Two days ago, a new raid, Operation Iron Horse, was added to Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. During the time of its launch, hundreds of clans, speedrunners and content creators rushed to try and get “world’s first” in the new raid. The first full clear was done in approximately eight hours, but what should have been a moment of celebration for both the developers and fanbase has become a contentious discussion about cheating.

This scandal began when a player of the world’s second place clan, MarcoStyle, admitted during his Twitch stream that his team had been using an apparently leaked document with details on what to expect in the raid. This information was soon confirmed by another member of this team on Twitter. The leak document was given to Marco in a private Discord and appears to be an internal breakdown of all the raid’s mechanics and tricks. You can see a copy of it on Imgur. This information is very crucial for any speedrunner because it gives time to the player to study the mechanics and know what to expect in this new challenge. Marco was also part of the team with the world’s first clear in, The Division 2 raid, Operation Dark Hours.

Later on, Marco also confessed on Twitter to having used an old damage exploit to improve his character at some point in the past, which likely contributed to his relatively quick completion of the raid as well. With that glitch players could easilly stack damage on a weapon and immediately AoE high level areas for fast experience and loot. Massive Entertainment fixed the glitch back in April, punishing many of the players who used it and erasing their ill-gotten gains, but Marco probably managed to escape their radars.

“We’re disappointed like everyone else,” associate creative director Yannick Banchereau said while addressing the situation during an Ubisoft stream earlier today. “What came out after the raids yesterday was that there was a document that includes some information about the raid. The first thing I want to say is that this doesn’t come from Massive, it does not come from Massive as an entity. We take that very seriously though, so we want to find out what happened and see if it came from the inside or something that was put together from datamining. We want to take that seriously and get to the bottom of it.” You can watch the full interview in the video embeded above.

After these disappointing news, there is also suspicion on the winners of the world’s first race, which included Team SoloMid streamer and former PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds pro Alexandru “SOLIDFPS” Cotiga. That said, the developers don’t believe it was a widespread issue… yet. “There is no evidence that other teams have received the document and have been using it,” Banchereau said. “Until we can find evidence, we still want to celebrate the achievement. We don’t want to accuse anyone of being guilty until they are actually proven guilty. We will see what the investigation surfaces.”

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Foivos Karkanis

10 Comments

  • Matt
    Posted 3rd July 2020 12:39 am 0Likes

    Was it 8 or 11???

    • foivosk
      Posted 3rd July 2020 8:16 am 0Likes

      Sorry about the confusion. It was my mistake. The first team made it in 8 hours. The second team made it in 11 with cheating. We dont know about the first team yet but the second team cheated for sure.

  • Christopher Wilkins
    Posted 3rd July 2020 3:32 am 0Likes

    I have watched many Marco videos about the Division and one about how he became a gamer. Disappointing that he cheats at a video game….multiple times! Pretty weak Marco!! Shows what kind of person you are.

  • Buuhamahna
    Posted 3rd July 2020 10:50 am 0Likes

    Do yourself a favor “Marco”, wrap up your gaming system and throw it out the ******* window.

  • Xazulyn
    Posted 3rd July 2020 1:38 pm 0Likes

    After what yall did to the skill build system forcing that awful New York dlc thing on players is f****ed up I had to throw away 65 pieces of gear because you changed how it functions how long will. You damage the way D1 players in the skill build arena play the game. You dont walk up yo a solider in the middle of a war and say were taking your m67 fragmentation grenades and replacing them with rubber pellets deterrent grenades

    • foivosk
      Posted 3rd July 2020 1:41 pm 0Likes

      I agree with everything but its still no excuse to use guides that are unavailable to the rest of us.

  • Monstra
    Posted 4th July 2020 3:59 pm 0Likes

    What if Marco wasn’t the only who one who had the leaked info. Members of the winning team could have had this same info? I have read the tweet, Marco never said he used the “shd and damage exploit” for the raid specifically, he just simply said he used them.

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