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There have been many complaints from Classic players on the huge presence of bots in almost every aspect of the game and Blizzard have now issued a formal response.

In the response they state that their fight against bots has been getting more intense over the past months, with a reiteration of the need for players to keep reporting them (despite many players feeling the reports don't get results). This could in part be a response to a recent video (which was privated but can still be found in the linked reddit thread) that covered the many crazy ways that bots abuse the game, from no-clipping, flying around etc.

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Over the last few months, we’ve been accelerating our efforts to deal with certain kinds of cheating that players often call “bots” – the use of automation to play the game in exploitative ways. As you know, bots are often operated by people who exploit the game in order to make money selling in-game resources and leveling services to other players. Botting is explicitly against the Blizzard End User License Agreement, and we take strong actions against those who cheat in World of Warcraft.

We’ve recently seen some WoW Classic players ask “How can we help Blizzard get rid of bots?” and the answer remains the same: please continue to report them. And thank you for doing so.

Right-click reporting a player for cheating is the best way you can participate in our speedily removing bot accounts. Your right-click reports go straight to our team of agents who investigate these issues, and who can then determine if further action is warranted.

Thank you to everyone who has right-click reported potential bots so far; we really appreciate you taking the time to help us make the game nicer and fairer. Please continue to send us your reports as much as possible, and we’ll continue to enforce the rules as swiftly as we can.

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Funny thing is, Blizz has absoluteely no problem of issuing bans to innoceent people. I got banned on my trial account a few weeks back for gold selling. I haven't logged to my trial account since Cataclysm xD

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21 minutes ago, Babel said:

Funny thing is, Blizz has absoluteely no problem of issuing bans to innoceent people. I got banned on my trial account a few weeks back for gold selling. I haven't logged to my trial account since Cataclysm xD

Think it's possible that a gold seller got access to the account and was using it?

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2 hours ago, Rag said:

Think it's possible that a gold seller got access to the account and was using it?

This. My account was compromised once, and I got banned for it without knowing why until Blizz told me.

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11 hours ago, Babel said:

Funny thing is, Blizz has absoluteely no problem of issuing bans to innoceent people. I got banned on my trial account a few weeks back for gold selling. I haven't logged to my trial account since Cataclysm xD

Is gold selling not illegal?

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7 hours ago, Znifler said:

Is gold selling not illegal?

By asking that question I'm pretty sure you missed the point. Unless he is lying about the situation, he clearly points out it wasn't him selling gold. His account probably got compromised, it happens.

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Over the last few months, we’ve been accelerating our efforts to deal with certain kinds of cheating that players often call “bots” 

“How can we help Blizzard get rid of bots?” and the answer remains the same: please continue to report them.

"Over the last few months" sounds like it was okay, before average players noticed it.
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When the same bot running the same route gets reported every day for months on end and nothing happens people quit reporting bots.

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It'd be amazing if they'd fix premade vs pug nonsense. I get there's a chunk of no changes groups but I'd say to that see how many of them are part of gatekeeping. Queing for a big and just getting gy camped , be it fast token or not, isn't playing the game. I understand that brackets can be high but since going to rank 11 on a rogue ( was what I had back when ) and now my hunter it's gotten worse. Premades used to at least slow up come the weekend ( when other players would've reached cap ). The past 3 weeks have been majority premades Tuesday till Monday evening. It's killing the game for many that chat in those bgs. 

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On 6/16/2020 at 12:59 AM, Rag said:

Think it's possible that a gold seller got access to the account and was using it?

Nope, not possible, all my accounts are secure since WotLK. That account has been inactive since Cataclysm. Also, last time I checked trial character cannot send whispers, cannot yell, cannot talk in world chat, cannot trade, cannot even party. All it can do is say.

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