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2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT ANNOUNCED

By Riot Magus

With teams on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 World Championship, here’s a comprehensive overview of the tournament structure. In this article, we’ll be summarizing the 2015 Worlds format and explaining our process for determining team placements during the main stages of the tournament.

 

WORLDS FORMAT

As we confirmed in our Worlds venue announcement, the 2015 World Championship will be made up of the Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

The tournament is divided into two main sections:

Group Stage

Over two weeks, 16 teams will compete in a double Round Robin-style tournament in Best of 1s. The Group Stage contains four groups with four teams in each. Each group will have 12 total matches, plus potential tiebreakers. The groups are populated based on seeding from their regional events and determined during a live Group Draw. This Group Stage format is the same as the one we used in 2014.

Knockout Stage

Following the Group Stage, eight teams will advance to the Knockout Stage (formerly known as the Bracket Stage) and matchups will transition to Best of 5s. The Knockout Stage is comprised of Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

 

2015 IMPROVEMENTS

Heading into planning for 2015 Worlds, we’ve made a couple of improvements to the overall structure of the tournament. To promote transparency around how teams are selected into groups, we’ll be hosting a live Group Draw Show.

We also weren’t completely satisfied with the way teams were seeded into the Knockout Stage from the Group Stage, with teams potentially being incentivized to not win a group in order to draw a perceived better matchup in the knockout round. As such, we’ll be introducing randomization elements on which 1st place group finishers face-off against 2nd place group finishers in the Quarterfinals.

We’ll share more about the Group Draw in September, but here are some details on what this means for Worlds 2015.

 

THE GROUP DRAW METHODOLOGY

To kick off the 2015 Worlds, a Group Draw will occur according to the illustration below to sort the teams into four different groups – A, B, C, and D.

 

Group Pool

Overall, the 2015 Worlds Group Pool Structure is almost identical to that of 2014 Worlds with the exception of some qualifying International Wild Card (IWC) regions. Pool 1 contains the first-place seeds from China, Europe, Korea, and North America. Pool 2 has the second-place and third-place seeds from China and Korea, LMS’s two representatives, and the second-place seeds from North America and Europe. Pool 3 is comprised of the third-place seeds from North America and Europe as well as the two International Wildcard Qualifier winners. Each of the four groups will contain one team from Pool 1, two teams from Pool 2, and one team from Pool 3.

Group Draw Procedure

Like last year, there’s one cardinal rule for the 2015 Worlds Group Draw, and it’s intended to maximize the amount of cross-regional play:

  • No group will have more than 1 team per region

During the Group Draw Show, teams will be drawn until a pool is exhausted and we’ll place one team in each group before drawing the next team. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available group; it will be automatically placed in the next available group.

For example, if an LCK team is randomly drawn with the 9th overall pick, but there’s already an LCK team in both of Group A and B, the LCK team would be moved automatically to the next available group (i.e. Group C).

Additional procedural rules apply to prevent invalid draws but we’ll release the full technical details of the Group Draw in advance of the Group Draw Show.

 

DETERMINING THE KNOCKOUT STAGE

Previously, there was a preset bracket based on how Groups finished, but this year teams will be drawn into randomized Quarterfinals matchups. We’re making this change to incentivize teams to win their group and focus on playing their best. The Knockout Stage bracket will be drawn live on-air immediately following the final day of the Group Stage.

There are two cardinal rules for how we will decide teams’ Quarterfinal placements in the Knockout Stage for 2015 Worlds:

  • First-place group finishers must face second-place group finishers
  • No two teams from the same group can be placed on the same half of the bracket

The first rule is to reward teams that finished higher in the Group Stage while the second rule is to prevent rematches of Group Stage games before the Finals.

Knockout Pools and Procedure

Based on the bracket rules, we’ll assign the Quarterfinals bracket based on two pools: the first seeds from the Groups (A1, B1, C1, and D1) and the second seeds from Groups (A2, B2, C2, and D2).

