Barely 6 months after the last World of Warcraft ban wave, which took place in May, 2016, Blizzard has taken yet again action against the usage of third party tools, by issuing suspensions and permanent bans to players that were found using them.
Granted, most of the players who got suspended received 6 months of suspension, as it’s customary for Blizzard lately, but there were cases of punishments as high as 18 months or even permanent bans, for “severe” and “repeat offenders”.
Even though there are reports of players banned for usage of other third party software, such as FireHack and WRobot, the most hit target seems to be HonorBuddy once again, which makes sense, since they have the largest customer base.
An interesting thing to add would be that there have been reports of suspensions related to IP, such as where two people are living in the same house, sharing the same IP but have different computers and WoW accounts, where one of them used a bot on their own account, and both got suspended for it, regardless of no account sharing and such. Now, it isn’t factual per se, if this truly happened, but our suggestion is, if you live with someone who is using bots in relation to WoW and share the same IP address, your best bet would be to use a VPN, as inconvenient at times as that might be.
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While it might be devastating for some people who got caught using bots on their main accounts, it can’t be denied that such actions aren’t warranted. Blizzard is acting more often and more harshly against cheaters, and it’s safe to say that such offenses have little to no place in future expansions.
There were lots of logs and evidence gathered as part of this current ban wave, and suspension arrived even at the luckiest players who managed to dodge such bullets in the past, so once again, if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid this ban wave, you should really stay put as of now, especially given that most of these actions also come with an in-game currency strip, meaning you’ll lose all of your gold and honor points. More so, there are reports of players who haven’t used bots since Legion came out, so while account flagging and logs cannot be prevented, you should really try to remove any trace of said software from your computer.
If you wish to check the players’ ban reports, you can do so by visiting the Honorbuddy forums.
Update: Official statement from the Honorbuddy staff that their bot has been detected for the past 2-3 weeks, which allowed Blizzard’s Warden anti-cheat system to bypass Honorbuddy’s Tripwire defense mechanism.
Update 2: There are reports of players getting banned for using software like EWT and Yeti as well, so for the time being, nothing seems to be safe.
Remember that Blizzard takes such offenses very seriously, and lately ban waves were just a matter of time. You should really think twice if you’re willing to risk your (main) account, because sooner or later, it will get banned.
This is pretty much all we have so far on the Honorbuddy WoW ban wave on November 2016. If you have anything else to add, please let us know through our comment section. We’ll keep this post updated, so be sure to check it every now and then to see if anything changed!