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Riot is teasing 'The River King' for League of Legends


Interesting
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
Riot Games is currently working on two new champions (one was Ekko, another is a tank, and another is a support) for League of Legends, and everyone is clamoring for a tank sooner than later. As of today, they're teasing The...
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League

Struggling with jungling in League of Legends? This video clears things up


From foxdropLOL
Jun 12
// Chris Carter
One thing many new MOBA players struggle with is jungling. New kid on the block Heroes of the Storm basically eliminates this requirement, but in many games like League of Legends, one player at the start of the ga...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' latest patch focuses on Caitlyn and Twisted Treeline


Patch 5.11
Jun 10
// Chris Carter
Yesterday I posted a roundup for the five recent Champions to hit League of Legends, and it was just in time, it seems, for a massive patch in the form of 5.11. This one focuses on Caitlyn and the Twisted Treeline specif...

League of Legends roundup: Azir, Kalista, Rek'Sai, Bard, and Ekko

Jun 09 // Chris Carter
Azir's whole gimmick is that he summons Sand Soldier units, which are statues of sorts. They're not really their own entities with health bars, however -- more like extensions of Azir, who is a mage first, marksman second. His soldiers cannot be targeted, which makes him fun (or a pain against) in the laning phase. He's also great at chasing as he can dash to his soldiers using his E. One of the best things about Azir is his innate ability to summon Sun Discs in place of destroyed towers, which creates a mini-tower for a limited period of time. He's very hard to get used to, but a worthy addition to League. I have a lot of fun using him in ARAM, but I believe he is a viable competitive Champion with the right composition. Kalista is a weird character, with a variety of different ranged attacks as a marksman. She can become "Oathsworn" with another ally, essentially boosting her stats and her damage while they are near each other or attack the same target. As you can probably tell, this requires a ton of communication, or at least, a lot of trust with one other player. While winding up her standard skillshot, you can cancel with a quick click to lunge in a direction -- think of it like a free dash. She can also send a ghost out to sentry, and her ultimate can "call" her Oathsworn player to her if they so choose to answer said call (with a range limit), which is also a knock-up. All in all I wouldn't say that she's a particularly interesting Champion, but going in with another friend and laning as Oathsworn buddies can be fun. She's also considered one of the most competitive Champions in recent months, though I won't be using her consistently. Rek'Sai is a bug who fulfills the fighter role, and does what many bugs do best -- she burrows. As one of her chief abilities, burrowing will modify all of her other powers. For instance, an ability that would buff her next three basic attacks is now a skillshot, and she can create tunnel exits to burrow back to, but burrowing does negate basic attacks, and thus, your damage output. Where Rek'Sai excels is mobility. She can quickly get from place to place, allowing her to assist in teamfights, small skirmishes, and when necessary, jungle situations. I enjoyed her as a whole more than Azir and Kalista, and it seems as if the community has taken to her as well. She was re-balanced shortly after her release, and a new nerf is on the way that may take her down a peg overall. Bard the support has an awesome aesthetic to him that fits League of Legends quite well. His Q is a standard skillshot that slows, but the sound and visual effects have a real pop to them. As a support ability, he can drop shrines that boost movement speed and heal -- this simple move is pretty deep, as Bard can place them strategically behind towers to reduce time away from laning or just put them on the ground below him to immediately heal. You'll also need to pay a bit more attention playing as Bard, as you'll be required to periodically grab unique chime icons on the map to buff your auto-attacks. His coolest ability though is the power to create a portal through terrain, which both enemies and allies can use. It looks cool, and it's an effective way of crashing in on enemy creep kills. Bard's ultimate puts everyone in a circle in a stasis, including all heroes and minions -- much like Zeratul's Void Prison ult in Heroes of the Storm, or many other similar MOBA abilities. All told, Bard is by far my favorite champion that I've played in months, and I highly recommend picking him up for fun. It's appropriate that Ekko, the boy who shattered time, has most of his abilities linked to movement speed. As an assassin, it's Ekko's job to pick out individual targets and burst them down rapidly. His passive allows him to build up stacks on a foe, slowing them after three stacks and dealing damage. Like most new heroes these days he has a token skillshot (that creates a slowing field), an area-of-effect slow dome, and a dash. His ultimate is where things get more interesting. Chronobreak is basically an "oh shit" button, making him invulnerable and transporting him back to his location four seconds ago. It allows him to get out of a sticky situation and continue picking off other Champions as well as deal some damage at the location. Ekko is a pure assassin, no frills -- and that's a good thing. While all Champions aren't created equal, I'm excited to see what Riot Games has in store for us in 2015 and beyond.
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Time to play catchup
It's been an eventful past six months for League of Legends. While I've been covering new Champions since 2013, I slipped a bit since Gnar late in 2014, as a few other major MMOs as well as fellow MOBA Heroes of the...