The Knockout Stage Draw will proceed as follows:

First, all of the #1 seeds are randomly drawn and placed from top to bottom in the bracket.

For example, B1 was randomly drawn first and placed in the topmost matchup, then A1 was randomly drawn and placed in the second matchup, and so on.

Then, all of the second seeds are drawn. During the drawing of the second seeds, keep in mind that no two seeds from the same group can occupy the same half of the bracket. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available matchup; it will be automatically placed in the next available matchup.

For example based on the above graphic, if A2 is randomly drawn from the second-seed group, it must go to the first valid slot (vs C1), then if C2 is drawn it goes to B1 because that’s the first available slot, etc.

After Quarterfinals, matches will proceed as bracketed for the remainder of the Knockout Stage.

 

CONCLUSION

We look forward to kicking off an exciting 2015 Worlds. Stay tuned to Lolesports to see what teams will qualify for the 2015 World Championship.

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By Riot Magus

By Semifinals, two stages of Worlds will be complete. The final four teams will have conquered so much, but there are still two last battles left that they must win. On the stage in Brussels, we’ll determine the two teams who will face-off to be crowned 2015 World Champions.

Here’s the important information that you need to snag your seat at Semis below:

 

TICKETS

 

Q: When do Semifinals tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets will go on sale July 22 at 8:00am PDT / 5:00pm CEST via Ticketmaster – Belgium.

 

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are €39 / $42* for the floor seats and €29 / $31* for the bleacher seats, plus applicable fees. All prices are listed in Euros.

 

*US DOLLAR PRICES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON CURRENT EURO TO USD CONVERSION RATES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Q: Can you confirm the final prices after fees and taxes?

A: Fees vary based on the individual buyer since you might need to pay taxes based on your location. Fees also vary on how you decide to receive your ticket such as e-ticket, will call, mailing, etc. Find out more information on Ticketmaster – Belgium

 

Q: What languages is the ticket site available in?
A: English, French, and Dutch.

 

Q: If tickets are in high demand, will there be a queue?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster uses a queue system that will select purchasing order by random lottery. Keep in mind that being in the queue does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase tickets.

 

Q: Do I have to create an account to buy tickets?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster – Belgium requires an account for any purchase. To save time, we recommend that you sign-up and create an account before tickets go live.

 

Q: How many days are my ticket(s) good for?
A: One ticket gets you a seat at one day of the event.

 

Q: I want to go to multiple days of the event. Can I buy a ticket package?

A: There’s no multi-day ticket package available. You’ll have to purchase your tickets individually for each day.

 

Q: Are seats assigned? I want to sit with my friends.
A: If you want to sit with your friends, buy tickets together. Seats are assigned for every ticket.

 

Q: How many tickets can I purchase at once?
A: Six tickets may be purchased per order.

 

Q: Are tickets refundable or can I exchange them?
A: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

 

Q: Will there be more tickets in August?
A: There will be extremely limited quantities released in August based on our final production setup. If you want to guarantee a seat at Semis, we suggest not waiting until August since we cannot guarantee availability after the initial wave of Semifinals tickets is released on July 22.

 

Q: When in August will more tickets go on sale?
A: We’ll confirm August ticket sale timing in the coming weeks once we’ve finalized our production plans for all the venues.

 

Q: When will tickets for other Worlds events be released?
A: Head on over to our 2015 World Championship ticket guide for more information:

  • Group Stage tickets are currently sold out
  • Quarterfinals tickets are currently sold out
  • Finals will go on sale on July 29

VENUE AND EVENT DETAILS

Q: Where is the venue?
A: Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium (Google Maps)

 

Q: When does Semis start on each day?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 4 PM CEST
  • October 25: 2 PM CEST

 

Q: When do doors open at Semifinals?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 3 PM CEST
  • October 25: 1 PM CEST

 

Q: Will there be other events (cosplay, merch, etc) at Semis?
A: We’re still working on our final plans so we’ll confirm when we get closer to the event. Cosplayers are always welcome to attend any esports event.

