Posts Tagged ‘Riot’

The Flare Path: Greek Ire

Field of Glory II: Immortal Fire burst into flames on Tuesday and today’s column is crowded with Greek warriors. The pictures above explain, as effectively as any string of letterclots, why these two facts aren’t connected. On the left is RIOT, a handsome crowd control wargame partially undone by its eye-catching aesthetic, and on the right is Trireme Commander, a history-steeped Iron Age naval sim with frustrating martinet tendencies. Read the rest of this entry »

Dote Night: Learning To LoL

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I said a little while back that I wanted to open up Dote Night to include interesting things across the MOBA spectrum. It doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten Dota 2 in any way, shape or form, nor does it mean there won’t be Dote Nights about Dota, but I’d like to try out a few things and see how they go. To introduce this week’s article: I’ve spent the last year following competitive League of Legends but I’ve never played more than a handful of games. I feel like a football fan who’s never really had a decent kickabout in the park. That’s why this week is about getting to grips with League of Legends [official site]:

I refuse to surrender. Point-blank refuse. WE CAN STILL DO THIS! We can still… oh, I see. No, not without our nexus, no.

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League Of Legends: Worlds 2015 Heads To Europe

Worlds – the annual culmination of the League of Legends professional season will be coming to Europe in 2015.

Last year’s event – won by Samsung Galaxy White – was held in Seoul’s Sangam Stadium in South Korea after group stages in Taipei, Taiwan and Singapore. This season’s promises to be similarly geographically varied with Riot’s blog explaining:

“Worlds 2015 will be a multi-city, multi-country event — with our Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Final showdown held in different cities within Europe.”

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League Of Legends: How Nemesis Draft Works

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Nemesis Draft – the first League of Legends featured game mode of 2015 – has been put live for testing in the game’s Public Beta Environment (PBE).

The mode is a triumph over adversity idea wherein you’ll pick the five heroes the opposing team has to play and they’ll do the same to you. It’s about being the best at either screwing other people over at the drafting phase or at making your own terrible team compositions work. Or both.

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League Of Legends: Summoner’s Reefed In Ocean Week

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Riot have announced Ocean Week – a special League of Legends event on its Oceania server to coincide with Australia Day and Waitangi Day. One of the reward tiers will see an artificial reef themed around one of the game’s champions sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Others include a larger-than-normal free champion rotation and influence point boosters.

How the event is set to work is that from 23 – 30 Jan players can earn points towards various rewards by winning a game while playing a designated Ocean Week champion in blind pick, team builder or Twisted Treeline. If you’re queuing as a premade stack and at least one person is using an Ocean Week champion then everyone on the team earns a point.

The rewards are as follows:

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League Of Legends Announces Global Invitational

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Competitive League of Legends will be getting a new Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) event which pits teams from the five major regions against one another. Teams from elsewhere in the world will be getting a separate multi-region event in which to duke it out.

The Mid-Season Invitational will take place in the period between each global region’s spring and summer split. If you’re not familiar with the terminology, splits are periods of weeks over which a number of matches are played between regional teams. It’s kind of like a football season and there are similar opportunities for promotion into the league from the Challenger series, relegation and player transfers.

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League Of Legends: Riot’s Dedicated Network Plans

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In an effort to address network issues, particularly ping issues on the East Coast of the US, Riot is in the process of building a dedicated direct network for League of Legends players.

The work is already underway and is something Riot has been talking about for a while but it’s come back on our radar now as Riot brand strategist Charlie Hauser did a little forum Q&A to explain more about how the process is going and the current timeline.

The first part of the North American server overhaul process involved setting up new NA server infrastructure for the end of November 2014. The current project is all about optimising the connection players have to this network and means working directly with ISPs in the US and Canada. The final part would be finding a new location for the servers.

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LoL’s Snowdown Game Mode: Legend Of The Poro King

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As part of its winter Snowdown event, League of Legends has introduced new game mode The Legend Of The Poro King for a limited time.

Legend Of The Poro King takes place on The Howling Abyss single lane map (as you’d expect given that’s the poros’ natural habitat). The twist is that each player now has two poro accompanying them into battle. Poro – in case you were wondering – are those tribble-y looking balls of fluff and horns bounding about.

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Have You Played… League Of Legends?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

A little while back I recommended one of the big-name MOBAs in this Have You Played… stream. Now it’s time for another – League of Legends.

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27 Million Viewers For LoL Worlds Final

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27 million tuned in to watch the League of Legends World Championship finals between Samsung Galaxy White and Star Horn Royal Club, Riot have announced.

That number is down 5 million from last year when 32 million watched SK Telecom T1 defeat Royal Club at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Going Underground: Rek’Sai Burrows Into LoL

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With the cellophane wrapping barely peeled back from Kalista’s shiny new spectral spears, Riot have announced their next new League of Legends champion; Rek’Sai, The Void Burrower.

