Posts Tagged ‘Riot’

Dote Night: Learning To LoL

By Philippa Warr on January 28th, 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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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League Of Legends: Riot’s Dedicated Network Plans

By Philippa Warr on January 6th, 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Welcome To The [Reworked League Of Legends] Jungle

By Philippa Warr on November 3rd, 2014.

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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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