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Feature: Rowing sims

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…

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Feature: League of total beginners

Dote Night: Learning To LoL

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:…

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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…

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League Of Legends: How Nemesis Draft Works

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…

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League Of Legends: Summoner’s Reefed In Ocean Week

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…

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League Of Legends Announces Global Invitational

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…

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League Of Legends: Riot’s Dedicated Network Plans

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…

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

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…

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Going Underground: Rek’Sai Burrows Into LoL

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

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…

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

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…

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Welcome To The [Reworked League Of Legends] Jungle

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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