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As you'd expect, many players are wanting to get into the beta, with a lot of stories of people having been subscribed for 15+ years and never having gotten access, but there's a new reddit post that talks about a different scenario. Redditor FrogstonLive has been talking about beta eligibility after a previous 6 month ban, having freely admitted to using the old HonorBuddy bot back in WoD, as he's unsure/worried about whether the ban is preventing him from getting the beta.

It's an interesting question, whether players who have been seriously reprimanded can or even should be able to get access to the beta, as that's one of the bigger WoW privileges out there, with it being completely random (when you exclude streamers and the media). Unfortunately, there isn't a rule or an explicit statement on this from Blizzard, but there were plenty of replies in the thread, from players with suspensions ranging from 2 days to 6 months, who had received betas in the past:

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I had BFA beta access despite getting a 48 hour ban during Legion.
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Nah, banned I dunno, suspended for a week. Buddy and I got like a 10 day during Legion still got in BFA beta
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Friend of mine botted dailies in mists. He got his rightful 6 months ban for it.

He's gotten every beta so far.
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No, I got temp banned during legion, got into bfa beta, friend who was banned with me got bfa beta too and has shadowland right now.
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I have been banned, I'm in the beta.

Now, obviously this is just anecdotal evidence, but it seems that having received a suspension, whether for a few days or even the big 6-month one, does not seem to affect your beta eligibility. There's always a possibility it might reduce your chances of receiving an invite, or that certain reasons for a ban would impact it differently, but that seems too complex of a system to implement, so it's quite unlikely.Whether that's actually a good thing or not is up to the community to decide, but it's good to know what the situation is at the moment at least. You can check out the reddit thread directly for more ban/beta stories.

As far as the beta itself goes, don't forget that there aren't any keys, only direct invites from Blizzard, and currently there are plenty of invite giveaways from various WoW content creators you can check out.

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My account has been in good standing for 15 years, account never been suspended or locked or had any problems and I've never had a single beta invite (and yes I obviously have the beta box ticked on my account)  the only time I've ever been in a beta was MoP and only because they were forced to with the "buy a year sub and get Diablo 3 and MoP beta access" stunt.

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I think it works the other way around too.

As a developer I'm quite aware of what kind of information the devs need to act upon bugs, so my bug reports tend to be detailed yet succinct. It wouldn't surprise me if they flag reports for usefulness to streamline the input they receive, as I was active during the vanilla WoW beta, and had beta invites for each expansion since.

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2 hours ago, Dicebar said:

I think it works the other way around too.

As a developer I'm quite aware of what kind of information the devs need to act upon bugs, so my bug reports tend to be detailed yet succinct. It wouldn't surprise me if they flag reports for usefulness to streamline the input they receive, as I was active during the vanilla WoW beta, and had beta invites for each expansion since.

This is probably the reason why I didn't get one this time around. I was in the Legion and BfA beta and didn't submit a single feedback/gugreport. They now probably think I'm worthless as a beta-tester ?

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Never really had any issues on my account and never received a beta invite; known friends and Guildies to received one currently for Shadowlands.  Which is fine and I'm not really disappointed but I do think it's really odd how some people do receive alpha and beta invites while others simply don't (I know it's the luck of the draw or streamer privilege in most cases)....specially those that have gotten previously banned in this current expansion and other expansions.  

If I recall was there not a blue post, this year, or even Ion stating that only eligible accounts in 'good' standing will have a chance for beta testing?  If so then I think Blizzard should clarify and reiterate on 'good' standing for the playerbase and list potential reasons why accounts will not be eligible during the draw for access to beta testing.  Imo for those that have received bans and broken ToS should have 0 access to any alpha/beta testing and all accounts under that person should be flagged to be prevented from any access.  I'm not trying to be mean or cruel in this concept but fair to those that have not broken any rules and sit on the sidelines while others that have purposely been in trouble with Blizzard at some point get free admission to try new content.

In the mean time I've slowly leveling the last of the 3 Allied Alliance Races to 110 and have picked up again on the story for Shadowbringers in FFXIV as a Dragoon.  Just something to keep me occupied till the release of Shadowlands since my Main in WoW is basically caught up and I've achieved on what I wanted done during BFA.

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5 hours ago, Dicebar said:

I think it works the other way around too.

As a developer I'm quite aware of what kind of information the devs need to act upon bugs, so my bug reports tend to be detailed yet succinct. It wouldn't surprise me if they flag reports for usefulness to streamline the input they receive, as I was active during the vanilla WoW beta, and had beta invites for each expansion since.

Except for Classic I've also been in every beta and have always sent in lots of bug reports...so I think that definitely has something to do with it.  It's unfortunate though for those that have never been given a chance.

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Well I guess we have to break the rules and get banned to get access that is complete bullshit might I add I been playing since tbc and have never been banned and have never had beta access

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Just now, STINKFIST87 said:

Hell iam even 1 boss away from CE and yet still no beta invite

The trick is to stream progress and buy thousands of euros worth of gold from gold sellers then you'll get into the Friends and Family Alpha

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Been playing since release, and have gotten every beta since MoP i believe. Never participated in the testing though, until now with SL Beta - been playing that like a madman.

 

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My friend has been a subscriber for the full 15 years (no lapses) and has gotten in on every beta, so there might be something to say for consistency.

I was in on the original WoW beta (was an avid DAoC player back in those days) and SL is the first beta I received an invite for since vanilla, despite being always eligible.

My theory is for most players it really is just randomness. If you have some good visibility/considered good publicity from Blizzard's viewpoint - like a streamer - then you receive some special treatment. I'd be surprised if some dev took the time to consider account suspensions as part of their random beta invite program though. Certainly anything is possible, but I'd like to think in a beta program you'd want the full range of the audience, even people who might've gotten banned at some point.

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On 8/20/2020 at 12:47 PM, Calysia said:

Except for Classic I've also been in every beta and have always sent in lots of bug reports...so I think that definitely has something to do with it.  It's unfortunate though for those that have never been given a chance.

I am a former developer also.  I keep notes as I play and make sure I write a clear bug report before completing each quest with any issues. I always get invited for beta for years now.  You have to be a good tester not just a player.  

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