Well, a couple of days ago, I wrote a post about the reasons for which you can get banned from WoW, and where I mentioned that there’s been some time since the last WoW ban wave. Anyway, it seems that I jinxed it, as currently, there’s an on-going WoW account share and boost ban wave. Sorry. :/
For a few days now, Blizzard is cracking down on players that are either sharing their WoW accounts or purchasing boosts. By boosts, I mean anything related to PvP/PvE, such as arena or RBG rating, powerleveling, mage tower challenges, mythic plus dungeons, achievements, quests, mounts and so on. Pretty much anything that can be sold boost-wise, and especially anything that requires you to hand your WoW account to someone else in order for this to happen. Thus, WoW account sharing.
A bit unlikely though, but the most predominant penalties that Blizzard is issuing for these alleged offenses are suspensions for 30 days, just in time for Battle for Azeroth’s launch (August 14). However, “repeat offenders”, meaning players that have been suspended before, have been slammed with suspensions for up to 6 months.
Here’s the mail sent out by Blizzard to the affected players:
WoW Account Share and Boost Ban Wave Ban Mail
Violation: Unauthorized Account Access
Along with this suspension, we may remove currencies, inventory and/or ranking/qualifications associated with the account involved in this exploitive behavior.
As the account holder, you are responsible for the activity associated with this game license. Further violations will result in harsher suspensions or permanent closure.
We don’t take this decision lightly. Our team issued this suspension only after a careful review of relevant evidence. Our support staff will not overturn this penalty and may not respond to appeals.
Straight forward typical Blizzard mail, except it isn’t really straight forward at all. In fact, the alleged violation, namely “unauthorized account access”, actually makes you believe that your WoW account has been hacked into, rather than summarizing what the ban is actually for. More so, some of the affected players haven’t partaken into these things for weeks, if not months, and thus, completely forgot about it until now, for which the ban reason would make even less sense.
That being said, it seems that Blizzard were already flagging accounts for a while now, and just now decided to smash the targeted players, leaving them with virtually no time to re-earn the rewards or achievements in question.
The thing is, a lot of the affected players state that the only reason for which they got banned was due to using a VPN while playing WoW (for legitimate reasons), or for simply logging into WoW from a different computer or laptop, without actually breaking the rules. This is in fact something that is very likely to happen, especially nowadays when everyone is pushing to earn achievements and unobtainable rewards. That, cumulated with the IP discrepancy from a VPN or different computer can indeed flag your account as being shared.
So, without blaming the boosting companies, I’d recommend being careful if you’re actually considering on purchasing a boost, especially right now, as it can get your WoW account banned, along with having all the rewards or achievements obtained through the boost removed.
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I was on the receiving end of a 1 month ban, I boosted a couple mage towers from a site claiming they use vpn and your account would be unbannable. Obviously they were wrong. Did it a couple time so not sure which they got me on. Nor do I know if they took the mage tower skins away. Cant tell since theres no way of checking until the 1 month ban is up. Remember it’s only ok to boost if blizzard can get a piece of the change, they could care less if you boosted or not. They’re just mad they didnt make any money off it
Really sorry to hear that happened to you. I don’t want to upset you even more, but Blizzard did say they they’ll be removing the Mage Tower artifact appearances that were obtained though boosting. 🙁
I don’t think they’ll just remove it, everyone hit with the banwave in May 2018 for boosting who are now back in the game still have their elite transmogs from the boost that got them banned, my guess is you’ll still have the skin.
Well, let’s hope so! 🙂
I’m on the receiving end of a 6 month suspension.
(Yikes) Even though this is my first offence it was only a few mage towers a buddy did for me. Nothing really big that would have hurt other players.
While my buddy has account shared way more than me for power leveling they got nothing.
I really can’t take this ban wave seriously for how much they missed tbh.
My 2nd account wasn’t hit at all so least I got that :/
That’s indeed an overkill… sorry to hear that. :/
do they instant remove the rewards or it like at the new season ? i got banned but still have everything
They don’t always instantly remove the rewards, or sometimes, at all. Depends on how you check for it, is it via armory? Because the armory requires a character login to update the achievements / mounts and so on.
Still shows all my items when I copy my character over to beta or PTR. Not sure if that confirms anything but here’s to hoping!
That’s a really good idea indeed. The items most likely weren’t removed in that case! 😀
Can anyone confirm, if they kept their rewards on the beta/ptr – That they kept em after the ban?
I was banned for 30 days and I was able to keep all my rewards and achievements.
That’s good to know, thanks for sharing that! 🙂