Competitive bans

So basically for the past 2 days I’ve been experiencing a lot of connection losses. This is probably from my end but I rejoin most of the time within 50s. Yet I still get banned, my comp ban is now sitting at over and hour of ban time. So I don’t know if you get banned even if you join within 50s. But that’s shouldn’t be happening


I believe there is a 1 minute limit for a player to come back and you cannot disconnect certain amount of times in a match.

Blizzard is very strict about how things goes, so if your connection is not great, you should not play comp. That is just the way things are.


ah man its tuff out here and blizzard are really strict wiht this stuff and they take leaving (even if its from internet issues) as an offence and u can get perma banned from it. Try appeal but they rly strict

Rejoining a game is only possible during certain phases of the game. If you leave a game either during the pre-game or during the first minute of the game, the game will automatically cancel (remember the 10 second rule does not apply to the leaver, but as a warning to other players that the match will cancel). You can rejoin the match during the initial hero selection screen if you are lucky enough to quickly reconnect though.

Otherwise, you can only rejoin any-time after one-minute of match time has passed up until the match completes. However you only have two minutes to do so without penalty. If you rejoin a match after two-minutes, you will still automatically be marked with a loss an be penalized with a -50 SR cut and a ten-minute suspension. This rule ensures that no one can abusive the leaver system by attempting to return to a match after deliberately leaving in order to avoid such penalties. Furthermore leaving three or more times in a single match will result in an automatic penalty. If you fail to return to a match by the time it ends normally (regardless of match result) you will be penalized.

Unfortunately all disconnections and game crashes counts as leaving the match and will be penalized appropriately. The game server has no way to discern a legitimate disconnection or game crash from one that is forcefully caused by a dishonest player to bypass leaver penalties. You can learn about this policy here:

Remember I try to help players in the Technical Support forum with their disconnection issues, so be sure to post there with a WinMTR test result and we can pinpoint the problem.

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Been getting a lot more disconnects and “failure to connect to server”. Sitting at a 2 hour ban now because the servers decided to drop me. I’m guessing this is due to the new updates to Overwatch and WoW.

Or your ISP made a routing change or something.

ok but where is the part about player forgiveness

There is none. Remember the penalty starts small at only a 10-minute suspension. The idea with this policy is to get players to stop playing Competitive and take any steps to investigate, correct, and prevent the problem that causes you to leave games, whether it be game crashes, disconnections, or bad leaver behavior. Repeated offenses will quickly escalate the suspension times up to and including a season ban from Competitive Play. However, by taking steps to ensure you avoid technical issues, you can keep suspension times low and be able to enjoy Overwatch.