queues, were often able to. The difficulty in dealing with these issues is that, thanks to the nature of the exploit, players queueing legitimately would often face win-trading teams. Indeed, I’ve had this happen on several occasions, particularly above 2200 rating, while not actively involved in win-trading myself, so wait with trepidation to see whether my rating will be reset despite no intentional engagement with the bug.
Despite these inherent problems, this is a step in the right direction, and any players punished with rating removals who had obtained their rating via valid games will no doubt be able to reattain it with relative ease.