I know there are plenty of these types of posts on the forums, but absolutely nothing is being done against smurfs and now Competitive Mode isn’t one in which you can reasonably climb in anymore. Every match is a gamble where GM’s, Masters, Diamonds, and Platinum skilled players are matched in Silver and below and ruin all semblance of an even playing field.
Let’s be frank, the reporting system is so slow and doesn’t correct this type of behavior. These smurf accounts are throwaway accounts where they don’t just stomp on lesser skilled players, but they also don’t mind being incredibly toxic or outright throw if their team members tick them off. I just had a match with a player with a Korean name who said he wasn’t going to shoot anymore or do anything until the team adhered to his micromanagement, and he had a bronze border account and filled up the kill feed with McCree earlier in the match.
They can get suspended for a day, but this is a throwaway account, so they don’t care. They may even come back and throw some more for being suspended out of spite. If a GM player has deliberately thrown their matches to trick the system into putting them in Bronze in an alt account, it needs to be closed permanently. How can anyone justify the amount of matches that are ruined because of just this one single person? Aren’t the developers bothered if they play in the lower ranks in comp and come across players that are way more skilled than where they should be? And if this player isn’t a smurf and is just a really good new player, shouldn’t the system be adjusted so that these players are moved out of their rank quicker?
I just don’t believe members of the Overwatch Team are playing comp and think smurfing is fine. These players throw matches, they deliberately leave matches so the system knocks their SR lower to keep dropping in rank, and then they spawn camp Silver/Bronze Mercy players and teabag their dead bodies. And how many ruined matches does it take for these players to receive a penalty? And how long is this penalty? Just one day? For a player that has no intent in following the Code of Conduct? THAT is expected to correct their toxic behavior? So when they ruin more matches and get enough reports again, then what happens? A two day suspension? Yeah, like they’re going to change their behavior going from a one day suspension to a two day suspension.
This is just unreal. The report system isn’t cracking down on disruptive players (it’s also punishing innocent players over hero choice for example) and higher ranked players on alt accounts or doing Bronze to GM challenges aren’t being moved out fast enough. Can’t the team just permaban players from comp only if it’s determined players are using the account to disrupt comp matches exclusively?