While the big LoL leagues are coming closer to the end of Season 4 and everyone is preparing for the upcoming World Championship it's time for some news from the rift: A new tier for next season and CLG is fined big time while they were in Korea in this week's LCS Newsfeed.
Upcoming LCS matches:
08/14 – 08/15/2014:
Semi-Finals LCS EU Playoffs | LoL Worlds Qualifiers
North America (NA):
08/23 – 09/01/2014:
Playoffs LCS NA Summer Split 2014 | LoL World Championship Qualifiers
A New Tier Awaits! First info on the “Master Tier”
A few hours ago, Riot has announced that a new tier will be introduced sometime in the future which will be called Master Tier. Master Tier will be a level higher than Diamond but lower than Challenger. Players in Diamond 1 will enter the Master Tier as soon as they have successfully finished their promotional series. The Master Tier will also share the same LP ladder as Challenger but the difference is that there will be no hard player limit. However, players in the Challenger Tier will have to fight for their spots even more now that the Challenger Tier will rotate on a 24-hour basis without any form of immunity. So, players in the Challenger Tier will have to prove to themselves that they are worthy of the spot. Each time the clock hits zero, the system will recalculate the top 200 players and 50 teams and promoting them to Challenger from Master Tier while removing those who have fallen out of favor.
In the following weeks, more announcements will come regarding the status of ranked gaming that will surely affect the Challenger Series and LCS standings.
CLG Fined For Violation
During the 11th Week of the LCS, CLG decided to skip the week and traveled to Korea to bootcamp against Korean teams in hopes to be better at the game and seek a spot at Worlds this season. That meant that CLG would have to request for live account from Riot Games for them to play against Korean teams as it is said in their contract that they need to play with accounts given to them by Riot. After a brief miscommunication by Riot, the team was given a provisional tournament realm account within 24 hours when they arrived so that they can scrim with other teams. However, it was recently discovered that the team was using other accounts which broke their agreement with Riot Games. With that, the team including Austin “Link” Shin, Marcel “dexter” Feldkamp, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, and Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black will be fined for $1,250 each and they will be sanctioned to the rules of Riot Korea which may entail a 2-year ban from OGN and other KeSPA tournaments.
Here is the full statement from Riot Games:
Stay tuned for more League of Legends updates!