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3 years ago

Feature: Balance (and ravens)

The False Grail Of LoL? Talking Game Balance And Esports With Deficio

As a follow-up to his interview with League Of Legends' design director, Greg Street, Michael got in touch with professional player-turned-caster Martin 'Deficio' Lynge to discuss how ideas of balance and tweaks to the game by the design team impact the world of esports. N.B. If you haven't already, you might prefer to have a read of the earlier interview first as it's a useful…

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Feature: The matches you need to see

Dota 2 Shanghai Major: Winners And Must-See Matches

The Shanghai Major will probably be remembered by Dota 2 [official site] fans as a master class in how not to run a tournament. But in the midst of the production omnishambles were some absolutely brilliant matches. Read on as we deliver you the highlights! [Spoilers if you've not caught up, obv!]

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Feature: Who's playing and how to watch

Dota 2 Shanghai Major – What You Need To Know

If there’s one thing professional Dota 2 [official site] isn’t lacking (besides lengthy pauses at the start of every game) it’s tournaments; it’s rare for a week to pass without some hype-casted LAN, online contest or qualifier. The one about to start in a gigantic spaceship-shaped building in China, however, is no ordinary tournament - it’s the Shanghai Major. Here's what you need to know:

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Dota 2: Alliance Are Back And Here’s Why It Matters

In mid-January of this year, Swedish Dota 2 team Alliance took top honors at the Starladder i-League Star Series tournament, which featured several of the current top Dota 2 teams, such as last year’s International winners Evil Geniuses, as well as powerhouses like LGD and Team Secret. I’ll catch professional Dota 2 tournaments on most weekends, but watching Alliance take the whole thing made me…

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Feature: How do you League of Legends?

League Of Legends: Unpicking World-Famous Plays

League of Legends, with its upwards-of-67-million-players-a-month, is a phenomenon. As an esport it garners hundreds of millions of hours of viewer time, packs out arenas and has made its way onto mainsteam channels like the BBC and ESPN. But to the casual viewer it's also an incredibly difficult game to decode. 10 champions out of a possible 128 run around the map, killing minions, monsters,…

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eTouchdown: Blood Bowl 2 World Cup

There's a Blood Bowl 2 [official site] World Cup for PC players. I'm partly writing about this because it falls under the esports remit but MOSTLY because I wanted to register my suggestion that the trophy be an actual bowl full of blood. I feel like if I start talking about it publicly now there's a good chance someone will see and act on the…

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Feature: We spy a mighty fine rat

Dota 2 Shanghai Major Qualifiers: Winners And Highlights

The regional qualifiers for Dota 2 [official site]’s Shanghai Major tournament concluded in the wee hours of Monday morning, confirming which eight teams would join the direct invitees at the Valve-sponsored event in March. To find out who's heading to the tourney and to see the finest moments from the weekend's competitions read on:

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Feature: Deity dust-ups

Smite World Championships 2016: Grand Finals Day

It's the grand finals of the Smite World Championship 2016 later today. Half a million dollars is on the line for the winning team (plus you get a massive trophy with a detachable hammer) and, as of yesterday's semi-finals, the matches just got a lot more tense and interesting. Before the final kicks off let's take a look at the mindgames and the comebacks which…

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Feature: It's EU vs NA all the way

Smite World Championships 2016: Semifinals Day

The Smite World Championship 2016 contenders have been whittled down to four teams. So far the tournament has involved possibly the fewest upsets of any esports event I've attended (precisely zero). But today is where the uncertainty starts to kick in as the final four bring highly skilled players with very different team personalities to the world stage. Here's the story so far [with proper…

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Feature: The competition heats up

Smite World Championship 2016: Day 2

With the placement round out of the way eight teams remain in the running for the Smite World Championship 2016 crown. Now it's time for some meatier matches in the form of the quarterfinals best-of-3s. To get you up to speed let's take a look at the story so far and THEN what's on the cards for today's teams:

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Feature: Return to Atlanta

Smite World Championships: Day 1 Preview

The Smite World Championship for 2016 kicks off today at the Cobb Energy Centre in Georgia. I've already written a guide to explain what the event itself is but there are a lot of matches happening on day one thanks to the tournament's double elimination format. I'll be going along to watch and report back (after I've opened my birthday cards - IT IS MY…

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Feature: Good gods

Smite World Championship 2016: Everything You Need To Know

New year, new esports event coverage! And by that, I mean let's have a look at the Smite World Championship 2016 [official site]. Here's what you need to know about Hi-Rez's annual Smite-a-thon from the teams to the $1m prize pool:

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Feature: Make the intent more clear

League Of Legends: How To Fix The All-Star

I spent the best part of a week in Los Angeles at the League of Legends [official site] All-Star Event. It featured fan-selected rosters of players, each assigned to either Team Ice or Team Fire, competing in a selection of silly and serious game modes. There were plenty of fun moments and cool plays, particularly if you're already familiar with the esports scene – you'd…

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Feature: TSM TSM TSM

League Of Legends: Dyrus On Retiring At 23

While at the League of Legends [official site] All-Star Event in Los Angeles I was able to get some time with Team SoloMid's former top laner, Marcus 'Dyrus' Hill. Dyrus has retired from professional League of Legends - for the moment, at least. You might have caught his emotional interview after TSM's World Championships exit which marked his final game as part of the roster…

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Feature: Who reached their peak?

Dota 2, The Summit 4: Winners And Must-See Matches

Professional Dota 2 [official site] players descended on Los Angeles this past weekend to take part in The Summit 4 – the latest instalment of professional Dota 2’s most casual competition. Ahead lie spoilers for the event along with our picks of the best matches the tournament had to offer. Let's get cracking!

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Feature: The problem with snowballs.

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…

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Feature: I'm with the banned

Esports: Is Skipping A Ban Ever A Good Idea?

When is a ban not a ban? That's a question which cropped up twice this weekend as League of Legends team Jin Air Green Wings and Smite team EnVyUs each passed up an opportunity to ban a character from a competitive match. No-bans or skipped bans happen in the phase before the main game starts. At this point the teams are working out which characters…

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4 years ago

Feature: Godlike

Smite Super Regionals: Deicides And Deciders

"FUCKING END THE GAME!" Jeppe 'Trixtank' Gylling was roaring as his team, Paradigm, bore down on the opponent's titan – the beefy glowing final objective you need to destroy to win a game of Smite [official site]. It was the European and North American LAN event known as Super Regionals and on the line for Paradigm and their foes was a place at the Smite…

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Feature: The Worlds Cup

A Closer Look At LoL’s Summoner’s Cup

I have spent a lot of time looking at the trophy you get for winning at the League of Legends World Championships [official site]. It's called the Summoner's Cup (Summoners being Riot's term for people who play League of Legends) and it's this incredibly heavy blue, silver and gold affair. I wanted to find out a bit more about it in advance of today's finals…

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Feature: The final countdown

League Of Legends Worlds Final: SKT vs KOO Tigers

The League of Legends World Championship [official site finals take place later today. It's a South Korean bust-up which will see either SK Telecom T1 or the KOO Tigers walk away with $1m, an enormous piece of silverware, and the title "Best in the world". I'll be popping along to the arena to watch, interview people, and explain my theories about the relevance of Were-bears…

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