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League of Legends Has Flipped Its Metagame On Its Head

For a long time, League of Legends has had a consistent metagame. But the competitive environment and the individual and team strategies that result have recently changed at a rapid pace, leading to earlier fights, faster games, and a wild shift in the way players try to out-pick and out-play each other.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Turret Will Not Be Denied Its Shot In Pro League of Legends Match

In today’s semifinals between the Flash Wolves and Royal Never Give Up, Su “Hanabi” Chia-Hsiang was pushing up to the bottom lane turret when he decided to take his leave for a scrap in the middle area of the map. The turret, scorned but undeterred, shot a parting blast at Hanabi that would eventually be […]

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League of Legends Stream Follows One Pro’s Perspective For Entire Match

Fnatic and Team Vitality clashed in the European League Championship Series spring semifinals today, a match that would end in victory for the former. While the game itself was interesting, it was the manner of broadcast that grabbed my attention. In addition to the regular main stream, Riot Games broadcast a second…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How Esports Gambling Works

The first few months of Overwatch League’s inaugural season have already resulted in unexpected upsets, emerging tactics, and drama between players that has resulted in pros getting fined, benched, or released from teams. That stuff isn’t just fun to follow and grist for the content mines: it’s moving betting lines.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Pro Gamers Are Getting Serious About Unionizing

Former Overwatch pro and coach Thomas “Morte” Kerbusch has partnered with sports labor attorney Ellen Zavian to push towards unionizing, according to a report from Liz Mullen in Sports Business Journal. Meanwhile, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro scene is also forming a players association, thanks to the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Riot Discloses Loot Box Odds For League of Legends

Riot Games revealed the drop rates for League of Legends’ loot crates yesterday, offering transparency for a system that until now has been opaque. This comes during a time when loot boxes have triggered a great deal of outrage among players, pundits, and even politicians.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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This January, Rising Thunder will return as Rising Thunder: Community Edition, including local play

This January, Rising Thunder will return as Rising Thunder: Community Edition, including local play and the source code for an open-source server. In March 2016, Riot acquired the up-and-coming fighting game and shut off its servers. The team’s been quiet since, but announced today they’ve “moved on to develop…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Russian Player Retires After Riot Suspends Him For Saying League Teams Don’t Make Money There

Kirill “Likkrit” Malofeyev received a six-month ban from all League of Legends tournaments after comments he made on-stream about the Russian branch of Riot Games. In response, he announced his retirement on the Russian social media service VKontakte.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Riot Games Admits They Had No Plan In Place For Abusive Pros

The League of Legends Championship Series has issued a 20-month suspension of Li “Vasilii” Wei Jun in response to abusive behavior he displayed last month on his Twitch channel. During one of his broadcasts, the pro gamer screamed and threatened his then-girlfriend and overturned furniture, culminating in a visit from…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Esports Needs To Embrace Its Moments Of Honest-To-God Emotion

The most memorable image from this weekend’s League of Legends world championships wasn’t of the winner’s podium, the trophy, the stadium, or even the freaking dragon in the arena. It was of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, a godlike figure in League of Legends, brought to tears after a crushing 3-0 loss.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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League of Legends World Finals Had A Freaking Dragon

Last night was the final clash of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, a climactic rematch between Samsung Galaxy and SKT T1. Before the games started, Riot Games put on a massive opening ceremony including a giant trophy, a live performance of Worlds theme “Legends Never Die,” and a freaking dragon.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Let’s Run Down The Past 24 Hours Of Riot Games’ Baffling Decisions

Immortals has been rejected from North America’s League of Legends Championship Series, which comes as a shock, given that the organization bought in back in 2015 and has since built one of the league’s largest support staffs for their LoL team. That still wasn’t quite enough of a commitment in League of Legends for…Read more… […]

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