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    Negli scorsi giorni sono stati segnalati a Blizzard due comportamenti inappropriati avvenuti durante dei Tour Stop dell'Hearthstone Championship Tour 2018. Il primo riguarda un episodio di harassment di cui non si conoscono i dettagli ma che è stato confermato da Blizzard.

    Il secondo è stato riportata da Zalae, che si è accorto a posteriori che il suo avversario non aveva utilizzato la lista dichiarata. In seguito ad indagini Blizzard ha stabilito che si è trattato di un incidente e non ha squalificato il giocatore giapponese glory, che ha concluso il torneo qualificandosi.



    Questi due episodi hanno riacceso l'annosa questione sulla mancanza di una Modalità Torneo in Hearthstone, e di come l'essere costretti a far affidamento sull'onestà dei singoli giocatori mini l'integrità stessa della scena competitiva.

    Il Community Manager Jesse Hill ha pubblicato sul forum una dichiarazione ufficiale di Blizzard in merito, scusandosi e scrivendo anche che ciò che possono fare per ora è migliorare le regole e l'organizzazione degli eventi per minimizzare il numero di ingiustizie.

    Jesse Hill ha scritto

    Greetings everyone,

    We’re thrilled by HCT 2018’s positive reception so far. As we are just starting the inaugural season of HCT 2018, we are trying new concepts and actively learning from the new challenges that we encounter. However, we’re also aware of some recent issues that speak to the heart of what we all want Hearthstone esports to be. Today, we’ll be talking about those issues, where we stand, and offering some ideas about how we can improve things moving forward.

    Harassment and Standards of Conduct

    During a Challenger Cup on January 25, we received reports that a competitor was harassed. While the offending player’s behavior was penalized per tournament policy, exchanges occurred in the wake of the event that were not in accordance with our values. We want to make it clear that we do not condone or excuse harassment of any kind, nor downplaying harassment when it occurs, and Blizzard fully expects both competitors and tournament organizers to exhibit integrity and live up to a high standard of professional conduct.

    We want to make sure we’re doing our part, so we’ll be working more closely with tournament organizers and clearly outlining existing guidelines to better ensure that Hearthstone tournaments exemplify our company value of Play Nice, Play Fair. Hearthstone esports should be an environment where ALL players can meet in a spirit of fellowship and competition, free from abuse.

    Infractions and Fair Play

    In the recent Sydney Tour Stop qualifier, a player was found to have played a deck that did not match his submitted list. After a thorough investigation we were able to confirm that the player in question had been playing the same mismatched deck for the entire tournament, and our tournament administrators penalized him with a game loss in accordance with the HCT 2018 rules (Player Handbook, Section 7.3):

    7.3 Deck list mismatch 
    This infraction occurs when a player enters a game with a deck that does not match the deck list the player submitted.

    The penalty for this infraction is a game loss.

    Most deck list errors we encounter aren’t malicious. In the context of the existing rules and given the available evidence, we agree with the call that the admins made in this case. We want to reiterate that Blizzard Entertainment has a zero-tolerance policy towards cheating, with consequences including disqualification and competition bans. That’s why it’s so important for us to distinguish between cheating and honest mistakes—had there been evidence that this mismatch was intentional and intended to create an advantage, then the penalty would have been much more severe.

    That said, we fully recognize the frustration surrounding this issue, and we’re exploring improvements to our systems and tools to make sure that players run into these issues less frequently. We also take reports seriously—if you’re a competitor and you encounter something that seems irregular, please let us know and we’ll investigate promptly and thoroughly.

    Better Organization

    There’s been discussion surrounding online qualifiers for Tour Stops, including some valid criticism about organizational challenges. First, please accept our sincere apologies for the long tournament durations and deck list submission frustrations.

    We know that there’s work to do to improve the online qualifiers, and we’re examining some ways to improve the experience. For example, due to incredible interest in the new Tour Stop system, demand for Tour Stop registration has been outpacing supply, resulting in huge 1,024 player brackets. We’re considering splitting these 1,024 player brackets into smaller, randomly-seeded flights, so we can accommodate a similar number of competitors while reducing tournament length and delays between matches. What do you think? Are there other improvements that you’d like to see?

    To Sum Up

    Your experiences and thoughts are incredibly important to us, and we want to hear what you think. You can share your feedback with us via social media (reddit / Twitter) and the official forums. Thank you for your continuing support, and we’ll see you in the tavern.

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  • Jack 03 febbraio 2018, 23:42 Jack
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    Iscritto il: 19 agosto 2015, 14:42
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    Il gioco mi piace ma devo ammettere che la gestione sembra quasi quella di un piccolo gioco indie.Ogni cosa anche la più banale viene implementata dopo anni o non viene proprio messa.La più minuscola modifica viene sempre fatta passare come una grande rivoluzione,prendiamo i cambiamenti alla classificata andavano fatti dopo due mesi che erano usciti dalla beta ci hanno messo 4 anni. 0
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