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I don't think there are bot players. Just "the best" reward was not worth the bother this time around. Majority of my group (ranks #3+) didn't even reach 80k points.
Those you consider bot players are often more knowledgeable or have more spare time than others. As I said when the competition started, it worked the same as Winter Cup.
Competing with 29 people for 3 days for 1x UFO is absurd. Won't even mention the Star Collection event - 180 stars for just 3 of the weakest boosters. lol It's not even funny at this point. 😕