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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    Anyone else have an issue on MacOS with the shop always being closed? I've reinstalled both the game and the client but it still happens.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    edited February 8
    https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/hearthstone/t/unauthorized-bot-ban-update-february-2024/120610
    Throughout last year, we shared several updates with you about our ongoing fight against unauthorized bots in Hearthstone. This year, we plan to keep the fight, and the updates, coming.

    Yesterday, we dropped the largest banhammer the Tavern has ever seen, several times the size of our previous banwaves. Over 135,000 accounts were actioned—targeting bot accounts that real players are most likely to run into on the ladder.

    In addition to this latest action, we actioned about 60,000 accounts throughout the month of January for botting. We also banned some bad actors 555 who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    We remain committed to ejecting these disorderly patrons from our friendly tavern and we’re going to keep taking these types of actions throughout the year and beyond.

    We’ll see you (real players) in the tavern! And if you think about botting, we’ll see you, too.

    Big ban wave.
    We also banned some bad actors who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    Apparently there was an exploit that allowed people to cheat cards that shouldn't be allowed into a Duels deck? Crazy.

    forty on
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    Idx86Idx86 Long days and pleasant nights.Registered User regular
    forty wrote: »
    https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/hearthstone/t/unauthorized-bot-ban-update-february-2024/120610
    Throughout last year, we shared several updates with you about our ongoing fight against unauthorized bots in Hearthstone. This year, we plan to keep the fight, and the updates, coming.

    Yesterday, we dropped the largest banhammer the Tavern has ever seen, several times the size of our previous banwaves. Over 135,000 accounts were actioned—targeting bot accounts that real players are most likely to run into on the ladder.

    In addition to this latest action, we actioned about 60,000 accounts throughout the month of January for botting. We also banned some bad actors 555 who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    We remain committed to ejecting these disorderly patrons from our friendly tavern and we’re going to keep taking these types of actions throughout the year and beyond.

    We’ll see you (real players) in the tavern! And if you think about botting, we’ll see you, too.

    Big ban wave.
    We also banned some bad actors who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    Apparently there was an exploit that allowed people to cheat cards that shouldn't be allowed into a Duels deck? Crazy.

    Holy shit that's a lot of bots.

    On a side note, someone please talk some sense into me and stop me from spending 4k dust to craft a stupid Elemental Shaman deck for Wild.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    I've gotta imagine Sludge Warlock and Odyn Warrior are next up on the nerfing block. They seem to be everywhere and lack substantial counters. I could see something happening to DK as well since Plague and Rainbow are up there too and probably need to be taken down a peg if the other top stuff gets hit.

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
    The speculation that I've seen saying first season is Whizbang's Toy Store has me pretty stoked they're swinging him back into the mix.

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
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    Place your bets.

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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    There are so many decks that just blast you for 20+ damage from an empty board, they must have figured "fuck it, put Leeroy back in."

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    forty wrote: »
    There are so many decks that just blast you for 20+ damage from an empty board, they must have figured "fuck it, put Leeroy back in."

    How many ways are there to clone minions now that weren't available way back when? Two dozen?

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    GrobianGrobian What's on sale? Pliers!Registered User regular
    forty wrote: »
    https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/hearthstone/t/unauthorized-bot-ban-update-february-2024/120610
    Throughout last year, we shared several updates with you about our ongoing fight against unauthorized bots in Hearthstone. This year, we plan to keep the fight, and the updates, coming.

    Yesterday, we dropped the largest banhammer the Tavern has ever seen, several times the size of our previous banwaves. Over 135,000 accounts were actioned—targeting bot accounts that real players are most likely to run into on the ladder.

    In addition to this latest action, we actioned about 60,000 accounts throughout the month of January for botting. We also banned some bad actors 555 who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    We remain committed to ejecting these disorderly patrons from our friendly tavern and we’re going to keep taking these types of actions throughout the year and beyond.

    We’ll see you (real players) in the tavern! And if you think about botting, we’ll see you, too.

    Big ban wave.
    We also banned some bad actors who were using malicious third-party software to cheat in Heroic Duels.

    Apparently there was an exploit that allowed people to cheat cards that shouldn't be allowed into a Duels deck? Crazy.

    So gold was surprisingly bot free, but at platinum I faced like 2/3rds bots today.

