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Hearthstone: Secret Paladin Bot Sightings Becoming More Common

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It is over a year since Blizzard banned thousands of accounts for using bots. In the banwave of October 2014, bots were primarily being reported for playing Sea Giant Shaman. Sadly, it seems that the botters are at it again, this time playing Secret Paladin decks. Over the last few weeks there have been increased sightings and suspicions by players regarding this.


Secret Paladin (Sottle's guide available here) is a deck that is very powerful, due to being able to play efficient minions and spells on curve. With this in mind, it means that many of the decisions can be made without being punished, if the player sticks to spending all their mana every turn. This makes it ideal for bots, which follow a preset series of instructions.

There are several signs to look for if you suspect you are playing against a bot. Bot owners have learned to randomize some of these, but in general the cadence of play and attacks is usually easy to spot. When attacking with several minions in one turn, the attacks will often be spaced at regular intervals, or just slow, compared to human opponents. Bots often do hover over cards or use emotes, and so are becoming harder to spot, but if you believe you've played against one you can let Blizzard know by emailing hacks@blizzard.com. Don't expect anything to happen instantly, Blizzard like to ban things in waves so that users are unable to adjust quickly to how they were caught.

Trump played against what appeared to be the same bot four times in a row. If you're unsure as to what signs to look for, here's a link to his VoD at the start of the first game.

There is discussion on Reddit about those games here as well as general bot discussion here.

You are of course welcome to discuss in the forum here. I will reply to most questions and points raised.
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