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A major change has been made to the League of Legends ranked system

Published: 14/Mar/2019 10:44 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 10:55

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have made a massive change to the League of Legends ranked system, removing the Positional Ranking system in North America and Korea.

In 2019, Riot began to roll out a “positional rank” system for the first time. Rather than having one rank that is applied in all cases, players in North America and Korea were assigned separate ranks for each position.

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The idea was to maintain fair matchmaking when players are not placed in their primary role – a Platinum Support player may not be able to keep up at mid-lane in a Platinum game, or vice versa, for instance – as well as allow people to try out positions they’re less comfortable in without worrying about sacrificing their main rank so much.

Unfortunately, the response to the change hasn’t been especially positive. Not only have there been several bugs and exploits that have allowed players to manipulate their ranks, but players have also complained that not having off-roles affect the ranking of their main position as much reduces the incentive to try as hard when filled into a different position.

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Riot GamesThe 2019 season also introduced two new ranked tiers, Iron and Grandmaster.

As a result, Riot have decided to roll back positional ranking, reverting to the single-rank system of previous years. Going forward, players’ highest positional rank will be used as their new single rank. Any rewards, promotion series status, or other progress will be carried over.

The positional rank experiment hasn’t been a total failure, however. Not only do Riot say they’ve made other improvements to matchmaking in the process of working on positional ranks, but they’re also considering implementing positional matchmaking without separate ranks in order to keep games more fair.

Also coming some time in March will be a much-requested ranked reset for the higher ranks, which have been most significantly affected by some of the bugs and exploits in the ranked system. The following changes will be made.

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  • Master, Grandmaster, and Challenger players will become Master 0 LP. Resetting the top of the ladder will accelerate the demotion of players who got to Master through exploiting early season bugs and help normalize LP gains.
  • Diamond players will be demoted one division, floored at Diamond IV. These demotions will improve—but not completely fix—LP gains for players who got to higher ranks than they should have early in the season.
  • You’ll keep your rewards, but they’ll match your new rank. You won’t lose any reward progress, but if you have the Split 1 emote or armor upgrade, they’ll match your post-reset rank.
  • Grandmaster and Challenger will temporarily lock. Grandmaster will unlock one week after the reset and Challenger will unlock the week after that.

Riot have yet to confirm a specific date on which this reset will occur, although they are currently targeting late March.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.