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I saw a thread on the LoL forums that was talking about being banned for dying too often. I know that "feeding" as in intentionally giving the opposing team free kills is a reportable offense, and I understand why. However I can't really see any point in banning someone for dying too often assuming they are legitimately trying.

I'd really appreciate some clarification.

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    More of a solution to dieing often: Play more carefull, stay back, you will get the exp anyway at your tower and focus on picking off last hits on minions. Once a opponent loses there tower do not venture further in there land, especially not alone. And finally, stay behind you stronger team members in bigger fights, let them take the aggro. Or play with a tanky character, it's good to die first with a tank in a team fight. – Madmenyo Jun 18 '13 at 16:14
  • By the way, congratulation! Your post is the 1200th on gaming.stackexchange concerning League Of Legends!!! – Fabinout Jun 18 '13 at 17:20
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In general, you don't have to worry about being banned for being bad. If you die because you're trying hard but you make a mistake, don't fret it. The only thing that can cause you to get banned is if you die intentionally.

The thread you linked is specifically talking about a player who is known to frequently use a strategy known as "Proxy Singed". This is a particularly strange case, because of the way Proxy Singed works. For teammates who don't know what you're doing, it looks like you're feeding. This can easily be countered by effective communication. You should also make sure you have buyin frim your team before you do any unorthodox strategies like this.

The main strategy of Proxy Singed is to run behind the enemy tower and farms the minion waves before they can even get to a useful part of the lane for the other team. Since Singed is the best at "proxy" farming like this, this will generally push your lane down very fast. Eventually, Singed will farm both the top and mid minion waves from inside the enemy base.

The obvious downside to this is that you don't really have a means to escape if the jungler or someone else comes to gank you, so you wind up dying a lot. You farm minions so much faster than anyone else in the game, however, that it makes up for the gold lost and gold given to the other team in many cases, as long as you never get a kill. If you kill an enemy champion, it will reset how much gold you are worth. Proxy Singed is effective because you are tanky, not worth a lot of gold, and hanging out in an area that is far away from important resources for the other team.

To your teammates, however, if they don't understand the strategy, it will look like you're just being an idiot and feeding.

I felt like it was important to explain the confusion for this specific case and how the player got banned despite trying his best because it really is a unique case and you shouldn't feel threatened that this will happen to you. If you want to try something extremely unorthodox like proxy Singed, warn your team about it. Otherwise, don't worry.

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No you can't be banned because you're bad. And that's a relief, you'll often play against people much stronger or much weaker than you, and you will get destroyed, or will destroy them. The amount of time you die doesn't matter.

What matter are:

  • Flaming, threatening your teammates.
  • Going AFK several times during a game
  • Leaving a game.
  • Let you killed by the opposite team... on purpose.

The last one is quite complex, becase if you play with someone much weaker than you, he'll make some stupid moves and will die alone. For a well-trained player, it will look just like feeding on purpose but it's not.

In the end, try to play correctly, most of the players can see the difference between feeding on purpose, and playing bad. You won't get banned for playing bad.

  • Reports for "Unskilled player" doesn't count :-D. I just do it to troll my friends ^^ – Hystic Jun 19 '13 at 11:57
  • @Hystic Actually, it just lowers your matchmaking ranking a little bit, if a lot of people report you for unskilled player. And it helps figuring out who is an abusive reporter. – Fabinout Jun 19 '13 at 12:17
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    "This option is mainly used as a placebo for players that are acting negatively" – Hystic Jun 19 '13 at 13:36

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