Hi GMs/Fellow Maplers,
My IGN is Keishuo (Level 222 Bowmaster, Scania). On 1st July, my account was permanently banned for apparent use of “Hacking or Illegal use of 3rd party programs which I did not commit, and to this day, the ban is still in place.
I have been playing Maplestory since 2007 but stopped around 2013-2014 due to various reasons. I recently came back this year in May, like many, due to the worldwide situation, and started to really enjoy the game again; joining an awesome guild and slowly swapping outdated gear for new ones and preparing for end game content.
Grinding my way to level 200 by 2014 (before the time when it can take a couple of days to do!), I put a tonne of time on my characters. Each and every level was done legitimately, and I have never once thought about using illegal 3rd party programs or any such thing.
What happened in prior weeks to ban?
I restarted playing beginning of May, only doing daily quests and grinding levels whilst playing with friends. Like everyone, I was excited by the upcoming events like Spell Fever and DMT, so worked hard to prepare spell traces/cubes, little knowing the impending permanent ban. On the day it happened, I was Rise coin capping on my Mechanic in Future Perion (level 202 ish, buff duration!), and all of a sudden got disconnected, with the message that my account was permanently banned.
Ban Appeal Process
I really don’t know who to turn to for help as I was suspended from sending customer support tickets for trying to appeal the case (always in a polite/courteous manner) and bans are beyond the job scope for Discord mods. My friend wrote to customer support on 18th July on my behalf (https://imgur.com/fLvGENn
) but was informed that only the account holder can appeal. As my customer support was banned and it had been two weeks with no communication from Nexon, all the while seeing many other innocent Maplers get their bans overturned, I decided to use my other account to seek help by sending one more ticket but was subsequently suspended from it immediately with no response.
Speculating as to possible reasons, but really completely out of ideas and at a loss:
- Playing in Europe, no restrictions
- Purchasing Karma Koin via Offgamers is allowed
- Other programs open while playing? Only things open (as always) were Chrome
- Lag issues-Possible, but been told ban appeal people look into this and resolve these quickly
Making a new account and starting over does not appeal at all, as the characters I made held sentimental value and I have acquired many items over the years which are not possible to get anymore. Moreover, I do not know the reason why my account got banned in the first place, so would be constantly fearful of a re-occurrence.
I guess the point of this post is to implore to the community for help/advice/support and hopefully get noticed by a GM willing to help, as I am deeply saddened by the way the case has been handled thus far and am happy to provide any and all information to get my account unbanned
Hopefully, with your help, in the coming days I can update this post to say to you all:
“See you in game!”