Blizzard has once again brought down the… well, not quite “Banhammer.” More like “Extended Vacation” hammer?

In any case, if you’re a botter in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, you’ll probably find yourself without much to do the next few months, as Blizzard has temporarily banned all offending accounts until 2015. Any further evidence of botting will result in a permanent ban.

If the reaction in the comments section is any indication, many legitimate players are finding this to be a mere slap on the wrist and calling for permanent bans of botting accounts, or at least a complete wipe of their illicitly gained assets. Blizzard said in August that “Accounts that are found to be making use of ‘bots’ are subject to penalties, up to and including permanent suspension,” and technically a temporary ban is “up to” permanent suspension, but it still rings a little hollow. “We know we warned you, and now we’re warning you again! Next time, we’ll really warn you!”

To say that the botters themselves aren’t taking it seriously is an understatement.

What do you think? Are you OK with botters getting (another) warning and a temporary ban? Or should they be scoured from the face of Azeroth immediately?

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. BotsFTW on November 3, 2014

    This game had a lot of potential but they made it to be a boring grind game.I also have a bad history with Blizzard who send me 7 days of f ree trial to their WoW expansion but they locked my account because i logged from a different IP and when i tried to unlocked it they asked me to buy an authenticator.So if you ask me bot the hell out of them,they deserve it.

  2. LividRacoon on October 31, 2014

    Buying cards is buying power and in hearthstone that IS paying to win by the very definition of paying to win be in paying to win faster or paying to win more it is still paying to win. If you don’t pay then your petty much out of luck when it comes to winning.

  3. LividRacoon on October 30, 2014

    Sadly HS is mostly pay to win and I don’t blame people for running bots in the last. If players don’t bot for cards they will almost never win VS a cash shop player.

    • Technickel on October 30, 2014

      That’s simply untrue. You can earn anything in-game through playing. Pay to win would be if you couldn’t buy packs with gold. This isn’t pay to win, it’s pay to win FASTER.

  4. exaccuss on October 28, 2014

    aww how cute. Blizzard think they can stop the bots. 😀 You may be able to ban them, but they will be back, and in greater numbers.

  5. Whelp on October 28, 2014

    Brb getting a bot so I can get some cards finally.

    Oh lawdy blizzard please don’t slap my wrist for it!

  6. Apoth on October 28, 2014

    This has got to be the biggest load of shit I’ve ever heard of (well besides the Archeage fiasco). It’s hard to see myself supporting this company in the future.

  7. Lolki on October 28, 2014

    blizzard / activision = the most incompetent company ever. hearthstone = rigged no skill pay to win game

  8. hovsep56 on October 28, 2014

    how the hell do you bot in a card game?

    • Apoth on October 28, 2014

      the same way people play the decks.