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As the title suggests. Along with myself, many have been subject to what is called the "death to nothing" bug, causing those who are zoning or those who crash during gameplay to log back in with their character having been moved from Hardcore to Default. I know this could and would be a really frustrating thing for some people who have taken the extra measures to play it safe in Hardcore, so I wanted to give you all a fair and legit warning since the game is still in Open Beta and there are kinks to be worked out. If you want to play to try it and could care less, perfect, now is the time to do it; but if you're looking to start and hoping to go all the way in Hardcore, there is always the chance that you could be a victim of the "death to nothing" bug, thus making you angry enough not to want to return to the game.
I'm saying this because I think the game is awesome and I do not want people to QQ and rage quit if this happens to them. PoE is definitely deserving of a solid playerbase, but be warned that your character is not guaranteed to stay in Hardcore, and you are not in any control of that. This issue is currently excluded (among all others) from receiving customer support assistance. Wait until it releases and most of the kinks have been worked out, so that if you do die, it's because you got facerolled and not GGG rolled
This is currently a very known issue, and the development team is working to remedy it, so play at your own risk if you're playing to go undefeated.
MMORPGs are great to look forward to after a hard day of work, but heaven is the ultimate reward for those who live Christ-like.