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WoW Classic Suspensions: March 10th

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Blizzard today announced they suspended numerous WoW Classic players that were found to be using anti-AFK cheats or bots that automated movement, mainly in Alterac Valley.

Anything that degrades the gaming experience for other players will result in harsh penalties, according to Blizzard, and they will continue to issue suspensions based on player reports, so if you see someone circumvent AFK rules, make sure to report them!

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Yesterday, we issued numerous suspensions to WoW accounts that were found to be violating our Code of Conduct. Affected players were e-mailed with details about the violation and suspension – a great many of which were found to be using anti-AFK cheats or bots that automate movement, especially in Alterac Valley.

This was the most-recent in a series of similar actions we’ve taken to address unfair gameplay in WoW Classic.

Please be reminded that using third-party programs to automate any facet of the game, exploiting bugs, or engaging in any activity that grants an unfair advantage is considered cheating. Exploiting other players is an equally serious offense. Scamming, account sharing, win-trading, and anything else that may degrade the gaming experience for other players will receive harsh penalties.

We’ll continue to monitor reports of and take actions against players who circumvent AFK rules. If you come across a player violating the Code of Conduct policies, please report them.

Thank you.

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Well, I suppose it's nice to know that they're still making an effort to enforce their rules. The only good cheater in an MMO is a banned cheater.

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Banning people bc they went afk in AV is just stupid. It solves nothing. First of all in an average AV there are 3 to 5 people afk - on both sides. This means it is balanced and has no impact on which side is winning the BG (not that the number of participating players matters anyway for who is winning the BG). Secondly this was the same case back then in vanilla. So afk players in AV doesn't ruin the vanilla experience, it is the vanilla experience. And Third: You don't gain any advantage if you afk in AV. You stay there the exact same time then the other players. You just use your time differently. The Problem lies in the design of AV itself. The best way to play Alterac Valley (in regards of honor/rep per hour) is to avoid pvp completely. It is always better to loose in 5 minutes then winning in 45.

All of this is concerning people simply going afk in AV, not using bots or any other third party software.

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15 minutes ago, Kiyoma said:

Banning people bc they went afk in AV is just stupid. It solves nothing. First of all in an average AV there are 3 to 5 people afk - on both sides. This means it is balanced and has no impact on which side is winning the BG (not that the number of participating players matters anyway for who is winning the BG). Secondly this was the same case back then in vanilla. So afk players in AV doesn't ruin the vanilla experience, it is the vanilla experience. And Third: You don't gain any advantage if you afk in AV. You stay there the exact same time then the other players. You just use your time differently. The Problem lies in the design of AV itself. The best way to play Alterac Valley (in regards of honor/rep per hour) is to avoid pvp completely. It is always better to loose in 5 minutes then winning in 45.

All of this is concerning people simply going afk in AV, not using bots or any other third party software.

What happened here is people were using Teamviewer and other methods to prevent their characters from going AFK and thus getting kicked from the Battleground, and that is against the Code of Conduct.

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Well not quite right. Or at least not for all of them. People got banned because of "Exploit" not because of bot using or third party programs. You will recieve a ban If you get reported multiple times either way. So the only proof that blizzard needs to ban your account because of a violation of the ToS is other players saying "you where afk in AV". To me that seems kind of silly. At the same time fishing- and farmbots increasing on every server which really harms the economy and fuels gold sellers (but blizzard selling wow tokens in classic would be soooooo horrible.... not!)

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I knew a guy that would sit and watch TV while "running" AV over and over.  He would run into some off the beaten path location and tap the Space Bar every once in awhile so that he was never actually AFK.  He got a lot of points that way and did nothing to "play" the game or help his "team".  Any of this type of action is a real downer to those actually playing and trying to "win" the fight.  Those people are benefitting from the "real" action of the other players without contributing.  As far as I'm concerned they should suffer a penalty.  Agregious levels of this type of behaviour deserve being banned.  Thanks Bliz for actually trying to do something about this problem of little *filtered* whole cheaters.

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