League of Legends

Riot Games testing Matchmaking update to limit League of Legends smurfs

Published: 17/Sep/2020 2:12

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are making changes to League of Legends’ Matchmaking system that, among other things, will address ‘smurfs’ by taking into account players’ MatchMaking Rating (MMR) and their current rank when queuing, and it’s already being tested in some regions.

Put simply, in gaming, ‘smurfs’ are high-Elo players who create new accounts to play in lower MMR lobbies. Different reasons for why someone would smurf in League of Legends ranges to learning new roles & champions, playing with friends, collecting juicy clips, and more

But smurfing can lead to really bad games for the other team, especially if a squad full of low Ranked players get matched with someone clearly out of their league.

This can result in one-sided affairs and deeply unsatisfying games for Summoners matched with the smurf.

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Riot is making changes to League’s matchmaking so players can stop being bots to a wild smurf.

Although the changes aren’t directly targeted at smurfs, LoL lead gameplay designer Mark Yetter announced the overhauls that are already affecting some live servers.

“We’re testing in some select regions a Matchmaking upgrade that takes into account players current rank along with the MMR,” Yetter said. “This has many benefits including grouping smurfs as some of you have already caught on to.”

This has been met with reactions from both sides of the aisle. On one side, low Elo players are excited at the possibility of not having to contend with as many smurfs.

Meanwhile, others say this won’t even begin to touch on the problem with smurfs, and suggest other fixes such as tying phone numbers to Riot accounts.

In July, Riot announced they were working on a new matchmaking algorithm to “more accurately and quickly identify new and veteran player’s skills.” They fully implemented the new system into normal queue in patch 10.10.

At the time, the studio said the same matchmaking algorithm would be coming to ranked queues in preseason. Like most major changes in LoL, Riot will monitor how the new system reacts as players get situated in their respective MMR.

The devs are still looking for ways to bring a balance to League ranked queues so everyone can have an enjoyable experience on the ladder.

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: HLE take top spot, Gen.G plummet to fourth

Published: 27/Jan/2021 14:00 Updated: 27/Jan/2021 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!


  • HLE crush Fredit BONIN in a 2-0 series.
  • Gen.G continue losing streak after 2-1 loss to DWN KIA
  • HLE top the leaderboard.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 3 schedule (January 27 – January 31)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 27 Hanwha Life Esports 2 – 0 Fredit Brion 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 Gen.G 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 28 DRX vs KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 vs Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 29 Nongshim RedForce vs Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 30 Fredit Brion vs DRX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Liiv SANDBOX vs Gen.G 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 31 Afreeca Freecs vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
NS RedForce vs KT Rolster 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 results (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster 1-2 Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION 0-2 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster 2-1 T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G 1-2 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Hanwha Life Esports 4-1 9-5
2 DWG Kia 4-1 8-4
3 DRX 3-1 7-5
Gen.G 3-2 8-5
5 Nongshim RedForce 2-2 5-5
KT Rolster 2-2 5-5
7 T1 1-3 5-7
8 Liiv SANDBOX 1-3 4-6
9 Afreeca Freecs 1-3 3-6
10 Fredit BRION 1-4 2-8

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria