First off let’s get the formality out of the way, I am a forum MVP but the following post is of my opinion only, I do not represent Blizzard, and the views of this thread are not reflecting of their own.
Trending on Reddit was a user’s idea to have a pop-up appearing if a match that player left during a Competitive match that they get a pop-up if their team successfully won the match playing 5-versus-6 against the opposing team. There has been a lot of praise regarding this concept, but I am rather disgusted by the thought. Let me lay out a few points…
The whole idea is to make the player feel bad. This already goes against one of their core values:
Source: About - Blizzard Entertainment
Players want to be treated fairly, but we all often forget too much that we deserve to be treated nicely. If Blizzard works in their game a message that is intended to make the player feel bad about a decision they made, then they are trying to destroy the chance to build good moral values for each player.
Not all players deliberately leave
Most players who leave a Competitive match, often disconnect from the game. They will already feel pretty bad about a technical issue, but this would just make them feel worse about it, amplifying the problem overall.
Some players leave because others in that team were toxic/disruptive
I myself have deliberately left competitive matches before where I felt harassed to the point of frustration. I know at that point it is better to leave and take the standing penalties, than subject myself to disruptive behavior to the extent of potentially real life threats. Yeah I can mute/block offending players, but I won’t hesitate to leave if I feel my own mental health and well being has been compromised. On a personal note, in my entire history of playing thousands of Competitive games, I only left about 5 competitive games deliberately.
There is better solutions to deterring leavers.
I wrote another opinion thread back in the Summer of 2018 about leavers and what Blizzard can do to deter bad leaver behavior. I do think there needs to be more direct changes to UI but it should be done in a way that addresses the bad leaver behavior directly and constructively. See these mock-ups as an example:
Warning for the player when they log into the game again after leaving a match:
A second warning for the player before they attempt to queue for another Competitive match:
Understand, I know everyone’s frustrations about leavers, but I also know the frustrations of disconnections and dangerous situations in the game where leaving is unavoidable. Should all causes of leaving a game be penalized? Yes, and I think Blizzard’s current system is as close to being balanced as possible now. Should a player be shunned for leaving? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Thanks for your time.