NPC – Adamman the Trader
Adamman the Trader is named after a player, Addamman the priest from Black Dragonflight-US from the guild Fires of Heaven. This NPC can be found in the Dalaran sewers in the arena area, the Circle of Wills. His text when you chat to him explains it all!
Adamman was punished by Blizzard for win trading and selling points in arena. What is that, you ask?
What is Win Trading? It is when a team raises its ranking by only playing a farm team that agrees to lose. The most common “trade” is for the farm team to be made up of alts of another highly ranked team and they switch. So for example, Cheating Ranked Team A will play Loser Farm Team A for 10 games. Then Cheating Ranked Team A will get on their alts and be Loser Farm Team B, losing to the mains from Loser Farm Team A (which are now Cheating Ranked Team B) for 10 games.
Another way to Win Trade is for Cheating Ranked Teams to pay people to form pickup Loser Farm Teams in order to get their 10 easy wins for the week.
Adamman had his rogue’s merciless gear taken away for win trading, though I am sure there are many people out there who did it. I wonder why they made an NPC out of it – was it to set an example?