Posts Tagged ‘League of Legends’

Dote Night: SpectateFaker And Riot’s Jibber Jabber

By Philippa Warr on February 25th, 2015.


Screengrab via SpectateFaker stream

Evening all! This edition of Dote Night is about the current content rights argument going on in League of Legends. It revolves around SpectateFaker a Twitch channel set up to stream games featuring the professional player Faker. The channel has been subject to a DMCA takedown order from rival streaming service Azubu and the ensuing argument taps into how streamers can use intellectual property. Here’s a summary of what’s going on and why it’s important.

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Bard: League Of Legends Roaming Support Revealed

By Philippa Warr on February 25th, 2015.

ALL BEARD ALL THE TIME

Bard, The Wandering Caretaker will be the latest character to join the League of Legends champion roster.

His lore pegs him as a celestial vagabond, showing up when cosmic equilibrium is under threat and attempting to steer Runeterra (that’s LoL-land) away from catastrophe. I’m now idly wondering whether the lore here is a hint at something important.

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Dote Night: LoL Tourney Abandons Awful LGBT Rules

By Philippa Warr on February 4th, 2015.

The Iron Solari tournament

Hello! This edition of Dote Night is about a controversy which erupted yesterday in regards to the rules for a women-only League of Legends tournament run by the Garena organisation. The specifics are obviously about League of Legends and about this particular tournament, but the reason the rules are problematic is because they tap into stereotypes and assumptions which permeate across the pro scene and across games. It’s also a good place to bring up a study which looked at female and male League player skill which is important for how we think about both recreational and professional gaming. Here goes!

eSports organisation Garena has updated the rules for a Philippines-based League of Legends tournament in order to remove restrictions originally placed on LGBT players.

I’ll explain the original rules and why they were problematic in a second but the update means they now state that “any player who self-identifies as female will be allowed to participate” and “We sincerely apologize for any offense we caused to the LGBT and gaming communities.”

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Fantasy League Of Legends And The $1m Prize Pool

By Philippa Warr on February 2nd, 2015.

It spreads out over multiple weeks and contests, by the way.

Vulcun [official site] – a fantasy League of Legends venture – has announced it’s beefed up its prize pool from $250,000 to $1 million.

Fantasy eSports sites aren’t new. Riot has its own fantasy leagues for its MOBA, League of Legends, there was one as part of the International 2013 compendium for Dota 2 and for subsequent events like DreamLeague, Smite has one…

But this one is big and is trumpeting loudly about the available prize fund. I decided to write about it because fantasy leagues in traditional sports are a huge business and Vulcun’s growth seems to be a good demonstration (so far – I mean it’s really early days for the site) of how that’s being taken up in eSports.

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Dote Night: Learning To LoL

By Philippa Warr on January 28th, 2015.

RUN

I said a little while back that I wanted to open up Dote Night to include interesting things across the MOBA spectrum. It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten Dota 2 in any way, shape or form, nor does it mean there won’t be Dote Nights about Dota, but I’d like to try out a few things and see how they go. To introduce this week’s article: I’ve spent the last year following competitive League of Legends but I’ve never played more than a handful of games. I feel like a football fan who’s never really had a decent kickabout in the park. That’s why this week is about getting to grips with League of Legends [official site]:

I refuse to surrender. Point-blank refuse. WE CAN STILL DO THIS! We can still… oh, I see. No, not without our nexus, no.

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League Of Legends: Worlds 2015 Heads To Europe

By Philippa Warr on January 21st, 2015.

Worlds – the annual culmination of the League of Legends professional season will be coming to Europe in 2015.

Last year’s event – won by Samsung Galaxy White – was held in Seoul’s Sangam Stadium in South Korea after group stages in Taipei, Taiwan and Singapore. This season’s promises to be similarly geographically varied with Riot’s blog explaining:

“Worlds 2015 will be a multi-city, multi-country event — with our Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Final showdown held in different cities within Europe.”

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League Of Legends: How Nemesis Draft Works

By Philippa Warr on January 20th, 2015.

Permabanned

Nemesis Draft – the first League of Legends featured game mode of 2015 – has been put live for testing in the game’s Public Beta Environment (PBE).

The mode is a triumph over adversity idea wherein you’ll pick the five heroes the opposing team has to play and they’ll do the same to you. It’s about being the best at either screwing other people over at the drafting phase or at making your own terrible team compositions work. Or both.

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League Of Legends: Summoner’s Reefed In Ocean Week

By Philippa Warr on January 19th, 2015.

Ocean Week

Riot have announced Ocean Week – a special League of Legends event on its Oceania server to coincide with Australia Day and Waitangi Day. One of the reward tiers will see an artificial reef themed around one of the game’s champions sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Others include a larger-than-normal free champion rotation and influence point boosters.

How the event is set to work is that from 23 – 30 Jan players can earn points towards various rewards by winning a game while playing a designated Ocean Week champion in blind pick, team builder or Twisted Treeline. If you’re queuing as a premade stack and at least one person is using an Ocean Week champion then everyone on the team earns a point.

The rewards are as follows:

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League Of Legends Announces Global Invitational

By Philippa Warr on January 16th, 2015.

LoL  fans at Gamescom

Competitive League of Legends will be getting a new Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) event which pits teams from the five major regions against one another. Teams from elsewhere in the world will be getting a separate multi-region event in which to duke it out.

The Mid-Season Invitational will take place in the period between each global region’s spring and summer split. If you’re not familiar with the terminology, splits are periods of weeks over which a number of matches are played between regional teams. It’s kind of like a football season and there are similar opportunities for promotion into the league from the Challenger series, relegation and player transfers.

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Dote Night: The Monstrous Regiment Of Mobas

By Philippa Warr on January 14th, 2015.

Rek'Sai

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na’Vi’s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.

For about as long as I’ve been playing MOBAs I’ve been aware of how monsters are portrayed in their game art. I love a good monster, just as I really like playing characters which fit different moods so when games seem to be holding back or skewing one particular direction I try to work out why and how I would change that. Here’s one of my ideas, plus some context.

Idea:

A Discworld MOBA would be a great idea, especially in terms of introducing more varied body types under the pronoun “she”. The point is not about losing busty ladies, but adding more diversity.

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League Of Legends: Riot’s Dedicated Network Plans

By Philippa Warr on January 6th, 2015.

PACKETS

In an effort to address network issues, particularly ping issues on the East Coast of the US, Riot is in the process of building a dedicated direct network for League of Legends players.

The work is already underway and is something Riot has been talking about for a while but it’s come back on our radar now as Riot brand strategist Charlie Hauser did a little forum Q&A to explain more about how the process is going and the current timeline.

The first part of the North American server overhaul process involved setting up new NA server infrastructure for the end of November 2014. The current project is all about optimising the connection players have to this network and means working directly with ISPs in the US and Canada. The final part would be finding a new location for the servers.

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LoL’s Snowdown Game Mode: Legend Of The Poro King

By Philippa Warr on December 19th, 2014.

Fancy

As part of its winter Snowdown event, League of Legends has introduced new game mode The Legend Of The Poro King for a limited time.

Legend Of The Poro King takes place on The Howling Abyss single lane map (as you’d expect given that’s the poros’ natural habitat). The twist is that each player now has two poro accompanying them into battle. Poro – in case you were wondering – are those tribble-y looking balls of fluff and horns bounding about.

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Have You Played… League Of Legends?

By Philippa Warr on December 13th, 2014.

Lols in LoL

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

A little while back I recommended one of the big-name MOBAs in this Have You Played… stream. Now it’s time for another – League of Legends.

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