What's up its launu, or a minestrike player. I'm here to discuss rayers, and what needs to be done. RAYERS- The Problem : I think its a KNOWN FACT in the minestrike community that rayers are prevalent in minestrike, and as time goes on the number of rayers only seems to increase. It seems to be so easy to ray and get away with it. All you have to do is sit by a wall and pretend to f5 and just ray them. Any ordinary MS player with an IQ higher than 3.45 can see a rayer from a mile away. Not to mention, the cheaters that cheat just to "get back" at the current rayers, and then they succumb to it. These rayers pre scope angles and prefire you so the second you peek a corner you're dead. That's no fun. The solution? Getting staff to actually ban for xray. Is it really that hard to tell when a player is STARING AT A PLAYER THROUGH A WALL ALL GAME LONG? I think not. Furthermore, if a player is actually not a rayer, they can appeal it easily, as they obviously should get the benefit of the doubt, and get unbanned. I think there should definitely be something done from players who actually know what they're doing, not staff members who touched minestrike when it released, played 3 games, and considered themselves a "minestrike veteran." If you have below 1,500 wins you're pretty much voiceless in this process. Personally, I'd suggest staff either a) use their braincells and eyes and ban players blatantly staring through walls at players OR PROMOTE TILGORN TO RC!!!!! HES THE ONLY STAFF MEMBER THAT PLAYS MINESTRIKE THAT HAS AN IQ OVER 40 WHEN IT COMES TO THIS!! He knows who rays, he knows who doesn't. Simple. What has been done in the past? BastetTheSatann (EX-STAFF MEMBER) aka badstet *banned rayers for blink since "xray" wasn't viable.* banned 100+ rayers since "xray" wasn't a viable reason. To my knowledge, not a single one of his bans for raying were unreasonable/false bans. They cheated. Nothing more than that. The result? Him getting demoted from staff because he was promoting change when the mineplex staff stays incompetent, doesn't listen to their players, and decides change is bad. Badstet has banned more rayers in his short-lived heroism than the whole mineplex team has in their history. The takeaway? Do something. What badstet did was take action. Though he did the wrong things, they were for the right reasons. EFFECT ON THE MINESTRIKE ENVIRONMENT: [redacted], the current #1 minestrike wins player is a well-known rayer that has not won over 75 games legitimately. [redacted], the current #2 minestrike wins player used xray for 4000 of their wins. [redacted], the current #9 minestrike wins player used xray for well over 3,500 of their wins. Over 2 rayers per minestrike public game that just makes the game unfun. Seriously, think about it... turning a corner and instantly dying to a player that prefired you and dying like this 50% of the time. THE COMMUNITY'S THOUGHTS ON RAYERS: Meggo: one of the best egirls to ever play minestrike : They honestly ruin the game for me and it is hard to play MineStrike when there's an infestation of hackers It ruins the community and I really want the problem of rays to be fixed spookaroou: plays minestrike pubs for hours every day mineplex needs a better and easier way to ban rayers it’s very hard to catch rayers for mineplex at least Frosstt: minestrike enthusiast, "Professor Reg", grinds pubs all day. While I'm mostly a part of the group of people who say rayers are just people who look for ways to negatively affect one's day, I understand why some people do ray. In no way am I saying raying or any form of cheating is ok, but a lot of older players who do ray are just finding other ways to play the game because lets face it the game gets boring for some people. I do agree that newer players who start raying either don't care about learning the game but still care about getting kills in it, or just want to get reactions. All of closet rayers go down the path of the former no matter if they try to hide it or not. As for catching rayers it is NOT as hard as mineplex makes it out to be, spectating them for a game or two can normally confirm your suspicions even if they try to hide it. I'm not going to waste a bunch of time talking about what to look for when catching rayers because I honestly could care less this game, I've already explained this topic multiple times. Sarinaa: Minestrike veteran, professional MS Player "As a person who has played casual MineStrike for over two years, it has come to my realization that MineStrike’s X-Rayer problem originates from the fact that the higher ups continue to turn a blind eye to the problem and continue to neglect MineStrike as a minigame. X-Ray is rarely punishable. You cannot report it directly by typing “/report”, nor can you get an average mod to take care of the X-Rayer directly. Because of this, it is automatically implanted into our brains that it is okay to X-Ray. Although I understand that X-Ray is not the easiest hack detect and ban for without sufficient evidence, I do believe that Mineplex is doing the bare minimum to deal with the issue, there is much more they could do. There is a possible way to make punishing X-Rayers more convenient and simpler, there has to be. And until it is figured out, MineStrike will continue to lose its supply of new players and will continue to lose its popularity." IrakoWolfbaen: Current #6 wins on LB, best player (legit) on leaderboards Feeling really strongly about this, Irako states, "Okay so. Rayers have been a big problem with me personally because I'm a big prefirerer and oftentimes I get grouped up with them in some peoples minds. However, I think emotionally there's not actually any player that seriously despises them more than me, beyond just general gamer-y rage I legitimately hate (and I use that word very, very seriously) their mindsets. Rayers originally came from players who simply weren't good enough at the game and tried making up for it. These players were super sad but seriously messed up and they easily ruin the games experience for people play them. To be honest, some of these guys are a big reason why I prefire so greatly because I looked up to them becase as a noob I legit just thought they were so much better, and I basically copied a lot of timings and playstyles. So that's was super disappointing when I learn the game better after thousands of hours and saw how blatant their micromistakes were. But I think most rayers in the past few years just value themselves and their enjoyment above everyone elses and thats not even sad its just a toxic, disgusting behavior. It fully goes against anyone who has any sense of morality mindset. These players legit deserve to be IP banned because they're more or less fully aware of what they're doing and who they're abusing. So, as far as Mineplex goes, I've never been so let down. You'd think they'd have experienced staff members who can basically perform overwatches on these guys and ban the vast majority of them within a minute (seriously once you know what you're doing, even if you are watching them hoping that they're not raying you can see right through them). As far as I'm concerned, this is just a lack of maturity of MP and a complete lack of care for their player base. This also brings along another type of cheater who just feels wronged by the system and cheats to 'get back' at the cheaters. These guys often don't realize that they aren't actually helping solve the problem at all. So, basically. Rayers are a major issue in MS, and its unacceptable that they're allowed to ruin the game for everyone around them." The general consensus is that rayers should be gone. and staff needs to do something about it. EDIT: So I've been informed that RC doesn't actually ban xrayers, they're the "brains" behind the process, and create rules to get them banned. I've created a more in-detail post to this, found somewhere below here, but here's my revised solution: Personally, if I were RC, I'd stop being so lenient in the unreasonably high-standards needed to ban rayers, I'd be more lenient in these players' appeals being accepted on the off-chance that they were actually not raying.