After the exploit we reported two days ago had been live since… well… ever, going public did what going public does: It gets stuff fixed.
This is at least a partial fix for the HE rewards and since there is no PTS up with the patch, there is no way to tell whether Profession Packs or all Lockboxes and rewards in general have been fixed as well. We received a lot of heat for posting the exploit, but after this development it’s safe to say that releasing exploits is exactly what needs to be done to put pressure on the devs. It might not be pretty, it might not be fair, but numbers are numbers and those of the inventory exploit paint a clear picture once again.
The exploit was live at least for 15-18 month, probably longer, has verifiable been reported four and two weeks ago and got fixed within three days of going public. Of course the fix could have been scheduled to go live tomorrow without our report anyway, but past handling of similar situations indicate otherwise. Fixing exploits in Neverwinter is not a matter of knowledge, it’s a matter of priority. And as we’ve seen the community indeed has the power to influence those priorities.
As a reaction to the fix players started to buy out all Unified Elements and the price more than doubled. You should expect a countermovement, because exploiters will still throw the rest of their stockpile out there and those that are looking to profit will quickly repost, but overall we hope you followed our list of implications and have gotten your UEs while they were cheap. The development we should expect is the one of Lesser Bonding Runestones, which climbed from 18k to 50k after the Simril exploit got fixed.
Second, the famous profession bots will run out of service as well, because Leadership will no longer be accessible through the gateway.
This as well is a typical Cryptic/PWE approach of dealing with bots. They nerf. Let’s be honest here: Probably profession bots were the number one source of rough ADs in the game and they needed to put an end to this. But sadly as always this comes at the expense of the legit player, who will now be unable to do Leadership at work, from their smartphone or whatever.
Bots will adjust, legit players can’t. In the end bots might even make as much AD as they used to while the players take another substantial hit in their wallet.