The thing about bots is that they run indefinitely — so it’s highly possible that while player online activity shifts according to time zones, the bot population remains static throughout, continuously grinding their way up the ranks and to Hearthstone‘s daily gold limit. So it’s not enough to get crushed by RNG and yet another Zoolock deck; the real salt in the wound is that the person laying the smack-down isn’t even there. That bots can consistently win against top players and climb the ranks to Legendary might have deeper implications on the competitive balance of the game.
Now, a well-known Hearthstone botmaker, Warcrawler, has shut down. Citing their Hearthcrawler product, the website now displays a simple announcement, stating, “This is our last official announcement. The recent ban wave in Hearthstone hit a lot of users. After discussing this with Blizzard, it’s clear we have to take off our services/products now. Please note that we’re not going to be commenting further on this.”