Posts Tagged ‘League of Legends’

League Of Legends’ Most Reassuringly Human Pro Game

Distracted as I was by the Oscars and an orchid festival and watching Casualty on catchup, I only dug back into week 7 of the North American LCS this morning. I’m so glad I did because the Dignitas/Renegades League of Legends [official site] match is now my favourite match in the whole world. This is because no fewer than four players died to an angry building and an even angrier bit of wildlife, and I will henceforth feel reassured that if I do the same I am probably exhibiting signs of “pro strats”. I’m going to share it here so that you may do likewise:

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League Of Legends: RIP Ao Shin, Awkward Dragon

I first wrote about Riot’s intention to add Ao Shin, a dragon character, to League of Legends [official site] back in September 2013. That was so long ago and and the character so continually unreleased that on two separate occasions I thought I had dreamed the entire thing. I hadn’t! But alas Ao Shin is still not getting a release.

INSTEAD he has morphed into a different character over time – still a dragon-themed champion – and is tentatively named Aurelion Sol. [Sidenote: I feel like Aurelion Sol is the sort of name you give a private detective who also happens to be an animal. It roughly translates as “golden sun” but I’ve also seen speculation about links to the cult of Sol Invictus.]

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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 USA, ending up at the Staples Center (which also hosted the season 3 final) in LA. The full list of dates and locations is after the jump as well as some interesting info about the other big multi-region LoL event, the Mid-Season Invitational, expanding.

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League Of Legends Retiring Dominion Mode

Riot Games are “retiring” the Dominion mode from League of Legends [official site]. They launched the control point-capturing mode in 2011 to shake up LoL’s three-lane pushing with shorter, more murdersome rounds, for people who just wanted to hop on and kill some wizards. But with “fewer than 0.5% of players” actively playing Dominion, according to Riot, it’s in a death spiral of long queue times and imbalance. It’s sad in any game when a mode goes to a home. So long. Ta-ra. We may come visit.

Yes, no, don’t worry, I will get to The Sisters of Mercy in a bit.

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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, structures and each other, throwing out colourful abilities and colliding with each other in a flurry of swords and spells.

To a neophyte spectator it’s too much information to handle, the commentators only adding to the chaos with their indecipherable terminology. “His control of the minion wave allowed a fast rotation, using TP to tower dive bot-lane and secure control over the dragon.” they might cry as your brain hopelessly tries to make sense of their word-vomit. (The same sentence making perfect sense to anyone familiar with the game or genre.)

This primer hopes to share with you a few of LoL’s greatest eSports moments and most spectacular plays in an effort to help the casual or unfamiliar understand exactly why this cartoonish lane pusher is so popular. This is why we watch:

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League Of Legends: UK Teams And The Path To LCS

Riot is increasing support of regional amateur League of Legends [official site] teams and will be giving a UK squad a chance at joining the EU pro scene’s Challenger Series. That’s the one which carries with it a chance of promotion into the top tier of play – the LCS.

By now I suspect RPS readers are familiar with the existence of seasons of top level League of Legends play taking place around the world. I’m less sure how many of you know about how LoL works for the lower level teams so I’ll go into a bit more detail about how that works and also why this particular move is interesting, because it’s not just the UK getting a dedicated regional spot. Germany, Spain, France, Poland and the Nordic regions all have them too.

(FYI: Germany, Poland and Spain are in the mix for this spring split while the other three arrive in Summer)

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League of Legends: Meet Riot’s “Slowest Marksman Yet”

I went away on a work trip for a week. One single week. Now there is all the League of Legends [official site] news in the universe to catch up on and the EU LCS season starts again in mere minutes. I’m going to start my catchup session by chugging coffee through a Twix (instructions here in case you have never done this) AND talking to you about new champion Jhin The Virtuoso, “League’s slowest marksman yet”.

The TL;DR of Jhin is basically: Let’s hope League of Legends players are good at four-play*.

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