One of the players came up with a really creative idea.
The League of Legends community does not have a very good reputation. Fans of the Riot Games title are known for their insults, quickly getting angry, not being very nice to worse players, and a general tendency to be toxic. Some say that LoL players are ranked number one for the worst gaming behavior.
As you know, League of Legends has a system of penalties and reports that can lead to a ban. If during the match someone writes aggressive insults in the chat, you can report them to the system. This one, however, is not perfect and fans of the game come up with newer ways to get around the rules imposed by the developers.
Over the years, players have tested really different methods to keep them from getting banned. Some people changed their wording a bit so that the system wouldn’t detect them as vulgar. Others broke words into parts or tried to write them in a slang called Leet speak (this involves converting certain letters into characters or numbers).
All the methods so far have been based on plain typing in chat. One of the players decided to go a step further and used the well-known Morse code for communication. What information did he pass on to the other players?
Communication in LoL using Morse code
Morse code, created in 1838, is a way of representing the alphabet, numbers, and special characters by means of sounds, flashes of light, electrical pulses, or characters commonly known as a dash and a dot. All characters are represented by a series of signals of several elements – short (dots) and long (dashes).
Streamer and former League of Legends pro Marc “Caedrel” Lamont was broadcasting matches on Summoner’s Rift until at one point he noticed something strange.
One of the players, the blue team jungler, who played as Kindred, had the nickname “I Flame In Morse”. While the name of the summoner didn’t mean anything initially, as players are really creative in this aspect and often name their accounts in strange ways, the chat messages turned out to be the most interesting.
Jungler was actually using Morse code notation, which is made up of dots and dashes.
The streamer became interested in the mystery player’s news. He read his message and asked chat what it meant.
After a while, Caedrel searched the Internet for a Morse code translator and read the mysterious message. It turns out the jungler who plays Kindred wrote “GG ES” in the chat.
Admittedly, using Morse code to convey some information in-game is a really unusual idea and doesn’t happen very often. The League of Legends community is once again surprising and showing that it can get around Riot’s systems in a creative way.
There is little to no chance that people who use Morse will get banned since probably no one is reporting them because few people want to check what they actually wrote.