 

Q: What language will the live commentary of the event be in at Semifinals?
A: Live commentary in Brussels will be in English.

 

Q: Will there be radios with other languages available?
A: We’ll have options to listen with other languages available.

 

MATCHES

 

Q: What games are being played on which day?

A: The match schedule will be released after the Semifinals. Please be advised that you might not see your region play on a particular day.

Stay tuned to to Lolesports to see what 16 teams will compete in the 2015 World Championship. We’ll share more information about Finals tickets on Monday, July 27.

 

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as we move past the halfway point of the summer split. With only 3 weeks left in the EU and NA LCS, teams look to make their final run at a playoff position.

 

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Cloud 9 has announced that Will “Meteos” Hartman will be stepping down from the starting jungle position on the team. Off to a 3-7 start, the team has been struggling to find their former success in the Summer Split. After retiring in April, Hai “Hai” Du Lam will return in week 6 as shotcaller and jungler. This marks only the second roster change for Cloud 9 in the team’s history.

 

Meteos had this to say:

 

“This was a difficult decision to make as clearly things on C9 have not been working out. I think stepping back for now and letting someone else jungle will help the team atmosphere and keep Cloud9 competitive in the LCS.”

 

Jack Etienne also spoke on the roster move:

 

“Meteos is a huge part of Cloud9 as well as one of the most talented players on our roster.” adds Jack Etienne, GM and Owner of Cloud9. “He is stepping down to be a sub for our LCS team but he will remain an active part of Cloud9.”

 

It is uncertain if Hai will remain on the roster permanently. NoL will continue to update as things develop.

 

Official Announcement

 

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As the Copenhagen Wolves struggle to claw their way out of the 10th place position in the EU LCS, internal issues have continued to bubble, resulting in yet another change. Petar “Unlimited” Georgiev has decided to step down from the team. He will continue to play until a replacement has been found, and will continue to evaluate his options for the future.

 

Unlimited speaks on his decision to step down:

 

Which leads me to the next point, after 2 of my closest friends and teammates in the team are leaving it is now officially not the same team anymore, so my driving force of the obligation i felt to do everything in my power to keep the team going is just not there anymore.

And to finish it off, i always felt like my talents would be much more useful as a coach than as a player i always spend countless of time theory-crafting and preparing for our opponents, only to end up not sleeping well and under-performing because of that, but i stayed as an active player because i thought my team needed me to, but now i realize that is not the case.

 

Read the full statement

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.

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Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool, Captain of the Copenhagen wolves, has revealed plans to step down from the team. Citing a team atmosphere with seemingly unchangeable conditions, here is his statement, from his twitter:

Last night I expressed to the team and staff my desire to leave the team. The atmosphere in the team has been awful this split and I’ve come to accept that it won’t change anytime soon. I will try my hardest in this weeks LCS games but hope that CW will find a replacement for me shortly after. I want to thank all the fans for their support throughout the years, through thick and thin. League of Legends is still a game I love playing, and love teaching others in so I will stick around and consider my options after this is all said and done.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.


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After injuring his hand playing basketball, CLG may opt to use substitute AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

 

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As stated on the lolesports fantasy website, Doublelift is day-to-day, with Stixxay ready to stand in if necessary. Doublelift doesn’t seem too worried, and took to twitter to announce that his finger “should be back to normal in a week or 2.” He also gave a brief update on his Facebook:

 

Ok so the story is that we were playing basketball on lunch break, and I grabbed the rusty metal net with one hand trying to stuff someone. Didn’t feel any pain at first, but I looked down and saw my pinky looking weird. Only 12 stitches and looks worse than it is :^) hope I can still play this weekend

 

Plagued by visa issues, TDK will continue using substitute players in week 4. Zachary “Mancloud” Allan Hoschar and James “Lattman” Lattman will fill the void in TDK’s roster for week 4.

