A huge part of successful ELO
play comes from experience. A player has to be able to recognize the cards, be able to understand the strategic options the opponent has available to him from looking at his hand, and so forth. A friend or a sibling can give you some great cards and some play tips, maybe even put together an awesome deck for you... But they can't convey that wealth of experience.
We can't discount the possibility that some of these low-level accounts are high-levels looking for a fresh starts, or savants with experienced friends. However, any low-level account that repeatedly succeeds in ELO
, and has great cards, should be under close scrutiny. ESPECIALLY if it happens to use the same IP as a higher-level account.
Botting is not in question here. I have some vague understanding of how the client works, and in order to successfully bot to a high ELO
rating, it would mean that you have found some way to match up against "dummy" accounts that you also run, that deliberately lose to you. This would be fairly difficult to achieve. What is in question is integrity.
It is not sportsmanlike to enter a competition several times, under different names, when the majority of competitors only have one entry. It does create an unfair advantage, and so compromises the game. IMO, it is definitely important to punish or at least severely discourage such actions.
What I'm trying to say is, that this investigation should be ongoing.