Rumor: Blizzard Now Banning "One-Trick" Overwatch Players

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There have been troubling signs over the weekend that Blizzard has once again upped the ante in their fight against 'toxic' behavior in Overwatch. The trouble began when streamer Fuey500 was banned for (according to him) simply picking Torbjorn, a character that he picks regardless of team composition. Players who 'main' only a single character are often labeled as one-trick players, short for one trick pony.

Since Fuey500's tweet, others have come forward and also claimed to have been banned or suspended for the same offense -- exclusively picking a single character in ranked play. While this story would be easy to dismiss as a bunch of toxic players making excuses, Blizzard's vague response adds some legitimicy to the claim:

We take both sides of the issue very seriously. We believe that players should be able to choose their favorite heroes, but playing as a team (which includes building an effective team composition) is a core part of the Overwatch experience. It’s a delicate balance, and we’re still working on getting it right (and probably always will be).

If you’ve been playing Blizzard games for a while, you’ve probably heard us use the phrase “Play nice; play fair.” It’s like a mantra around the Blizzard campus, and it’s a big part of the way that we approach situations like this. People tend to focus on the “playing fair” part, but they forget about “playing nice.” Sometimes that means switching off at your teammates' request, and sometimes that means working around your teammate’s specialization.

-Josh Engen, Overwatch Community Manager via the official forums

Needless to say, we here at vehemently oppose punishing players for picking a single character. Omer is a notorious one-trick Singed player in League of Legends, and mains Soldier 76 in Overwatch. We took issue with Overwatch's competitive ranking tiers earlier this year, and it seems Blizzard is more committed than ever to turning the once competitive PC multiplayer scene into a safe-space where no one's feels will ever be hurt.

Edit: Another user has posted a messege they received when contesting their 24 hour suspension. It seems to prove that picking a hero that your team doesn't approve of is indeed a bannable offensie:

Edit 2: The Torb 1 trick player was banned for intentionally throwing games. Proof provided at this Reddit thread. Still, based on numerous Blizzard responses it seems like 1 tricking a hero can be bannable.

Further reading: Blizzard's First Response, Second Response

  • PackAsaurasRex

    This is the dumbest shit I've ever heard, you can't play the game the way you want to? I mean wtf.

    • Preciel

      what's even dumber is some of the people that complain they got banned for being a one trick pony were actually banned for afking the match because they didn't get to pick their pony (someone else picked it)

      i find it necessary to punish people that plays one character no matter what, this isn't a mmorpg where you gotta train your characters to max level, hell even most mmorpgs encourage you to have alts.

      i'm not a fan of these roles and lanes in the current pvp meta, being forced to play a certain role isn't always fun so i choose not to play that type of genre, now there is an exception where you can play what you want like master x master but that game is dead because ncsoft is shit.

  • Yea Right

    This is really stupid, you shouldn't be banned for playing the character you want. If this was such a serious issue then Blizzard should just make their lobby system like World of Warcraft's, where you sign up as what you want to play; Tank, Healer or DPS. But banning someone who doesn't feel like playing a certain role and is comfortable in what they are doing is just moronic.

  • John McClane

    And this is why i quit Overwatch. It was a GREAT game at launch but because i'm terrible at aiming and only enjoy Junkrat i always get told that i've been reported. EVEN IN NON-RANKED...makes you wonder why the hell did they not just remove every character that is not meta....

    And it's laughable how people who insta-pick Hanzo or something like that tell ME to go tank or healer..

  • You're right about that Torb player, but this seems to be effecting other one trick players as well. There's also the Blizzard statements which seem to indicate that not adjusting your pick to fit your team is bannable (or at least worthy of a suspension)

  • Vlad

    Seriously, this disgusts me. Why would you ban someone because is not following a team comp? Its a freaking game. You're suppose to enjoy a game and if I enjoy it playing the same character over and over again, let me fucking do it.

    If they have another mindset about how the game is suppose to be then don't advertise it with "play one of the xx number of characters" . Change it to " Play one of our preset team compositions."

    Change character selection to pick composition voting system and be done with it, you can watch your game die. I'm glad i didn't buy in to this crap.

  • Haruka

    I just love games that ban you for not playing the game like they want you to play it instead of changing the game.

  • Preciel

    great job stating the obvious, we're talking about arena based games here. *hint*

  • namco

    Seems to me, the issue is toxic ass players who get reported because they only play one toon, and if they don't get it, they rage quit or go afk resulting in a loss because they didn't get their favorite character. They fucking deserve to be banned. Its like when I played Heroes of Newerth, Dota2, and LoL, if a character I preferred to play was taken, I would simply choose other, I wouldn't get toxic as fuck and start being a complete fucktard.

    Most like, these "one shot players" are solo queue instead of teaming up with friends. They end up in a match where everyone are friends but this particular guy is the random of said match. They have a team setup, the guy got shitty because they picked his toon, and then he was a huge asshole the whole match and was reported.

    No sympathy at all. I can't stand toxic players. I quit dota2 because of toxic bitches.