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League of Legends MSI canceled, changes to Worlds announced

Published: 23/Apr/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 18:38

by Albert Petrosyan

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Riot Games have canceled one of League of Legends’ biggest tournaments of the year, the Mid-Season Invitational, as well as announced several changes to the 2020 World Championship.

Following the trend of many other major esports events, League of Legends developers Riot Games announced on April 23 that they will no longer be holding the Mid-Season Invitational this year.

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“With this model plus input from health authorities, local governments, regional leagues and teams, travel experts, and other stakeholders, we have made the difficult decision to not hold MSI in 2020,” Riot said in a statement. “We believe this decision was necessary to ensure the health and safety of the players, teams, crew, partners, media, and fans.”

Riot GamesMSI 2020 will no longer be taking place, Riot Games announced on April 23.

The tournament had initially been postponed on March 10, with the new starting date moved from May to July 3 – but with the current global landscape full of uncertainty, they’ve now decided it’s safer to cancel the event, altogether.

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Riot’s attention will now fully be on the World Championship set to take place at the end of the year. They’ve announced several seeding and team allocation changes for the competition, as a result of both MSI being canceled and the LoL Master Series and Southeast Asia Tour having merged this past offseason to form the Pacific Championship Series.

Worlds will now feature 24 teams in total, an expansion from the usual 16-team main event, with several circuits now getting an extra spot.

  • Four teams each from LPL (China) and LEC (Europe)
  • Three teams each from LCK (Korea) and LCS (North America)
  • Two teams each from PCS (Southeast Asia) and VCS (Vietnam)
  • One team each from CBLOL (Brazil), LJL (Japan), LLA (Latin America), OPL (Oceania), and LCL (Russia).
Riot GamesThe League of Legends World Championship 2020 finals will be held at the Shanghai Stadium.

Due to their performances in international competitions over the past two years, the Chinese and European leagues are ranked first and second, respectively, which is why they’ll be able to each send four teams to this year’s Worlds.

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Similarly, Vietnam has been upgraded to receive two seeds because the VCS put in the strongest international performances of the leagues that were originally set to feature one team, particularly at recent MSI events.

While the dates for the World Championship have not been announced, Riot have announced that the competition will take place in China, with the finals played at Shanghai Stadium.

Whether or not it will actually take place remains to be seen, but Riot have said they will announce further details about the tournament at a later date.

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Call of Duty

CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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