Dallas Fuel’s newest recruit and tank main Félix “xQc” Lengyel was handed a 72-hour ban for the offence of “misuse of reporting system”. A typical ‘severe’ ban is 24-hours so the 72-hours punishment is not only surprising, but in our opinion, quite hilarious. Lengyel was served the ban midway through a competitive match which he was coincidentally streaming leading to speculations of the real nature of the ban and whether it was a tad too excessive.

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To those not in the know, apart from his stellar Winston plays, xQc is known within the circuit for his brash personality and at times, a recurring toxic behavior and expletive-laden outbursts as seen on his streams. He was part of the Canadian team which finished second in the recent Overwatch World Cup and also won the TMobile MVP Vote for the 2017 World Cup.

In response to the ban, Lengyel tweeted:

The Overwatch League team Lengyel was signed to, Dallas Fuel responded swiftly with the following tweets:

A tad excessive? Or just right? The “misuse of reporting system” ban came following xQc’s repeatedly reporting of a teammate, live on stream before the round even started. His supporters and detractors are of equal number following the incident and we are sure there are several layers to this drama but have a look and judge yourself:

According to Kotaku,  some ‘stream detectives’ pointed out that Lengyel might have had some reason behind his report; it was a player from a previous game that had refused to switch off a character, even when they were repeatedly dying. Commenters to the thread later pointed out to other past clips in his past stream archives of him reporting users, with captions like “ur such a piece of shit. fuck you”.

This issue highlights the potential abuse and issues surrounding the report system as well as Blizzard’s stance and their approach when it comes to banning and punishing toxic players. Recently, issues arise about the perimeters and the types of behavior that could get you banned as a one-trick Torbjorn player was reportedly banned for only using one character in competitive mode – but that’s not the full story. The user, Xul was found to be griefing whenever other players picks Torbjorn before he does leading to him throwing his games and even sitting in spawn.

It also reflects on Dallas Fuel and how they handle their players moreover as we head closer into the inaugural Overwatch League season. xQc is no saint and he is notorious for his toxicity. But signing to a team such as Fuel, competing on the highest level of the sport requires him to act in a certain manner – just like how it is required from professional athletes in other sports. Alas it is still early days and we hope Blizzard comes to a solution in dealing with such issues. Also we would very much prefer to report on news about team strategies and awesome plays instead of players’ disciplines. So come on guys.

You are pros. Leave the childish behaviour behind.


 

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