The first woman League of Legends Championship Series player, Maria ‘Remi’ Creveling, has stepped down from the Renegades team due to stress and anxiety, according to the Daily Dot.
It’s hard to recognize a tipping-point until it’s come and gone. This year, like every other year since 2011 or 2012, esports are poised to break through into the mainstream. But with companies like Turner set to broadcast a Counter-Strike league on TBS (the unfortunately-named ELEAGUE), and ESPN getting into esports…
Those big trophies that the winners of League of Legends tournaments get don’t just appear out of thin air. Someone has to design and build them, and in this case, that someone was cosplay/props legend Harrison Krix, of Volpin Props.
Riot today unveiled the newest addition to the League of Legends roster: Jhin. He’s “meticulous and calculating - League’s slowest marksman yet”.
Unlike the other gaming platforms we’ve been evaluating here at the end of the year, the PC’s been around for decades. Recently, the PC’s long legacy of openness and customization has come into conflict with a mainstream that’s finally—finally—realized just how big of a deal PC gaming actually is.
The old “Lollipoppy” skin was, hands-down, the creepiest thing that Riot ever made for League of Legends. The new enhanced version of Lollipoppy that launched yesterday with the champion’s massive overhaul carries on that fine tradition of haunting your dreams.
A short story. Last night I was playing a game of league of legends and losing really, really badly. One opponent was boasting in /all chat about winning. Suddenly we rebounded. He immediately responded “OMFG LAGG.”
The new and (hopefully improved) Poppy is finally live in League of Legends. Now let the click-racing of champion select commence!
Riot’s making a big change to the League of Legends Championship Series format. Starting next summer, North American games will be best-of-3. European games will be best-of-2. The stated purpose of the two different formats is that they want to try both out and see which is better. Read the whole explanation here.
Here’s an interesting League of Legends statistic: Riot’s lead social systems designer Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin told Polygon in a story posted today that games that had a “role conflict or a position conflict in champion select” were 15% more toxic “no matter what happened in the game itself.” Glad they’re addressing that!
Three days after unveiling a sizable new figurine based on the popular League of Legends character, Riot Games decided to cancel the statue’s release in the face of strong criticism from fans. The problem? People were upset by the statue’s face, which barely resembles the character it’s meant to portray.
Out with the old, in with the new. Riot’s released a champion spotlight for Poppy 2.0, the long-awaited rework of one of League of Legends’ oldest and most outdated playable characters. She looks really neat! This probably means she’s coming into the main game in the next week or two, too.
Permit me to brag for a moment. There are so, so few opportunities for me to show off when it comes to League of Legends, that I want to relish this one.
This is the new Quinn, a ranged archer character in League of Legends who fights with a giant vicious eagle named “Valor” perched on her shoulder. She’s a lot like the old Quinn, only she’s become much more...intimate with her bird friend.
At the end of last week, longtime League of Legends pro Diego “Quas” Ruiz was suspended from Team Liquid after “an incident occurred [...] at the Team Liquid HQ in Los Angeles.” His sudden departure confused and upset many fans. Today, Quas said that his lifelong “depression and anxiety issues” are the root cause.
Speaking of dramatic shake-ups in League of Legends eSports, top European player Yellowstar just said he’s leaving Fnatic to go play in another region. The entire EU region is susceptible to a talent-drain this year as investment in eSports increases in the U.S. and China and teams there offer greater opportunities.
The League of Legends eSports scene has been abuzz for the past day and a half about pre-2016-season changes coming to Korea—historically the strongest region for the game’s pro scene. The Daily Dot and The Score both report roster shuffles impacting major teams including SKT, this year’s World Champions.
Riot just announced a number of sales it’ll be putting on for League of Legends’ seasonal holiday event “Snowdown,” which will also add a giant Poro King (seen above) to the game’s ARAM map for a limited time. I’d also be into the idea of a Poro champion, but we’ll have to keep waiting for that, sadly. More info here.
Annie always looks so small and easy to kill when she’s wandering around with her stuffed teddy bear until...TIBBERS!!!