Posts Tagged ‘League of Legends World Championships 2015’

Many Millions Watched LoL’s World Championships

Folks together watched 360 million hours of the League of Legends [official site] 2015 World Championships across its five-week tour, say developers Riot Games. That’s a lot. Here’s the figure I like: “cumulative daily unique impressions” hit 334 million viewers, which I’ll disingenuously pretend is 334 million unique individuals rather than a flashy pointless statistic because it’d let me dick about with numbers myself.

Did you know that if you flayed every one of those 334 million, you could sew a skinquilt big enough to cover all of Bermuda – with room to spare for Gibraltar and Vatican City to come round for a sleepover? Also, that you are never more than 2.15 kilometres away from someone who watched it? Not anywhere. There’s a tethering system to space everyone out.

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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 so I got in touch with the silversmiths at Thomas Lyte who created it as well as doing some poking about of my own. Let’s take a closer look!

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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 to Riot’s merchandising strategy a bit later but before I do, here’s the story so far:

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LoL: How A Champion Designer Watches Worlds

What’s it like watching professional League of Legends when you’ve got the power to rework the champions? Colt ‘Ezreal’ Hallam has been at Riot Games for the best part of a decade and has worked on dozens of the game’s characters including Ahri, Blitzkrank and Kog’Maw. Colt is now Lead Roster Designer. That means he spends a lot of his time working with his team of designers to breathe new life into characters who need a bit of love. As he notes, “We’re the ones responsible for giving Mordekaiser a pet dragon!”

[Fun fact: Morde is considered rather powerful and has actually spent most of Worlds watching from the sidelines as he, along with another character, Gangplank, have been banned in nearly every game.]

Colt has been keeping an eye on Worlds so I got in touch to talk champions. Read on to find out how the reworking process, uh, works, how much you can really learn by watching an event like the World Championships, and how you respond as a designer when faced with the Morde and Gangplank situation:

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LoL Worlds 2015: The Semi-Finals Roundup

Spoiler-free semi-final images!

Hello! Time for a quick League of Legends World Championships [official site] catchup after the weekend. Obviously there will be spoilers so this is your chance to stop reading if you don’t want to know who made it through the semifinals yet.

Still here? Then let’s proceed:

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League Of Legends Worlds Semi-Finals: Fnatic vs KOO Tigers

The League of Legends World Championships [official site] has its second semi-final later today to determine whether it’s European side, Fnatic, or Korea’s KOO Tigers heading to Berlin (and one step closer to the task of hoisting the super-heavy Summoner’s Cup). This stage is in Brussels so I’ll be watching from bed wearing my frog onesie and writing about the winners on Monday BUT in the meantime, here are the semi-finalists:

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League Of Legends Worlds Semi-Finals: Origen vs SKT

This afternoon marks the start of the semi-finals of this year’s League of Legends World Championships [official site]. I can’t get there what with it having decamped to Brussels BUT I can definitely give you a recap of the teams and their journeys so far along with a couple of predictions. I’ll also be back on Monday to pick through what happened in the matches.

Onward for Origen versus SKT!

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You’re Barred: Gragas Removed From League Of Legend Tournament

NOPE

Drunken brawler Gragas has been removed from the League of Legends World Championships [official site] character pool along with two of his colleagues after developers, Riot, investigated a game-ruining bug. (I would have written about this sooner but I was in bed recovering from eSports on Monday.)

Here’s what happened and how I think ditching a champion partway through a tournament will change the game.

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LoL Worlds 2015: The Fourth Quarter-Final Winner

Oh for a bolero. Or a poncho. Hell, I'd settle for a snood at this point.

The last day of quarter-finals decided which of the two Korean teams – KOO Tigers or KT Rolster – would take that fourth semi-final spot in Brussels as part of the League of Legends World Championships [official site].

Spoilers – as ever – are lurking after the jump!

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League Of Legends World Championships: Day 4 Is KOO Tigers v KT Rolster

League looking rather more like a rave than it did IRL

The last of the League of Legends World Championships [official site] quarter-finals sees two Korean teams going head to head as they try to secure that final spot in the semi-finals: KT Rolster will be taking on KOO Tigers. I’ll be on-site asking questions, peering at games and wondering if there’s room on my shelf for a plush Gnar BUT before that let’s take a look at the teams:

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LoL Worlds 2015: The Third Quarter-Final Winner

Fnatic and Edward Gaming take to the quarter-final stage

The third day of quarter-finals in the League of Legends World Championships [official site] pitted European hot shots Fnatic against China’s last remaining hope, Edward Gaming, each hoping to secure their ticket to the Brussels semi-final.

Spoilers await you after the jump!

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League Of Legends World Championships: Day 3 Is Fnatic vs Edward Gaming

The Wembley Arena crowd

Today’s League of Legends World Championships [official site] quarter-final is between top European team, Fnatic and China’s Edward Gaming. Judging by the roars on Thursday for fellow European squad Origen, Fnatic can definitely count on the support of the crowd at Wembley Arena. I’ll be popping over to watch the games and dodge the swag being hurled into the audience but before that here’s a little more about each team:

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LoL Worlds 2015: The Second Quarter-Final Winner

SKT and ahq on stage at the quarter-finals

The second of the League of Legends World Championships [official site] semi-finalists has been decided after Korean favourites, SK Telecom T1, went up against the LMS’s ahq e-Sports Club on the tournament’s second day at London’s Wembley Arena.

Spoilers await after the jump!

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League Of Legends World Championships: Day 2 Is SKT vs ahq

The crowd at Wembley Arena

One semi-finalist has already been decided* so today’s League of Legends World Championships [official site] quarter-final is to find out who they’ll be facing up against in Brussels next week. Will it be the mighty Korean favourites, SKT, or will it be Taiwan’s punchy ahq e-Sports Club? I’ll be down at Wembley later to keep an eye on the matches (and maybe help with the nachos) but in the meantime let’s take a look at the teams.

*I’m being cagey in case you’ve not caught up with the matches yet – you can find our interview with the winners here.

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LoL Worlds 2015: The First Quarter-Final Winner

Flash Wolves face off against Origen

The first of the League of Legends World Championships [official site] semi-finalists have been decided after the European team, Origen, took on the LMS’s Flash Wolves in the opening quarter-final at London’s Wembley Arena.

Spoilers await after the jump!

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League Of Legends World Championships: Day 1 Is Flash Wolves vs Origen

Big Ben - It would be cool if Riot had managed to get Big Ben as the match timer somehow.

The League of Legends [official site] World Championships has emerged from its group stage cocoon and eight beautiful quarter final butterflies have flapped their way to Wembley Arena. I’ll be heading down there later today to watch the MOBA action unfold, chat to players and count the Teemo hats in the audience. But before I do, here’s a smidge of info if you were thinking of tuning in yourselves (we also have a useful primer here)!

Day 1 is Flash Wolves vs Origen and kicks off at 5pm BST:

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League Of Legends New Champion Kindred Delayed

It was less than a week ago that Riot got us all excited about their new League Of Legends [official site] champion Kindred – a dual-fighting unit comprised of a hunter named Wolf and a companion named Lamb – ahead of their LoL 5.19 patch. Now, it seems, a Kindred-specific bug has pushed the jungle-roaming duo’s inauguration back to patch 5.20 – whenever that may be.

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League Of Legends Patch 5.19 Introduces Kindred

On Thursday past, the League Of Legends World Championship Series 2015 kicked off, running League of Legends [official site] on its 5.18 patch. For those not taking part in the annual spectacle, patch 5.19 is out now, ushering in a host of largely superficial changes but also, most importantly, the two-for-the-price-of-one new champion Kindred.

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