Understand that bug fixing may be difficult, but banning obvious cheater should be straightforward. Detecting them is not hard either since the replay which shows the cheating behavior is available for everyone in the game (I guess someone can even write a script to automatically check replays for potential cheating behavor?)
We need to ban them fast and furious, to mitigate the problem now and deter this behaviour in the future.
If you need manpower to review replay, I’m sure many people could volunteer in, myself included.
Alright, yes, there are 2 “[aM] MbL40C” accounts in random map leaderboard, one of which is the guy you are talking about. So he is not a smurf (although that could be treated as cheating IMO), but a cheater-doppelgänger?
The devs made a mess in the current patch. There is really a thin line between bug abuse and cheater. Some players are just great in ‘using the new features’ of the game. Is that equal to cheating? Most will argue for ‘Yes’. I dont know if this is really against the rules. That is up to the devs to decide. This behavoir of players is a result of the mess from the devs. Do we really blame the players or do we need to blame the devs?
To be clear: I dont say we have to accept this behavoir of the players. For me it is a reason to stop playing untill this is fixed. It make no sense to play against bug abusers.
The worst part is that we cannot “BLOCK” an adversary from matchmaking putting us together again and the fact that he is also impersonating other players is very damaging to the community.
I would appreciate if the devs could somehow add a block feature and a restriction on name changes.
Its really painful to see a guy like Hera, who works 8-10 hours a day to develop his stream, shutting it down after playing the cheater 3x in a row. And 2.000 viewers actually confused if the other player was the actual cheater or a smurf. I am sure the actual player received not-so-polite messages for cheating, when he actually didnt do a thing.
The Hera VOD is posted above. If you browse through it you will see the cheater/exploiter playing as “Darknoob” (not the actual cheater), Spanish on Islands x3. Hera instantly resigns on the 2nd and 3rd games, before deciding to stop actually playing ranked 1v1s.
RiuT beat the cheater later on the same day, his ranking had incresed above what “Darknoob” would usually be (1900~), so he renamed to “Noisick” (2100~). Same civ, same map, same cheats. RiuT beat him because most people just resign when they see the cheats. I do not believe RiuT would beat him a second time – he probably didnt expect RiuT to try.
Now he renamed to “MbL” (2200~) and is rank #13 on the ladder.
The fact that I, a person that has a full time job not related to AoE can keep track of this and the devs/GMs cannot baffles me. This guy should have his IP tracked and banned as a simple account ban would not suffice as its ridiculously easy to set up a new one on the same PC.
Also, a hotfix or rollback should have been done by now, but thats a different subject.
That is your assumption and negative bias you give it. I’m 100% sure that they rely on other resources for deep bug fixing and every month have an tight schedule for using those resources. I’m also sure that they will handle it one way or another.