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League players frustrated as Clash smurfs continue to sabotage tourneys

Published: 13/Apr/2020 21:39

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends players queuing up for Clash are still seeing tournament weekends marred by the smurfs filing into lower-ranked lobbies, among other problems.

Since it was announced back in 2018, Clash has been hit with setbacks one after another in its pre and post launch states. Before, Riot struggled to get the mode live across regions, but after successful online weekends, some tournaments got another game-breaking issue.

Smurfs aren’t anything new in the League of Legends ecosystem. For one reason or another, highly-Ranked players will make new accounts where they can comfortably outplay the lower skilled opponents.

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Clash invites a five-player team to compete against others in tournaments with opponents of similar ranks.

For regular solo queue games and the like, smurfs are generally used to help boost another player through the rankings, get easy highlight reel plays, or find a more enjoyable gameplay experience against noobs.

But this presents a problem for those noobs who lock into a Clash tournament expecting to go up against similarly skilled players, just to run into a five-stack of smurfs in the lobby.

“Smurfing in Clash needs to be monitored closer,” user ‘Capt_Backside’ said. “You win one game and go into a full team with a Clash history of 12-0 who are all Iron, Bronze, and Silver and you can’t help but be disheartened.”

League players are finding smurfs across their tournaments.

The problem has persisted through enough Clash weekends to where people are now convinced that “every bracket [just ends] in whichever team had the most smurfs.”

Even more League community members started to file in with proof of low-ranked Clash members all sporting impressive win-rates or insane 30+ game win streaks.

League game designer Jon ‘IAmWalrus’ Moormann already said that Riot takes Clash smurfs “very seriously” and outlined what they’re doing to stop the problem.

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Some players are convinced there’s little Riot can do against Clash smurfs.

Unfortunately without a fix, players in low tier brackets can easily run into a wall of smurfs, putting a swift end to any hopes of getting tournament rewards.

Similarly, the client that League runs out of has seen a few problems of its own. Players are reporting having to play without junglers, for example, simply because the League window wouldn’t let teams trade champions with each other or change up their runes.

Even with all of the kinks in it, Clash has been a popular mode for LoL players to queue up in, so it’ll be interesting to see how Riot responds to clean up the tourney’s biggest problem.

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How to Watch League of Legends Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:05 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 12:06

by Daniel Cleary


Riot Games has announced they will be hosting an invitational event to showcase their upcoming mobile title, League of Legends Wild Rift, with many of the biggest personalities taking part. Here’s what you’ll need to watch.

With the release of Wild Rift’s beta now going live in select regions, such as Indonesia, Japan, and other Asian countries, many MOBA fans, particularly in the West, have been waiting to experience LoL’s mobile version.

While the servers for Europe and North America aren’t expected to be added until late 2020 or early 2021, Riot have decided to host an event featuring some of the biggest League of Legends stars and more, to give fans another look at Wild Rift’s gameplay.

Wild rift gameplay
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The Wild Rift invitational will feature a showmatch on the new mobile game.

When does the LoL Wild Rift Invitational start?

Just days after Wild Rift was featured in Apple’s latest showcase event, Riot announced that the Verizon 5G invitational event was scheduled for Thursday, October 22.

Viewers will be able to tune into the event and catch all of the action at 6:30PM PT/ 9:30PM ET / 2:30AM BST / 3:30AM CEST.

How to watch League’s Wild Rift Invitational

The Wild Rift Verizon 5G Invitational will be featured on the official Twitch Rivals’ channel, which we have embedded below.

A stream of the Wild Rift showcase event will also be available on Twitter for mobile fans to tune into, letting you choose how you want to watch.

Popular gaming presenter Geoff Keighley has confirmed that he will also be commentating on the action with a co-stream planned for the upcoming event.

Official Twitch Rivals stream

Who will be playing in the Wild Rift Invitational?

There will be a total of 10 players participating in the Wild Rift invitational. With professional League of Legends players and different influencers ready to be split into two teams, before competing against one another on stage.

Stars like Meteos, Zedd, Rick Fox, and more have all been confirmed for the Wild Rift Invitational, which will be played on iPhone 12 Pro devices.

You can find the full list of participants below.

All Wild Rift Invitational players

  • Will ‘Meteos’ Hartman
  • Nate Hill
  • Gabriella ‘LeTigress’ Devia-Allen
  • Rick Fox
  • Zac ‘Aphromoo’ Black
  • Emmalee ‘EMUHLEET’ Garrido
  • Cesaro
  • Zedd
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Chrissy Costanza