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We reported a couple of days ago that bots, particularly Paladin bots, were becoming more and more commonly seen on Hearthstone. Today, Blizzard announced the second Hearthstone bot banwave.

In the previous banwave, users were banned for two months. This move upset many regular players, as the botters were allowed to keep any cards and golden heroes (generally Shaman) that they made from their bot use. Blizzard did however say that next time would be permanent, and they've made good on that promise this time around.

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In our continued efforts to promote a fair play environment within Hearthstone, we have permanently banned Hearthstone accounts found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, which is a violation of our Terms of Use.

We will continue to closely monitor Hearthstone and take action as needed to protect the game environment. Hearthstone accounts found to be cheating in any form will be permanently closed without warning.

If you believe that you’ve encountered a possible bot or other form of exploitation, please let us know by emailing our hacks team at


As usual Blizzard are not specific, but it is no secret that the main problem was Paladin bots in ranks five and better. After the October 2014 banwave however, people who had used bots appeared in various places to explain their actions. It became apparent that although the majority of people were playing Shaman, other people were using botting software to write more challenging bots. Those people got banned as well, and so it is pretty safe to assume that it isn't only Paladin botters that have been banned this time around.

Many top players have been complaining for some time about the amount of Paladin at the top ranks. In the last week this had intensified, and it's good to see that Blizzard are on top of the situation. It always seems to take a bit longer than it should to ban botters, but doing it this way means they give the users less chance to evolve and defend against Blizzard's countermeasures. In case there was much doubt as to the extent of the problem, as players at lower ranks may have had different experiences, here are some recent tweets from pro players.

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