What's the story behind all those Hadow smurfs?

If you’re a high elo League of Legends player on the EU West server, you might be familiar with the ‘Hadow Smurf’ phenomenon.
Loads of Hadow smurfs have been cropping up on the Master and Challenger ladder, named after UK League of Legends veteran support player Mantas “Hadow” Šukevičius.
At some point around 20 people changed their name to Hadow Smurf [VX], for example HADOW SMURF V1 and V2 and so on.
It soon became a myth: If you had a Hadow Smurf on your team then you had a free win – with free elo.
So what’s the meaning of this? Why was EU League of Legends being overrun with Hadows?
Hadow himself explained to Esports News UK in an MnM Gaming video interview: “What happened was me and [ADC player] XDSmiley were on Teamspeak, and we were playing together.
“He wanted to change his smurf’s name because he got bored of it, and I was like ‘just become my smurf’. So he became HADOW SMURF and then we were like: ‘Let’s make more of us!’
“So we asked friends of friends to change their names and there were a lot of us. It’s kind of dying down a bit.
“Sometimes I get into champ select and see some people I’ve never seen before, who say: ‘Hey it’s you! I had your smurf, you played really well top lane.’ And I’m like ‘thank you man!’
Here’s a selection of Hadow smurf tweets and part of our video chat with Hadow and MnM Gaming ahead of their Challenger Series Qualifier matches:

 

“Sometimes I get into champ select and see some people I’ve never seen before, who say: ‘Hey it’s you! I had your smurf, you played really well top lane.’ And I’m like, ‘thank you man!'”
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