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Fitting in

This week, Ekko became eligible in the LPL, as well as the EU and NA LCS. While still disabled in LCK, it’s always exciting when a champion enters or returns to the meta, and in this case rings especially true. Regarded as “overloaded”, Ekko can be seen as a burst mage with a ton of utility,  not to mention the fact that he can escape most situations relatively intact. His E skill, Phase Dive, grants him the ability to chase down opponents, or get out of a potentially lethal encounter. Coupled with an AoE stun, the pick potential is real from whatever position he is played.

Making his competitive debut in EU, Ekko would take on a variety of roles as players figure out exactly where the AP assassin belongs. Billed as a mid laner, does Ekko truly stand without limits?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve seen so far.

 

Stage 1 Europe

After bans in the first 3 games of the week, we would finally see Froggen bring Ekko out to a strong performance of 4-1-4, though eventually falling to Fnatic. In his next appearance, Airwaks brought the time shattering menace into the jungle, ending up with a 3-2-3 score and a defeat.

Played 3 more times, only one player would find success on Ekko as Froggen received yet another loss with a modest score of 2-2-1. Fnatic top laner Huni pulled off the only Ekko win in EU, going 7-1-7 and rushing what has become the standard: Morellonomicon. In the clip below, Huni shows us Ekko’s bait potential, Fnatic style.



Kikis would also bring Ekko into the jungle, suffering a 1-4-5 loss to H2K. It’s worth noting that in both Kikis and Airwaks games, neither jungler opted to build sightstone. With a questionable rush of Spirit Visage on Airwaks, and Kikis going from his Cinderhulk into a Locket of the Iron Solari and Glacial shroud, a case can be made for the early vision offered by sighstone over getting tanky as fast as possible. Time will tell.

Ekko premiered in Europe, but would make his first true mark in North America.

 
Stage 2 North America

At the end of day 2, Ekko’s debut would spark numerous questions. Where is he best played? What should he build? What role does he serve? The NA LCS would provide no clear answer as he ended week 3 with wins across all three roles.

Interestingly, in both of his losses in North America, Ekko was played mid lane, and ended with a positive score. With Innox going 5-2-5 in their loss against Team 8, and Bjergsen 7-1-6 against Team Dignitas, neither player could capitalize on their advantages, hinting at something far from revolutionary: Ekko is team dependent. While he boasts awesome slaying power, Ekko is also loaded up with a stun and a slow, granting his team just as much utility as damage. Coordination is key, best displayed in Team Liquid’s game against Cloud 9.



Opting for a sighstone rush and lots of early game pressure, IWillDominate gave us the first glimpse of Ekko’s strengths in the jungle. At the end of the 39 minute matchup, Ekko became a tanky time-travelling terror, soaking up damage for his team and controlling team fights through zoning and intelligent placing of his ultimate.

In their match against TDK, Bjergsen was able pull off a score of 12-6-7, taking control of the mid lane and eventually the game in a relatively standard match from TSM.



Finally, ZionSpartan would put up an admirable 4-3-9 in his victory against Gravity, once again showcasing Ekko’s carry potential even when starting defensively, choosing to build a Seeker’s Armguard before the traditional Morellonomicon.

Ekko secured a 3-2 overall win record in NA, leading to even more questions.  Next stop, China.


Stage 3 China

There was no shortage of Ekko play in the 12 team LPL, finding himself played in 11 out of the 24 games in Week 4. In a region known for it’s teamfighting, it would be interesting to see the Chinese teams approach to the league’s newest champion.

Our first glimpse of Ekko in the LPL would come in the form of a loss in the midlane as Dade gave up first blood and fell 3-5-1 to Pawn’s Leblanc. Being forced into an abyssal scepter, Dade never quite managed to claw back into the game and EDG closed the game out in typical EDG fashion – convincingly.

