Riot Games announced yesterday that it was issuing Australian esports organisation Team Regicide with a $750 fine ($1,000 in AUD) for failing to provide a “conforming roster substitute by the deadline.”
This deadline was on Monday, and Regicide will now have to pay the fine in addition to Riot handing down a complete ban loss for their week one matches, a harsh punishment that will mean Regicide can’t ban any enemy champions during lineups.
Team Regicide, who took on the name after qualifying for the Oceanic Challenger Series at the end of December last year, exploded onto the scene and won the OCS Split 1 without dropping a single game, beating Outlaws in the playoffs to win $5,000.
They had plenty of brushes with controversy on the way to their victory though, notching up a frankly impressive amount of competitive rulings made against the team for their short history. In February Milos ‘Milky’ Mladenovic picked up a two competitive week ban and Kevin ‘Syh’ Su and Alex ‘Nana’ Kang were banned for two competitive weeks for account sharing. Adem ‘Panda’ Tontu was banned for one split and Jaeung ‘Illusion’ Han got a complete 2017 ban for boosting accounts too.
That’s not all. In March, Yuekai ‘Cyk’ Chan, Thomas ‘Leesa’ Ma and Bill ‘Eyla’ Nguyen were also found account boosting, which led to 2017 bans for all players involved. Ma and Nguyen can plan in 2018’s first split, whereas Chan will be ineligible until Split 2.
Team Regicide will now have a tougher start to their second season than they might have been anticipating, and all eyes are now on them to see who makes it onto their roster.