Darg8 wrote:My biggest question and concern is would you or any guild have said anything had it not been discovered?
I have grave doubts that anyone would have confessed until discovered and that has truly been the most disappointing part of this event. Frankly, I'm shocked that anyone thought it would remained undiscovered as this was not a subtle exploit at all.
I don't know why people assume we're all "busted" about this. In the past few months we've done tiny things like changed our guild or guild name or had few people switching servers and all of them have spawned forum threads within a day. Nothing we do that shows up in armory feeds goes unnoticed. We knew everyone would know about it instantly before we did it and it didn't affect our decision making.
Funnily enough, the exploit was being used since Tuesday by a lot of people, but myself and most of the guild only heard about it when we had started our first LFR raid on Thursday evening, and the next morning after that raid all hell had broken loose.
In the end, the advantage gained from exploiting is small. We could have done LFR 20 times the legitimate way (as we originally had planned to) and gotten slightly less tier pieces than by exploiting but most of the remaining pieces would have been found in normal mode clears. I'd approximate the benefit of exploiting is something like a dozen or less items over the entire guild, mostly 384 tier pieces worn over 391 or 397 items to complete set bonuses. The fact that we started running LFR late even hurt us a bit, as few people didn't really have time to get their loot on thursday before we stopped raiding, I personally only got one tier piece out of LFR and that piece got replaced by loot I got from normal mode.