The next showing of Ekko would be by none other than Rookie. Living up to his nickname of “Faker Junior”, a 10-3-13 score in game 2 against LGD showed us what can happen when Ekko gets ahead early. Controlling the pace of team fights and zoning enemies with his W ability, Parallel convergence, Ekko’s presence in 5v5 scenarios is impossible to ignore.

 

 

In a less than spectacular performance, Flandre would flounder, going 2-7-1 with another strange item build on Ekko, choosing to build Cinderhulk and Trinity force and operating with a summoner spell combination of Teleport and Smite. After Snake took an early tower, QG would take hold of the game with a solo kill from V, and never slowed down from there. From behind, Ekko was never able to get into the Snake backline, and his team fight impact was rendered useless.

The first matchup of IG vs. OMG would feature Cool on Ekko, but with an 0-0-1 score, it was pretty much the Uzi show. It would be the 4-1-16 Jungle Ekko of mlxg to give us our next win on the champion in game 1 of RNG vs. WE, followed by a poor attempt to do the same by Spirit in the next game, closing the set 0-2 with a score line of 3-2-6. Not wanting to follow in Spirit’s footsteps, Eimy showed us once again that Jungle Ekko is more than a gimmick, controlling the pace of the game against one of the best teams the world has to offer in EDG.  He would close game out game one with an impressive score of 4-1-22. With Pawn and GODV both posting losses in the mid lane, it would be Eimy to bring out Ekko two more times, posting up a 3-1-19 win and a 1-4-4 loss in their set against WE. Not out of the ordinary for a jungler, every game Ekko was played in the jungle featured a Sightstone rush, with victories using both Ranger’s Trailblazer and Stalker’s Blade.


 

Wanting a more clear idea of his success in China, I consulted with LPL caster Froskurinn Devin “Froskurinn” Ryanne Mohr.

 

“I think Ekko has found most of his use in the jungle – starting fights using his kit as a gap closer and slow for the rest of his team, serving as an initiation tool. Mlxg and Eimy showed much better performances than the mid laners, apart from Rookie.”

 

I asked her what she thought about Sightstone on Ekko, and mentioned that in EU, there was no Sightstone on Airwaks Ekko in his loss against Gambit, but Team Liquid’s win against Cloud 9 was impacted heavily by the presence of IWillDominate’s sighstone Ekko, allowing him free reign over the map.

 

“I mean obviously it has some relevance but I think it’s more how they’re considering using him versus how its being executed. In the mid lane he’s just another burst that can soft counter assassins but in the jungle it’s more about choke points - and his W being used in those choke points.  They only build him tanky to help his clear be safe, but he can run so far ahead of his team and catch everyone with his W/E combo. His ult is a safe backup in case the enemy team turns to burn him - and while they try to do that, the time the enemy spends on him allows his team to catch up and murder them now that all their cooldowns are gone.

As far as China is concerned – His jungle dynamic really works with the team fighting specialties in China of in playing with angles and choke points, and I think that’s how the Chinese teams have been using him best and where we’ll see a priority outside teams that have all-star mid laners like Cool, Rookie, GodV, etc.”

 

Ekko would end his run in China at 5 wins and 7 losses, with three of those wins coming from the jungle. It’s been made clear that Ekko doesn’t fare well from behind, and that team coordination is more important than ever, with many of his strengths coming from how much impact he has in team fights. He may have a huge toolbox, but using those tools efficiently is critical to his success. It will be interesting to see where Ekko finds his place as the various summer splits unfold, but one thing is certain: Ekko does have limits, and teams will have to play around them if they want to succeed with – or against – the boy who shattered time.

 

By the Numbers

Here’s a quick look at Ekko’s performance so far, broken down by region. All games took place between Jun 11th and Jun 14th.