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League of Legends

League of Legends' fun Hexakill mode is going away again


Going, going, gone
Jun 08
// Chris Carter
Earlier last year, the folks over at Riot Games opened up the Hexakill game mode for League of Legends. The idea was simple -- take a five-player map and add an extra player to it, creating all sorts of crazy match-ups and te...
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Riot Games

Riot Games goes in-depth with League of Legends' new HUD update


I'm liking it
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
League of Legends is getting an overhaul in the UI department, in an effort to make the playspace less obscured for players. One of the chief enhancements is to show abilities immediately as they come off cooldown, so yo...
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Ekko

Ekko, who looks like the Kid from Bastion, is out now in League of Legends


975 RP
May 29
// Chris Carter
If you've been itching for a new champion in League of Legends, Ekko has arrived. He's' described as the "Boy Who Shattered Time." He's an assasin, and his abilities include the power to stack resonance on enemies after hitt...
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LoL bans

League of Legends debuts near-instant punishment system for toxic players


Quick draw on the ban hammer
May 25
// Nic Rowen
Just this weekend I was chatting with a friend of mine who told me he recently quit LoL after several years of playing because he just couldn't put up with the scumlords and jerkbags that seem to make up a large portion of th...
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Swatting is evil

Twitch swatter smirks in court, pleads guilty


A real life monster
May 21
// Jed Whitaker
You might have read about the really shitty act of swatting, or calling in fake threats to the police prompting a SWAT team to arrive at someone's home unannounced. The crime started to gain popularity in 2013 when multi...
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League of Legends

League of Legends getting championship winner skins


$1 million wasn't enough of a prize? Fine then, have these
Apr 29
// Laura Kate Dale
Picture the scene if you will. You're a member of Korean League of Legends team Samsung Galaxy White. You've just come first in the 2014 League of Legends World Championships. You've walked away with $1 million in prize money...
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Bard

Bard the Wandering Caretaker will soon join the cast of League of Legends


That's one huge beard
Feb 26
// Chris Carter
Riot Games continues to truck on with League of Legends, which is still going strong years later. Its newest Champion to join up is Bard, described as "The Wandering Caretaker." He'll make use of chimes spread about the map, ...
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League of Legends

League of Legends' Curse of the Sad Mummy video is depressing


Poor Amumu
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
People often chide the League of Legends series for having a silly story, but as a player I dig the character fluff. Amumu has always been one of my favorites -- a sad mummy boy who just wants to find out who he really is. In this official music video from Riot Games, you can get a glimpse into the depressing life of Amumu. Like the studio's past efforts, it's actually pretty good.
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League of Legends

Riot Games building dedicated network for League of Legends traffic


On track for the end of March
Jan 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Riot Games has been toiling away on a new network designed to improve player connections to League of Legends. Detailed in a forum thread, this dedicated network will provide more direct connections to game servers,...
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League of Legends

League of Legends getting arena-like Ascension mode


Take down Xerath
Sep 11
// Chris Carter
Riot Games revealed a new ogame mode this week for League of Legends -- Ascension. You'll basically be working together to defeat Xerath, located at the center of the map. Once defeated, you'll earn extra stats, a ...

