Riot Games has removed Legends of Runeterra World Championship points from the A Curious Journey Seasonal tournament due to server errors in multiple regions during the open rounds.
The A Curious Journey Seasonal tournament was the first Seasonal of four prior to the Legends of Runeterra World Championship taking place later this year. Players could earn Worlds points during the tournament, while the top four finishers of the Seasonal were slated to earn a direct invite to the World Championship. Server errors occurring during the open rounds of the Seasonal on May 14 have resulted in no tournament points being awarded, according to game designer Riot RottenKandy.
The server issues first appeared in the APAC Seasonal tournament, causing several players to lose games. Riot subsequently discovered that the same issues were likely to occur in the EMEA and Americas regions as well, resulting in the decision to remove Worlds points from the A Curious Journey Seasonal altogether.
There are still three other Seasonal tournaments slated to take place leading up to the Legends of Runeterra World Championship, and ladder rankings were not affected by this specific bug. It is unknown at the time of writing whether Riot will still award the top four players at next weekend’s playoff rounds a direct invite to LoR Worlds.
The digital card game celebrated its second anniversary earlier this week and has a new expansion arriving later this month. The LoR team recently made several improvements to the game, from increased balance patches to the return of an official Seasonal broadcast. But many players are frustrated that the competitive LoR scene still has issues like server errors after two years.
Many tournament grinders spent hours and months preparing for the A Curious Journey Seasonal, only to have their chance at making it to LoR Worlds potentially get more difficult due to no points being awarded.
An official response from Riot dropped on May 19, apologizing for the errors and “inconvenience” it caused. It was also announced that cash prizes for the A Curious Journey Seasonal would still get rewarded and the top four from each region at the Seasonal tournament still earned a direct invite to the Legends of Runeterra World Championship later this year.
Update May 19 at 10am CT: An official response from Riot regarding the Seasonal tournaments and errors was added.