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    KaiCorKaiCor Registered User regular
    Grobian wrote: »

    So gold was surprisingly bot free, but at platinum I faced like 2/3rds bots today.

    The bots may have been at gold, but you didn't recognize that they were bots.

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    ObiFettObiFett Use the Force As You WishRegistered User regular
    The Judge wrote: »
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    Place your bets.

    Its live now

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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    Next expansion is Whizbang's Workshop, themed around a toy shop, gifts, and references to Hearthstone's past.

    New keyword is Miniaturize - cards with this keyword add a 1/1 for 1 copy of themselves to your hand when played (the copy does not have miniaturize).

    Zilliax Deluxe 3000 is this expansion's Gimmick Legendary like ETC or Renathal or so on. You pre-emptively decide what the card's stats and abilities are during deckbuilding by choosing two options from the list:

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    edited February 13
    I'm assuming it's Magnetic by default?

    I suspect ZD3k will see more support this year and/or overtuning, because Core Zilliax saw very little play.

    Edit: From that screenshot it looks like they finally made Elusive a keyword?

    forty on
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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
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    If he doesn't roar THIS AISLE BELONGS TO THE TITANS when you play him I will be sad.

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    AlphagaiaAlphagaia Registered User regular
    I love the idea of your own custom Zilliax.

    Toy Captain being a buff and turning something I to a 1/1 is really clever design.

    Hope Rainbow will still be relevant in a few weeks!

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
    edited February 16
    28 possible Zilliax combos, that's just fantastic. What an awesome card.

    I don't even care if it works in the meta or not, it's just a great piece of design for this game.

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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    Making a standard deck with Duels treasures right as Duels is removed from the game forever and thus becomes a meaningless word to new players. I love it.

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    GrobianGrobian What's on sale? Pliers!Registered User regular
    edited February 16
    Old Whizbang was good to just do some quick quests as a mostly BG player. New Whizbang is a day 1 golden craft for me for the same reason.

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    I needed anime to post.I needed anime to post. boom Registered User regular
    My understanding is this patch also updated old Whizbang for wild

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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    "Your opponent left."

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    Idx86Idx86 Long days and pleasant nights.Registered User regular
    Back to Dad Legend (even after taking a week off) and Sludgelock getting nerfed, very good HS day!

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    No Warrior nerf though, ugh.

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    AlphagaiaAlphagaia Registered User regular
    Might not be needed after the buffs and changes.

    Wanna try my Mario Maker levels?

    Shoot m to BITS (hold Y) [hard] C109-0000-014D-4E09
    P-POWER Switch Palace 3838-0000-0122-9359
    Raiding the Serpents Tomb 1A04-0000-0098-C11E
    I like to move it, move it FCE2-0000-00D7-9048

    See my profile here!
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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    Where is the change log? It's not listed on the Hearthstone website.

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
    The changes:

    Patch 28.6.2, launching today, includes the following changes to Standard and Battlegrounds.

    Dev Comment: We have two goals this patch. First, we want to weaken some of the meta outliers. Second, we want to experiment with smaller buffs across several cards that are rotating out of Standard soon—especially in classes that are currently weaker—to see if we can give them one last hurrah. Our hope is that players will try out and enjoy some of these strategies during these last few weeks before they go. This is an experiment, so we’ll be tracking player sentiment and play data to see if this works out.

    The following cards were adjusted to be less powerful:

    Sludge on Wheels
    Old: 2/5
    New: 2/4

    Waste Remover
    Old: 7/7
    New: 5/7

    Chaos Creation
    Old: Deal 6 damage. Summon a random 6-Cost minion. Destroy the bottom 6 cards of your deck.
    New: Deal 5 damage. Summon a random 5-Cost minion. Destroy the bottom 5 cards of your deck.

    Dev comment: When talking about our first goal, to curb power outliers, Warlock is the primary clear outlier across almost all ranks. The deck is strong at all phases of the game, so we’re toning down its mid-game and its late-game burst to bring it into line.

    Shattered Reflections
    Old: Choose a minion. Add a copy of it to your deck and battlefield.
    New: Choose a non-Titan minion. Add a copy of it to your deck and battlefield.

    Dev comment: Ramp-style Druid is not a power outlier at most levels of play, but it is becoming a prevalent power and sentiment outlier at high Legend ranks. Titans were designed to be unique, cards with powerful effects that you can activate maybe a few times per game, not 10 times. We still want the Titans to be those cool, stand-out powerful cards, so we’re removing them from the pool of cards Shattered Reflections can target.

