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Now of all free-to-play games out there, League of Legends is one of very few who have made a concentrated effort to clean up player behavior, and for that, and their increasing success, I commend Riot, Lyte and the rest of the staff.
The tribunal coupled with the honor system are wonderful ways to help lower the chances of seeing poor sportsmanship and trolling on a whole in every game type. Still, there is some "behavior" that is harder to address; that is, a poor connection.
We've all seen it. The constant d/c and r/c of a player making a concerted effort to get back into a game, but struggling with their hardware all the while. This is hardly intentional "poor behavior" and naturally, most players will not report (afk or the like) this person clearly trying to play.
Still, when one enters a ranked match and encounters (especially in the lower elos) a massive number of such players, they are bound to wonder why these people, who likely have a history of experiencing connection trouble, would attempt to play on such a serious level.
The consequence of course, is that as one goes deeper into the poor elos, the number of frequently lagging or d/cing players increases exponentially. Of course these payers would lose their games, but unfortunately, they drag their teammates along with them, making it all the harder for mediocre players with decent connections to climb out of the elo pit they were unlucky enough to fall into.
One may argue then that players simply have to report players with connection problems as AFK in ranked, but although the tribunal is effective, it takes time, and of course it would seem unfair to most to ban a player who appears to at least be making an attempt to play.
This situation then calls for a new suggestion: In ranked matches, and ranked matches ONLY, add a behavior report option available to teammates only that says "poor connection." A player who receives 6 or more of these reports within the course of 48 hours would be banned from RANKED PLAY ONLY for 5 hours. If, when those 5 hours are up, but still within the 48 hour window, they receive 3 more reports, they are banned again for a subsequent 5 hours and so on. The process refreshes entirely after that 48 hour window, requiring another 6 reports to start the process anew. Lastly, if a player recives 3 reports in a single match, they will be immediately notified by a pop-up window that this has occurred and it will be suggested that they play normal matches until the connection issue is resolved or appears to have resolved itself.
Of course, one may argue that this report system can be abused, and players preforming poorly one game for unrelated reasons (perhaps just a bad day) would find themselves racking up connection reports when no connection issue is had. But this is what the 48 hour window is for. 6 reports in 48 hours means at least 3 teammates would have to report the accused per game if the accused only plays 1 ranked match a day. This can be seen as reasonable considering that if one is experiencing connection difficulties that hamper their performance in a ranked game, it would be common sense to NOT play another ranked game that day (or at least until the connection issue is resolved). Likewise, if one is having a bad day, it would be common sense, for the sake of your own elo if not others, to play a normal match following any poor performance (to warm up, relax. etc...)
It is the hope that a system such as this would dissuade and in some cases prevent players with poor connections to frequently try their hand at ranked matches. If a player with a poor connection stubbornly or impatiently attempts to enter more than one ranked match a day, they will find themselves quickly being forced to play only normal, lowering the likelihood ranked matches will be plagued with players experiencing connection issues overall.
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