I’d rather not call out a specific individual. Presumably, they paid money for a new account and I’m willing to respect that rather than be a jerk and say Blank is really Blank. What I’m not willing to respect are individuals jumping into the forums and trying to stir up shite posing as a noob, claiming hacks, etc. I’ll leave it at that.
And now to rant for a moment:
Smurfing (God – do we have to have completely ridiculous terms for everything annoying? Premades and now smurfs… sigh) is the logical conclusion for many highly ranked people simply wanting to play the game. It’s occurring as a direct result of the overlay and the community’s attitude towards playing balanced games with highly ranked individuals. Premades can’t generally play with their premade because someone wants you to balance. This results in losing the ability to play with your friends unless you are willing to wait 15-45 minutes for a game. So, premades break up and play less together just to be able to play the game without a huge delay.
So, premade members then join PUGS individually. People see their win % or large # of games played and ask them to balance. This puts the old premade member with a high rank at a further disadvantage as he will logically be “balanced” by having to play with the weakest players on his team. Anyway, I say sure, let’s balance, but I’ve personally had more than a few games where I will go over to another team at their request, only to have someone from the team I just left quit because now they have to fight against me. Silly attitudes leading to another delay. So, the overlay goes live, people can identify premades easily, so premades get to play less games. Premades break up and play solo, but people see their stats and then want to balance (not recognizing logically that the strength of premade players is in playing and coordinating with the same group of people regularly… remove their team and they are not as good (not to say that they become horrible players)). Because there is no auto-balance option, the whole thing becomes a huge hassle. So, you can’t generally play with your team. It’s often a pain (but not always) to get a game going pugging if you have strong stats, so you are stuck in the another idiotic waiting game of balancing. How do you circumvent these annoyances? Buy a new account.
I’ll probably start another post about all of the ladder problems – hero covered what will happen with the smurfing problem pretty well.