This is true for mine, and most, and it’s the most important point here. I can personally speak for a number of competitive Americans people may know including @mediohxcore @Simonmoon @thebigunit3000 @TheBigBoy @d1en (North American) who found out about the exploit and do not wish to foster an environment in which we all use it. After all, the only truly “fair” way to fix the situation would be for us to use it back and even our playing field. This is not healthy, though. It occurs to me that not so many Worlds ago, I was making my own decks and barely missing the cut at 18th, and I hadn’t tested/played with any people in the top 16. Had I known, at the time, that they were all playing together and ripping my decks off of NetrunnerDB in a mutual agreement to use whatever is available, I probably would have been turned off of returning.
Today, I’m lucky to be a part of groups with good players who are willing to practice with me for Worlds. I know what communities where cheating is overlooked are like. You get DDoS’d, someone finds an exploit, people bend the rules, nobody cares, and it turns you off from trying to enter these groups or this competitive environment. ANR hasn’t been like that, and if I have any control over how the people I play with choose to act, it won’t be. @Nemamiah specifically also chimed in that a number of known UK players don’t engage in things like this and think they’re wrong.
I’ve already read a lot of people who feel turned off on the idea of attending Worlds or playing against people they knew engaged in this, and I understand that, but I would like to make it clear that the majority of the ANR competitive types are not involved and don’t condone it. One group was involved in this (that I can prove, and I did try to figure out if other regions were involved), and they have admitted their involvement, apologized, and are committed to not continuing it. It’s not accepted practice. It’s not something that we are harboring in competitive circles. I have no common ground with an argument that implies that it is or should be.