Riot Says Smurfing League of Legends

“We really don’t want players creating alt accounts just to blow through the climb.”

For the past season, or two, League of Legends has become a long and arduous climb. The ranking system no longer reflects MMR and wins, more than ever, seem to matter little. But according to Riot Games, this is intentional.

“The climb takes a lot longer now. This is intentional.
We really don’t want players creating alt accounts just to blow through the climb. We encourage players to stay on their mains. Smurfing ruins the game experience for others.”

Riot said on Twitter.

Smurfing has always been an issue in League, and something had to be done in one form or another, but Riot may be taking the wrong approach to the problem. 

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The changes to the system mean MMR will go up at the same pace, while rank will take longer to catch up. This could theoretically persuade smurfs to stick to their main accounts, but at the same time, it may deter regular players from climbing the ranks.

Valve took an almost polar opposite approach to smurfing in Dota 2 last year. Instead of blaming players for smurfing, it blamed its ranking system, and rather than slowing down the climbing process, it sped it up. 

“The system searches for players that frequently perform significantly above their current skill bracket, and applies an MMR increase to those players until they’ve reached a skill bracket where they’re no longer over-performing,” Valve said in September. And it seems to have worked. 

But in League, at least, for the time being, it looks like smurfs are here to stay.

Source: Dot Esports