Only recently, Riot Games instated a variety of ways where players have some of the League of Legends functions restricted. Whether it's just the chat for the duration of one match or an outright ban, it's grating on the player base's nerves.
However, for Rioters, it seems that ruining matches for the others on their team doesn't bring consequences. As we've seen from the series of events that took place recently.
Riot Phlox Removes His Ban
Riot Phlox is the face we are used to seeing when the intricacies of balance changes are introduced by Riot Games, either via Twitter for the patch previews, or the preseason spotlight.
However, it seems that he is not without fault when it comes to self-favoritism. The past week he has gone on a spree of Ryze games, where he was flagged by Riot Games' automatic system for inting games, due to numerous matches ending with double-digit deaths.
Following this, a Reddit post on the official League of Legends subreddit saw the light of day, detailing this exact thing.
Immediately after that, on his op.gg it was revealed that his games have not experienced any delay, meaning that he has been unbanned immediately.
This prompted League of Legends fans to call the developer out for hypocrisy, especially since in his Twitter bio it states: "No, I can't unban you". Seems like that applies only to us, the regular plebs, and not Rioters.
All of this is further confirmed by a picture that has seen the light of day, which was sent into a discord chat, of Riot Phlox's account getting banned, where he states, seemingly jokingly: "Guess I shouldn't have played Ryze".
riot phlox got banned for playing like shit, then came into work next morning, unbanned himself, proceeded to play like shit, meanwhile everyone else was getting banned for typing poop pic.twitter.com/q7nSsQGr0H— HANCOCK (@HANCOCK_LOL) November 23, 2022
To make matters worse, this is not the first time where in-game consequences did not translate to the accounts of Rioters, or even worse, the instance where beating a Rioter in a game meant the nerf of your main champion, as was the case with Davemon, the number one Pyke player, and Riot Galaxysmash, which is an open secret at this point.
Then again, if Ryze gets some additional buffs soon, we'll know who stands behind them.
Riot Introduce Profanity Punishments
Meanwhile, while Rioters are getting banned for inting games, and then those very same bans have absolutely no consequences, Riot Games are punishing players for in-game profanity.
Now, don't get us wrong, profanity is by no means a good thing, and curbing it is a valuable goal. But, the way Riot are approaching this is a bit on the nose, seeing that some words that are already part of the League vernacular are punished, even in a context that is not necessarily negative, without giving the players any way to dispute the ban.
All the while, inting and griefing is a rising issue. At the very least, this is definitely not a good look Riot Games!