Some quick thoughts on League of Legends' Braum and Gnar

Aug 18 // Chris Carter
[embed]279768:55330:0[/embed] Braum is the latest mustachioed hero to hit League of Legends, and his design fits the game perfectly. Although his "dragonslayer" skin isn't really worth buying, his standard skin is one of the stronger models in League, and the fact that he uses his giant shield as a weapon is hilarious. Braum's moves are straightforward -- he has a slowing projectile, a shield dash (just like a few other support characters), a blocking ability, and a straight-line pop-up ultimate. On paper, all of these powers have been seen before, but in tandem, they all meld very well. A lot of people prefer to play as a carry for more glory by way of kills, but I think it's incredibly satisfying to set up teammates with kills instead. Braum has a lot of tools in his shed, including his passive stun, his Q slow, and his ultimate pop-up. One of my favorite new things in League is dashing towards a teammate with Braum's W, then putting up his E shield to block an incoming attack that would hit multiple players. Braum is a true support character, and definitely a fun addition to the game -- it helps to play him with friends though, rather than random people who may not gel with the support type. Having said that, I wouldn't expect a whole lot from Braum in terms of originality -- especially after seeing what Gnar brings to the table. I'd only recommend him to support junkies. [embed]279768:55329:0[/embed] Gnar is a unique champion, and one that I fell in love with after my first game with him. Billed as a yordle that was born a "millennia ago," Gnar was frozen in ice, and has a passive "Rage Gene" that allows him to transform into a giant beast. The catch: "rage" is the key word here, as he gains power by way of a separate bar to transform into said beast -- and he can't really control when the transformation takes place (although you'll see the bar approach 100/100 and you'll get a transformation imminent animation). As such, you'll have access to a Jekyll and Hyde character of sorts, one who is super fast but fragile, and the other who is slow but tanky. Gnar's standard form is quick, allowing constant speed boosts and even a "hop" move that lets him escape and pursue. His boomerang power is one of my favorite skillshots, as it allows him to "catch" the projectile to shorten the cooldown, or let it run to potentially hit more enemies. It's perfect for laning and harassing -- since it slows the first enemy it touches. The "Mega" version of Gnar has access to similar moves, but instead of a swift boomerang and an agile hop, he throws boulders and slams the ground. It's really fun to do well as the tiny version, then all of a sudden have access to Mega Gnar, run in, and wreck shop with all your new cooldowns. That's not to say that he's easy to play, as any player can run down the tiny Gnar (which you'll be playing as most of the time) and slice him to bits in seconds. You have to play conservatively and run in at the right times, sometimes with split-second decisions in tow, which makes Gnar a really fun champion to play, and a great unpredictable addition to League of Legends. He's also easy to pick up at first since his core form has two passive-like skills -- so you only really have to master his hop and boomerang initially.
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The two newest champions
I've been covering every new League of Legends champion for over a year now, but ever since Braum dropped, I haven't had the chance to really get in and play as many ranked games as I would have liked due to a few other ...

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LoL

Even if you aren't into League of Legends, watch this cinematic


'A New Dawn'
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
I don't play League of Legends and I'm not sure that I ever will, but this "A New Dawn" cinematic is pretty damn cool, regardless. You don't need to know the game or its characters to enjoy it. Graves' eyebrow raise at around 3:19? Perfect.
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Censorship!!!!!!!

