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  1. UPDATED as of 12/26/2018 I originally wrote up a simple guide to help new players and others understand WG's policies and rules regarding team damage and team kills in World of Warships back in June of 2016. That was around version 0.5.6 and 0.5.7. Since then there have been a number of updates and we are now at version 07.11.1 as of December 5th. Among those changes, back in April of 2018, WG updated their team damage and team kill system and introduced the Anti-Abuse System in update 0.7.4. I have now updated this guide to understanding the rules regarding team damage and team killing in World of Warships under the current Anti-Abuse system as of the latest version of the game. UNDERSTANDING THE RULES: TEAM DAMAGE AND TEAM KILLING IN WORLD OF WARSHIPS 1. What is team damage? Team damage, also known as friendly fire, is accrued when you accidentally or intentionally cause damage to a ship on your team by ramming them with your vessel, shooting them with guns, or hitting them with torpedos. Note: The only World of Warships game mode that "friendly fire" is turned off and you cannot receive a warning or penalty for team damage is in Operation Scenarios. 2. So what are the rules regarding damaging and killing teammates? You can read the newest game and clan rules for World of Warships (WoWs), effective as of November 24, 2018, here: http://legal.na.wargaming.net/en/game-rules-wows/ Section 5 states it is against the rules to intentionally damage or destroy friendly ships on your team. "5. Inappropriate conduct in-game / Fair play principles The following actions are prohibited in-game: 5.01. Intentionally damaging vehicles belonging to a player on the same team (team damage). 5.02. Intentionally destroying vehicles belonging to a player on the same team (team kill)." First, everyone should check the news & announcements section of the forum as well as the updates section to be privy and stay informed of any changes that WG implements to the how they go about punishing team damage and team killers as well as any changes made to WoWs. Here is a link to the news & announcements section of the forums: https://forum.worldofwarships.com/forum/261-news-and-announcements/ Here is a link to the section of the forum that lists notes for each update to WoWs: https://forum.worldofwarships.com/forum/133-update-notes/ 3. What happens when I cause team damage or kill a teammate? When a player violates the rules and causes team damage or kills a teammate, they will receive a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. This warning is a notification within the current battle and upon exiting the battle, he or she will also receive a notification. The player name will turn pink. Note, that this is just a warning and a "pink" player is not restricted to playing in any of the battle modes. However, if, after the first warning, a player continues to violate the rules of fair play and ignores the said warning, the next step of the system is to apply a penalty to the player and his or her name turns orange. The system will prohibit the player from access certain battle modes and be limited to Co-op, Clan Battles, and the Training Room. To return to battles against other players in Random or Ranked, the player will have to take part in several Co-op Battles against bots. The player must still observe the rules of the game and contribute to the battle. So to recap, if your name is a WHITE color it means a player has no current violations. PINK color it means a player has received a warning. ORANGE color it means a player is under penalty and is restricted from entry to certain types of battles. Any orange penalty will be "served" in Co-op Battles, where each battle played without violations is one step on the way back to the "white" status. The exact penalty will depend on the number of violations and the frequency of their recurrence. Repeat offenders will "go pink" faster and face an ever increasing penalty for repeated acts of unsportsmanlike conduct. This significantly reduces the chance for all players to be matched in a battle with a "hardcore" offender. Note: A player's name with an orange penalty status will only appear "pink" to other players. 4. But I didn't mean to damage or kill my teammate so why did my name turn pink or orange? The rules state "intentionally" damaging or killing, but DaVinci, you also state that "accidental" damage and team kills are also counted. This appears contrary to what WG states in their rules. Please explain. Under the current Anti-Abuse system implemented in update 0.7.4 back in April, team damage and team kills are tracked via an automated system. Currently, the system does not and cannot differentiate between what is accidental and what is intentional team damage or team kill. 5. So what exactly is WG's Anti-Abuse System? How does it work? Tell me more. I suggest reading WG's new release on Battle Discipline which explains how the Anti-Abuse System works. Here is the link: https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/gamestuff/anti-abuse-system/ 6. What is the damage threshold or how much damage does it take to receive a warning from the Anti-Abuse System. WG has chosen to not reveal the amount of friendly fire damage that is required to receive a "pink" warning. Why? There are pros and cons, but the main reason is so that players that like to troll and grieve other players and intentionally cause team damage and team kill cannot abuse the system by causing team damage to just right at the point they would cross that damage threshold. 7. OK; so, I killed a teammate or caused enough damage to receive a warning from the system, how long do I have to have virtual "pink-eye?" It varies on how often a player causes team damage or team kills another player. On average, first offenses is approximately three games without causing any further team damage. The more frequently a player causes team damage or kills teammates, the quicker the Anti-Abuse System will warn or penalize them, and the longer the warning and penalty statuses will last for him or her. 8. How bad is it that I turned pink and am labeled a team killer? Are all pink players team killers? First off, take a deep breath and do not panic. It is not the end of the world if you happened to get a case of virtual "pink-eye." If you play WoWs long enough, especially when you first start using ships that are equipped with torpedos, you are bound to fire your guns or torps and accidentally hit a friendly teammate because you didn't see them or misjudged their path. Accidents happen. Most WoWs players know this. That doesn't mean the player you hit or killed won't be upset, but the best thing to do is just apologize. I had the misfortune of turning pink on a couple of occasions learning to play destroyers (DD) and using torpedos; so, for all you new DD captains (and CV players), be careful firing those torps! The system is meant to punish habitual offenders. And NO. Not all pink players are team killers. A player can turn pink and even orange for causing enough team damage and even being AFK (away from their keyboard) and not being active during a match. Again, I encourage you to read WG's official news release explaining the Anti-Abuse System - https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/gamestuff/anti-abuse-system/. 9. Can I shoot "pink" teammates in WoWs like the "blue" players in WoTs? NO. For those players that have played WoT, I can understand the confusion where you are allowed to kill those teammates in "blue" tanks who have turned said color for team damage and team killing. However, this is not the case in WoWs. Not everyone who turns blue in WoT and certainly not everyone who turns pink in WoWs is a griever who is TK'ing on purpose. Often it is by accident where the player carelessly fired torps or got tunnel vision hit and sank a friendly. In other words, don't shoot the pink guys and gals on your team. 10. A teammate is blocking, ramming, or shooting me or at another friendly on purpose, am I allowed to defend myself or my teammates and shoot back? NO. Just let it go. If a player on your team decides they want to be a jack hat and start doing things like sailing in front of you on purpose to block or get you to ram them, or intentionally rams you, or just starts blasting away at you from the start of the match with his or her guns and torps or because you are capping a base or cap point and they want all the points or you kill a ship they were firing at, your only recourse is to allow the automated system to do its job. If you retaliate in kind, you will only be penalized for causing damage or killing a teammate and could end up turning "pink" or "orange yourself. While it sucks to be on the receiving end of any in-game bullying and it will generally ruin your fun for that particular match, it is best to just ignore the player. It is just a game and one match. 11. The automated system is not perfect. As I have stated, you can turn "pink" or "orange" from unintentional or accidental damage. If a teammate rams your ship either on purpose or on accident and it results in damage to his or her ship or in the destruction of his or her ship, you will be penalized for it. Of course, they are also penalized for any damage they cause to your ship or if they destroy you. This may seem unfair, and I agree, but it is what it is. The automated Anti-Abuse system does not differentiate between what is "accidental" and "intentional." To sum up: 1. WoWs uses an automated Anti-Abuse System that tracks team damage and team kills among other fair play rules violations. 2. Players that cross the damage threshold per section 0.5 of the WoWs fair play rules will receive a "pink" warning or an "orange" penalty. 3. Do not try to kill "pink" teammates. 4. If you do not want to receive warning or penalty, practice situational awareness and pay attention to where your shells are going to land as well as the path of your torps. I know not everyone agrees with WG's Anti-Abuse System for WoWs. There is a myriad of opinions on the subject, but hopefully, for those of you new to the game or just didn't know how it worked, this guide has helped you better understand the system and how team damage and team kills are handled.. Cheers and happy gaming.
  2. mag00monster

