So, for the inaugural discussion – anyone else interested in talking about elo and elo boosting?
I’ll start and others can chime in if they want. Now, we need a preface here. 1st – I don’t condone elo boosting and do not participate in it. The other thing that needs said is that we started having this discussion in the previous thread, but I cut that conversation short as it was more about a person than the practice. I was a bit a rude/abrupt there, so my apologies for being a poop. That said, please avoid any discussion about individuals and just talk about what it is, isn’t, and provide your thoughts in general.
What is elo boosting?
Specifically, it’s the process of paying an individual, company, or group to raise your current rank/elo to a higher level. You commit to the transaction and set a specific rank/tier, make the payment, and someone else logs into your account and gets you to the agreed upon rank/tier. Now, we can talk about people duo queuing to raise elo as well (paid, just with pals, etc), but for now, I’d like to just stay focused on this definition.
Results of elo boosting
Let’s go with a generic example: some guy is bronze 1. He’s played a bunch of games and it certainly seems like he belongs at bronze 1 based on his skill level. He pays a guy to boost him up to gold V. Now, his mmr will actually be significantly above where his would normally be due to the boost, so he should end up playing against significantly better players when his account is returned to him. This, of course, should result in him tanking other player’s games. To make this practice even worse, in the previous season, once you made it into a division, you could not be demoted out of the bottom tier (eg you couldn’t be kicked from gold V down to Silver 1). I believe that changed and now you can be demoted (correct me if I’m wrong please).
Now, is that a big deal? Well, it is to me. I’m passionate about the game and extremely dislike this sort of thing because I worked hard to get where I’m at. Having someone game the system by getting a boost means they didn’t earn their position. It also means that these people hurt folks who have the misfortune of having them on their team in ranked as they cannot perform at the same level of play as someone in their current division.
Elo boosting happens all the time, but is most prevalent as end of season awards are announced, etc. Some folks just want the end of season rewards that you get for reaching a specific goal tier, some just want bragging rights among their friends, etc.
What does Riot think about elo boosting?
Here's a Rioter discussing Riot's policy towards Elo boosting on June 14, 2013: http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=38749905
They define elo boosting as: "MMR Boosting is an action where a player (The Booster) logs into another player’s account (The Boostee) with the specific purpose of improving the boostee account’s MMR."
That same rioter's take on why elo boosting is poo:
- Our Leagues system has been carefully tuned so that players are placed in the proper tier with others who are within a similar skill level. If a player’s MMR is boosted unnaturally they will most definitely falter when they begin to play ranked at that tier. If a player is unable to keep up with the other higher MMR players in their match they will most certainly degrade the game experience for everyone involved.
- It takes hard work, commitment and buckets of blood, sweat and tears for players to earn a high ranking in League of Legends. MMR Boosting devalues the commitment that many of our players make to earn their rightful place among the world’s best League of Legends players.
And riot's punishment system for elo boosters:
- A two week account suspension in League of Legends.
- Removal of any prior Season’s Ranked Rewards (ie: Skins, Icons, Badges, etc)
- Disqualification from receiving the current season’s Ranked Rewards (ie: Skins, Icons, Badges, etc)
- Second time offenders' accounts will be permanently banned from League of Legends.
Next bit - Riot bans pro players and a coach back in May 2013: http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=3239350
2 reasons are sighted for the ban
- Violation of the summoners code
Last - they defined elo boosting again:
Definition of Elo-Boosting:
“Elo-boosting” is the repetitive and intentional act of an individual playing on someone else’s account (a “client”) for the purpose of artificially improving the client’s Elo rating. There is no minimum number of games required to be played, nor a minimum amount of Elo gain necessary to qualify as Elo-boosting. An attempt to boost Elo need not be successful in order to qualify as a rule violation.
Holy lots of crap about elo boosting...