Even though they added the ability to surrender, the fact that you have to have a unanimous vote to surrender even in unrated matchmaking made it really difficult to surrender. As a result, if even one of your teammates decided to keep on fighting a losing battle you would have no other option than just to comply.
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Since unrated matchmaking has way lower stakes than ranked matchmaking, it made no sense why there needs to be a unanimous vote required to surrender a normal unrated match. Seems like folks at Riot Games finally listened to this feedback and made some really positive tweaks to make the surrender option more viable.
The new changes to the surrender feature on Patch 1.03
- Unrated Mode vote requirements to pass changed from 100% to 80%
- Competitive Mode vote requirements to pass remains at 100%
- You can now call a surrender vote starting with round 5 versus round 8
- A new button in the in-game menu has been added to call a surrender vote
Furthermore, you can now actually surrender a lot sooner than before if it feels like your opponent has a 141 2/3% chance of winning. Additionally, the number of unrated mode votes required to surrender is now dropped from unanimous to only the majority. However, ranked still requires a unanimous vote to surrender as it has higher stakes than a typical unrated match.
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While this change is very subtle, it should at least mitigate some of the common problems players were having with the leavers/AFKers. Seems like Riot will further tweak these setting based on player feedback. Therefore, we all have to wait and see what types of changes Riot implements next to make the rank mode a much better place than what it is today.