    Blindeye Sharpshooter
    Old: [3 Mana] 1/3
    New: [4 Mana] 3/3

    Dev Comment: Demon Hunter has had its ups and downs. Now it’s in an interesting spot where it isn’t seeing much play or success at most levels of play, but is a consistent sentiment outlier for high-Legend players. Specifically, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback that players don’t like that this one card can generate that much damage, that early in the game. We’re slowing the card down by a turn to make that burst damage slower and clunkier, and buffing other Demon Hunter archetypes in this patch for fans of the class throughout the ladder.

    The cards above will be eligible for full dust refunds for two weeks following Patch 28.6.2.

    The following cards were adjusted to be more powerful:

    Blightblood Berserker
    Old: [8 Mana]
    New: [7 Mana]

    From De Other Side
    Old: [10 Mana]
    New: [9 Mana]

    Harkener of Dread
    Old: Taunt. Deathrattle: Summon a 6/6 Undead with Taunt.
    New: Taunt, Reborn. Deathrattle: Summon a 4/4 Undead with Taunt.

    Scourge Tamer
    Old: [2 Mana] 2/2
    New: [1 Mana] 1/2

    Coilskar Commander
    Old: 2/6
    New: 3/7

    Deal with a Devil
    Old: Summon two 3/3 Felfiends with Lifesteal. If your deck has no minions, summon another.
    New: Summon two 3/3 Felfiends with Lifesteal. If your deck has no minions, summon two more.

    Topple the Idol
    Old: [5 Mana]
    New: [4 Mana]

    Mark of Scorn
    Old: Draw a card. If it’s not a minion, deal 3 damage to the lowest Health enemy.
    New: Draw a card. If it’s not a minion, deal 4 damage to the lowest Health enemy.

    Trench Surveyor
    Old: [2 Mana] 3/2
    New: [1 Mana] 2/1

    Energy Shaper
    Old: Battlecry: Transform all spells in your hand into ones that cost (2) more. (They keep their original Cost.)
    New: Battlecry: Transform all spells in your hand into ones that cost (3) more. (They keep their original Cost.)

    Sunken Sweeper (generated by Azsharan Sweeper)
    Old: Battlecry: Add 3 random Mechs to your hand.
    New: Battlecry: Add 3 random Mechs to your hand. They cost (1) less.

    Mysterious Visitor
    Old: Reduce the Cost of cards copied from your opponent by (2).
    New: Reduce the Cost of cards copied from your opponent by (3).

    Incriminating Psychic
    Old: Taunt. Deathrattle: Copy a random card from your opponent’s hand.
    New: Taunt. Deathrattle: Copy two random cards from your opponent’s hand.

    Pirate Admiral Hooktusk
    Old: [8 Mana] 8/8. Battlecry: If you’ve summoned 8 other Pirates this game, plunder the enemy!
    New: [7 Mana] 7/7. Battlecry: If you’ve summoned 7 other Pirates this game, plunder the enemy!

    Demolition Renovator
    Old: [4 Mana] 4/4
    New: [3 Mana] 3/3

    Battlegrounds Updates

    Quest Reward Pool Changes
    Sturdy Shard has been removed from the Quest Reward Pool.
    Double-Headed Reward has been banned from Jandice Barov.
    Stable Amalgamation has been made more difficult to complete in Beast games.
    Beyond the Mirage and Temporal Tampering have been made more difficult to complete in Elemental or Pirate games.

    Quest Reward Changes
    Divine Armor
    Old: At the end of your turn, give the left-most minion in your hand +6/+6 and Divine Shield.
    New: At the end of your turn, give the left-most minion in your hand +8/+8 and Divine Shield.

    Ritual Dagger
    Old: After a friendly Deathrattle minion dies, give it +4/+4 permanently.
    New: After a friendly Deathrattle minion dies, give it +5/+5 permanently.

    Mirror Shield
    Old: After each Refresh, give a minion in the Tavern +4/+4 and Divine Shield.
    New: After each Refresh, give a minion in the Tavern +6/+6 and Divine Shield.

    Minion Pool Updates
    Heedless Hoarder and Worgen Vigilante have been removed from the Minion Pool.
    Felfin Navigator and Zapp Slywick have been returned to the Minion Pool.

