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League of Legends Patch 12.15 Disables Duo Queue For Smurfs

Published: 22:58, 09 August 2022
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League of Legends - Your rank doesn't matter anymore, MMR does

What does it mean when players of lower rank get into Master rank games? Well, it means that they got their due to their MMR, and yet can Duo Queue without the usual restrictions.

Alternate low-level League of Legends accounts of high-level players, also known as smurf accounts, exist to take advantage of either low-level players, or Riot games' systems. In this case, Riot Games are combating the latter.

In patch 12.15, Riot Games are implementing a new change to the Duo Queue system. And, while they are not disabling it completely, as they had once speculated they may do, they are imposing some restrictions.

" Having a premade duo is a slight advantage, and while current Apex Tier, that is Masters, Grandmaster, and Challenger, players aren’t able to duo with anyone, the system only works off the current rank. With this change, we’re tightening up the Apex Tier restriction to apply to MMR as well."

From now on, players with an MMR correlating to Master or above will no longer be able to duo queue in Ranked Solo/Duo, even if their rank is not Master or higher.

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This means that the game will take your MMR into calculation from now on, whenever you are queuing for a ranked game. Should you or your duo partner, or even both of you, have Master rank MMR, then you will be unable to queue as a duo.

Of course, this restriction is up into place for the final option, as that is the only one capable of actually making it to Apex Tier games, whereas the others will put you in a lower ELO, depending on your average MMR.

Riot games say they've already tried this system in Korea and NA servers in patch 12.10, and due to positive results, are rolling it out to the rest of the world.

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