So I'm going to start by saying I have no concrete proof. This is purely speculation but I'm throwing this out here to see if other people have started seeing similar behaviour in games.
I've been playing Tribute since release and predominately only pvp. I pay very particular attention to how other players play in the opening rounds so I know which style of play I have to play agasint this opponent for a chance to win. Over the last couple of days I have noticed a particular pattern across a number of different opponents which has me feeling there maybe some "extra help" out there.
Across all players that I noticed this it occured only with the Crow cards. The first time it happened I put it down to lag, but I looked at my latency and it was great (for Australian standards) and it continued throughout the entire game. Basically, when a crow card shows up in the Tavern during their turn, if they have the gold for it, it is brought fast. And I mean incredibly fast. So fast that the animation of the card doesn't complete and the card appears to go straight from the draw pile to their cooldown pile. So fast it never even lands in the Tavern.
With the first player I faced where I saw this happening, I just put it down to a very skilled and quick thinking player as all their moves were quick and on point. But then an hour or so later I face another player where this exact behaviour (cards being brought so fast they don't land in the Tavern) and this player was far from the level of the previous, they made numerous silly choices and seemed completely humstrung when dealing with any other non crow card (for instance not converting/destroying bewilderment cards, etc). It also struck me as interesting that it only ever happened with Crow cards. Over the last 2 days I have seen this in about 4 games now and none of the players were this quick with any other patron cards, and when you see it once it continues to happen throughout the rest of the game. If it was a "one off play" during a game I could easily put it down to a random lag spike. But when you see it happen once, it then happens with every opportunity for the rest of the game and that becomes instantly eyebrow raising. It really looks like an auto buy script/addon and if this exists it would surely be crossing the line between QoL and cheating.
So I'm mostly curious to see if other players have noticed similar behaviour during any of their recent games? For context, I'm playing on PC|NA
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