Summit1g on WoW Classic guilds and why players shouldn't worry about the 'meta' - Dexerto
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Summit1g on WoW Classic guilds and why players shouldn’t worry about the ‘meta’

Published: 18/Jun/2019 9:05 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 9:58

by David Purcell

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Jaryd ‘summit1g’ Lazar has reached out to World of Warcraft players with some advice about how to get into guilds, and it certainly goes against some suggestions from the game’s online community. 

The Twitch streamer, who has over 3.8 million followers on the platform, has been playing the popular multiplayer game for a number of weeks and has found himself being constantly advised to make decisions by members of his chat.

However, on June 16 the former CS:GO streamer explained why players should not choose to play with a character they don’t like, just because a guild is looking for somebody to play a role in their team.

Blizzard EntertainmentGuilds give World of Warcraft a social aspect by allowing players to group and raid much easier.

“Right, not every single guild is looking for top, top, top, top D or DPS,” summit said during his June 16 livestream. “Not every single guild is going to be like ‘yeah, fuck Clothies let’s just bring a fuckload of Warriors and Rogues.’ Not every guild is going to do that. Those are the fucking try hard guilds. Get in a guild to have a good time.

“Do whatever the fuck you want,” he added. “This whole stupid meta in WoW Classic is dumb as fuck. Play what you want. You don’t want to go engineering, God forbid? Don’t go fucking engineering.”

For those who aren’t aware, the guild feature allows players the opportunity to come together and complete common objectives as a unit. Some of these groups are, admittedly, looking for specific people to join them on their quests, but as summit explains, there’s not really a need to play with a character you’re not comfortable playing with.

Yet, perhaps working with one that you enjoy, and sticking with it, may give you a good chance of linking up with others in-game too. At least, that’s what he’s been doing anyway, despite having some frustrations with Rogue.

Whether or not many of summit’s viewers will take his advice on board remains to be seen, but he’s always been a streamer that will play games he wants to play and, clearly, he’s taken the same attitude with character selection on WoW.

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Riot cracks down on Valorant smurfs with new ranked restrictions

Published: 5/Dec/2020 2:51

by Andrew Amos

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Smurfs in Valorant are increasingly becoming more of a problem. With it being free to make an account, and the conditions for ranked being easy to hit, smurfs are swarming the ladder. Riot are introducing new measures to hopefully curb their impact though.

The smurfs have Valorant’s ranked system all figured out. With no leaderboard to grind for yet, once you hit a high rank and the queue times get long, all you have to do is start a new account, AFK or surrender 20 unrated games in a row, and you’ll be back in the queues in no time.

20 games might sound like forever, but when you’re practically hands-off keyboard for the entire run, it’s a small price to pay to restart the grind. However, it makes the experience unenjoyable for the nine other players in every game on the way up.

Sova standing in Bind defender spawn in Valorant
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Valorant smurfs have been AFKing in spawn for 20 unrated games to unlock their accounts for ranked play.

In the unrated games, it sucks constantly playing 4v5. When the smurfs hit ranked, they’re often miles better than the players they are matched against early. It ruins the game for hundreds of people for every account made.

Riot is aware of this issue, and is looking at closing the loophole in patch 1.14. They want to at least make smurfs work for their alternate accounts by forcing them to win games, not just play them.

“You’ll notice that we are implementing an update in 1.14 that changes the requirements to unlock ranked mode to ‘games won’ rather than ‘games played.’ We hope this will force players who are just spam farming matches to actually participate in play and strive for wins,” developer Sara Dadafshar said in the latest Ask Valorant.

This is coming as Riot launch a mutli-pronged attack on AFK punishments. Queue cooldowns are no longer enough, with Riot considering rank penalties, and even bans, for players who consistently AFK in their games.

“We’re looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

“We want to distinguish between disruptive behaviors that stem from comms and gameplay, and then penalize accordingly.”

They are also keeping their eyes on “intentionally feeding” players, who are just losing 20 games in a row to get their accounts ranked-ready. Riot urged players to report any players that are doing this, as it’ll most likely lead to punishments.