The rise of a team like the undefeated Immortals might explain why some League of Legends fans feel that the pro game is getting boring. On Saturday night, Immortals crushed a gutsy, tied-for-second Counter Logic Gaming team with ruthless discipline and skill… and showed why discipline is so hard to love.
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…
Riot today unveiled the newest addition to the League of Legends roster: Jhin. He’s “meticulous and calculating - League’s slowest marksman yet”.
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!
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released a champion spotlight for Poppy 2.0, the long-awaited rework of one of League of Legends’ oldest and most outdated playable characters.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.
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.
Champions in traditional Korean attire. Or put against traditional Korean artistic backdrops. Riot Games has teamed up with a handful of talented Korean artists to bring the game to life in a fascinating way. The result is an exhibit called League of Legends: the Summoning.
Today is a very special day for longtime League of Legends fans. Today is the day that Riot finally brought Poppy back.
A primary theme in Riot’s gigantic laundry list of upcoming changes for League of Legends is that the developer is trying really, really hard to make its game more social. While many of the new socially-minded features announced this week sound wonderful, not all League fans are happy about their impending future.
If you’ve been on the gaming parts of the internet over the past month, you’ve probably seen or heard something about the League of Legends World Championship. Having trouble grasping what’s going on right now with the most popular video game in the world? Fear not, I’m here to help you understand.
On the last day of the 2015 League of Legends World Championship group stage, European pro player Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten said in an interview that he expected American team Cloud9 to lose their match that was about to begin. Star C9 player Hai “Hai” Du Lam responded by flipping him off. That cost Hai $556. Rekt?
There’s a precious 16 hours or so before the next round of League of Legends World Championship games get started, which means there’s only one thing to do: play some League of Legends!
Riot just reintroduced one of its whackiest creations back into League of Legends, the company’s inexplicably popular team-based multiplayer game where angry little gerbil things do battle against gigantic, vicious dragons. Only this time it’s missing everyone’s favorite bloodthirsty fuzz monster Teemo.
Riot Games is locked in an eternal struggle against what it calls “toxicity”. As League of Legends gets bigger, so too does the number of assholes playing the game. And while the company’s previous attempts to combat this have been interesting, this latest step is much more direct.
Marcus “Dyrus” Hill, one of the first League of Legends professionals (and still one of the best), retired from competition yesterday. This is his final, emotional interview.
Riot Games is teaming up with Tribeca Games for a day-long conference about the art and design of League of Legends, and it sounds like a good time for any New York City-based League fans (such as yours truly). The event takes place on Friday, November 13th. You can read a detailed schedule and buy tickets here.
Riot put out its spotlight for the uber-creepy League of Legends champion Kindred, and their ult looks as bonkers as I was expecting. They also said Kindred’s release is delayed until the 5.20 patch due to “an important, gameplay-impacting issue.” Keep up with Worlds in the meantime with our explainer.
League of Legends’ most-neglected champion will be getting an update before the new year, the game’s developers have confirmed to Kotaku.The increasingly out of place champion Poppy will finally be getting the update that fans have been asking for since 2013.
Look at this fucking splash art.
League of Legends pro side Team Immunity has been banned from competing by Riot for two years, having been found guilty of “not paying minimum match payments to their players.”