Blizzard: Continued Actions Against Botting In Hearthstone

Jan 14, 2016

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016
Look around the popular Hearthstone communities and you'll probably notice someone complaining about encountering a plethora of Secret Paladin bots. Regrettably, they're not just confined to just a few incidents here and there. Apparently the issue has been widespread enough that Blizzard has taken some time to comment on the matter, assuring players that they're continuing efforts to ban botting accounts.
Originally posted by Blizzard (View Original)Collapse

In our continued efforts to promote a fair play environment within Hearthstone, we have permanently banned Hearthstone accounts found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, which is a violation of our Terms of Use.

We will continue to closely monitor Hearthstone and take action as needed to protect the game environment. Hearthstone accounts found to be cheating in any form will be permanently closed without warning.

If you believe that you’ve encountered a possible bot or other form of exploitation, please let us know by emailing our hacks team at hacks@blizzard.com.
Some players use bots as a means of accumulating extra gold or climbing the ranks without having to invest time. Not only is it frowned upon by the player base, but it's explicitly against Hearthstone's Terms of Use and any accounts found guilty of botting are permanently banned.

With how straightforward Secret Paladin is, bots once again rose and are needing to be quelled. These types of AI frequently rise when there are decks with simple mechanics as they can often struggle with some of the more advanced features of Hearthstone. You can usually identify a bot through specifically timed actions as moves are often calculated and executed at the exact same pace. As Blizzard said, if you believe you've encountered a bot, send an email to that address with your BattleTag, their handle, your server, and as much information as possible and they'll likely investigate.