Riot Brazil Unveils Official League of Legends Tournament Platform
The Brazilian division of Riot Games has revealed the next step on the path to becoming a competitive League of Legends player. Known as “Play Along,” this new platform allows for the creation of balanced League of Legends tournaments. The tool ensures that players will only be matched into tournaments of equivalent skill level, similar in fashion to the way that the old ranked team system did. The winners of the tournament will receive 250 Riot Points, equivalent to about four Brazilian Real.
The platform will be open to all players who have reached level 30 and have completed the 10 matches required to be ranked. To ensure balanced play, participants will be restricted to only forming teams within two ranked tiers (Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc.) of each other. Teams will also be limited to a minimum of five and a maximum of seven players on the roster at any one time.
Tournaments are organized into three categories, “Project Ekko” (Mondays and Wednesdays), “Project Ashe” (Tuesdays and Thursdays), and “Project Katarina” (Sundays and Mondays). You can only register for one category at a time, making it impossible to play in tournaments every day.
As of right now, the platform is currently separate from the main League of Legends client. But seeing as the client is in the process of being replaced with a completely overhauled system, it is possible that this may be a feature we see as part of the new client.
Over the years, many third party tournament platforms have arose. Something that has often plagued them is the ability for users to create “smurf” accounts that have them playing at a ranked level beneath their actual skill. This would allow for a player who is considered “too good” to be playing in a tournament that they would be able to dominate, winning the prize easily. Hopefully, as this platform is created by Riot itself, it will be able to combat this issue and determine whether or not an account is a smurf, leveling the playing field.
Many players from around the world are excited about this feature. Games such as Warcraft 3 or Bloodline Champions utilized in-game tournaments extremely effectively, building communities and providing incentive to improve. Currently, there is no word when or even if this feature will be implemented into other regions, but if it is successful, it would not be unreasonable to assume it will be, eventually.
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