League of Legends Competition Ruling
Tournament: World Playoffs, Quarterfinal #3, Game 1
Teams: Azubu Frost vs. TSM
Date of Match: October 5
Date of Ruling: October 9
Subject: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
The game was paused to deal with audio/microphone malfunctions with the AzF headsets. During the pause:
The match was then restarted as a result of AzFís inability to fully communicate in-game (mic malfunction). Prior to the restart, referees directed both teams to look forward at all times during the match.
After the restart, TSM left its base en masse, appearing to be invading top lane/brush. At 00:15 on the game clock, Woong of AzF looked back and up to his right at the venue screens.At 00:25 on the game clock, an AzF player pinged near the lane between TSMís top inhibitor tower and the second top lane tower.
AzF Shy (Jayce) and AzF MadLife (Blitzcrank) headed to top lane. AzF Shy (Jayce) approached the brush where TSM was headed to hide, switched to Cannon mode and fired his skillshot into the brush, landing a hit on TSM Dyrus (Darius), which gave away TSM Dyrus (Darius)í position. AzF Shy (Jayce) then backed away.
Once AzF had confirmed that Darius was top lane with Jayceís skillshot:
Relevant Competition Rule(s):
1. The World Championship Competition Rules, Paragraph 9.1, prohibit unsportsmanlike behavior.a. Penalties, as set forth in Paragraph 9.2, include, without limitation:2. Prior to the game, referees directed both teams to look forward at all times during the match.i. Verbal Warning
TSM Dyrus clearly turned his head to his left and looked back and upward at the venue screen, but there is no direct evidence that TSM Dyrus obtained any helpful information from this action. TSM obtained no direct meaningful benefits from TSM Dyrusí action; the game was restarted afterward.
TSM Chaox briefly turned his head toward the AzF team to monitor them. This violation had no potential or actual gameplay benefits for TSM.
AzF Woong clearly turned his head to his right and looked back and upward at the venue screens. The potential gains from this action were not inconsequential. At 00:15 into the restarted game, AzF had no idea where TSM was located or which direction they were headed. AzF did not have Clairvoyance. By looking at the venue screens, AzF Woong stood to learn the location of all TSM champions.AzF Woongís actions did yield tangible benefits for AzF. Once AzF learned that all five members of TSM were in the top lane area, this reduced TSMís ability to control top lane and pressure AzFís blue side. It also allowed AzF to more safely invade TSMís red side.
TSM Chaox did not look forward at all times during the game. This was not unsportsmanlike conduct.
TSM Dyrus violated the rules by looking at the stage screens. This violation, however, did not yield any meaningful benefits for TSM.
AzF Woong violated the rules by looking at the stage screens. His actions yielded benefits for AzF in the game. Other members of AzF modified their gameplay based upon the information.
TSM Chaox: None.
TSM Dyrus is hereby warned not to engage in any further rule violations. Further violations may result in additional penalties.
AzF Woong committed a major infraction of the rules and the team is hereby collectively fined in the amount of 20% of the prize winnings earned by AzF as a result of advancing into the Semifinals ($150,000). AzFís total fine for this violation is $30,000. Further violations may result in additional penalties.
$30,000 is nothing if they've been allowed to continue in the tournament. Even if they get beat out, TSM got denied their top spot in part due to cheating. Who's to say that there wasn't more cheating than that happening? Where there's smoke there's fire, etc.