I am so fed up right now because of people in Ranked who immediately surrender on the sight of a few knights or archers and then leave their team alone. Imo there should be a report option specifically for such people. They don’t even try to fight or give you the chance to send help.
In games like Overwatch you have this problem all the time. Only there, you actually get punished when you leave before the match is over. First time you do that, you get locked out of ranked for 10 mins. If you leave early too often, you can get completely banned from ranked for the current season.
Of course in AoE2 it’s harder to define when the match is actually over. I’d suggest a vote-to-surrender option like in League of Legends. If >50% vote to surrender, the match is over and the team surrenders altogether. This would also solve the problem of that one player who’s trying to hide a villager somewhere only to drag on the match and waste the opponents’ time. For people who decide to leave alone anyway, lock them out of ranked for a specific amount of time. If they do that too often, lock them out completely.
Either way, this problem needs to be addressed. In team games, it currently only requires 1 player to ruin the game for the entire team because you know you’ll likely lose if you continue to play with 1 player less (unless the match is heavily unbalanced which is rather rare). Therefore, you have no option other than to surrender yourself, too.