Thursday, August 18, 2016

MTGO Library Bot 11.41

Yesterday some ML Bot users had issues with the MTGO login. According to WotC, it is no more allowed to try login every couple of minutes (like the bot does) during the server downtime. Trying the login frequently is considered a violation of the ToS, section 10:
(d) taking actions that impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Wizards' network infrastructure or that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any of Wizards' websites or other services.”

ML Bot users that had the option "on Wednesday, wait before relog" activated were already ToS-compliant. Some ML Bot users that did not, had their IP banned for 24-hours. Please note that you can circumvent the ban easily by changing your IP address. If you are familiar with software like Tor, or HMA, this should be pretty straightforward. If you don't want to change your IP, or you cannot, then you just have wait some hours for your IP to be automatically unbanned.

We are now in the process of releasing a bot update (11.41) that will respect the downtimes so next Wednesday there will not be problems. In a nutshell, during the downtime the bot will sit idle and will not try the login.

Within ML Bot 11.41 we also implemented:

  • support for TransferCollection.txt files up to 500 lines long (previous support was max 200 lines)
  • fixed a rare bug with the Classified messaged that resulted in empty classified messages
  • a 15%-20% speed up in trades, due to internal code optimization

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