If you’re the sort who likes to play a Hardcore character in Diablo III then you probably already live on a knife-edge and are careful to avoid anything which might kill you. Lately however, the thing that’s been killing Hardcore players are each other, through harsh use of vote-kicking.
Passing a vote-kick on a player locks them down for 10 seconds, during which they can’t move but can still be killed — locked down in the middle of a nasty melee with monsters, there’s almost no chance of survival. Well-timed vote-kicks are now apparently the tool of choice with which to dispose of your rivals (and they said PVP wouldn’t be in the game yet!).
Thankfully, Blizzard are on the case, with Lylirra posting that they are “looking to remove the 10-second movement lockout whenever a Vote Kick is passed from both Hardcore and Normal modes.”
“While we realize this solution may allow players to exploit the Vote Kick function to avoid death, it’s not a very reliable survival technique and we feel that it’s a better alternative than players losing a character they’ve invested a lot of time into due to griefing. We’ll definitely be keeping on an eye on this, though, and will consider other solutions if necessary.”