After several comments on current ping issues at the 2022 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, Riot Games has revealed that it will be hosting three replacement matches between the Chinese champions Royal Never Give Up.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, RNG would have to compete in the tournament remotely. According to LoL Esports officials, a special network latency tool would be used to keep the ping between China and Korea at or near 35 milliseconds as a way to keep the playing field even for all teams involved.
Alex Francois, the Global Head of Competitive Operations at Riot Games, has sent a message to http://t.co/YIe1r2vx0c pic.twitter.com/ynVyw0wuPn.
Nevertheless, Riot organized technical evaluations to test out the competitive and training conditions the players encountered. Discrepancies between the ping being reported in game records, compared to what was actually being played at the Busan Esports Arena.
Multiple pros have already complained about the ping issues on stage, claiming that the latency was lower than the artificial 35 ping they initially promised. For example, Evil Geniuses support Vulcan confirmed the ping on stage, while AD carry Danny said that the increased latency impacted micro-dependent champions.
Riot has made several significant configuration changes to reduce the ping to where it was supposed to be set. During the three Royal Never Give Up replacement games will be held starting tomorrow and should finish alongside the other group stage matches this coming Sunday.
The MSI has still a lot of competition. The rest of the groups will be on May 15.