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Hey folks, we missed this in the Bug Fixes portion of the patch notes yesterday, but it's been added. Leaving a Comp 1v1 before the 90-second mark will show you an "Abandon Match" button, which then reminds you that a matchmaking ban will be applied if you go ahead with the abandon. After 90 seconds the button changes to "Forfeit Match," and no mm ban is applied.

Originally posted by Flashbek

I sure hope it's a bug. I quit all 1v1 matches I have to play for weekly objectives.

I sure hope it's a bug. I quit all 1v1 matches I have to play for weekly objectives.

Stop doing that please.

Originally posted by qrith

Letting people leave early with no penalty makes it harder to get daily wins—if a player quits very early, the win doesn't count for XP, but it does count for MMR, with the result that if you play ones and then encounter multiple quitters in a row (which happens way more often than I'd like) then you're at higher MMR and now have to beat tougher opponents in order to get your wins.
Or, more likely, you lose a few times before getting back to having a reasonable shot at an even matchup, meaning that the quitters have cost you a bunch of time.

Also, it's just really annoying to encounter people who quit early, and this might slow smurfs slightly as well (since they have to spend longer on the way down).

No idea if they made this change on purpose, but I hope they keep it.

No idea if they made this change on purpose, but I hope they keep it.

We did! Just missed the patch notes yesterday, but we've added it under Bug Fixes.

Originally posted by slowpoke147

So just to be clear, the first 1.5 minutes of a comp 1v1 is now mandatory if you want to avoid bans? And this is intentional?

Edit: added 2nd question

So just to be clear, the first 1.5 minutes of a comp 1v1 is now mandatory if you want to avoid bans? And this is intentional?

Yes and yes!

Originally posted by slowpoke147

Probably an anti-smurfing measure. Smurfs in 1s often keep their rank low by purposely losing every other game. Being able to abandon the match immediately makes this too easy for them. Forcing them to play at least 1.5 mins of every game will slow down the rate at which they play games, so in theory this should reduce the number of games they can ruin per hour.

In my opinion, a pretty decent idea! I wonder if I will see a noticeable improvement in the comp 1s experience/matchmaking from this.

Probably an anti-smurfing measure.

Correct!