COMPETITIVE RULING: SOPHIA “SLAZE” RAMIREZ
TL;DR: 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 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.
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.
*Correction made September 29th, 6:43pm: the previous version of this article inaccurately depicted Slaze’s activity on September 20th, 2021. On that date, Slaze played 10 games (1 complete game, 1 broken game, 8 complete games) over two accounts, not 19 games as the previous version of this article had stated. The current copy correctly reflects the events of September 20th, 2021.