The match never existing is also punishing the person who got victimized. I think the fairest thing to do since it seems to be a rampant problem is to add the restriction that you must have at least the green Smiley face to play in EVO. (Ie a Fair Play Rating), or since this is supposed to be the ultimate in strategy, even go as far as "Extremely Fair Play" rating. (Ie no timeouts). Since the meters do roll back (I got green once because I wasn't paying attention and let a match time out) after a time in the case that someone had a bad connection.
And since you can pretty much prove these people are purposely doing this, DQ them. All of them, for the entire next month.
It's not fair to the few players who have been playing fairly to get penalized because other players feel the need to exploit the system to win.
This is your game and if you want to stop cheating you have to enforce strong policies that discourage cheating. (cont).
You can't just dance around the issue and wave your finger at them and say "You better stop that." You have to be strong, forceful, and outright state you're not going to tolerate it. That's the level that every other successful CCG has gone.
Vs System, controlled by UDE for example. When cheating was suspected (it was more or less proven after a week long investigation.) The player who was determend to have been cheating was suspended from all tournament play for 3 years. This person was considered to be an inspiration in his country up until this time and was more or less a celebrity within the game. That didn't stop them, and it shouldn't stop you.
Rules need to be set down and penalties need to be stated and adhered to. Otherwise this foolishness won't stop. Just removing the format won't stop them. They'll continue to cheat in the tournaments. You have to put your foot down and stop them.
The cheating wasn't so much about timing out. The main problem is players letting one guy win against them in order to place him in the top of the rankings. Too many of the ELO matches were fixed. Timing out is also an issue of course, but not the worst thing that happen during the tournament.
And like I say, the people that are doing this as well as their co-conspirators need to be DQed from all ELO (and possibly as far as all tournaments) for a month. It sounds harsh but it'll get the message across that cheating, in any form, won't be tolerated.
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