Originally Posted by Lyte
Players can choose whatever they want, and they are not punished because of those choices.
Uh, actually they are. Champ choice, build, etc. are all reasons players are being banned now. See for yourself:
The player support department themselves took the side of the people who reported him, when he made it very clear he had no malicious intent. You can say "trolling" this, and "uncooperative" that all you want, those are meaningless ad hominem statements. He warned his team, he chose what he wanted
to play, he had fun by his own accord.... and he was banned for it.
Seriously, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Why should he be punished for his team's narrow-mindedness? What is the difference between him and a normal player who picks a "normal" champion, and performs very poorly? Well, the difference is he doesn't get banned. Oh, but the unviable pick? WITCH! BURN IT! Unless he does good. Then we ignore his pick because we are ignorant.
I mean, at this point, the meta has become an absolutely necessary way to play the game. It is an uncompromisable wall of rules that weighs down upon all of us, limiting our choices, forcing our actions, and even getting us banned. Worst of all is that Riot thinks that it's justified. The message is something like, "if you don't play the game this certain way or if you make decisions based on what other people want, we will ban you."