(Please note that Riot encouraged me to take my issue to the forums; this is not me just griping and complaining!)
The issue is this: I was recently suspended by the tribunal, where the case contained a game that occurred prior to a previous suspension, almost three months old.
Since the prior suspension (three months ago), I have actively tried to prevent further tribunal action. I've even earned a number of honor badges. But yet, some of my (admittedly) toxic games from long, long ago are STILL being used against me?
This seems to fly in the face of the notion that I "have the tools to prevent [further suspension] from occurring in the future."
I've sent in a petition to Riot.
Riot's response to my ticket:
"Please note that Tribunal Cases are judged as a whole.
I looked at the dates in question, and while one game is a little older, this does not excuse the other games in which you also showed toxic behavior. It takes a significant amount of reports to even end up in the Tribunal, therefore, no one is ever banned for just one game."
1) It implies that just landing in the tribunal = guilty. But it is my understanding that guilt should be determined by tribunal judges, unless a player is SO toxic that a riot staff intervenes (which was not the case at all here).
2) seeing as I have games in the tribunal from before the prior suspension, it is likely that many reports are from that time period as well.
3) I was given no opportunity to see these alleged "other reports" in order to identify what I am doing wrong, and nor was the tribunal.
And, most significantly,
4) I have judged MANY cases in the tribunal, and I have found that, a significant amount of the time, a case hinges on one horrible, horrible game. If one game is really bad, but the other three were probably acceptable, I usually punish based on that very toxic game. In fact, sometimes I don't even read the rest of the case, because regardless of other games, the behavior in the first game ALONE warrants punishment.
Browsing the forum here, I find that many others judge likewise. So to say that "other games" were toxic is presumptuous - the entire CASE was deemed "toxic" and punishable, but that doesn't mean each individual game was.
It may very well be the case that I should have been suspended again - but the tribunal should have games that display my current game-behavior to make that decision, not stuff from a deep-dark past that I have already been punished for, and have been correcting.
My question to the forums: Do you think it is unreasonable to request to be judged on current behavior, and not on behavior that occurred prior to past suspensions?