Blizzard: Continued Actions Against Botting In Hearthstone
Look around the popular Hearthstone communities and you'll probably notice someone complaining about encountering a plethora of Secret Paladin bots. Regrettably, they're not just confined to just a few incidents here and there. Apparently the issue has been widespread enough that Blizzard has taken some time to comment on the matter, assuring players that they're continuing efforts to ban botting accounts.
November Card Backs, More Bans, Championship Schedule
November Card Backs
November is a big month for card backs! If you made at least Rank 20 during October you'll be getting your card back. November's Rank 20+ reward will be the card back.
holders will be getting the card back, along with
other in-game goodies
. Also, Blizzard recently gave us an exclusive early
"unboxing" of the physical goodie bag
And finally, purchasers of the Warlords of Draenor
Digital Deluxe Edition
will get the card back.
Blizzard Bans Win Traders
Blizzard has unleashed
another ban wave
for players who were found to be win trading! This comes shortly after
a large ban wave against players who were botting
(having a program run their account to rack up gold and dust). It's good to see a lot of action from Blizzard countering cheating as many players have been frustrated by the number of botters they've encountered.
The blog reads as follows:
Hearthstone World Championship Groups and Schedule
Blizzard has released the
groups and schedule
for the Hearthstone World Championship that will be starting this Sunday! It'll be starting at 10:00 a.m. PST Sunday November 2nd and Monday November 3rd, streaming on
the official Hearthstone Twitch channel
, and even Blizzard's own Senior Game Designer Ben Brode will be one of the casters!
Blizzard even made some great
of the competing players!
The Angry Chicken #51: Always Kill the Summoner
In this week's
The Angry Chicken
the trio discusses the
Hearthstone botting bans
, the Hearthstone World Championship Groups, the card back for November, the results of
arena deck, and more!
Continue Reading for more show details!
Blizzard Takes Action Against Hearthstone Botters
Blizzard has made a short post this afternoon taking action against what they phrase as "several thousand" Hearthstone accounts found to be botting.
that this initial ban is only for three months, after which time botters get their accounts back with all their purchases intact, as the
This initial ban may seem rather lenient, and there have certainly been responses to that effect. However, as Blizzard Community Manager Zeriyah clarifies, future bans will not be so lenient:
Accounts discovered to be botting or violating our Terms of Service from here on out will receive a perma-ban.
Zeriyah and Senior Game Designer Ben Brode also posted several tweets on the bans:
Read the blog in full after the break.