Sea of Thieves has a progression that makes an MMO veteran wince. Each of their three factions has a maximum reputation of 50, and if you manage to maximize the level of each faction, you become a pirate legend. However, getting there means repeatedly taking on missions that will find loot and bring it back safely. Again and again and again. Still, players were curious about what it was like to unlock a pirate legend, so a streamer took it on himself to play the system to make his way up. But while he became a pirate legend, Prod1
Since Sea of Thieves launched last week, Prod1gyx has operated almost perpetual piracy – sometime streaming it 18 hours . Achieving rank 50 with each of the three factions required more polish than Prod1gyx could reach alone in just one week, so he turned to his fans for help. While Streaming Prod1gyx, viewers occasionally set up parties, took missions, found the loot, and Prod1gyx joined their crew before handing them over and receiving the reward without doing anything.
What is not clear is how often Prod1gyx used this method. A quick scan of this 18-hour stream shows that for at least a significant amount of time, he played with a single group of friends and completed missions from start to finish.
Warning: End of the spoilers for the end of the thieves
Yesterday Prod1gyx reached rank 50 with each faction, but was not yet a pirate legend. After a conversation with the Mysterious Stranger in the Sea of Thieves tavern he got a new legendary outfit, the official title and a special shanties song. The stranger hinted to Prodgygy that if he played this Shanty as a certain place, another secret would be revealed.
They did not have to look far – Prod1gyx and his crew discovered the place was in the corner of the tavern. When he played the legendary Shanty there, a staircase opened that revealed a new hideout for Prod1gyx. In it were ghost traders who sold unique clothes, but first Prod1gyx would have had to build a reputation with another faction. He has also unlocked special legendary missions, which at first glance seem to be eight-part missions that are no different from the hundreds of hundreds that Prod1gyx has turned into a pirate legend.
For the 13,000 spectators watching, it was a controversial experience to see Sea of Thieves' final progress. In his stream, viewers constantly criticized the methods of Prod1gyx while others defended him. As he approached his target, a wave of resentment began in the Sea-of-Thieves Subreddit among gamblers, who, like Prod1gyx, felt cheated on his way to 50. When he finally became a pirate legend, the posts quickly shot up on top of the subreddit as the players mocked Prod1gyx's methods and called for Rare, Sea of Thieves' developers to avoid honoring him. "If Rare makes him a legitimate shrine in the game I will do anything to deface it in every lobby" wrote UnfailingBeef in a thread .
The guy is an absolute joke " commented another redditor ." He does almost nothing while playing. He stops every five seconds to watch his chat while his crew walks around and does everything for him. He can not aim, he is a noob with a sword, he has no idea where to go and what to do seems half the time to be confused. You can see that he got up most of the time.
In response, the moderators of the subreddit manually remove any mention of Prod1gyx and the surrounding drama (at that time, there are still some contributions to the controversy), such as one of the moderators for the Subreddit of the Sea of Thieves says the criticism of Prod1gyx's methods quickly turned into open harassment. "The story of the pirate legend is over," wrote Moderator NegativeSpeedForce. "Let's forget it. No mention of it anymore, it has gone from friendly jokes to a full venomous feeling in the community. "
Players even went on Twitter and started the 19659011 hashtag #notmypiratelegend Talking about Prod1gyx in response to one Tweet, who exclaimed him as the first pirate legend, said the Streamer "[I] did not announce the worlds first. Do not bother about it. I wanted to see the Legend Cave, did it with my community help. Someone else can have worlds.
Sea of Thieves has been heavily criticized since the launch, and many have described it as an "early access game" to describe the lack of meaningful things beyond the same missions. Like a popular post Subreddit says now that the community has seen how shallow the Sea of Thieves final is, it's time for Rare to reveal what plans it has for the future.  I have asked both Prod1gyx and Rare for a comment and will update this story when I hear it.