It wouldn’t be Worlds without players receiving competitive rulings based on solo queue behavior, but this year things may have gotten a little out of hand. Rather than the one or two players usually affected, Riot is punishing 16 players for rule infractions in solo queue so far.
So far, 12 players have been issued formal warnings which means that a second infraction in the near future will result in harsher penalties. Most of these cases are for use of language that Riot deems inappropriate for pro players to use.
Here are all 12 players that have been warned:
- Daniele “Jiizuke” Di Mauro (VIT)
- Amadeu “Attila” Carvalho (VIT)
- Minkook “Dreams” Han (VIT)
- Luka “Perkz” Perkovic (G2)
- Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss (G2)
- Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen (C9)
- Stanislav “Lodik” Kornelyuk (GMB)
- Zhen-Ning “Ning” Gao (IG)
- Uijin “Rookie” Song (IG)
- Li “4LivcloveR” Zhe (EDG)
- Jaeha “Mowgly” Lee (AFR)
- Hyesung “Comet” Lim (AFR)
There are also four players that have been issued harsher punishments thanks to a combination of past behavior and more frequent or worse infractions than the 12 that only received warnings.
- Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov received a fine for $1,000 due to frequent reports in solo queue and toxic behavior that is consistent with the toxicity he was previously warned about in his home LCL region.
- Kang “TheShy” Seunglok was fined $1,000 for griefing and intentionally feeding in solo queue as well as frequent negative behavior all of which has been confirmed through chat logs and in-game reviews.
- Choi “iloveoov” Yeonsung was fined $1,500 thanks in large part to being reported in 70 percent of his solo queue games in the month of September. He was confirmed to have displayed toxic behavior in a number of these games, but a number this high in and of itself warrants investigation.
- Jian “Uzi” Zihao has also been fined $2,000 for griefing and intentionally feeding. Not only that, but these infractions were committed on an account that wasn’t technically his own. While it’s unclear if this account was purchased or he was simply sharing the account with another player. Either way it is unacceptable behavior.
For more information on any of these competitive rulings you can check out Riot’s official post on the issue.