“Why would you want to borrow anything from The Void?” you might think. “Does it have a library now or something?” That is because you’re not paying attention. I said BURROWER not borrower.

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Riot Teams Up With MIT To Investigate.. Uh.. Teams

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Riot are teaming up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of their research into player behaviour and teamwork. This time they’re looking to explore “the ability of a team to perform a wide range of collaborative tasks” and want your help.

Posting on the League of Legends forums, Jeffrey Lin (lead designer of social systems) explained a little more about what will be involved in the online study and to seek out participants.

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LoL Gets Laser Turrets, A Crab And… Stranger Gifting?

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Patch notes for League of Legends‘ 4.20 update have landed so we’ve been having a peek at
what’s new. Spoiler: it involves a terrified river crab, laser turrets and a reworked vision of Summoner’s Rift and its jungle.

The guiding principle for the entire patch is “strategic diversity” which is a phrase which sounds great but risks being meaningless without some swift contextualising. What it boils down to is that Riot want to offer greater variety to players in terms of how matches unfold. At the moment you might boot up LoL and have a fun game, but there’s a good chance the next few games will play out in a similar way. In that case you rapidly lose the desire to experiment.

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Welcome To The [Reworked League Of Legends] Jungle

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Riot have been tinkering about with the League of Legends jungle for a while now. The point, as covered in the pre-Worlds press conference, is to make jungling less of a solved problem with only a few viable champions. “The jungle champion pool has been really narrow. We want to see a broader range of junglers in the mix and give those junglers more strategic choices”. The company now has a dev blog up explaining the work they’ve been doing in more depth.

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League Of Legends Has Too Many Robot Friends

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Riot is revamping its Refer-a-Friend reward program for League Of Legends. That’s almost entirely because the “Friends” being referred are often bot accounts and the whole thing is being used to load up accounts with currency and skins before selling them on.

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Riot Deactivating LoL Skin Codes To Fight Resellers

The phrase “skin codes” always gets me. I imagine League of Legends characters running around with their bones, muscles, and organs fully exposed, glistening triumphantly in the summer breeze. Skin codes, one must assume, let them clothe their frail undercarriages in flesh. Mercifully, however, that’s not the case. Instead, skin codes unlock new outfits/looks for LoL characters, and are as a result hungrily coveted by players who sometimes stare at the same character for hours and hours on end. Naturally, then, some buy them with real money from resellers, especially in the case of limited edition skin codes given out at conventions and things of the like. Problem is, many resellers are scammers, and Riot’s not cool with that. So come next week, it’s shutting the whole operation down.

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League of Legends Getting Better, ‘More Fun’ Tutorial

Ah, the never-ending struggle to make MOBAs understandable to people whose stomachs are too weak to digest 200 lbs of raw, abstract systems. Each year companies like Valve and Riot get a little closer to workable solutions, and the effort is commendable given that they already have 172.43 trillion people playing their games.

Riot’s latest effort for League of Legends? So-called “Intro Bots,” the main goal of which is to make learning more fun. Riot confessed that the current tutorial is, well, kinda crap. “As it stands, Battle Training is undermined by jarring interruptions and nebulous goals, while Beginner bots often proves far too challenging for first-time Summoners.” Intro Bots, though? Right in the sweet spot, apparently.

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Beleaguered: Riot Closing League Of Legends’ Public Chat

I’ve not really frequented them, but I have it on good authority that League of Legends‘ public chat rooms are pretty nasty. Whose, you ask? Why the authority (named for a total lack of authority) that matters most in this case: Riot. They’re so fed up with what public chat (read: non-private rooms; those have mostly taken its place) has become that they’re yanking the cord altogether. For the time being, anyway. Big upgrades are needed to keep away griefers and spammers, so Riot’s taking the necessary time to send them packing.

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Huh: School Offering Real League Of Legends Scholarship

Want to get paid to play videogames? Well TOO BAD, THAT’S MY JOB. But getting a college scholarship on pure League of Legends e-athleticism offers similar benefits, I imagine, if not my incredibly sexy lifestyle of mashing out stories on my crumb-ridden keyboard and clothing my repulsively hairy lower half on whenever I sense an intruder approaching my room. But yes, Robert Morris University in Illinois is hoping to establish a varsity e-sports team, and there’s tuition money on the table if you’re good enough.

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Don’t Start A: Riot Completely Overhauling LoL’s Map

For League of Legends players, Summoner’s Rift is the place. It’s where all the big things happen, the court, the rink, the parking lot where the cool patrol cop looks the other way because she was just like you once, when times were easier. Riot’s announcement that it’s overhauling the level, then, is like the NFL saying it’s decided to change up the American football field. And yes, I’m still American. Sorry. The changes to Summoner’s Rift are entirely visual, but they’re also rather sweeping. Video and details in the downthereplace.

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