Not my personal experience but had read someone's experience.
- Player had played from 2014-2017, legend rank
- Recently only started playing again in 2020
- Player reset their rank, achieved crusader rank
- Player is banned from game
On the surface, this looks like your typical smurf experience: Player exhibits higher skill than his bracket and is punished for it. My question is, wouldn't this issue affect a lot more players, specifically those who opt for a rank recalibration, and they end up in a lower rank but still maintain their previous higher rank skills?
I do not know the details of the player, but I assume during the time lapse, there are a number of factors that could have played a part in the advance towards the eventual ban, such as the account being inactive for a period of time, the re-linking of a phone number to the account, the player's skill level was considerable/average before but the standard today has fallen such that it was considered 'playing beyond rank ability'.
TLDR: Rank resets after a long spell away from the game might get you a ban. Or is it rank resets, with no time frame needed, that might raise your risk of getting a ban, because somewhere in the algorithm, your previous higher rank and accompany skill level would be seen as 'smurfing' if you ended up in a lower rank and still showed such abilities (ie. bad calibration games, bad teammates etc.) What actually happens? Could someone enlighten me?