Toxic League of Legends players facing permanent bans


Good
Jul 21
// Steven Hansen
Riot Games wants to clear League of more "extreme" assholes. Starting today it's doling out bans -- permanent or 14-day -- for slurs, death threats, as well as "unsportsmanlike conduct," like repeatedly killing yourself ...
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League cosplay video

League of Legends is my favorite anime: Cosplay from Anime Expo


Or as I like to call it, 'Japanimation'
Jul 07
// Steven Hansen
Actually, Ping Pong: The Animation is my favorite anime right now. Cannot stop gushing over it. And League of Legends might not even be an anime, despite its presence at Anime Expo, now that I think of it. I mean, is it even from Japan?! Actually The Simpsons is probably my favorite anime of all time. 
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League of Legends

Check out all the changes to League of Legends' core map


Summoners Rift is evolving
Jun 26
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has posted a new video overviewing every change to League of Legends' main Summoner's Rift map, and it looks pretty darn different. In addition to the new art style, there's also new visual cues, like jungle mobs ...
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Riot Games

Riot's offering cash to new employees that want to quit


Introducing the Queue Dodge
Jun 20
// Brett Makedonski
With the massive success of League of Legends, Riot Games has needed to do quite a bit of hiring. Like any company in that position, it's found that not all new staff members are a good fit with the team's culture. That's why...
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League of Legends

League of Legends added to Robert Morris University athletics program


The university's also offering scholarships for it
Jun 19
// Brett Makedonski
The rise of eSports just keeps becoming more and more prominent. Last year, the United States government began recognizing League of Legends players as professional athletes. Now, an American university's added the game ...
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League of Legends

Riot Games details Summoner's Rift update in exhaustive dev blog


Nutshell: It's gonna look a lot prettier and play mainly the same
Jun 06
// Brittany Vincent
With the update to League of Legends' Summoner's Rift, Riot Games has released a dev blog outlining new additions and alterations, why specific changes were made and the decision-making processes behind them. There'll be addi...
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League of Legends

League of Legends reveals new support champ, Braum


The Heart of the Freljord
Apr 23
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has revealed their newest champion for League of Legends, and it happens to be Braum -- the Heart of the Freljord. Braum is a support champion, and he'll have abilities like his passive, which allow his allies to s...
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LoL VelíKoz

Impressions: League of Legends: Vel Koz


The Eye of the Void vies for your Riot Points
Mar 14
// Chris Carter
Riot keeps introducing new League of Legends champions, and we keep trying them out. The newest addition to the Summoner's Rift is Vel'Koz -- The Eye of the Void. He's a bit out of place in many ways, with an aesthetic design that isn't normally utilized in in the game, and likewise, he's a bit unconventional in terms of gameplay.
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League of Legends sees 27 million people playing DAILY


Over seven million playing concurrently
Jan 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that League of Legends sees 27 million playing the MOBA daily. DAILY! This more than doubles the 12 million counted back in October 2012. Over 7.5 million people play the game concurrently...
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LoL patch buggery

UK anti-porn filters are cocking up League of Legends


*whispers* 'sex'
Jan 21
// Steven Hansen
The "for the children" UK internet restriction filters are going full bore this month. You remembered to opt out, right? If you didn't, not only are you going to be prevented from seeing my erotic Sonic fanfiction (which is u...
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These ten free-to-play games made over $3B last year


Billions!
Jan 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Super Data Research has released their digital sales review of 2013, analyzing how much revenue was made from free-to-play, mobile, console, and PC digital content. In the free-to-play category, the top ten games based on rev...
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LoL

League of Legends kicks off Season 4


Also, a new patch
Jan 17
// Chris Carter
Riot Games has kicked off Season 4 of League of Legends, which will eventually lead to the massively large League Finals match. If you're interested, you can watch upcoming matches like the North American LCS Spring Spli...
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World of Warcraft designer Greg Street now at Riot Games


WoW vs. LoL
Jan 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has joined Riot Games as lead game designer. Previously Greg was lead systems designer on World of Warcraft where and his involvements with the game were huge. He led half of the design team, and ov...
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eSports

A game, not a sport: Real Sports talks eSports again


Sports!
Dec 20
// Jordan Devore
No, I don't think competitive gaming needs approval from something like Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. But that doesn't mean common ground shouldn't be reached. The show's recent look into League of Legends was actually dec...

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