 

Global

 

Number of games available June 11-14: 44

Picked or Banned in: 37/44 (84% P/B)

Total picks:  21

Total bans:  16

Winrate: 43% (9 Wins, 12 Losses)

Most successful position: Jungle (4 wins)

Breakdown by wins: Jungle (4), Mid lane (4), Top Lane (2)

Breakdown by losses: Jungle (3), Mid Lane (7), Top Lane (1)

Most played by: Eimy – Jungler of Unlimited Potential (3 times, 2 wins, 1 loss)

Total games mid: 11

Total games Top: 3

Total games jungle: 7

 

Europe

 

Total Games: 10

Picked/Banned: 90% (5 picks, 4 bans. Uncontested 1 game)

Winrate: 20% (1 Win, 4 losses)

 

North America

 

Total games: 10

Picked/Banned: 70% (5 picks, 2 Bans. Uncontested 3 games)

Winrate: 60% (3 wins, 2 losses)

 

China

 

Total Games: 24

Picked/Banned: 87% (11 Picks, 10 Bans. Uncontested 3 Games)

Winrate:  45% (5 Wins, 6 Losses)

Winning players across EU/NA LCS and LPL

 

Top: Huni (EU), ZionSpartan (NA)

Mid: Bjergsen (NA), Cool (LPL), Rookie (LPL)

Jungle: IWillDominate (NA), mlxg(LPL), Eimy (LPL)

 


Tim Kimbirk is a journalist writing about eSports for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as TSM and Fnatic reign at the top of the NA and EU LCS. Plus, a look at the 2015 World Championship seeds, and other scene news.

 

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  •  Team Gravity announced that Head Coach Nick “LastShadow” de Cesare is leaving due to emerging personal issues.
  • Team Dignitas added former CJ Entus and Winterfox jungler Dong-jin ‘Helios‘ Shin to their starting roster, in place of  Andrew ‘Azingy‘ Zamarripa.

 

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After sitting out from the casters desk during the inaugural week of the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, Riot has issued a surprise ruling for caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge.

 

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CONTEXT

 

Last week, we became aware of allegations involving Martin “Deficio” Lynge, a Rioter and EU LCS caster. Specific allegations were made that SK Gaming’s in-game strategy had been leaked to their opponent that day, the Copenhagen Wolves. We immediately launched an in-depth investigation and, as a precaution, removed Deficio from the broadcast and delayed the SK vs. Copenhagen Wolves scheduled game while initial inquiries took place.

Allegations were made that Deficio had discussed SK Gaming’s in-game strategy with their opponent on May 28, 2015 – and specifically with Head Coach Karl “Dentist” Krey. Over the course of our investigation, LCS officials reviewed available evidence and spoke with players and management on SK Gaming, Copenhagen Wolves, and other affected players as well as Deficio himself.

Despite evidence that Dentist had verbally claimed to Copenhagen Wolves players he was receiving information from Deficio on in-game strategy, our investigation uncovered no evidence to support this claim. While interviewing with LCS officials, Dentist admitted that in the interest of shoring up his authority with the team, he had implied to them that he was getting strategic information from Deficio, but his claims were unfounded. Based on the lack of evidence to support Dentist’s initial claims, we concluded that no strategy had been shared which could have challenged competitive integrity in this case.

However, during the course of this investigation, we were made aware that Copenhagen Wolves had offered Deficio a management position to join the organization at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and that the two parties had had ongoing conversations for the past six weeks.

Although it’s not unusual for Rioters to be approached with offers from LCS organizations, it’s important that the organization and Rioter let us know as soon as an offer is made to raise awareness around potential conflicts of interest. In this case, we believe that Deficio showed poor judgment in navigating this conflict of interest. Over the course of our investigation we found evidence indicating that Deficio had begun speaking with several active LCS players – contracted and free agents – about their future and the possibility of working with them on the Copenhagen Wolves. These conversations influenced – or had the potential to influence – player decisions on where they chose to play, and affected the competitive integrity of the LCS.

