Hopefully this finds its way to someone of importance on either the Hearthstone team or Blizzard moderation team. As the title suggests, Hearthstone is absolutely riddled with bots as of the time of writing. And no, I’m not referring to the bots that you are matched up against when you have low MMR, I mean bots developed and ran by some type of third-party.
I am in the beginning Silver ranks, primarily because I don’t play the game religiously, but at this point, I’d say about two-thirds of my matches are against bots. They almost always play Lich King and have the same deck every time. The bots are clearly unstable as they take forever to make moves (rope burning essentially every turn), and sometimes, they don’t even attack simply because they run out of time. Maybe part of this is intentional in hopes that the actual player concedes and the bot can get into another game quickly.
I report these bots for Cheating > Botting constantly. Sometimes, it seems as if this is with a purpose, only for me to match up against the same bot merely a day or hours later. The bot’s name’s are always randomly generated as well, some examples of ones I just played against are .
I just hopped off the game after playing three consecutive matches against just bots. If Blizzard plans to maintain Hearthstone for the foreseeable future, it is not only a recommendation, but a necessity for them to address this issue immediately. It should not be hard to flag accounts based on suspicious mouse movements/overall account activity, and then take action on these accounts.
I have played Hearthstone for several years on and off, and I’m about to give up on the game entirely at this point because of this issue. I wouldn’t even mind so much if the bots played quickly, but it’s not fun to stare blankly at a screen and waste time against opponents that pose no challenge whatsoever. Please fix this Blizzard, if not for me, for yourselves, because if you don’t, I guarantee this game will die out.