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LoL devs explain why they made the Season 10 ranked climb “a lot longer”

Published: 19/Feb/2020 2:07

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends players have claimed the ranked climb has become harder than usual in Season 10, and now Riot Games devs have responded, confirming they’ve made the time to progress “a lot longer,” and explained why.

For the past few seasons, something in LoL’s ranked ladder has changed. The system often becomes misaligned from a player’s hidden MMR, revealed on stats pages like OP.GG, and players are struggling to climb despite hefty win-streaks.

After one player called out Riot for their “changed” system following a 36–0 win-streak only landing them in Platinum, the devs confirmed they had tweaked the way solo queue worked in Season 10 to make the climb “a lot longer.”

Riot Games takes aim at smurfs
Riot Games
Riot devs have taken aim at smurfs in League by slowing down the time it takes to climb in the ranked ladder.

Riot slows down ranked progress to punish smurfing

According to the devs, this extended ladder climb is “completely intentional,” and has been implemented to combat the ever-increasing amount of smurfs—high ranked players creating lower-level accounts—in solo queue.

Riot fears these top-level players, that really belong in ranks like Challenger, Diamond, or Plat, will join the lobbies of Bronze and Silver players, single-handedly deciding matches, and drive newer LoL gamers away from the MOBA for good.

“The climb takes a lot longer now. This is intentional. We really don’t want players creating alt accounts just to blow through the climb,” Riot said. “We encourage players to stay on their mains. Smurfing ruins the experience for others.”

Riot goes the opposite direction to Valve

Funnily enough, Riot’s Season 10 response to smurfing, and the much-maligned extended ranked climb, is in direct opposition of how MOBA rivals Valve combats the same issue in their own competitive title, Dota 2.

According to Valve, there isn’t a major issue with smurfing itself. Instead, they believe smurfs should just be “accelerated” to their proper role as quickly as possible, removing the reason people create low-level accounts in the first place.

Valve’s plan boils down to awarding more points than usual to Dota players who are “clearly overperforming.” While this may not always scoop up smurfs, and may give actual grinders a small boost, there’s no great crime in that.

“The system searches for players that frequently perform significantly above their current skill bracket, and applies an MMR increase until they’ve reached a bracket where they’re no longer over-performing,” Valve explained in a dev blog post.

Valve went the opposite direction in dealing with smurfs, making them climb faster to their real positions on the ladder.

So what’s the better system to combat smurfs?

Well, on a surface level it seems like Valve may have been the ones who got it right—Dota players have been reporting fewer smurfs in competitive queues, while League players have taken to social media in droves to complain about their slow progress.

That doesn’t necessarily mean either system is inherently incorrect, however. Dota’s solution is designed to not necessarily encourage smurfing, but just get rid of them quickly. Riot’s, on the other hand, is built to stop it altogether.

At the end of the day, there’s no real way of determining the best way to stop smurfs. The best players are always going to get frustrated at their own level, and want to ‘relax’ by stomping lower-level games.

For now, it looks like Riot is trying to get them to stop of their own volition. If that fails, maybe more drastic methods are implemented by the devs, but for now, League players everywhere get a slower grind because of smurfs.

League of Legends

Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games developer has responded to a bizarre bug in League of Legends, which is preventing the Ravenous Hydra from working with certain champions’ abilities in-game.

Riot Games introduced plenty of changes in the 2021 preseason patch such as completely revamping the League Item Shop and items to improve the game’s experience before Season 11 kicks off.

Ravenous Hydra is one of the items that has remained in League, but it received some updated stats amid the changes. The item still provides players with lifesteal, in the form of Omnivamp, but Riot has now removed the Crescent Active and added 20 Ability Haste in its place.

However, one thing that has not changed much is the item’s passive ability Cleave, which allows basic attacks and abilities to trigger extra damage, which varies based on the distance between targets.

Urgot's splash artLeague players called for a Ravenous Hydra fix after a glitch was found with champions like Urgot.

There are some champions with abilities that had unique interactions with this item, such as Aphelios’ Severum Q, but players have now noticed a bug, which stops it from working correctly with certain champions.

The issue was raised with League dev Riot Phlox, with one Redditor explaining that champions with multi-hit abilities, like Urgots W, Renekton W, and Warwick’s Ult seem to be where the problem lies.

Riot Phlox responded to the bug, revealing that they are now aware of the unusual damage glitch with Ravenous Hydra and that it would be passed on to the League Dev team.

“I’ll pass this along so we can make sure there are eyes on it, thanks!” the League dev responded, confirming they would soon be working on it.

However, he also revealed that he was unsure just when a fix might be issued for this broken damage bug, adding that they “can’t give a timeframe.”

While it is unclear when the patch will arrive in League of Legends, this will still come as good news to Urgot mains, and those who play similar champs, after they were quite vocal on this issue, as it will soon allow them to have more build options in-game.