Competition Ruling: DQs of Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent and ROBERTxLEE

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bitingpig

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01-03-2013
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Hi, Summoners –

The ruling below is the result of our investigation into the facts surrounding a ghosting incident at the recent IPL Season 3 Qualifier Tournament for the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). The tl;dr version is that we’ve disqualified the players involved from the remaining LCS Season 3 qualifying events in North America.

We’re disappointed in the decisions made by these players and believe that there are no excuses for breaking the rules in order to gain a competitive advantage over an opposing team.

Clean play and good sportsmanship are mission-critical for players seeking to compete in the LCS and for the entire LoL community.


League of Legends Competition Ruling

Region: North America
Players: Johnny “Unstoppable” Tran, Nicholas “Nubbypoohbear” Harlan, George “Zekent” Liu, and Robert “ROBERTxLEE” Lee
Date of Ruling: 01.02.13
Subject: Unfair Play; Violations of Summoner’s Code


Facts

  • On December 23, 2012, at the IPL Season 3 Qualifier Tournament (the “IPL Tournament”), Absolute Legends (“AL”) played Team Dynamic (“TD”) in the final match of the tournament.
  • The players for AL and TD played Game 1 of the Bo3 match with spectator functionality enabled.
  • During Game 1, AL player Cruz “Cruzerthebruzer” Ogden allegedly experienced a series of online game disconnections, which led to several lengthy game pauses.
  • During the pauses, a spectator in the game communicated via Skype with AL players Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent and ROBERTxLEE.
    • They requested information from the spectator about TD’s player positions and ward placements, among other things, and she provided such information to them.
  • AL ultimately lost the match to TD.
  • Since the incident, several of the players in question have publicly and privately confirmed that the actions of Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent and ROBERTxLEE were intentional and done for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage over TD.
    • Zekent posted a statement online here.
    • Screenshots of the Skype chat can be seen here and here.


Relevant Rules
The IPL Tournament rules (here) defer to Riot’s Season 3 Qualifier rules (here), which prohibit and establish the penalties for unfair play in Section 3.

In addition, The Summoner’s Code establishes the general standards of behavior for all League of Legends players.


Analysis
The actions of Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent, ROBERTxLEE and their confederate are commonly known as “ghosting,” which is when a game spectator illegally provides information about an opponent’s positions and/or movements.

This type of intentional behavior is a quintessential form of unfair play and the players involved do not dispute the relevant facts. They are, however, publicly remorseful about their actions and do not defend their conduct.

Ghosting also violates the Summoner’s Code, which guides players to exercise good sportsmanship and uphold high standards of behavior.


Ruling
On December 23, 2012, Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent, and ROBERTxLEE engaged in unfair play against TD by ghosting Game 1 of their match at the IPL Tournament. These actions also violated the letter and spirit of the Summoner’s Code.


Penalties
Unstoppable, Nubbypoohbear, Zekent, and ROBERTxLEE are each disqualified from participating in the:

1. LCS Season 3 North American Online Tournament, scheduled for January 4-6, 2013;
2. LCS Season 3 North American Qualifier, scheduled for January 11-13, 2013.

These disqualifications shall be effective, regardless of the current or future team affiliations of any of the players.

Future violations may result in additional penalties.


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ARGorilla

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01-03-2013

woah, Zekent? thats crazy


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Beary

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01-03-2013

Damn can't believe RIOT did something about this


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DONGLORD420

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01-03-2013

wow gg


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pentaRifts

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01-03-2013

ok


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Rubidium

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01-03-2013

wow riot being gay again


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notFREEfood

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01-03-2013

owned

glad to see riot taking these things seriously


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JoeDerp

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01-03-2013

lal. Sounds like Unstoppable was stopped.


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Xanicide

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01-03-2013

I'm not sure what is worse, the fact that they did it or the fact that they were able to get away with it in a tournament setting. -.-


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Frostnight

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01-03-2013

This is interesting.


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