WoW Ban Wave for Rotation Bots on August 23, 2023

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In an unexpected twist, the World of Warcraft community is once again grappling with a sweeping WoW Ban wave for rotation bots on August 23, 2023.

As you probably guessed from the title, at the forefront of this ban wave is the recurring issue of alleged cheating through the use of rotation bots. More so, this is not the first time Blizzard issues a large wave of WoW bans for rotation bots, considering one of the earliest ones we covered was back in December 2015.

Nonetheless, this doesn’t come as a surprise, as it seems lately Blizzard is hard at work with their ongoing efforts to preserve the game’s integrity, having issued a ban wave for WoW boosting in May 2023, as well as one for Diablo 4 for botting in June of 2023.

So, without further adieu, let’s delve into it!

What are Rotation Bots in WoW?

Rotation bots in World of Warcraft, also known as rotation helpers or combat routines, are automated tools designed to execute precise and optimal character rotations, ensuring flawless DPS or healing in both PvE and PvP scenarios. In other games, they’re called scripts (such as scripting in LoL).

Thus, unlike regular WoW bots, rotation tools will not assist with leveling your character, fishing, gathering resources or completing quests. They’re strictly meant for combat, whether in raids, dungeons, arenas or battlegrounds.

These third-party software tools meticulously trigger spells and abilities with impeccable timing, maximizing the potential output while minimizing any errors. But, you’ll need to handle your character’s movement (dodge mechanics, stay out of fire, soak abilities, etc.), as they only handle the actual combat rotation part.

Particularly in PvP, rotation bots play a pivotal role by flawlessly executing CC, stuns, interrupts, and other crucial actions, granting players using it a distinct and unfair advantage by consistently executing complex sequences with unmatched precision.

In this regard, WoW rotation bots are far more damaging in PvP than in PvE, the latter only ensuring top DPS as well as 100th percentile log parses. And, of course, help with DPS check bosses.

Having said that, let’s see what type of penalties were issued as part of today’s rotation bot WoW ban wave.

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Penalties Issued in this WoW Rotation Bot Ban Wave

For the current rotation bot WoW ban wave, we’ve gathered data from numerous cases and conducted an in-depth analysis, allowing us to gain valuable insights into the scope and nature of these penalties. That said, here’s what we can disclose so far:

  • the ban reasons was “Offense: Exploitative Activity: Unauthorized Cheat Programs (Hacks)“;
  • players in both EU and NA regions have been affected by these penalties;
  • both WoW Retail and Classic (WotLK) have been impacted;
  • the most common issued penalty was a permanent ban, email notice being “Account Action: Account Closure“.

One thing to note is that, among the affected players, quite a few of them claim they never used any third party software, let alone a rotation bot. However, some of them have purchased WoW boosts, which means they’ve allowed someone else to log into your accounts in order to achieve a certain task.

Thus, as we’ve explained in the WoW account sharing bans post, allowing a different player to log into your account comes at a great risk. Beyond the fact that sharing accounts directly violates Blizzard’s EULA, it also exposes you to the potential risk of that player using bots or other unauthorized software in order to speed up the boosting process.

Naturally, this doesn’t imply that every boosting company participates in such practices. However, it underscores the existence of malicious actors in the field. Thus, if you ever consider going down this path, make sure to do a thorough research.

And, as is customary with any ban wave, apart from players who did engage in the use of WoW rotation bots, there are instances of false positive bans. This occurs when the anti-cheating system, while flagging a specific number of accounts due to certain events or triggers, mistakenly includes innocent players in the flagged group. Consequently, this can lead to unfair and false bans for these players as well. So, let’s see what you can do about it!

Overturned unfair WoW ban for rotation bot

What Can You Do About It?

As with any type of account action, you must submit a ban appeal in order to unban your WoW account.

However, a few things to keep in mind when appealing during a WoW ban wave:

  • their Customer Support (GMs) is working at full capacity, dealing with a large number of cases;
  • they might close, miss out or leave tickets unanswered for a longer period of time;
  • common sense, patience and understanding are of utmost importance – don’t be rude, offensive or threatening under any circumstance;
  • don’t submit more than one ticket at a time (as in, have more than one ticket open at any given time), even if they haven’t gotten back to you yet;
  • innocent or not, it will likely be an uphill battle, as during ban waves, they do tend to assume the anti-cheating system didn’t make any mistakes;
  • take a break from appealing if they threaten you with a account temporary restriction;
  • be prepared to get hit with the classic “This penalty has already been upheld.“.

That’s it! Hopefully, your account has not been impacted by this WoW ban wave for rotation bots and remains in great standing. However, if you have been affected, especially if unfairly, we want you to know that we’re here for you!

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Michael, founder and writer of Unbanster, brings over 20 years of gaming experience and a law degree to his specialized work in his unbanning service. Though he didn't pursue a traditional career in law, his unique legal perspective enables him to tackle the ins and outs of gaming policies and appeals processes. Motivated by a personal unjust ban, Michael launched Unbanster in 2015 to aid gamers facing similar challenges, having successfully assisted thousands to date, striving to ensure fairness and transparency in the gaming community.

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  1. Hello,
    my friend got ban 30 days on his WoW2 account since he got gladiator on new account thena fter service is done the booster transfer the character with rewards in bags to his account WoW2. He logged into WoW1 account and saw all rewards of gladiator still there so the rewards will still be there or they can be removed after the expire of 30 days ? please can you answer this question then we can try to unban service

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      Heya! If the rewards weren’t removed once the suspension was applied, it’s unlikely they’ll be removed after the suspension expires. But, then again, there is a chance they will automatically be removed at the end of the suspension.

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