On 3rd December, Riot announced that Jonathan “JhoW” Glória from Vivo Keyd used a known exploit against Acend. As a result, they awarded six rounds to Acend where the exploit was used by JhoW along with an additional round lost, in Riot's reasoning, due to the economic disadvantage Acend suffered as a result of the lost rounds.
This brought the final score to 13-9, with Acend becoming the winner of the match. However, Riot has come under fire for the decision and has subsequently said they are going back on it, for now, as need "additional time to review the decision.
Or hear me out… patch your game lol. This camera setup has been around for awhile— nathanvivs - XSET REP (@nathanvivs) December 4, 2021
“bUt tHeIr sO bUsY rUnNinG vAlORAnT tHEy hAvE nO tIMe”
Yea busy releasing new skins to drain your fuckin wallet #justiceforkeyd 🇧🇷 https://t.co/OiD0nMmyzF
Not only this but #justiceforkeyd became the highest trending hashtag worldwide as supporters asked Riot to reverse the decision.
As a result of the furore, Riot decided to take some extra time to review the ruling against Vivo Keyd, impacting the schedule of Valorant Champions Day 4.
Upon further deliberation, matches in Group A will be delayed to provide additional time to review the ruling against Vivo Keyd. Today’s matches will feature Team Vikings vs Gambit and Team Liquid vs Sentinels. Broadcast will begin 1 hour later than initially scheduled.— VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) December 4, 2021
The exploit, which involves placing a Cypher camera under a texture, and thus out of sight, on A site of Breeze has previously been the subject of Riot's attention after it was used by X10 in a qualifying match for Valorant Masters Berlin against Galaxy Racer. After the use of the exploit become known, X10 were forced to forfeit the match.
Team Vikings vs Gambit was originally scheduled to begin at 8 am CT; however, today's games were pushed back by an hour.
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