When considering consequences for Deficio’s actions, we examined whether or not there had been former precedent set within past LCS rulings. Many former rulings revolve around poaching (i.e. the CLG ruling) – the improper recruitment of a player under contract with one organization to a different one – but Deficio’s actions constituted tampering – inappropriately influencing a player under contract with one organization to consider joining another. As such, this is the first official ruling that deals specifically with tampering. Due to his former position as a pro player, Deficio has relationships with former teammates and friendships with current pros. However, his unique position as a shoutcaster and representative of the EU LCS meant that his actions were inappropriate and a breach of the trust that the League and Riot places in him.

 

OUTCOMES

 

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Having reviewed all the evidence, we found no proof that Deficio shared any in-game strategy with competing teams, or affected the outcome of the game in question – SK Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves on Thursday, May 28. Having concluded the investigation, we stand by the result of the match.

Karl “Dentist” Krey

By making false claims (by his own admission) to his team that Deficio was providing information on other teams’ strategy, Dentist knowingly misled his own players and created the expectation that cheating was an acceptable part of team play. Equally, Dentist obstructed the investigation by changing his story and initially denying making these claims to the Copenhagen Wolves team, though he ultimately cooperated after being presented with evidence. Above all, Dentist was complicit in tampering that could compromise the integrity of the LCS. As a result, we will be suspending Dentist from the LCS until Week Four.

Martin “Deficio” Lynge

The evidence of tampering that we uncovered shows that Deficio has not lived up to the high standards of integrity we hold all Rioters to and contravened internal policies and league rules. These standards are higher than those we ask of LCS players, managers, and owners, and represent our trust in the judgment of Rioters. Despite his full cooperation with this investigation, we take this lapse in judgment extremely seriously. As such, we will be suspending Deficio from on-air duties until Week Four and in talking to Martin we’ve mutually decided to withdraw him from the casting desk for all Copenhagen Wolves games on an indefinite basis to help avoid any future conflict of interest. As a Rioter, he will also be subject to internal disciplinary measures which by law are confidential.

Furthermore, we will be restricting Deficio from being approved as a Team Member (player, coach, manager, or owner) for any LCS team for the rest of the 2015 and the entirety of the 2016 season. This does not prevent him from joining an external organization in another capacity, but given the breach of trust we feel that this ruling is important to protect the competitive integrity of the LCS and to demonstrate our intolerance for any tampering or inappropriate influence over any LCS games, teams or organizations.


Lynge has also voiced his thoughts on the ruling on his facebook. The entire post is shown below:
 

Hello guys.

I want to share a personal statement in light of the recent competitive ruling.
Leading up to the summer split, I have made some poor decisions and not respected the seriousness of the matter. I should have informed Riot about my offer the moment I received it and not discussed the situation with any active LCS players. When two friends talk one thing often leads to another and opinions get shared that should have stayed private.

Throughout my career as pro player and shoutcaster, I have always been close with a lot of players and I value these relationships very highly. This will not change but I have had to learn the difference between talking to a player as friends and talking as a Rioter. It is 100% NOT okay to give opinions on career choices and to share your own potential future plans as a Rioter, as it can impact a player´s decision making. While I never intended any harm, I definitely didn’t act in the professional manner that I expect from myself and as Riot expects from me.

I want to first and foremost apologize to the fans that support me, to Riot, our broadcast team here in Europe and everyone watching the LCS. I can say that this will never happen again. My focus always has been and will remain on making this the best EU LCS split and to keep improving my shoutcasting. I will prepare and be ready for week 4 to deliver a great show.

Thank you for reading my message and thank you to everyone who follows my career and supports it.

EDIT: To address some of the comments I’ve seen, it’s absolutely not true that Riot is trying to force me to stay as a shoutcaster. They were supportive once they found out about the offer, and would be supportive in the future if I decide to pursue opportunities elsewhere. I personally WANT to stay as a shoutcaster and love the EU LCS.

 

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