League of Legends

Riot remove League promo series in major Season 11 ranked shake-up

Published: 18/Sep/2020 4:23 Updated: 18/Sep/2020 4:44

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends will officially be removing its iconic inter-divisional promos in all competitive LoL ranked queues starting from the Season 11 preseason, Riot Games has announced.

Players will no longer have to play a three-game series to be promoted to the next division within their ranked tier, Riot developer Cody ‘Codebear’ Germain confirmed in a Season 11 blog post shared on September 17.

“Inter-division promotion games were initially implemented to provide compelling goals for players to tackle between LoL tiers,” Germain said. 

“[However], at best they were a source of relief, and at worst a source of major frustration when you were bounced out for the fifth time in a row.

“We wanted to revisit the decision, and solve the unnecessary frustration and climbing blocks between queue divisions. As such, at the start of preseason, we’ll be removing the inter-division promotion series in both queues.”

League of Legends ranked promos have been in Riot's title for nearly ten years.
Riot Games
League of Legends ranked promos have been in Riot’s title for nearly ten years.

After moving from one division to the next, Riot will hand you all your leftover LP to continue your climb. There will also no longer be inter-division demotion protection, which previously gave players on a losing streak a three-game buffer before they are dropped down a division.

The planned ranked series changes will not extend to promo series between tiers, like promoting from Silver to Gold. These major ranked movements will still require League of Legends players to win a best-of-five series to move into the next tier.

“We do still believe between-tier promos are an important part of keeping progression between tiers meaningful and challenging,” Germain explained.

League players will still receive a
Riot Games
League players will still receive a “Victorious” skin each season for finishing at least Gold.

Season 11 will also see League’s back-end MMR come under Riot’s microscope, the devs confirmed. The core goals heading into 2021 would be “matchmaking quality” and “ranked transparency,” to promote more balance in solo queue.

Finally, Riot has taken aim at smurfs in their Season 11 ranked update too.

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

Fortnite

How to get Man City Fortnite skin early: FaZe City Cup Kickoff set

Published: 19/Jan/2021 15:14 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 15:36

by David Purcell

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A brand new Fortnite Battle Royale tournament is on the horizon for players, the FaZe City Cup, and top performers will have a chance to unlock brand new Manchester City football skins in-game. 

In what’s been described as a continuation of a “groundbreaking” partnership between esports org and former Premier League champions, a new tournament is coming soon to the battle royale game.

The news was announced on January 19, with exciting rewards up for grabs. This will no doubt be a draw for fans of English football, but a broader audience as well. On top of the Man City offerings, it’s also been confirmed that those who unlock this exclusive skin can rotate it out for a number of other club shirts – from a selection of partners.

So, let’s take a look at everything we know about the event, and how to get your hands on those elusive Man City x FaZe Clan skins.

How to get Fortnite Kickoff skins

Fortnite FaZe City cup
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The FaZe City Cup is coming soon in Fortnite.

The selection of football skins will be available in the Fortnite Item Shop from January 23, to purchase. There will also be a new ‘Fancy Footwork’ emote included in the set, which can be bought or unlocked by playing in the newly announced competition.

Though, if you would like to get them early, you’re going to have to work for it. Just like previous collaborations with Epic Games, such as Samsung in the past, players will have to earn their spot in the top 100 of a competitive Duos event to grab them. That means, of course, that just 50 Duos will be granted early access.

When is the FaZe City Cup in Fortnite?

The FaZe City Cup in Fortnite is set to start up on January 21, and will be a one-off event.

This is the first competitive tournament set up as part of this relationship between Manchester City and FaZe Clan, and it seems as if both parties are really looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

“The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an important illustration of our groundbreaking partnership with Manchester City,” says FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink. “Alongside Manchester City, we are thrilled to be a part of a competitive tournament in Fortnite. We look forward to building this tournament and producing more entertaining competitions in the future.”

Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer at City Football Group, said: “The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an exciting first for the club in one of the most popular gaming titles globally and we hope fans worldwide will get involved in the competition and wear their Manchester City outfits in-game with pride.”

Fortnite Kickoff set explained

The set allows players to choose which kit they would like to wear, from a selection of partner clubs. Once unlocked, according to Epic Games, you can choose from the following clubs:

  • Manchester City FC
  • Juventus
  • AC Milan
  • Inter Milan
  • AS Roma
  • Seattle Sounders FC
  • Atlanta United
  • Los Angeles FC
  • Santos FC
  • Wolves
  • West Ham United FC
  • Sevilla FC
  • Sporting CP
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • FC Schalke 04
  • VFL Wolfsburg
  • Rangers FC
  • Celtic FC
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • Melbourne City FC
  • Sydney FC
  • Western Sydney Wanderers
  • EC Bahia

There will also be a Pele emote, celebrating the Brazilian legend’s iconic celebration by jumping in the air and punching his fist out.

Who is competing?

Players are being encouraged to sign up for the competition, and if you’re one of those people, be warned. Some top players will be competing on January 21.

In a press release it was confirmed that both FaZe Mongraal and FaZe Nate Hill will be taking part. Those who have seen these two play the game before will know they’re top builders, and certainly will provide stiff competition.