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    Replacement by a human would be a perfect solution. ESEA for counterstrike: source did it for their 5 v 5 pick up games. ESEA has 'karma' with mild benefits for having it. Players got a small boost to karma if they replaced a leaver. Something similar could happen in DotA. For example, if you use the "Replace leaver" search button as opposed to the default search button, you would have, say, 2x battle points and 2x item drops.

    Here is a detailed description of the whole system:

    Step 1: If more than 1 person leaves, the system is not active. Just forget it at this point.
    Step 2: In the case of 4 v 5 with abandonment, poll the 4 remaining players whether they want a replacement. All four must agree.
    step 3: If they agree, the game will be listed for players to see. Players would only see games similar to their skill level, and the screen would show some basic statistics about what they're getting into, i.e. the hero they will take control of, his items, his level, etc. The menu would also show the current 'advantage' given by taking the role needed (boost to battle points etc.)
    step 4: The longer no one joins, the stronger the incentive becomes. This is done to find the lowest 'right price' to justify someone joining that game. It could, e.g., increment the reward every 10 seconds. It has two advantages:

    advantage 1: It quickly incentives people to join, letting the 4 v 5 not continue too long.
    advantage 2: It is a way to overcome the fact that some people may not want to join a game if they will take control of a 0 - 7 Zeus who is highly underleveled, etc. So basically it finds the 'right price' through brute force, i.e. by incrementing the reward until someone accepts it.

    Note 1: If they vote no, then the win/loss rules are the same as they are now for a 4 v 5. If they vote yes AND SOMEONE JOINS, then the game 'resets' in that the game is not safe to leave and there can be another abandon.
    Note 2: If they vote yes, the game will pause for 3 minutes to find another player. If a player cannot be found (even after the incremented incentive), it defaults to the 'voted no' state, meaning it goes to a default 4 v 5.
    Last edited by vandal; 06-19-2012 at 09:33 PM.

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