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Mar 19, 2013

Aphromoo and Others Suspended for Boosting Accounts

While the number of boosters has dropped dramatically since Season 2 after several suspensions and bans were issued, Riot's taken further steps to address the issue. In a recent red post by bitingpig, it appears that Aphromoo along with 6 other LCS North American pros have been suspended for 2 weeks for Elo boosting. Check out the details below:

 Wall of Shame 

Region: North America
Date: March 19, 2013
Subject: Elo-Boosting
  • Brandon “Dontmashme” Phan
  • Zaqueri “Aphromoo” Black
  • Samuel “Chuuper” Chu
  • William “Meteos” Hartman
  • ChengLong “NyJacky” Wang
  • Keith “Phranq” Hunter
  • Kennen “Rhux” Santos
  • Jake “Xmithie” Puchero

An investigation has determined that seven LCS North American pro players (plus one team coach) have been engaged in Elo-boosting. These violations occurred as early as the middle of Season Two and some have continued until recently.

Relevant Rules:
The Summoner's Code establishes the standards of conduct for all League of Legends players and establishes the importance of exercising good sportsmanship and upholding principles of good behavior.

The League of Legends Terms of Use prohibits players from sharing, transferring, selling or trading user accounts and/or login credentials.

Definition of Elo-Boosting:
“Elo-boosting” is the repetitive and intentional act of an individual playing on someone else’s account (a “client”) for the purpose of artificially improving the client’s Elo rating. There is no minimum number of games required to be played, nor a minimum amount of Elo gain necessary to qualify as Elo-boosting. An attempt to boost Elo need not be successful in order to qualify as a rule violation.

The following also constitutes Elo-boosting:
  • Playing on a less-skilled player’s account while the less-skilled player accompanies you in duo-queue games.

The following does not constitute Elo-boosting:
  • Permanently transferring a high-Elo account to a less-skilled player. This is illegal, but it’s in the nature of account-sharing and/or account-selling, not account-boosting.

Elo-boosting damages the interests of players of all skill levels because it cheats the internal matchmaking system of League of Legends. Boosting leads to less-skilled players confronting a far superior opponent (the booster) during the boost and also leads to less-skilled clients being placed onto higher-skilled teams after the boost has been completed.

The investigation identified seven NA pro players and a team manager who played repeatedly on the accounts of their clients and boosted their Elo ratings. The most severe cases involved players boosting hundreds of games for a client; one player boosted a client a total of nearly 900 points.

There is no way to know whether an Elo-booster performed a boost for money or other consideration, but all boosts are viewed as wrong.

The individuals who are subject to this ruling are:

With respect to the pro players/coach named above and all of their clients, the Player Support / Player Behavior division has:

1. Issued 14-day suspensions of their accounts, effective immediately;
2. Revoked all Season Two rewards (see

In terms of LCS competition penalties, the pro players and coach named above are hereby given a final warning with regard to Elo-boosting. Any further infractions will result in a permanent account ban and corresponding penalties, as deemed appropriate by LCS.


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  1. Durem FeetkillerMarch 19, 2013

    Good guy tsm didn't fucK up tHis time :3

    JacKy doesn't deserve tHe ban, He expLained in a video

  2. Great action by RIOT :) 2 weeks is not the end of the world! Im sure RIOT just try to send a message to anyone doing such!

  3. Yeah I'd "explain" too if I was at risk of being benched ;)

  4. Durem FeetkillerMarch 19, 2013

    maKes sense

  5. What the hell. They should've removed their accounts.
    I bet they made tons of cash for eloboosting.

  6. Boosting is a fucking cancer. Glad Riot used the banhammer without mercy.

  7. Gangplank StyleMarch 20, 2013

    Since apparently Boosting works AND people pay to have it done, then ELO Hell technically doesn't exist? Because if these pros can claw their way out, (and recall the thread on this very blog about when Saintvicious got his account hacked server-side and his ELO became zero) then anyone can do it too with skill and some luck.

  8. If your winrate is better than 50% you will eventually burst out of the "ELO Hell".
    I've noticed these Eloboosters generally go top with a rather gimmicky runes/items and snowball from the bad top players and roam rest of the game killing everyone and carrying the game.

  9. While I could see the problem behind elo boosting, I always considered the "don't share account" clause to be completely retarded.
    What kind of problem they have with that? It's not the end of the world if I decide to share an acc with one or two friends. Does this affect the game in some way?? I don't think so.

  10. Does duoqueue count, if the less-skilled player plays on their own account?


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