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7-07-2010 @ 3:08PM
Basil, I think I heard about a mass-banning recently. Blizz (and a lot of companies do this from what I understand) takes their banhammer out once every few months and bans thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of botter accounts. My guess is that's what has filtered down recently.
7-07-2010 @ 3:29PM
A new Version of Warden was released with 3.3.5 Most hacks no longer work.
7-07-2010 @ 3:52PM
Uprate Nihilim's comment please. I've found no evidence for my statement other than unsubstantiated rumors, and multiple sources confirm Warden 2.
7-07-2010 @ 4:40PM
7-07-2010 @ 6:02PM
Nihilas is correct. A new version of Warden has been released which detects many of the common ways that botters do their work. There is also speculation that metrics such as time-in-zone have been added which can draw admin attention to likely botters. However, some continue to bot despite the increased risk.
7-07-2010 @ 8:06PM
From my own experience, I have noticed a marked decrease in the number of bots herbing in the basin in the last month. Up until then, I had been constantly logging tickets with support to report these bots. It literally took from Jan to around the end of May before I finally noticed that the most frequent bots were now gone. It does seem that Blizzard finally took action on these bots, whether through a new Warden or other means. I know for a fact that a large amount of herbs that I purchased off the AH were sourced by bots. I admit I had some ethical concerns about buying supplies from the people I was trying to shut down. In the end, the need to cut off my competitions supply chain won out. However, I am very glad to see the old bots gone, and I'm more than willing to compete against the other sellers not only in the AH, but also directly in the basin.
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