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What You Need To Know About The EU LCS Summer Split To Get Through A Conversation About It

When I tell you about Fnatic’s stumble just minutes into the first game of the League of Legends 2015 EU LCS Summer Split final, do your eyes glaze over, two sad saucers staring out into a strange and confusing new world of electronic sport? If I describe the nature of Tahm Kench does your mind begin to wander to dusty corridors untouched since the time somebody tried to explain osmosis to you at a party? I’ve sat opposite these empty expressions, trust me I understand this pain. The world of eSports can be choppy waters for the uninitiated.

But don’t you see how difficult it is for me? Having to humour you in your stupid conversations about other things?

So take my hand, please. Let me be your shamanic guide leading you into the strange lands of League of Legends [official site]. Don’t be scared. You only need press your forehead to your monitor and allow me to impart my knowledge unto you. No, don’t do that; simply read on to learn… What You Need To Know About The EU LCS Summer Split To Get Through A Conversation About It.

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Riot Release League-Themed Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup

Riot Games have released Blitzcrank’s Poro Roundup, a side-scrolling, League of Legends-themed arcade minigame thingummy for browser and mobile.

The idea is you are Blitzcrank (he’s a sentient golem character from the League of Legends [official site] universe) and you must save little creatures called poros (they’re somewhere between a Tribble and a yak) from being eaten. It’s a side-scroller where you must move up and down as you run then grab the slow-moving poros to ensure they don’t gradually disappear offscreen and into the gaping maw of Baron Nashor (a gigantic beastie also from League). You can also run into them to boot them forward if you need a bit of time to organise the grabbing timings.

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No, League Of Legends’ Gangplank Ain’t Dead

Just the other week, the guys at Riot Games implied they were killing off one of the League of Legends [official site] characters: a piratical dude called Gangplank, whose storyline got turned on its head for an event called Bilgewater: Burning Tides. The idea was that Gangplank had been murdered by Miss Fortune, he had been blown up in the new League lore and was no longer available as a playable character.

Which in and of itself is a big deal for my fellow LoL alumni; except that as it turns out in the recently released epilogue to Burning Tides he’s not a goner afterall. Gangplank’s still alive and kicking, although missing an arm now, and his new character design reflects that. Our Gangplank will be playable again with the new patch, 5.15, which is coming out this week.

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League Of Legends Ranked Mode Pulled Due To Recall Bug

Honey, I'm home

League of Legends [official site] ranked matchmaking has been disabled while Riot investigates a bug relating to the Recall ability.

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League Of Legends: Tahm Kench, The River King

All the better to eat you with.

Remember how a few days ago Riot were teasing their new League of Legends [official site] champion and being all “He’s a catfiiiiish. A catfish from the deep sooooooooouth. Maybe a bit of an evil catfiiiiiiiish.” There are now some actual details. OBSERVE:

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League of Legends Will Soon Have A Champion Catfish

Nom nom nom

The next League of Legends [official site] Champion looks like he might be a bit of a dick. Judging from this cinematic trailer, the Cajun-flavored River King may be something of a fairy tale villain. He’s constantly hungry, for one. And will barter with unsuspecting mortals for impossible favors. Without spoiling the three-minute video, let’s just say that things take for a dark, disturbing turn towards the end.

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Dote Night: Runes And Masteries With Riv

Spending all my IP, don't mind me.

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 WEEK, however, she will be glaring at the runes and masteries of League of Legends!

In a few minutes of downtime at the recent MSI event League of Legends expert and caster Rivington “RivingtonThe3rd” Bisland III sat with me for a beginner-friendly Q&A focusing on Runes and Masteries. Both are ways to give a little boost to your Champions which you set up before a game starts. Runes provide little bonuses which you can stack in order to increase their effect. You put the runes into pages in order to set up slightly different builds, then pick one of these pages to use when you go into a match depending on how you want to play. Masteries are similar but rather than you just selecting the bonuses you fancy and plugging them into vacant spots you’ll need to follow a progression tree, adding points strategically in order to access particular bonuses further down the line.

“Overall they have a slight impact on the game but they can definitely make or break a situation where you both come down to about 10 HP and you’re trying to win that battle,” is how Riv sees runes.

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New Order: League Of Legends Getting Big HUD Changes

In news that could feasibly enrage the sensitive denizens of the Internet, the minimap in League of Legends [official site] is being moved from the top to the bottom of the screen as part of Riot Games’ big HUD update on the Public Beta Environment.

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League Of Legends Testing Super-Fast Justice-O-Tron

Totally accurate picture of the Justice-o-Tron in action.

League of Legends [official site] developers Riot are testing out a new super-fast justice system where bad behaviour will be punished within 15 minutes of a match ending.

The system is part of Riot’s ongoing effort to promote good behaviour amongst its playerbase. Jeffrey Lin (Lead Game Designer of Social Systems at Riot – i.e. in charge of creating and tinkering with player behavior systems) explains that speed is important when responding to abusive outbursts or bad behaviour in-game: “we know that the faster a player receives feedback, the better their chances of reforming.”

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Eye Candy Optional: Kill League Of Legends’ Wildlife

My first thought when I heard that Riot had added a “Hide Eye Candy” toggle to the League of Legends [official site] options screen was that a lot of champions would suddenly be sporting frumpy coats. Big wooly jumpers to cover themselves up with, perhaps. But no, instead this new feature is designed to prevent players from being distracted. By butterflies.

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Drop The Mic: LoL Pro Player Quits Team In 18-Page Letter

Professional League of Legends [official site] player Austin “LiNk” Shin has recreated that scene from Office Space where they dropkick a jet printer except instead of a trashing printer he has written an 18-page letter to the public about why his Counter Logic Gaming teammates are jerks.

You can read the treatise, which Shin released to Google Docs, in full here. It’s extensive. The letter covers his three-year career, including running away from home and dealing with the havoc of team drama, particularly from one Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng.

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Dote Night: How League Of Legends’ Starter Champs Work

Ashe. She's the first champion I played and I absolutely ripped the other team apart. Coming from another MOBA and knowing a lot fo the rules already is fun!

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 WEEK, however, she will be finding out how League of Legends picked out their starter champion lineup!

League of Legends [official site] treats newcomers ever so slightly differently to veterans when it come to which champions they are allowed to play for their first few games. Instead of just plunging these baby Leaguers into whatever’s on the free rotation you get to pick from a pre-selected roster of more straightforward characters like Ashe and Aatrox. If you’re more familiar with Dota 2, it’s similar to that game’s Limited Hero pool. The idea is to give players a bit of guidance and prime them for a more positive introductory experience to League than if they pick a character like Orianna and proceed to get utterly destroyed. I got in touch with Riot to find out how their picked their champs:

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Ekko: New League of Legends Champion Revealed

Riot revealed a new League of Legends champion, during the Mid-Season Invitational tournament that took place in Florida over the weekend. The new champion’s name is Ekko and, as you can see from the video, he has the ability to manipulate time.

The surprise teaser was shown after the first game of the five-match series that saw Chinese team Edward Gaming overcome South Korean super team SK Telecom T1. Make sure you check out all of Pip’s fantastic coverage of the event for an in-depth look at how that happened.

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