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League dev explains how Riot is solving Clash’s smurfing problem

Published: 6/Mar/2020 4:06

by Andrew Amos


The first few editions of League of Legends’ new organized tournament system, Clash, have been riddled with smurfs in lower-tiers, but Riot has assured players they are taking the issue “very seriously” and looking to implement better solutions.

Clash is now here to stay in League of Legends, with the in-game tournament system finally being pushed to its full launch at the start of Season 10. While the kinks have been ironed out regarding server crashes and connection issues, there’s one problem yet to be solved ⁠— smurfing.

Smurfing in Clash has been a big issue, with some players choosing to verify a low-level, low-ranked account to get placed into worse divisions. Given there are some substantial rewards on the line for Clash, tanking your play like this can pay dividends.

Riot have already introduced a number of solutions to “hinder smurfing,” although trying to keep every smurf out of Clash is an impossible task. After having a few test runs though, Riot are keeping an eye on just how bad the problem is, and are adding additional fixes.

“Smurfing in Clash is something we’re taking very seriously, but also something we know is very difficult to solve,” said League game designer Jon ‘IAmWalrus’ Moormann in a March 5 dev post.

“We’ve already done some things to hinder smurfing, like requiring SMS verification, making players place in a Ranked queue, and running smurf detection behind-the-scenes to try and make sure we have the best possible skill estimate for every player.

“But these measures aren’t catching 100% of smurfs, so we’re going to keep adding in more measures to make sure Clash stays fair.”

Riot Games
Players must verify their mobile number to play in Clash as part of Riot’s anti-smurf measures.

While they didn’t go into specifics as to how they’re increasing measures to stop smurfing in Clash, they are looking at cracking down on the smurfs they do find with adequate punishments.

“There are approaches we can take when we can conclusively identify that an account is a smurf, such as banning the account from playing in Clash again and revoking the rewards earned by that player’s team,” he said.

“We want to be very careful with those kinds of punishments, because punishing someone incorrectly would be awful, but we want to make sure that the teams winning Clash got there through fair play.”

These undisclosed changes are likely to be implemented in the upcoming Clash weekend on March 14 and 15. The in-game tournaments seem to be following a monthly schedule, although Riot hasn’t confirmed how frequently Clash will run in the future.

If you want to get involved in Clash, be sure to activate SMS verification on your account, find four other friends to play with, and jump in.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.