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Riot reveal early surrender and LP changes to counter AFK League players

Published: 31/Jul/2020 18:31

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games has revealed that new changes are coming to League of Legends to prevent AFK players from ruining matches and costing others to lose LP in ranked modes.

As with many online multiplayer titles, League of Legends also suffers from players going idle or “AFK,” whether intentionally or not, leaving their teammates to continue on at a significant disadvantage.

While Riot has added measures to stop people from leaving matches, they are now bringing in some long-awaited changes to prevent innocent players from being punished.

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More features are coming to deal with AFK players in League of Legends.

During their latest ‘Behavioral Systems’ blog post on July 31, Riot dev Cody ‘Codebear’ Germain updated fans with their plans to improve League’s matchmaking.

The LoL Product Lead explained that they have recently focused on “mitigating the impact” that behaviors, such as going idle, have on other players.

It was revealed that they are also ‘digging into new solutions’ that would improve the matchmaking experience and listed some of the changes that League players can expect to see within the next few months.

Upcoming League of Legends AFK changes

  • Early surrender options when we identify an AFK early in your game.
  • LP mitigation for those in ranked games that have an AFK or intent to lose behaviors on their team during a loss.
  • Stricter Queue lockouts for those that disconnect / AFK.
  • Pre-queue warnings for those that have disrupted games previously.

These changes will not come all at once, however, with Codebear announcing that they will be experimenting with each of them, similar to the ‘Champion Select’ report and mute features.

As of now, it is unclear when exactly these changes will be added but the Riot dev claimed that “at least one experiment” will be live in the next month.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.