    Pink is the new WoWS...

    It's been over a year since I've had to wear pink in this game. Now twice in one week I'm getting shellacked by the Pink because of [edited] penalties and situations I cannot control. First my game crashes. Three battles until I'm no longer pink. The next day WoWS gives free camo because the client is messed up and this happens to, like, everyone... Then I'm playing in a low tier match (Derzki, I'll never leave you and your ten second torp reload...) and some buffoon drags me halfway across the map AND I GET PENALIZED AND END UP PINK. What in the everloving HELL are they thinking??? Stop penalizing players that aren't [edited]. (I've checked, I'm definitely not an [edited]. Proof; My dog says so) [edited] = but whole person
  3. Personally I do no appreciate being dinged hundreds if not thousands of pink point for "firing on your allies" or "damage to your allies" when some ahull deliberately drives his ship stem-to-stern into my ship because he's faster or because it's his "thing". TWICE in one match this guy deliberately scrapes my hull, pushes me broadside the reds. I know you guys are smart enough to write the code on how to determine "who" is at fault in such scenarios. If not, here's the logic: At point of tk/contact with a friendly, query the rudder controls, ship directions and speed. You could always cache a five second slice of that data. Five seconds of movement data will easily indicate who came at who, who turned into who, who rushed in and under the guns of whom... it's not rocket surgery you know (intended pun). It's frustrating as Hades you don't correct this kind of crap but rather bring out additional means of trying to get RL money from us. Want people to open their wallets wide? Fix some of the QoL issues this game has, fine tune it and up the overall gaming experience. Just my 50 doubloons worth. Thanks much. NOTE: I'm still very happy you added [SPACEBAR] to the valid keys for firing main turrets. Thanks much for that.
  4. WOW crashes on my computer which itself is a problem, but after it crashes and I reload the game, I get the team kill penalty for leaving a game early. THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO TO NOT HAVE THIS HAPPEN.
  5. Galvanic_


    @WarGamming Anyone know how to reach out and report player who grief another when they are pink? I always seem to come across at least on [edited] that just side swipes a pink player the whole match. Not only making themselves useless but also racking up extra pink time for the poor SOB who happen to pull that guy. Big surprise he is doing this kind of crap. I have screenshots but not a lot of hope WG does anything about this, but maybe I guess. Any info is appreciated, as I think to improve the game we should get these players out of there.