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League of Legends: Riot Games share new details on new ‘Position Ranks’ system

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:38 Updated: 18/Jan/2019 5:12

by Alan Bernal


A new ranking system for League of Legends will soon find its way to clients in North America and Korean servers, as Riot Games hopes to make matches more rewarding for players.

League of Legends has provided one of the most competitive gameplay environments for the better part of the last decade, and it’s done so by constantly implementing game-changing elements both in and out of the Rift.

On January 17, Riot Games’ Ed ‘Sapmagic’ Altorfer and Primus ‘Gortok’ Majda hosted another entry to the dev diaries to break down the new position rankings that will influence matchmaking queues for the new season.

Riot GamesLP splash will boost ranks of all positions, regardless of which role a player filled in their game.

The new system will give “a matchmaking rating and a rank for each position [someone] plays.” Position ranks are meant to be an answer to providing more balanced gameplay experiences that stem from the struggles of autofill.

At the end of every match, League Points (LP) will be awarded for whatever position you played, but some LP will “splash” into all the other positions.

The devs clarified that every position will be splashed with LP as a player climbs with their main position, which will help bring up all other ranks as close to that player’s true rank to make the grind less intensive.

As such, NA and Korean servers will preview the system at the start of the new season to gauge how well it works and to fix any problems that may come up.

Getting rid of autofill in the game would see queue times “tripling, or in some cases quadrupling” for a lot of players, so the team devised a way to create more fair matchmaking, according to Sapmagic.

Although the premise is simple, there is a lot that can go wrong which is why the developers made clear that they are willing to get rid of the system as a whole if it doesn’t work out.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.