As it is known, the GM league should reunite the top 200 players of each region and getting there should always be a hard trip, and the reward something only a skilled competitor should get and wear with pride.
I am not talking here about people having multiple accounts and smurfs in the GM league, if they put that much time and effort for each account, then by all means, they should have it.
It is about people that cheat, mostly by using maphacks, along with production tab cheats or/and automation programs and who got to be Grandmasters, robbing this opportunity to others more deserving and messing up the ranking of others. For example, when you lose vs another GM, you lose 24 points, and only win 2 or 4 vs others. By cheating game after game, one of these sad persons has managed to get rank no 1 in GM WOL EU server, but there are others in there, that i have played myself and have evidence against.
I won’t link it here, as ironically i might get banned for defamation 100 times sooner then them for hacking ingame, but whoever is interested can check it out at the Team Liquid thread created to report cheaters
Until today, another site, http://www.starcraft2hackerdatabase.com/, ran as well and did analysis of the replays uploaded on TL, posting the results in a very professional manner, with all the evidence in case of cheat usage. Still, this was a personal project, ran on voluntary basis and wasn’t sponsored by Blizzard, not to mention the fact that even if proven guilty there, hackers can only be banned by Blizz.
I have reported them ingame as well, along with the evidence of their missconduct, but still they are allowed to roam free and wreck havoc on ladder… I have always believed maphacks are isolated incidents, and most reports come from people mad they lost a game to a superior adversary, and have never reported anyone for this since the start of the game, but suddently, in one week i found out 3 cheaters, playing at a high level.
And these are only the dumbest ones, that do it blatantly (for example not scouting at all the whole game, just blindly defending pushes, having the right composition, looking at bases and armies in the fog of war etc) and i am 100% sure there are many more who cheat, but they are way more subtle about it. Blizzard shouldn’t rely on the players alone spotting them, there should be a system in place, that can detect third party programs such as automation macros and maphacks, but until then, at least the reports should be looked after and at least the GM players of each region should be checked more thoroughly, as they must consist of only top skilled players, not sad individuals who need to cheat in order to get a win.
I’m not saying cheating in the lower leagues is less important, a hacker should be banned regardless of placement in my oppinion, but a bronze or gold maphacker has less impact on the ladder and can usually be outmacroed and beaten even with his cheats, not to mention that the play there is more chaotic and you can expect a player to try to proxy 2 gate you on a 4 player map, with no scouting 🙂 Still, when that happens in high masters/GM you can’t say it’s just a lucky guess or bad play…
So please, do something about this, as i see no point playing a game that will turn into WC3 or Diablo 2 at it’s finest duping days, and where i need to check my replays each time i lost, to see if it was a legit game.