Taiwan has been banned from the Hearthstone Global Games due to cheating

    
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Oh no, evidence!

Let’s talk about stream sniping, shall we? As much as everyone would like for Hearthstone matches to be perfectly simultaneous around the world, it is possible to watch what someone is doing on a delayed broadcast and use that to inform what you’re about to do next. This, needless to say, is cheating. It’s also what the Taiwan team appears to have engaged with in the most recent round of play of the Hearthstone Global Games, resulting in an unceremonious ban of the team.

The tournament rules specifically prohibit any sort of “stream sniping” in play, and the official ban notice states that investigation found evidence to support the idea that the team engaged in this unscrupulous behavior against the Singaporean team. Based on this, the Singapore team will advance to the next stage of the competition, while the Taiwanese team will be left to consider its actions. And not participate, obviously.

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Darthbawl

So, is stream sniping common at this level or something that happens every once in a while? (of course it happening at all is not acceptable)

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Mewmew

I don’t know but cheating seems to happen quite often in professional sports. Cheating is as old as competition itself. I don’t find it acceptable, but some people think it’s part of the game.

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Daniel Miller

((Deleted by mod. This is completely unacceptable on MOP. Please review the community commenting code.))

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zetikla

such a classy fellow you are

props for the lowkey racism