You can skip this part if you want, just talking about myself.
Disclaimer: This is a smurf. The name of my real account is no where related to the name of my smurf. You won't be able to guess the name of my real account just by looking at my smurf. My real account is currently banned, hence why I am posting this on my smurf. If you are somehow offended by the name of my account, I cannot help you out there. Some people have pointed out that the "fgt" part of my account looks a lot like a derogatory word for homosexuals. I can see how they would come to that conclusion, but it I feel like that is bit of a stretch. It means something entirely different(it actually stands for fighting game, at least that was my intention). If Riot needs me to change it then i'll do so when they let me do it for free.
Some background about myself:
So this might as well be my farewell post from the community. I do not plan to return continue playing this game after my ban is lifted. For a little bit of background of myself. My elo range is 1500-1700. I have been playing this game for about a year now and I was very committed. I have amassed way more hours and games than most people have. I have played well over 2500+ games in my time on LoL. I started competitive game roughly ten years ago. I've been a huge part of the SSBM(Melee) community and fighting game communities. I fell in love with fighting games and my favorite fighting games have always been the ones that have engines which allow for the most creativity and sandboxing. The VS series(Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter vs Xmen, etc etc), Smash Bros. Melee and even most recently Skullgirls. I am a huge fighting game fan and I started to fall in love with playing LoL because I saw just how open ended the game's engine was.
Start reading here if you don't care about me!
So I recently received a ban on my main account. This definitely the second time I have been banned for this reason. I was quite unsure why I received my previous ban, but after given the reason for my most recent one I am 99% sure its for the exact same reason. This isn't your typical "verbal harassment", "intentional feeding" or "trolling" ban.
I sent in a support ticket to inquire the reason for my ban and this is the response I got:
So I replied with this:
and he was kind enough to reply back here:
Now I have to warn you. If you don't take the time to read all three of those, then you probably shouldn't waste your time replying to this thread. You'll only make yourself look dumb if you make a comment thats already been addressed.
Now please note that he mentioned nothing about how I conducted myself in-game. I didn't verbally harass anyone, troll, intentionally feed, etc etc. None of that. The bottom line:
My ban is justified because my team did not like pick or choice of character for a certain role.
You have to keep something in mind here. I didn't just randomly pick these characters without previous practice with them. I have at some point while playing LoL(and even on my smurfs, which I have a few of) practiced all of my picks in normals first numerous times and discovered have works extremely well. So there was no "experimentation" when I took them to ranked in my opinion. I know what I am doing just as well as anyone who picks a normal character/build and takes it to ranked queue. In my opinion if someone wants a certain team comp, they should play 5v5 premade. I have always thought solo queue was where you come together with 4 other random players you don't know who all have the mindset on winning, then working together with these players and with the characters they choose to play. At no point in my time of playing LoL(besides now) was it indicated to me that my teammate's opinion, a complete random stranger I have never met in my life, that my choice of character actually mattered enough to warrant an account suspension based off this random guy's opinion.
What does this all mean? Well it means if you play anything unorthodox in ranked solo queue, then you are at risk for being banned if your teammates do not like your pick. This includes but is definitely not limited to:
Mid Pantheon/Gangplank/insert any AD you don't normally see in mid
Double Bruiser bot lane
Support Veigar/fiddlesticks/insert any character here that is not designated as a "support" character by Riot.
Eve Jungle(Yes. Playing something unconventional will give you the same hate as someone who literally just picks a character in the game).
Of course there are plenty more examples.
This is what literally just left me for a loss of words. I'm quite active on these forums and I've always been seeing numerous mods posting about how they are "up and open minded for changing the meta and breaking it". This ban basically speaks directly against that mindset. After doing some research I discovered that I'm definitely not the first person to receive a ban for this reason. I've seen people getting banned for playing things unorthadox champions/builds as well.
I recently made a reddit thread and there were some very good quotes from there.
Just a few quotes that furthur emphasizes my point..
I got to unorthodox and gave up
Edit: wow you actually did an ap hecarim mid when he has horrible ap scaling?
A support fiddle and actually building full support with no ap?
A full ad lulu?
All in a ranked game wtf?
And the 2nd reply pretty much sums up why you shouldnt do unorthodox builds/champion roles in RANKED GAME.
How would you expect not to be banned?
there was a previous thread on this
the owner got banned. then he got owned by Pendragon.
you wont get banned for playing AP Janna. however you may get banned for refusing to communicate with your team, such as if you play AP Janna and do horribly, or blame other people for the loss.
Read and agree. Just because people are mad that you go a bit unconventional, sending an AD mid to counter their AP or picking an AD bruiser for bot because it's better for you than trying to play AD ranged shouldn't get you banned. The tribunal alone says you can't get banned for doing badly, so why can you get banned for trying to win? You're >1600 in ranked, you're obviously not going top Evelynn and rushing Levathian or something..
© 2013 Riot Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Riot Games, League of Legends and PvP.net are trademarks, services marks, or registered trademarks of Riot Games, Inc.