Building an FAQ for the new Comp Forum

Competitive Discussion
With the new forums launching on Tuesday. It is my hope to construct a new thread for those forums to replace the old "IMPORTANT - Technical Reminders for End of Season" thread of mine that has been stickied in this forum since the end of season 5 (when there was some really key changes). While that thread has been very helpful to many players. I hope to build a common F.A.Q. that address many of the common questions player often ask here. Below is what I have so far including short answers and if applicable the current forum or support page links to source those answers. If you have a question specifically about Competitive Play, this is a great time to ask as I will monitor this thread tonight and tomorrow. Then I will try to see about building the new F.A.Q. once I figure out all of the cool new features of the new forums when they launch.

Why does a player lose SR and get Suspended when their game disconnects or crashes even though they did not intentionally leave the game?
Because the game server has no way to detect a legitimate disconnection or crash from one that is forcefully created, the system treats all disconnections or crashes as leaving the match. Regardless, when you leave (intentional or not) it leaves your team at a number disadvantage.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20749067802#post-13

I was suspended from Competitive Play but there is no timer on the locked Competitive Play option. When will I be unsuspended?
A locked Competitive Play menu option with no timer indicates that you have been season banned. This means you are no longer eligible to play Competitive Play for the remainder of the season. Furthermore, your end-of-season rewards are forfeit. Furthermore, players who have been banned from Competitive Play for three or more season will receive a PERMANENT ban from Competitive Play.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20759266236

Why does a match cancel within a minute of the start of the match?
A match will cancel if there is a early leaver as it would be detrimental to play a match in a 5 versus 6 or worse situation from the start. The player who leaves the game will be marked a match loss on their record and be penalized accordingly. The match is cancelled and considered "no contest" for all remaining players of both teams. This rule changes however after a minute passes.
Source: http://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20745575028#post-3

Why does a match NOT cancel after a minute passes?
It would create situations where players would be incentivized to leaving (even if the leaver is penalized), and it would also be a waste of time on the part of the team without the leaver.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20748967912#post-2

When there is a leaver, why do remaining players on a team still take the match results including the SR adjustment?
This also helps prevent incentivizing bad leaver behavior and helps maintain more accurate matchmaking throughout a season.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20745727098

Why are group matchmaking restrictions in place possibly preventing me from playing with my friends?
Starting in season 2, groups could only queue for Competitive if all players are within 1000 SR for all players in Diamond or lower tiers, 500 SR for any players in Master, and (starting in season 7) 250 SR for players in Grand Masters or Top 500. This rule helps prevent creating improperly balanced matches among all players and help prevents boosting-by-carrying.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20748595326?page=1#post-20

Why am I paired again with a player I just reported or blocked?
Blocking (which only blocks communication from that player) or reporting a player (which submits a report for Blizzard to check to see if they are violating Code of Conduct) does not prevent you from being paired with them again. There used to be a "Avoid this Player" feature, but was removed as it caused severe matchmaking issues including not being able to find fair matches for honest players who were flagged inappropriately.
Source: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20745404489

Again, if you have other questions that you think are asked frequently post them and I will see if they have been answered by a Blizzard rep. Lets see if this can become a helpful topic for everyone who plays Competitive in Overwatch! (^^)v
*sees a wyominger* IM NOT ALONE
Based on the announcement, I have a sinking suspicion that the old forums will disappear after a while. I'm taking screen shots of all the SR/MMR related blue posts in case this happens, so that I can keep the links in the new version of https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20761096463 sort of functional.
02/18/2018 09:36 PMPosted by AkatsukiSwag
*sees a wyominger* IM NOT ALONE


Is that what we call ourselves?

02/18/2018 09:50 PMPosted by Kaawumba
Based on the announcement, I have a sinking suspicion that the old forums will disappear after a while. I'm taking screen shots of all the SR/MMR related blue posts in case this happens, so that I can keep the links in the new version of https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20761096463 sort of functional.


I myself have got most of this done myself. It also sounds like all Blue Posts will be archived indefinitely by Blizzard, but no telling if we players we have access to them.

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