Interesting way to combat bots, but could you pickpocket 8 times, leave dungeon, reset it and do another 8 times without penalty? Because if so then that's what they will do.
They could have fixed this back in Classic already and hard limit the amount of botted raw gold inflating prices. The sole excuse of not differing from vanilla is hypocrisy at its finest; back then they had Game Masters that enforced Code of Conduct.
So they address bots in season of mastery but not in TBCC or WoW Classic? Interesting
yeah what about this change RIGHT NOW on live servers? There are still plenty of rogues in brd or bots farming in ZF.. or what about getting a person checking every hour with /who and whisper them and if they dont answer correctly ban them.. thats what ultima online or osrs doing. There would be even people doing this for free or would even pay for it working for you ^^
Seriously, blizzard? So instead of ever making a serious attempt to get rid of bots, you kill an early rogue gold farm for legitimate players as well? You could have actual gm's in game that actually follow up on bot reports and ban players. I've seen people literally reporting the exact same bots for months on end with nothing happening. You could even ban them by mac address so most of them wouldn't be able to make a new account. Sure, some would spoof their mac but you'd definitely get a lot of the script kiddies. You could also make automatic bot detection tools to auto-ban them. The programs most of these guys use are easily available on the internet. But instead you take the laziest approach possible that hurts legitimate players as well to make it look like your actually trying to take the botting situation seriously.
I'd assume this is a good way to create a "testing ground" for interesting mechanics. If they end up working well and Blizzard doesn't end up needing to completely scrap it mid-season, then they'll apply some of these rules everywhere (Classic/TBCC/Retail).Of course, this is an assumption.
plz tell me how is it complicated for a company running a 16 year old game to search for bots and ban them. They just dont care thats all
I think it's great that blizzard have finally made some kind of move against bots, but like many have said, and oh so many more people will say....Go back to hiring GMs, and get them back in game.Relying on automated systems for everything is causing way more problems than it ever seems to fix.
The same solution was applied to multi-boxers who weren't using scripting hacks to automate movement and harvest nodes. blizzard instead kills an entire style of gameplay because they somehow don't understand hacking between legit gameplay and bots farming.
One of the things that made me quit classic was constant nerfs to trivial sources of gold. I found a location I could get enough wool to level up first aid on all my characters? Nerfed! As a skinner I killed loads of things, which had to be looted before I could skin them, but the loot 3/4's of the time didn't go into my bag. "It's not a bug. And bugs are in the spirit of classic." Yeah right. Killing furbolgs for rep, which sometimes dropped boe's, then one day they didn't anymore. At the time there were no bots. They just wanted to make people work harder and longer to earn gold for their mount.
BRD Ring of Law was my go-to area for Ravenholdt junkbox rep farming. I feel bad for anyone trying to do it now!
Lets not address bots and botting at all but put limits on which FORCE bots to spend time and money looking for other ways around these fixes to make their gold but it doesn't stop the problem of bots in the first place of which a better report system and a couple of GM's going across servers looking into popular farm spots and servers would fix much easier.
~10 pickpockets seems VERY extreme, I do understand they're trying to combat bots, but this severely hurts legit rogues gold farming.I'm terrified paladins are next up on the list, leave my SM/stockade farms alone!
Not only does it affect gold farming but rogues pickpocketing while running BRD with a group. Many rogues use a pickpocket macro when they open on mobs. The junkboxes from pickpocketing are also good for training lockpicking and contain rogue poison components and flash/blinding powder. In fact, the junkboxes are the best source for blinding powder.