Guild Wars 2 temporarily disables map completion key rewards over teleport exploit

    
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This is why we can’t have nice things: ArenaNet was forced to disable some map rewards in Guild Wars 2 last night thanks to an exploit. As GW2 players know, the chance of getting a lockbox key when you fully finish off a map in the game is pretty sweet, since it’s one of the only ways you can pick up a key to lockboxes without buying them and engaging with the whole lockbox system.

“We are temporarily removing Black Lion Keys and Transmutation Charges from all map completion reward tables while we fix an exploit,” the studio tweeted last night. “All other map completion rewards are unaffected.”

The problem, as Redditors sussed out, is actually a result of the newly added Recharging Teleport to Friend item, which was effectively allowing people to teleport in a brand-new alt, map complete one of the easier, smaller maps for that toon, grab the rewards (including potentially valuable keys and transmutes), delete the toon to reroll, and repeat, as fast as they could manage. Which is a bummer because the Recharging Teleport to Friend item is one of the best things ArenaNet’s added to the cash shop in years for small groups. Hopefully they figure out a way to fix the ‘sploit while keeping the TP.

Source: Twitter, Reddit
Update 05/17/2019 12:00 PM
ArenaNet now says this issue has been resolved.

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I just gotta say, even if this rerolling alts and teleporting for map rewards is an exploit, it sounds mind-numbingly boring to do. I couldn’t even imagine doing this on my own will even if they decided it was okay. Maybe I’m missing something but those black lion chests seemed really underwhelming anyway?

micedicetwice
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micedicetwice

You missing the fact that people already do amazingly boring stuff to farm keys, basically once per week you create one character and level it up to 10 lvl and do the same story mission again, and again, and again. For MONTHS. Why? People tend to do boring stuff if it’s easy to get rewards. And black lion chests have a chance of dropping some REALLY expensive things.

Mewmew
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Mewmew

Simply make the keys an account bound reward. Have the max be the same as the number of character slots you have, or just once ever if they want to be especially stingy (though that’s a bit unfair considering how many people have got bunches of them free already).

micedicetwice
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micedicetwice

Hardly an “exploit”. Pretty much using it as intended, teleporting anywhere you want at any time, the fact that Arena hasn’t thought of potential issues with such an item doesn’t make it an exploit.

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Arktouros

Everyone’s talking about teleporting to maps and here I am wondering why I have to wait to keep working on my Skyscale.

Godnaz
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Godnaz

Everyone saw this coming, except Anet. Recharging teleport to friend is essentially a free way to farm Bloodstone Fen map completion nonstop. There is a 1 hour cooldown but if you use it every time its up you could map complete multiple times a day.

I do find it funny they disable map completion rewards a day after its discovered but leave AB MM/Istan MM exploits in the game for months before even addressing it. The moment it affects the gem store they bend over backwards to fix it.

So it seems the 1 hour CD is character specific. So you can make a new char, TP to friend, map complete Bloodstone, delete char and repeat cycle. This makes the exploit a even bigger issue. u/Kyouji

Bottom Line: The House is protecting their gamble income.

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Arktouros

Couldn’t you do this anyways with the Living Season book teleports? I have my main character who unlocks the zones and then I bring my alts into them to farm up the specialty nodes which are also character specific.

Seems like weird thing to worry about.

micedicetwice
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micedicetwice

No, they prevent you from teleporting there without reaching 80 lvl first.