Time to come clean... Time to tell me everything!
We've known each other for a while now, you and me. We've shared some great times, and there's been some difficulties too, but we've got through it all together. Every day I feel a little closer to you, and I think maybe it's time that I came clean about a few things. It's true, I'm a Jane Austin fan. Yes, I'm afraid that 'You've Got Mail' is one of my favourite romcoms. Oh and... I sneaked an achievement on my Druid. I tried to do it again today on my Mage. Let me come clean right now.
Our story starts at the Epic 'Battle for the Undercity' questline. While Jaina and Thrall chatted about the imminent threat of War, it suddenly dawned on my Druid (back when I tried this the first time) that here I was, in the middle of enemy territory, and tagged as unattackable. I hastily equipped my fishing rod and nipped outside to the Valley of Spirits, and got the Achievement The Fishing Diplomat unhindered. It was a moment of unabashed opportunism, using the phasing in a way I was pretty sure on reflection wasn't working as intended. It occured to me then I could probably go on and try for Old Crafty but... then the guilt hit me. This wasn't right. I shamed myself to move on.
I came back to the Undercity today, with my L78 Mage (who I'm desperately attempting to level before the 3.3 collision) and as I ported in it hit me again... It's just one cast. It's ok, no-one will know, it's really quiet in Guild... My first cast broke the water and I waited for the float to dive beneath the surface... I clicked... and nothing. I got a loot box yes, but inside it... no fish. In the eight months since I last did the quest, Blizzard have closed the hole. You can no longer fish in Orgrimmar when phased. It was introduced in 3.1, something I'm fairly certain I didn't read in the Patch Notes. El's Extreme Anglin' confirms this too, it was removed to keep the difficulty of the achievement intact and to maintain the need for PvP interaction... and was spot on.
I feel I need to confess this to you now because... well, anything that exploits the game is wrong. It just IS. It may seem innocent enough in such a small measure, but it can be the start of a slippery slope. Respect your game environment, and if you do find something that seems like a legitimate oversight, report it to a GM. As it happens I discovered completely by accident what I consider to be just that in the same quest line, and I'll be reporting it in due course, which is what I should have dome with the fishing. Fortunately for me, someone else noticed.
Exploiting the Game. It's WRONG. Don't do it kids.
I should also tell you about that time in the Blasted Lands with the Servant of Grol... no, that's for another day...