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Riot reveals major Flex Queue changes coming in League patch 10.15

Published: 11/Jul/2020 12:06

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games has revealed that they will be making some major changes to League of Legends’ Ranked Flex Queue in the upcoming patch 10.15.

While League of Legends has added casual game modes such as ARAM, the ranked queues are seen as the MOBA’s core playlists that most players opt for when looking to improve.

The Ranked Flex Queue was introduced for players to play with up to parties of five, while still being able to work their way towards that prestigious Challenger rank, as it has its own ranking system that is separate to Solo Queue.

Summoners rift map in league of legends
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The Flex Queue lets players climb the ranked ladder in up to parties-of-five.

This Flex Queue does have some restrictions, however, as you can only play with teammates who are within one tier of the other players in your party, which can sometimes make it difficult to fill up a team.

These restrictions have even led to players creating ‘smurf accounts’ so that they could play with their friends at lower levels, but Riot will be introducing some major changes to the playlist in patch 10.15 to address this issue.

Ranked Flex Queue changes in League Patch 10.15

During the ‘Quick Gameplay Thoughts’ blog post on July 10, lead gameplay designer Riot Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter explained that they would be implementing an unrestricted rank system for Ranked Flex Queue.

He explained that the decision was inspired after “seeing the success” of the unrestricted system in League’s fan-favorite LTM, Clash, which allows teams of five to enter tournaments and earn some in-game rewards.

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Patch 10.15’s Flex Queue changes were inspired by the success of Clash.

The new Flex Queue changes will also prioritize higher-skilled players, during the matchmaking process, to allow for more competitive matches despite lifting these constraints.

“We’re applying the same approach to Flex Queue,” Yetter explained. “Queue with any of your friends, no matter their rank! Similar to Clash, the system will use a weighted average that prioritizes the higher skill players.”

The gameplay designer also revealed that they want the Flex queue to become “more accessible to groups” who want to test their skills, despite opening up the possibility for games with a wider spread of ranks.

League of Legends patch 10.15 is scheduled to be released on July 22.

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Caps passing Perkz as greatest western LoL player – Amazing & Munchables

Published: 23/Oct/2020 14:37 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 17:39

by Daniel Cleary

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With the topic of the “greatest Western League of Legends player of all time” heating up once again, Maurice ‘Amazing’ Stückenschneider and Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny have explained why G2 Esports star Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther could be taking the number one spot over teammate Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic, in Dexerto’s recent Worlds 2020 review.

As Worlds 2020 is coming closer to declaring a new set of champions, one of the biggest talking points in the League of Legends community has been the overall performance of Western teams at the international event and the individual players who contribute to them.

After G2 Esports defeated Gen.G in the quarter-finals and cemented themselves as “the last Western hope” following Fnatic’s narrow defeat to Top Esports, it raised the question of who exactly is the best Western player of all time.

Speaking on the matter in our Worlds review, Amazing highlighted that Perkz being around for longer has let him build up a more impressive resume than his teammate, “Caps has the highest highs I would suppose and Perkz has the better career so far, because he has done more in his career so far.”

Is Caps better than Perkz?

Munchables followed up by adding that the success Caps has seen in such a short span of time can not go unnoticed when discussing the pair, making it even more difficult to rank who is truly the best player of all time.

“I honestly think the problem is Caps is too good,” he explained. “The amount of time he has been in the scene, versus the amount of time he has been successful, is such a one-sided ratio on the side of success.”

Munchables also claimed that Caps might have had a greater impact on the region as a whole, comparing the success of Europe internationally before and after his time on teams like G2 and Fnatic, who have both made appearances in the Worlds final with him on the roster.

“European success versus, before Caps and with Caps is so dramatically skewed to Caps being a part of that,” Munchables explained. “At this point, I find it almost unarguable that Caps is the best Western player of all time.”

Amazing added that Perkz had paved the way for Caps to be the best in the west, after years of putting together a roster that is now helping the mid laner to shine on the biggest stage. “He’s granted Caps the ability to understand what winning really means.”

He then followed up on Caps’ growth as a player in the new G2 lineup, claiming that he has also had a “shift in mindset” which has massively helped his ability to play at the highest level.

Only time will tell how each of these remarkable players will fare throughout the rest of their careers as there will be plenty of opportunities to sway public opinion. But for now, it will likely remain up for debate as the two G2 stars continue to perform on the Rift.