A few posts are coming up on the forums showing that it may be possible to die while
Duelingbrawling. Apparently if you have any bleed effects or dots on you as you leave the chapel they can carry over to the real world, where death is permanent. Also if you take fatal damage right as you are hitting the portal to town you aslo may find yourself dead. Check the thread here.
This bug has been on the PTR and it looks like it decided to show up at launch. I imagine those who hastily jumped into brawling yesterday found quite a shock. I too stepped in to try it out, but thankfully walked away alive. I’ve wanted a system where dueling could lead to permanent death but it needs consent, nothing worse than losing your character when you didn’t think a risk was involved, or even consider it a possibility.
Obviously this just requires you to be a little more diligent when preparing to leave the arena. Looking at your health, and any debuffs you may have. Perhaps we’ll see a spike in builds that cater to this type of damage as a PK build. It’s not ideal and I know we can all be in a rush at times but this may literally save your life. So to quote the immortal Ice Cube “Check yo self before you wreck yo self”
Update: looks like a hotfix is on the way!: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/7908401099#13
Have you experienced this? Will this dissuade you from brawling for a bit?
Update: Though it wasn’t soon enough for some unlucky souls, Blizzard hotfixed this Hardcore continuing damage bug in the Diablo brawling arena just hours after it was discovered.