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Blizzard Takes Action Against Players not Competing Fairly

by - 7 years ago

Monday we saw Blizzard ban thousands of players who were using bots in order to win gold or gain rankings in Hearthstone.

Today, Blizzard has banned some top tier players who have been accused of “Win Trading”

The full announcement can be found here:

Fair play is at the heart of Hearthstone. The Ranked Play ladder is a place where players have the opportunity to duel and gauge their card-slinging prowess while climbing the ranks. Participating in Ranked Play should be fun, exciting, competitive, and fair.

We’ve recently banned Hearthstone accounts that were found to be participating in win trading. Win trading at any rank is something that we do not take lightly, and is in violation of our Terms of Use. As we mentioned in our previous statement regarding fair play in Hearthstone, instances of cheating will not be tolerated. Accounts that were discovered participating in win trading have received permanent account closure and disqualification from events where ranking is used as a method of qualification.

Win trading is basically a way to cheat the MMR rankings. You would get 2 accounts high up in the ladder and then queue up at the same time and have one account concede. Do this multiple times and you get shot up in the legendary ladder rankings. It is interesting though that Blizzard took action for this after the fact that getting high ranking in legendary doesn’t get you anything at this point, where as earlier this year this could have greatly affected the BlizzCon Qualifiers. It is quite possible that they didn’t have the technology in order to track this kind of behavior until very recently and might have went in the same patch as the one that now detects botting. That’s probably why we’re seeing bans on both of those avenues this week.

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JR Cook

JR has been writing for fan sites since 2000 and has been doing Blizzard Exclusive fansites since 2003. He helped co-found BlizzPro in 2013. You can hear JR every week talk about Hearthstone on the Well Met Podcast published on iTunes.

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