It has evolved into a place where you can punish someone for not following the meta.
Playing Eve and lost? Banned.
Playing support Twisted Fate? What a troll - Banned.
Jungle Taric and your name is not Saintvicious? Banned.
AP Misfortune? Banned
AD Kennen? Used to be a ban until IEM Kiev. Sheep will be sheep.
AD Leblanc? I saw one win the other day, but I guarantee if she lost it would've been a report.
Kill lane bot? Reported for "picking a carry when we needed a support."
So none of the scenarios you just described are accurate. As someone who reviews Tribunal cases I've never approved a suspension for any of those.
In fact, when you take a look at the post that you're trying to misinterpret you'll find that I repeatedly stated you won't get suspended for choosing an unpopular champion.
Because it's not about who you choose, but how you act when you do it.
Another important point is that the thread in question was about Ranked. And not Normal games.
Since bolding seems to be all the rage in this thread, I've gone ahead and reposted my comments:
Originally Posted by WookieeCookie
Being sent to the Tribunal has nothing to do with the champion you choose and everything to do with how you play/act in game.
If you're going to choose an unconventional build/role/champion then it's up to you to work with your team mates beforehand and convince them of your strategy.
However, if you refuse to discuss this with them, or they don't agree with it and want you to do something else; if you simply hard-lock a role or champ thinking you know better than them and suddenly find the ire of 4 team mates directed at you, then you shouldn't be too surprised when they report you to the Tribunal.
In such cases you are easily violating the first point of the Summoner's Code: Support Your Team.
Originally Posted by WookieeCookie
I'm not really surprised to see the post mis-interpreted, so I'd be happy to help clarify for any one that is still confused.
The core answer is: You won't get suspended for choosing a champion you want to play. But context is everything.
Ranked games are considered more serious by the players that enjoy them. If you choose to partake in them then you are held to a higher level of accountability then if you were to join a Normal game. Since LoL is a team based game you'll need to work with your team and consider their decisions when you choose to join a Ranked game. This doesn't mean you don't get to play what you want. But it does mean you won't be able to get away with insta-locking something like jungle Tristana against the wishes of your 4 team mates. When a lobby starts, discuss with your team who should be what. If you feel really strongly for a particular champion be sure to explain why you think they'd be a great pick. But always be prepared to compromise in ranked for the benefit of your team. That is the essence of "Support Your Team".
If you want to goof around and try a risky or experimental build then you are free to join a Normals game. There is a lot less pressure in Normals game and there is not the expectation that each game must have a valid team comp like there is in Ranked.
Assuming you're not purposely trying to troll your team and be a jerk then you'll have no reason to end up in the Tribunal. (And yes, as someone who reviews cases frequently I can tell when a player is being a game ruining troll on purpose)
Since it's relevant to the discussion, here's the core point in the Summoner's Code that relates to this issue:
1. Support Your Team
While we all carry a diverse set of individual ambitions and expectations into a game of League of Legends, once we hit the Field we’re a part of a team. For better or worse, our fates are intertwined with that of our teammates. Once the game gets into full swing, you have to make a choice between being a positive force for your team, or contributing to your own demise.
Being a good team player begins at champion select. Be open minded when considering the needs of your team. If you’re the last one to pick, try to fill a niche in your team that hasn’t already been filled. If everyone’s picked and something stands out as a deficiency in your team composition, try asking for another player to fill the gap, or change roles to embrace that responsibility yourself. Remember, that by taking on a role you don’t normally play, you’ll learn more about unfamiliar champions and increase your own skill level.
Once you get in game, try to keep an open line of communication. Warn your teammates if someone is missing from your lane, or if something is placing them in immediate danger. If they’re not paying attention to chat you can always try pinging the map. Just remember that one ping is enough! Also, remember that you have to be there to contribute, so don’t leave the game or go AFK! Encourage players who are having trouble, and congratulate those who are playing well. And most of all, if you’re having a bad game don’t take it out on your team!
Please keep in mind that regardless of how you feel about the Summoner's Code, it is the core guiding code of conduct for behavior in game.