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League Of Legends Announces Global Invitational

By Philippa Warr on January 16th, 2015.

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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.

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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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27 Million Viewers For LoL Worlds Final

By Philippa Warr on December 4th, 2014.

Samsung White and then HUGE SAMSUNG WHITE ON MASSIVE SCREENS

27 million tuned in to watch the League of Legends World Championship finals between Samsung Galaxy White and Star Horn Royal Club, Riot have announced.

That number is down 5 million from last year when 32 million watched SK Telecom T1 defeat Royal Club at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Going Underground: Rek’Sai Burrows Into LoL

By Philippa Warr on November 26th, 2014.

Obligatory arm stretched towards the screen pose

With the cellophane wrapping barely peeled back from Kalista’s shiny new spectral spears, Riot have announced their next new League of Legends champion; Rek’Sai, The Void Burrower.

“Why would you want to borrow anything from The Void?” you might think. “Does it have a library now or something?” That is because you’re not paying attention. I said BURROWER not borrower.

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Riot Teams Up With MIT To Investigate.. Uh.. Teams

By Philippa Warr on November 25th, 2014.

Look, I'm not used to drawing things when they have clothes on

Riot are teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their research into player behaviour and teamwork. This time they’re looking to explore “the ability of a team to perform a wide range of collaborative tasks” and want your help.

Posting on the League of Legends forums, Jeffrey Lin (lead designer of social systems) explained a little more about what will be involved in the online study and to seek out participants.

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LoL Gets Laser Turrets, A Crab And… Stranger Gifting?

By Philippa Warr on November 20th, 2014.

Dramz

Patch notes for League of Legends‘ 4.20 update have landed so we’ve been having a peek at
what’s new. Spoiler: it involves a terrified river crab, laser turrets and a reworked vision of Summoner’s Rift and its jungle.

The guiding principle for the entire patch is “strategic diversity” which is a phrase which sounds great but risks being meaningless without some swift contextualising. What it boils down to is that Riot want to offer greater variety to players in terms of how matches unfold. At the moment you might boot up LoL and have a fun game, but there’s a good chance the next few games will play out in a similar way. In that case you rapidly lose the desire to experiment.

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League Of Legends Rewards Clean Chat Records

By Philippa Warr on November 14th, 2014.

Sunshine lollipops and rainbows everything that's wonderful is how I feel when we're together...

League of Legends players with a clean record when it comes to chat behaviour in the 2014 season will be rewarded with a boost that increases the influence points they earn from the next four games they win. In case you’re not a LoL player, influence points can be spent to unlock new champions, runes and runebook pages in the game.

The reward is part of Riot’s broader work when it comes to the thorny subject of player behaviour. The company actually have a team dedicated to exploring how people play together online led by Jeffrey Lin, whose background is in cognitive neuroscience. They’re currently focused on dealing with cases of extreme verbal toxicity in the game.

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Dote Night: The Perfect Crowd

By Philippa Warr on November 12th, 2014.

My favourite musician from League of Legends' Worlds final

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.

This column usually focuses on Dota 2 exclusively but today I’m looking at the experience of going to live eSports events so it’ll dip into League of Legends territory. I’m not sorry!

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Kalista: LoL’s Newcomer Aimed At Teaching Teamwork

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

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League of Legends has announced the latest champion to grace Summoner’s Rift. She’s Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance and the header character art has her sporting the same “deconstructed” hunched pose you’ll see liberally sprinkled throughout America’s Next Top Model photoshoots. Let’s take a closer look.

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Welcome To The [Reworked League Of Legends] Jungle

By Philippa Warr on November 3rd, 2014.

OCCUPADO!

Riot have been tinkering about with the League of Legends jungle for a while now. The point, as covered in the pre-Worlds press conference, is to make jungling less of a solved problem with only a few viable champions. “The jungle champion pool has been really narrow. We want to see a broader range of junglers in the mix and give those junglers more strategic choices”. The company now has a dev blog up explaining the work they’ve been doing in more depth.

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