    Minion Updates
    Land Lubber
    Old: [Tier 3]
    New: [Tier 4]

    Moon-Bacon Jazzer
    Old: [Tier 2] 2/3
    New: [Tier 3] 2/5

    Crackling Cyclone
    Old: [Tier 3] 4/1
    New: [Tier 2] 3/1

    Wildfire Elemental
    Old: [Tier 4] 7/4
    New: [Tier 3] 6/3

    Felboar
    Old: 1/4. After you cast 3 spells, consume a minion in the Tavern to gain its stats.
    New: 3/8. After you cast 2 spells, consume a minion in the Tavern to gain its stats.

    Zapp Slywick
    Old: 8/16
    New: 11/22

    Tavern Spell Updates
    Suspicious Stimulant
    Old: [2 Gold] Freeze a minion in the Tavern. If it’s Frozen at the end of this turn, double its stats.
    New: [3 Gold] Choose a minion in the Tavern. Lock it in your hand for one turn and double its stats.

    Fluidity
    Old: [Tier 3]
    New: [Tier 5]

    Cloning Conch
    Old: [5 Gold] Get a copy of a Murloc in your hand.
    New: [4 Gold] Get a copy of a non-Golden Murloc in your hand.

    Spitescale Special
    Old: [Tier 3]
    New: [Tier 4]

    Dev Comment: While moving a card up a Tavern Tier usually weakens it, in this case we see this change more as a buff. This is because Tier 4 Tavern Spells have more copies in the pool than other Tiers, and because the Spellcraft pool becomes a lot stronger at Tier 4 with the inclusion of Deep Blues.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    Whew, glad I didn't craft Pop'gar to play Sludge Warlock.

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
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    Okay yeah this set is going to be hilarious.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    The upcoming rotation seems to have made people sentimental for Renathal. Been running into a lot of 40 card decks lately.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    edited February 26
    It's absolutely incredible how often whatever I queue up with, the next game I'm immediately slammed into its low play rate, worst matchup.

    forty on
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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    Man, I'm seeing so many bots lately. And not Blizzard bots, they are definitely gold-farmer. In Diamond!

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    ani_game_bumani_game_bum Optimistic, Rule-Breaking Nice Guy The Final World/DestinationRegistered User regular
    I was able to get into Standard Platinum last night and after a couple of hours and about a dozen matches later coasted into Diamond due to matching up versus nothing but bots running a basic neutral minion deck and no spells, IIRC.

    I'll happily take the free pass to Diamond but it just felt weird and lifeless. It wasn't until I got to D9 that I actually played against a (presuming) live player.

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    emnmnmeemnmnme Registered User regular
    How can you tell the bots from the real players?

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    antheremantherem Registered User regular
    emnmnme wrote: »
    How can you tell the bots from the real players?

    The "good" bots will have normal-looking names and play decks in the current meta, instantly; discovers faster than any mortal could click, resolving card plays during animations, that sort of thing.
    The gold farming bots have keysmash names and tend to run garbage common decks played very poorly.

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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    edited February 26
    antherem wrote: »
    emnmnme wrote: »
    How can you tell the bots from the real players?

    The "good" bots will have normal-looking names and play decks in the current meta, instantly; discovers faster than any mortal could click, resolving card plays during animations, that sort of thing.
    The gold farming bots have keysmash names and tend to run garbage common decks played very poorly.

    Blizzard bots also *immediately* concede on your next turn when lethal is on the board. They also all play identical decks, usually plague death knight.

    Gold-farming bots could be any class, but they only play the basic and core cards. You will see core cards that are just completely out of place in the typical meta deck for a given class.

    Once you play against a few of them, you begin to recognize the patterns.

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    fortyforty Registered User regular
    I never seem to run into bots. Might be an MMR thing.

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    GoodKingJayIIIGoodKingJayIII They wanna get my gold on the ceilingRegistered User regular
    Yeah, it could be. Usually when you haven't played for a while or tank your MMR trying something new, you'll start seeing bots. But I've been winning consistently and hitting Diamond 10, 5, and Legendary over the past 3 months. Currently Diamond 5. So I dunno why my MMR would be so far in the toilet that I'm only seeing bots.

    That said, I started seeing a lot more real players this morning so maybe I'm out of whatever hole I threw myself in. lol

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    The JudgeThe Judge The Terwilliger CurvesRegistered User regular
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