League Of Legends: The Best Of The All-Star

The League of Legends [official site] 2015 All-Star Event drew to a close last night after four days of silliness and spectacle. Some were sillier and more spectacular than others. I’ll put together something more nuanced about where the event succeeded and where it fell short BUT in the meantime I’ve made a list of the must-watch matches and giggle-worthy moments, from kaSing’s unexpected (by everyone especially kaSing) dominance in the 1v1 competition to Westdoor picking up a pentakill against the International Wild Card squad.

Here are my merriest bits of the All-Star*!

1. Pantomime Horse Mode

With one player controlling the keyboard and the other on the mouse this was most definitely not a serious game mode. I really loved how the pairs didn’t shy away from difficulty and picked up champions who needed more than a modicum of co-ordination to work. I’d been looking forward to the tandem match (that’s the official name for it) particularly because I figured it would be one of the game types most likely to get the pros energised and trolling one another. It didn’t disappoint, although I’ll need to watch the match itself again as I spent the first time around focused on the player cams to see their reactions:

2. Westdoor’s Pentakill

Everyone loves a pentakill, so… Actually I can’t substantiate that with actual research so instead I’ll say that pentakills provoke massive crowd reactions when I’m at League of Legends events and that screaming can feel like it’s coming from everyone and everywhere at once. Where was I? Oh yes. Here is the LMS team’s mid-laner Westdoor annihilating the entire wildcard team. He wasn’t even on Fizz.

3. Froggen and Aphromoo play Farming Simulator

After literally spelling out their champion picks during the ban phase Froggen and Aphromoo headed onto the Howling Abyss. A gentleman’s agreement meant their Zilean mirror match had no runes, no masteries, no items and no levelling your skills. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ridiculously tense watching last hitting. Sterling work from casters Riv and Stress, too.

Here’s the match:

4. Blitzcrank Bop

Ten sets of hooks. Ten knock-up punches. Ten static fields. In following Huni’s chant of “Hook! Hook! Hook!” the champion selection phase saw Summoner’s Rift end up somewhere between Pudge Wars and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

5. Froggen v Koro1

Throwing out a bit of a curve ball, Froggen took Nasus, Curator of the Sands (great name for a child) out to face Koro1 in their 1v1 match. It’s another farm fest but I enjoyed watching the balance of farming and trading hits. Towards the end it also has that giggly, tense excitement quality to it and left me grinning ear to ear.

6. kaSing’s surprise run in the 1v1

Nobody predicted kaSing’s heroic performance in the All-Star’s 1v1 mini-tournament, least of all kaSing himself. Here he is having just taken out opponent Uzi. His European teammate and AD carry Rekkles is similarly baffled. I am devastated he didn’t go on to win the whole thing.

7. Being one with your current champion

8. SNOWBALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLooops

You know how sometimes you’re just casually chucking snowballs and rushing at your mates because lols and bants but then one of them has to go home and you take it too far by following them back to theirs and their house has a big laser that kills you instantly? Froggen knows this because it happened twice in his matches against Doublelift. Those two matches got remade, by the way, and that’s how Doublelift managed to win a best of three match 4-0.

9. Huni

Huni’s bellowing, chanting and hollering filled the entire arena any time he was on stage. You can get a teensy tiny taster of what it was like by skipping to the end of this video – go from 1:08:06. He crops up in so many of the other matches, though, lightening the mood and making the other players laugh. I’m really going to miss him next season when he’s absconded to North America’s LCS :(

*You can add your own in the comments.

5 Comments

  1. Xocrates says:

    1) I was utterly amazed that they played as well as they did on the Tandem match. Heck, they played better than 99% of players do even with full control of the champ.

    3)this was just epic

    8) the first snowball death was an especially WTF moment due to that (buggy?) instant teleport.

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    Maltose says:

    Seems like “real” sports leagues can learn something from this – have your stars play some fun, silly stuff instead of playing a regular match that literally no one cares about (NFL).

    • anHorse says:

      Surely the whole concept originates with the NBA and MLB all stars stuff where they do have the pointless but sometimes fun individual skill contests

  3. Det. Bullock says:

    Why are they dressed like the british hacker in Saints Row The Third?

  4. Luk 333 says:

    This whole event has been very entertaining. Besides all of the above, I enjoyed the victories of the EU team. It made me forget their showing at the Worlds semifinals… well, until the last two matches, when I got some Huni flashbacks.