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Chinese offline players

Postby Maraut » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:45 am

I'm currently playing the Friday Casual - Asia at 10:00 AM. There are quite a few chinese players but one group of them stands out. Their names all go like fu*something*, they are all very low level, and none of them are playing their games. It seems they're not even connected to the internet. I've noticed this a few times before, but thought they just had connection issues. But by now, the pattern is a bit too obvious. I'm not sure why you would join tournaments with no intention to participate, but it wierds me out. XP-farming bots, maybe?
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby Cruel_TeK » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:57 pm

the obvious answer is : to help get the tourney started
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby ivko » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:56 pm

Yes, it looks like these are "smurf" accounts created just to get the tournament started. The added benefit for the actually participating players is that they can easily get the top prizes.

Now that's a weird scheme to farm free resources.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby Maraut » Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:07 pm

It does seem like a very roundabout way to get prizes in a game that is already very generous with its players.

In any case, it makes for a rather poor gaming experience. Only half of my matches were actual fights, the other opponents either didn't show up or forfeited right away.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby steinr » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:15 am

So... are we allowed to do this? Or is it just the Chinese? ;)
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby ivko » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:58 pm

I would be glad if you don't do it. It is ruining the experience of other players.

I was already thinking about possible solutions.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby ShadoWolf » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:21 pm

ivko wrote:I would be glad if you don't do it. It is ruining the experience of other players.

I was already thinking about possible solutions.


How about filling the spots with bots too ensure tournaments take place, that way players wouldnt be forced too use smurf accounts.

Additional its more fun too kill a AI than getting a bye.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby VitamineC » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:28 pm

ShadoWolf wrote:How about filling the spots with bots too ensure tournaments take place, that way players wouldnt be forced too use smurf accounts.

Additional its more fun too kill a AI than getting a bye.

+1
Tournaments being cancelled isn't fun for anyone and adding bots doesn't hurt anyone.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby Xarallon » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:26 am

Add bots up to 8 participants, have 3 rounds, use advanced pairing logic to favor matching bots together.
I think there should still be a minimum 4-5 people.
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Re: Chinese offline players

Postby Fox Cunning » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:53 am

I get that you want tournaments not to be cancelled, but why would the devs need to implement bots when they could just decrease the minimum required number of participants and obtain the same effect? :shock:
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