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Low Elo Podcast EP. 36 - Major League Slip 'n Slide

This week's episode of Low Elo welcomes back Rin and Christian and arrives on the heels of MLG's League of Legends Summer Championship. We've got a lot to talk about including the disqualification of the first and second place teams. We're very disappointed in you, pros!

We also take time to talk about our new favourite underdog (cat) Rengar, some basics for new summoners and a back to school themed game for you to write us about.

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MLG regarding the DQ of Curse and Dignitas

Dignitas on MLG Summer Championship

Redbeard (Riot VP eSports) providing clarification

Curse video apologizing to fans for ARAM but denying any other wrong doing

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Reader Comments (7)

The final of that MLG Raleigh event is not equivalent to the final of any other pro sports. It's most comparable to a week 17 game in the NFL between 2 teams that already have their playoff spot locked up. There was next to nothing on the line for both teams. Lets not pretend this was the superbowl of LoL, disrespectful as it may have been.

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHVLewis100

I think you guys may be a little too hard on Curse and Dignitas. These are young guys who have probably not had a long time mentality about becoming sportsmen. They made a bad decision. Is there anything in the rules exclusively prohibiting an ARAM? Are rules going to be changed is such a way that it prohibits new unconventional tactics? We need to realize that these young guys thought they were going to put on a great show by having an ARAM final. Let the league adjust the rules appropriately but let's not lambast these youngsters. I'm sure they regret it now. I actually thought it was a blast to watch.

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeffTXD

Though true that they are young and the idea of exports for league of legends is forming this just shows how they need to grow as an exports team and must realize that they need to conduct themselves in such matters as there are consequences for their actions. If they thought it would be something the crowd would like then run it by the organization first instead of just doing it without telling anyone. People re more importantly large organizations do not like being left out of the loop on such things that is for sure and will do whatever is needed to cover their own behinds.

August 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterGhost63

The basis for the decision by MLG is already in the tournament rules. Regardless of how big the event is or isn't, sportsmanship means a fair and justified pursuit of victory.

ARAM is not an unconventional tactic. It is a casual game format closer to mini golf and neither is competitive. Further, the format is 5v5 draft. Choosing champions at random and using tactics that represent a conscious effort to NOT win the game is disrespectful of the format, the organizers and those fans that were expecting to see the very best in competitive play.

August 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterJeff Wycoff (@EatGamer)

This may have been to best time to have something like this happen for Riot actually. With season 2 championship events just around the corner this can soon be forgotten underneath them. Also, with the quick reaction by Riot it shows to the teams that they are ready to act on future acts like this or anything else that Riot feels de-grades the game. The UFC just had a huge controvesry because they flupped up and didn't have a good back-up plan and had to cancel an event. What i feel we can take from this is that Riot has plans already in place in case of any future issues/problems.

August 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterMuddian

Truthfully, what they did is fine. There is nothing wrong with fixing it. If they weren't betting on it then who really cares? I used to play Magic, Yugioh and Warlords in a professional circuit. There are plenty of times where people will "throw" the finals so a buddy can qualify. It happens all the time everywhere.

September 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWolvenNight

I too have played a great deal of competitive Magic and other card games and I've witnessed the same thing, WolvenNight. An honest DCI judge will disqualify anyone involved in fixing the outcome of a game even if it's two buddies coordinating to make sure one of them places. Just because people are getting away with it does not make it against the rules nor does it make it right. The same thing happens in soccer often and FIFA levels some heavy bans on teams who are caught.

September 4, 2012 | Registered CommenterJeff Wycoff (@EatGamer)

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