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3 years ago

Feature: Semi-final recap

League Of Legends MSI 2016 Semifinals: SKT vs RNG

The first set of League of Legends MSI 2016 semi-finals are done and dusted. I'll wait until after the jump to talk winners and losers in case you're skim reading the site and don't want to know how SK Telecom T! vs Royal Never Give Up played out!

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Feature: The Group Stage Highlights

League Of Legends MSI 2016: The Story So Far

The first set of semifinals for MSI 2016 kicks off tomorrow at Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre with China's hot prospect Royal Never Give Up taking on the reigning world champions of SK Telecom T1. I'll be here in China as the tournament heads into its final stretch, spectating games, attending Q&As, interviewing people, wondering whether stealing my fellow passenger's white chocolate chip cookie on the…

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Feature: EU's MSI stumble

League Of Legends: What G2’s Disastrous MSI Performance Actually Tells Us

Heading into the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), most fans of the European League of Legends' [official site] scene were pleased to see G2 eSports representing their region. The team had stormed the EU LCS in their rookie split, with a combination of individual skill and teamwork. They also had a cocksure aura around them - they weren't just winning they were winning with a swagger. No…

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Feature: Off the rift

League Of Legends: Riot Bans Three Teams – Here’s Why

Part of my morning has been spent reading through the big League of Legends' [official site] esports rulings which will affect North American teams Renegades, Team Impulse and TDK as well as slapping bans – one permanent – on various people involved with said teams. In case you were curious, the other part of the morning was spent wondering whether to try my hand at…

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LoL Mage Update: What You Need To Know

With the Mid-Season Invitational around the corner for League of Legends, plans are already well underway at Riot Games for the Summer season. As we've discussed before, Riot are not the kind of studio to sit on their haunches and major changes are coming to the game in the form of the Mage Update. You can find the full details of the patch here, but…

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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: All change?

League Of Legends’ Greg ‘Ghostcrawler’ Street Talks Balance – Is It Even Possible?

League Of Legends boasts a huge roster of playable characters which bring the potential for vast numbers of potential compositions, ability interactions. It also has a player base quick to seek out what's strong at any given time in the game's ongoing development. So how do you approach that as a designer? Is the idea of perfect balance even possible or do you tweak characters…

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Feature: The best of the action from Poland

League Of Legends: The Best Of IEM Katowice

IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) is noteworthy in the professional League of Legends [official site] calendar as it's one of the last international tournaments not to fall under Riot's own umbrella. Katowice is the IEM World Championship; a culminating event that takes the winners from a year's worth of IEM tournaments as well as selected teams who are invited from the more popular regions. With $100,000…

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League Of Legends: Worlds 2016 Dates, Locations

League of Legends [official site] will be tracing a gigantic fang across the United States of America with the locations for 2016's League of Legends World Championships (picture of fang can be found further down this article). In case you don't follow professional League of Legends, Worlds is the culmination of the various professional seasons around the globe. This year it will ping-pong across the…

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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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4 years ago

Feature: Bronze and proud?

League of Legends: Krepo On Ranking And Peaking

So there's a conversation I had with Mitch 'Krepo' Voorspoels at the League of Legends [official site] All-Star which I've been coming back to a lot this week as I contemplate a festive season with time to play MOBAs. "Everybody sees their current position as neutral and they can go up and they can go down. They never consider they may actually be at the…

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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: What are you working towards?

RiotLyte Asks: What Is League Of Legends’ End Game?

While out at Riot HQ in Los Angeles, I was able to grab a bit of time with Jeffrey Lin, Lead Game Designer of Social Systems. He's probably most famous for his work on the player behaviour side of League of Legends [official site] but his job encompasses pretty much everything outside the core game experience – anything from the new champion select experience to…

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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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