Hai Lam, the team captain and accomplished player for the North American League of Legends eSports team Cloud9, has been pushed into retirement due to a longstanding wrist injury. While Hai said that he’ll stay on in C9 as its “Chief Gaming Officer,” his departure comes at a critical time for his beleaguered team. »
Vote manipulation. Banned journalists and YouTubers. Reddit moderators who enjoy a disproportionate amount of influence. Not all is well in the community of one of the most world’s popular video games.
Lucky League of Legends players in certain regions might soon experience the benefits of a smoother connection thanks to Riot’s special direct network coming online. »
League of Legends forum-goers are perplexed by the elusiveness of this rare duck seen wandering about in the public beta environment of the game. It’s a time for duck huntin’. »
League of Legends changes in big ways with alarming frequency. The game’s tens of millions of players have learned to never be shy about letting Riot know they don’t like something, therefore—usually by writing a strongly-worded forum post. This week, angry fans are doing something much more elaborate. And awesome. »
League of Legends has been such a popular online game for so long that its developer has had to treat updating it the way New York City handles its subway system: bits and pieces might be altered in tiny increments, but the overarching system never truly stops moving. So much for console generations. »
Diamond isn’t the highest level one can achieve when playing League of Legends’ fiercely competitive ranked mode. But it’s one of the highest. Anyone who climbs that high has to put in some serious work into League. More than 3 years and 3 million mouse-clicks’ worth, according to one player’s recent measurement.
A single balance update or new feature isn’t usually enough to rev up the whole League of Legends community. This week, though, the entirety of the vocal League-playing internet collectively lost its shit. Why? Because the game made a joke too funny for its own good.
Last night, Riot put out an update about the status of several high-profile League of Legends players who’ve been suspended or banned from the game due to their toxic behavior. Buried in the details was an interesting detail: in an unprecedented move, one player’s permaban from competitive play was removed entirely. »
Over the past few days, diehard League of Legends players have been in a bit of tizzy over something called “NURF.” »
You might feel like a total badass for the way you held down your lane against three—three!—enemy champions in that last game of League of Legends. But let's all be thankful that the game doesn't automatically record everything. Because stuff rarely looks as graceful as we remember it. »
Bugs and glitches are an unfortunate fact of life that usually just have to be tolerated when playing a game as hugely popular as League of Legends. The story of one such bug that's teetered between irritating and insufferable got a lot more interesting this week after a player figured out how to reproduce it. »
Cosplayer d-slim cares not for your spandex and swords. He cares for fake armour, and mech suits, and they're awesome. »
For many people—even many gamers—"toxicity" and League of Legends go hand-in-hand. The game has a longstanding reputation for harboring a noxious player-base that continues to spew hateful epithets at one another despite developer Riot's best intentions to make them stop. The truth is a bit more complicated. »