Ezreal Support - How much higher a standard should players who pick "off-meta" champions be held to?

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Hey Everyone! I've been playing Ezreal support a bit towards the end of season 8 and recently received a two week suspension: https://imgur.com/a/1DkaTWq [Game 1](https://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/NA1/2897760841/78752420) [Game 2](https://matchhistory.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/#match-details/NA1/2914661059/78752420) [Game 1 Story Link here](https://boards.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/c/player-behavior-moderation/A5AE4R4N-the-key-to-instilling-your-teammates-with-hope-and-the-will-not-to-give-up?comment=0000) I've received many comments in other threads about this pick/case already and I'm interested to learn more about what other people think. Here's a short list of questions that I'd like to see how people answer and discuss with everyone: * **Should off-meta champ players be held to a higher standard than players who play meta champions? If so, how so & how much higher?** * **How would you feel about an Ezreal support in your game?** * **Does your opinion of how you feel about an Ezreal support change at all if it's a low-elo(bronze/silver) game?** * **When playing an off-meta champ like Ezreal Support should you discuss your champion choice with your team before picking it?** * **What are the best safe guards I can put in place to main Ezreal support so I don't receive chat restrictions, suspensions or bans?** **My Story:** I got the idea from someone who I played with when I was filled to ADC one game sometime in the middle of Season 8. It's also worth noting they did a rework on Ezreal which went out live on October 23rd. [cited link](https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/champions-skins/champion-update/ezreal-coming-soon) **Why Ezreal?** The main reason is because it's a champ I enjoy playing and I've tried him as an ADC and I don't enjoy playing him nearly as much or that role as much. I like the fast traveling skill shot q which can be spammed and used to poke down/get gold from enemy champions. I like that I can hit a meaningful mid game power spike that offers(pick potential, peel & damage) between 20:00-25:00 minutes in majority of my games independent of getting kills,assists or farm. The official reasoning was "Intentionally Feeding". Here's an excerpt of the response I got from the robot initially when I submitted a support ticket: > ...You’re receiving this penalty due to evidence found of intentional feeding, or “inting” as the human children say. It is, to borrow a human phrase, a “not cool,” and may result in a permaban the next time it occurs. Obviously, one of the games cited I had 0 deaths so I requested a human to get more information. Eventually they responded with: > ...Your account has been suspended for 2-weeks for hurting the competitive integrity of your teammate's matches, not for intentionally feeding. Specifically for taking roles that were not assigned to you. Please excuse our incorrect phrasing in your reform card. Being that I queue for support in about 80% on my league games I find it particularly strange. Why would I try to steal someone's role when I have the role I want to be playing in the current game? Anyway, I added some of these comments to the tickets along with a few others and the last response from them looks like this: > ...I get how confusing this is since you're testing out something that's not conventional and doing well. The problem is it's a team game. You have to be able to communicate your strategy to your team and work with them to win the game. Sadly it seems that there was a lack of communication of your role int he team and it's come back to bite you. > > After reviewing your games with my team, we won't be lifting this suspension. Let me know if you need anything else! So, it's very clear to me that this suspension will not be lifted. I find this response especially demoralizing for the entire "off-meta" community. [edit]Adding some context to the games: Game #1: Jinx backed around 4 minutes and went top lane and wasn't seen again in bot lane for all of laning phase. I tried my best in a 1v2 lane and I feel like I was a major contributing factor to us winning this game. Game #2: Our lane was heavily camped although I did not die. I spent a great deal of the last 10-15 minutes of the game clearing super minion waves that would have otherwise hit/killed our nexus towers which is why my CS is "high". [edit #2] Here's a challenger commentary playing Ezreal support in preseason last season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcBx0MOWz-E
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