30 Sep 2021 11:11 AM +00:00

VALORANT: Riot Reveals Why Slaze Was Banned From Competitive Tournaments

In a recent competitive ruling, Riot Games announced that Sophia “Slaze'' Ramirez was found guilty of queuing into Competitive with cheaters. This means that the female VALORANT pro will be banned from any Riot-sanctioned tournament for the next three months.

This comes as shocking news for Team Polaris, who issued a public statement from their official Twitter. They informed on Twitter that Polaris will still compete in VCT: Game Changers later this week, and will strive to earn their rightful place within the community.

Riot's ruling comes as a jarring reminder to any professional player that is willing to step outside the lines of competitive integrity. In light of this recent event, Polaris let Slaze go for her actions, and informed that kxtieoh will be replacing her for VCT: Game Changers.

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VALORANT Pro From Polaris Sophia “Slaze'' Ramirez Banned For Three Months

Here's what the developers had to say about Slaze's ban:

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Sophia “Slaze'' Ramirez was found to have repeatedly queued together into Competitive with cheaters. In multiple instances, the cheater would be banned mid-game, log into a new account, and proceed to requeue with Slaze, even after she had received a notification of cheater detection. Slaze is banned from any association or affiliation with a team in a Riot-sanctioned competition for 3 months.

All VALORANT players must abide by the Riot Games Terms of Use (“ToS”). Section 7 of the ToS highlights any activity intended to “boost” an account’s status or rank as an activity that may warrant disciplinary measures. The Riot Anti-Cheat team published a Winter Update that laid out solutions to cheating, including a 90-day penalty for “bussing”, an activity associated with boosting. “Bussing is defined as intentionally queuing with cheaters to climb in rank.

All registered VCT Game Changers competitors are subject to an anti-cheat scan. Slaze’s accounts were flagged for bussing. On September 20th, 2021, Slaze queued with an active cheater for 10 games, winning 8 of them. The cheater was banned for cheating during the 2nd game, sending all players in the game, including Slaze, a red full-screen notification of a cheater detected in their game (the “Red Screen”).

Slaze and the cheater logged into different accounts and played 8 more games. Further investigation revealed Slaze’s consistency in queuing with a cheater and requeuing with them after receiving the Red Screen.

In the past 28 days, Slaze received the Red Screen and requeued with cheaters on multiple occasions, with at least 4 new accounts employed by cheaters after the initial ban. During this 28 day period:

  • 77% of the Competitive MMR gained on Slaze’s accounts came from games played while duo-queued with an actively cheating player.
  • 60% of Slaze’s Competitive matches were played while duo-queued with an actively cheating player.
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As part of an actioning wave, automated systems administered a 90-day suspension to the account on which Slaze played the majority of matches while duo-queued with a cheater.

Sophia “Slaze” Ramirez queued with actively cheating players and continued to do so even after receiving the Red Screen. This is a violation of Rule 7.5 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy. Slaze is banned from any association or affiliation with a team in a Riot-sanctioned competition for 3 months, beginning from the date of the latest violation to December 20th, 2021.

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