Posts Tagged ‘Riot Games’

What Is And Where To Watch League Of Legends MSI

By Philippa Warr on May 7th, 2015.

Trying to work out whether the lightning/fissures across some of the region logos are portenteous...

Greetings from the Sunshine State! Which is apparently what Florida is called even at nighttime. I’ll be out here covering the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational for the next few days so it’s probably a good idea to explain a) what the Mid-Season Invitational is and b) when the various bits of it are happening in case you want to follow along.

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Ballin': League Of Legends Gets Snowballs

By Emily Gera on May 3rd, 2015.

The sacred tectonics of League of Legends [official website] have shifted – ARAM mode, which for y’all four of you who don’t play is a single-lane battle featuring randomly assigned characters, now includes a new snowball feature that changes the entire rhythm of the thing.

With Patch 5.8, players will be able to use a snowball in ARAM that will mark an enemy when thrown and allow you to teleport to them. League fans might recognise this whole snowball thing from a temporary game mode released last year, but it seems like Riot Games is taking it on board for the long-haul.

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A New Reason For League Of Legends Fans To Hate Teemo

By Emily Gera on April 12th, 2015.

Teemo. Bane of my life, idiot in a stupid hat. My sin, my soul. Tee-mo.

For those who live safely outside the enclave of League of Legends [official site], let me introduce you. Teemo is the game’s official mascot of trolls and an absolute pain in the behind to play against. So Teemo players should get their ults ready in anticipation because Riot Games has released a fancy new Legendary skin for the little guy.

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Hype ‘n’ Hallowe’en: LoL Worlds Dates And Venues

By Philippa Warr on April 9th, 2015.

I feel like blue is very dominant in this image. IS THIS A PREDICTION?

Remember how the 2015 League of Legends World Championships are in Europe but “Europe” hadn’t previously been narrowed down in any way? Well that vagueness has now given way to detail – Paris, London, Brussels and Berlin.

It feels like a tour of familiar haunts in some ways – Paris was the scene of last year’s All-Star event, London hosted one week of the 2014 European LCS summer split and Riot recently moved their EU LCS base of operations from Cologne over to Berlin.

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Ultra Rapid Fire Skill Spam Returns To League Of Legends

By Philippa Warr on April 1st, 2015.

The Thinking Manatee

In honour of April Fool’s Day Riot have resurrected the skill spam-tastic Ultra Rapid Fire game mode in League of Legends.

The official story is that URF found its way back onto servers after an energy drink spillage derailed an attempt to upload New Ultra Rapid Fire mode (billed as an attempt to slow the game to a crawl, “delivering a slow, sophisticated, and stoic strategic showcase that tests teams’ abilities in new and dynamic ways while not restricting the highest tier of play to those with sub-millisecond response times”).

I must admit I was vaguely hoping for wizard chess when I read that. ALAS. On the other hand we do have the return of the hyper-aggressive LoLfest that is URF.

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LoL: Reform, Reward and Prisoner’s Islands

By Philippa Warr on March 26th, 2015.

Note the lack of a banhammer

Over on the League of Legends dev blog, Jeffrey Lin and his colleagues on the player behaviour team have been digging into ideas like reform and punishment for players who misbehave. The series of posts has just concluded so I’m going to highlight some of the interesting snippets they shared over the last few months. Some of the concepts are familiar but I don’t think we’ve covered them on RPS before.

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Q&A: The League Of Legends Artificial Reef

By Philippa Warr on March 6th, 2015.

Nautilus reef - artist's impressionEarlier this year Riot held an Ocean Week event for its Oceanic League of Legends players. The end result of that is that Riot will be building an artificial reef themed around their champion, Nautilus and setting it down in the ocean to be populated by coral and fish. It’s early days for the project but I sent over a bunch of questions ANYWAY and Daniel Ringland – Riot’s eSports Manager for the region – did his best to answer them.

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League Of Legends MSI Heading For Florida

By Philippa Warr on March 5th, 2015.

The Paris All-Star in 2014 with its stellar front row

Riot has announced that Tallahassee, Florida will be the destination for the League of Legends international Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) event on 7-10 May, 2015.

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Riot Issues Statement And SpectateFaker Takedown

By Philippa Warr on March 2nd, 2015.

Documentary footage of Marc Merrill cutting a slice of bread

Riot Games co-founder Marc Merrill stated over the weekend that Riot was pursuing the removal of a contentious League of Legends Twitch stream which broadcast the matches of professional player Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok. That stream – SpectateFaker – is now no longer operational.

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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.


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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Kalista: LoL’s Newcomer Aimed At Teaching Teamwork

By Philippa Warr on November 5th, 2014.

Working it

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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