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League of Legends fans baffled by bounty system after SK Telecom T1 game

Published: 16/Jan/2019 15:57 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 17:51

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends fans have been left confused after the game’s new bounty system produced a bizarre result in SK Telecom T1’s first match of the new year.

For League of Legends’ ninth season, a new bounty system has been implemented as an additional come-back mechanic for players or teams that are behind.

As players grow a lead over their opponents, either through picking up kills or collecting significantly more CS (creep score, earned by last-hitting minions) than their opposite number, a bounty will begin to build on them. The bounty offers the enemy a gold bonus next time they are able to kill the player in question, stacking up to 1000 gold depending on how far ahead the player is judged to be.

The idea is designed to limit the power of snow-balling. In a game like League of Legends, it’s often been the case that the rich get richer – an early lead only makes it easier to take a greater lead, while the game gets exponentially harder for the opposing team. In theory, the bounties mean losing teams have a slightly better chance of evening things out if they do manage to shut down a key champion or two.

While most don’t object to the system in principle, the execution of the bounty system has been cause for some criticism, as not all players are convinced that the bounties are always given out appropriately.

A particularly extreme example of the bounty system seemingly failing to do its job occurred in the first match of the LCK Spring Split, between Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s new SK Telecom T1 squad and Jin Air Green Wings.

LoL EsportsKhan joined SKT after a slightly underwhelming end to the 2018 season with Kingzone DragonX.

In the second game of the series, SKT top-laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha was focused heavily by Jin Air. Early deaths meant his Ryze couldn’t match the Scion of Jin Air top-laner Heo ‘Lindarang’ Man-heung, who by the ten-minute mark was up by a kill and 30 CS, a significant lead.

Later in the game, however, something rather bizarre happened. A bounty began to build on Khan’s Ryze, despite still being down in CS compared to every other primary laner in the game, and without a single kill or assist.

The bounty system does take into account team gold as well as individual gold – so simply playing for the team that’s ahead makes you more likely to build a bounty – but at the point Khan began to earn his own bounty, he was still at a gold deficit compared to his opposite number.

Fans are even more confused, however, by Khan’s bounty relative to other members of his team. Both Faker and AD Carry Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong gained significant leads over their opponents, without dying and resetting the bounty, and yet Khan’s bounty was equal to or greater than both throughout the game once it appeared.

Khan had the highest bounty in the game despite being clearly behind several players – including his own team-mates Faker and Teddy.

Fans have speculated that Khan’s bounty was a result of a rapid influx of CS once he was able to escape the laning phase against Scion. Even so, certainly at the point at which he began to earn the bounty, Khan was inarguably still behind compared to most of the major carry threats in the game.

Many have expressed frustration that, rather than acting as a come-back mechanic for players who are behind, in situations like this it seems that the bounty system can instead effectively punish players who are in the process of a successful come-back themselves.

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Sneaky reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS in 2021

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:36

by Andrew Amos

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It’s early days in the League roster shuffle, but one of the biggest moves could be just around the corner. Veteran AD carry Zach ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi could be making his triumphant return to the LCS, with the star reportedly in talks with Dignitas.

Could Sneaky be making his return to the LCS? The two-time champion has been out of the limelight for 12 months now after being dropped from the Cloud9 roster ahead of Spring 2020.

He marked his intentions to return back in August, and now, those dreams could be realized. After “actively looking for a pro play opportunity,” Sneaky could have snagged a spot back in the LCS to make his triumphant return.

Sneaky playing for Cloud9
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Sneaky was absent in 2020, but is ready to return in 2021.

Sneaky is reportedly in talks with Dignitas to return to the LCS for Spring 2021. Travis Gafford reported the rumor in an October 23 video ⁠— but it’s just that for now, a very big rumor. He would be coming in to replace 2020 rookie Johnson ‘Johnsun’ Nguyen.

The move could send shockwaves through the North American League scene, given Sneaky’s prestige on both a domestic and international level. He made 339 appearances for Cloud9 from 2013 to 2019, and won two domestic titles.

On the other hand, Dignitas has had a less-than-stellar 2020. While they technically made it to Worlds in 2019 under Clutch Gaming, they were unable to make it a repeat appearance, coming seventh and eighth in both LCS splits this year. The organization is still yet to win an LCS title.

However, Sneaky’s rumored return to the LCS also comes at a time where fans are asking for more fresh blood. After NA’s disappointing performance at Worlds 2020, there’s been calls for dramatic reform of the LCS.

This includes buying into more academy talent, and bringing in fresh faces instead of constantly recycling players between teams.

Johnsun playing for Dignitas in LCS Spring 2020
Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games
Sneaky would be replacing Dignitas’ rookie AD carry Johnsun.

Sneaky’s return could be seen as flying in the face of such reform. However, if there is a veteran AD carry you want to bring onboard, you could do much worse than the former Cloud9 star.

Sneaky and Dignitas are yet to confirm the rumors. We will update you once more information arises. In the meantime, be sure to check out our League off-season rostermania hub for the latest transfers as they happen.