It seems that as of 13th of May 2015, Honorbuddy became detected by Blizzard, resulting in an entire World of Warcraft ban wave.
Rumors have it that this might be some sort of payback from Blizzard due to losing their lawsuit against Bossland GmbH, as stated in this Honorbuddy topic.
While numbers are unclear as of yet, it seems that a very large percentage of the Honorbuddy users were affected by this current and on-going ban wave, which is also officially confirmed by Lore in this blue forum topic.
For a while now, it appears that Blizzard went in a different direction with their ban hammer against the usage of 3rd party software, handing everyone 6-month suspensions, rather than permanent bans, as they used to in most cases. Wonder what would have happened if the PQR ban wave would have taken place nowadays, instead of back when permanent bans were fashionable.
According to Bossland, the owner of Honorbuddy, this is the first software detection in the bot’s history, and as a result, many veteran accounts were banned, ranging anywhere from new ones to 10 year old accounts. As a result of this ban wave, Bossland has closed the Honorbuddy authentication for the time being and will inform the customers on their forum whenever they have more details.
While we don’t really have accurate numbers currently, it seems, however, that most of the other bots and/or 3rd party software weren’t affected by this current World of Warcraft ban wave, however, as always, we don’t encourage anyone to use them.
There is an on-going poll on the Honorbuddy forum in regards to the number and types of the bans applied, which currently looks like this:
If you’d like to see how the ban confirmation e-mail looks like, here’s an example:
Account Name: ACCOUNT NAME
Account Action: 6-Month Suspension
Offense: Exploitation of game mechanics
Recent activity on this account has shown characters exploiting functionality to the detriment of the game environment or the intended player experience.
Exploitive gains such as items or currency may have been removed as part of this action. Further inappropriate behavior may result in additional penalties, including permanent closure. For dispute of this action and further information on exploitative activity, please review our appeal process: battle.net/support/article/6741
This World of Warcraft account will be reactivated on November 13th, 2015.
Thank you for your time and for understanding.
This is what we have so far on the ban wave. If we find out more information, we will keep you posted in this very same article. If you have any details yourself, or you’d like to say something on the matter, please feel free to drop a comment. And don’t forget – you’re innocent until proven guilty, and we are always here to help! 🙂
Edit: Rumors are going around that the ban hammer has nuked close to 3 million accounts related to the usage of Honorbuddy.