League of Legends is renown for having a toxic player base. Profanity, afk, trolling — these are all common place within the MOBA. Many members of the community yearned for harsher punishments to reform such players, and Riot has answered these prayers with the implementation of League of Legends Ranked Queue Penalties.
League of Legends Ranked Queue Penalities Coming in 13.19
Starting in League of Legends patch 13.19, Riot is adding “New Ranked Queue Penalties for most offenses (Leaving, AFK, Gameplay, and chat penalties). Offenders must play remedial games in a non-ranked queue with good behavior.
These queues include blind pick, draft pick, ARAM, and the rotating game mode queue.”
This will force toxic players to calm down in a more casual setting. This should help create higher repercussions to poor in game behavior, alongside gate the toxic players out of the more high stakes game modes.
On the other hand, it may make more casual game modes more toxic, assuming these toxic players yearn to be toxic even more despite their punishment. This seems to be a concern among vocal members of the community. But something to keep in mind is that Riot will still be issuing temporary bans alongside chat restrictions. This new function standing as a way to compliment the existing system rather than replace.
If the changes work for the best, it should help mitigate the immense amount of negative communication in League of Legends. But considering this has been a long standing issue essentially since the game’s launch over a decade ago, it’s difficult to say what this new function will realistically change within the community.
One thing is clear — Riot is attempting to fix one of their long standing issues in League of Legends. Without a doubt, they have other ideas in the works to help mitigate toxicity. They’re likely experimenting with this new function, testing the waters to see if it’ll actually make a difference.
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