If you’re a Dota 2 player and find yourself in the Low-Priority Queue, there’s probably a very good reason for that. Turns out some players refuse to learn their lesson and have managed a way to get out of the so-called “punishment queue”, but Valve is now turning the screws on those players with some hefty bans.
Just in case you’re unfamiliar, here’s a bit of background; the Low-Priority Queue is a penalty that relegates players to a single-draft game mode for 1-5 games. This queue is for players who have performed acts that are “detrimental to the community”, and the only way to claw your way out of the queue is to win however many games your penalty is for.
Players managed to find a workaround to rake in easy wins which involves a form of multi-boxing. Players would open several instances of the Dota 2 launcher with a number of script-controlled dummy accounts, queue in to the same match as the penalized account, then automatically run down the center lane mopping up hero kills in rapid succession while the primary account would snowball the enemy team and secure victory.
Valve has become wise to the practice and is now imposing matchmaking bans to accounts found using this method. The bans in question can span for a number of years, with some standing as long as eight years according to the report.
See this, Overwatch? This is how you send a message to toxic players. Though, to be fair, toxic players likely are going to remain toxic players regardless of the length of ban. Still, it is good to know Valve are on top of exploits. We hope that this will cause Dota 2 players stuffed into Low-Priority to consider why they were wrist-slapped in the first place.
Source: Dot Esports