Mar 17 2014 - 9:46 pm

Official report released on Korea's 'League of Legends' match-fixing scandal

Korean authorities have investigated a player’s claims of match-fixing in the region’s premiere tournament last year—claims he made shortly before jumping out of a 12-story window
Ferguson Mitchell
Dot Esports

Korean authorities have investigated a player’s claims of match-fixing in the region’s premiere tournament last year—claims he made shortly before jumping out of a 12-story window.

Cheon “Promise” Min Ki, who is recovering after his fall was stopped miraculously by a collapsing garage roof, alleged that his team, Ahq, had willingly thrown games after their manager told them that they would be kicked out of the tournament by the organizers if they won.

The Korean eSports Association (or, KeSPA), an official arm of the South Korean government that manages and regulates esports, immediately took action and promised to find out what really happened last year, even if it meant requesting a police investigation.

Earlier this week, they released their initial findings, and fans have quickly posted translations to Reddit. According to the report, “most of what [Ki] said was true and had evidence to back it up.”

No Dae Chul, the team manager, was discovered to have repeatedly pressured the team with outright lies. The biggest one? According to the report, here's what Chul told his players:

“OnGameNet has a tradition of receiving money from big company teams that join the league as a ‘Advertisement fee.’ However because our sponsor (ahq) is from Taiwan, they couldn't understand and refused to pay. When I told OGN that ahq doesn’t want to pay, OGN said if you cannot pay the fee, you must lose the game against the big company teams.”

No such fee exists, and there was definitely no command from OGN to lose games on purpose.

Further on, the report clarifies who exactly was involved with the match fixing. One of Ki's teammates, Yeon “ActScene” Hyeong Mo, had also been approached by Chul, and had agreed. But it turned out couldn’t go through with it—a study of the matches showed that he played his best.

“We conclude [Mo] is innocent,” the report stated.

The match-fixing lied solely upon the heads of Ki and his corrupt manager, whom Ki alleges was attempting to fix match results to win money by gambling against his own team.

There has been no discussion yet of any possibly punishment for Ki, but for his manager, KeSPA has already begun several proceedings. A KeSPA official went on record saying “We currently have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Chul, and the evidence report here will also be used as evidence in the case."

KeSPA has also stated that they will be looking into other teams to make sure that no other players are being pressured as Ki and Mo were.

Screengrab via OnGameNet

Jan 20 2017 - 9:02 pm

The Blood Moon hangs in the sky—and Blood Moon Jhin could be League’s next skin

In an eerie tweet, Riot hints at the next champion in the Blood Moon skin line.
Aaron Mickunas
League of Legends Writer
Images via Riot Games | Remix by William Copus

The latest skin in the League of Legends Blood Moon skin series, Blood Moon Jhin, could be in the works.

Earlier today Riot tweeted out a teaser, in which the crimson moon can be seen through an archway of sorts with Jhin’s gun suspended in the air, making it almost certain that he’s the next champion to receive a Blood Moon skin. The red haze covering the scene really adds to the creepy factor.

The Blood Moon skins have been pretty awesome—even the early iterations of the series like Akali’s Blood Moon skin. The Blood Moon skins are all colored red in some way, and feature demon masks based on “The Red Demon”—a version of Japanese “oni” which is a spirit that brings strife, disease, disasters, and deceit. In addition to Akali, there have been five more skins in the series: Thresh, Yasuo, Kennen, Kalista, and Shen. Jhin’s will hopefully be no exception to that pattern of awesomeness.

If the skin turned out to be a dud the community wouldn’t take it too kindly. Why? Well, two reasons. First of all, the community has been asking for another Jhin skin since his launch in January last year. He has only had the skin he was launched with, High Noon Jhin, since he actually came out. It is a pretty cool skin, but fans want more. If they finally see Jhin get his new skin and it sucks? Well, I’m sure you can imagine how that would go down.

With ADC mains sending death threats to Riot staff over not enjoying ADC gameplay, imagine what they’d do if their favorite champion received a bad skin. And that brings us to the second point. Jhin is one of the favorite ADCs in the game right now.

Jhin sports almost an 18 percent rate of play, which means he is in nearly one-fifth of all ranked games. In the ADC role, there are only three other ADCs that compete with that play rate out of nearly 20 ADC champions: Vayne, Caitlyn, and Ezreal. I know you were expecting me to say “Ziggs,” but Ziggs isn’t played all that much in the bot lane (yet).

Fortunately, Riot’s skins have been very cool lately. Just look at the Worldbreaker skins, and even the new Lunar Revel set. With the track record of those awesome skins and the previous Blood Moon skins, we’re hoping Blood Moon Jhin will be as badass as it deserves to be.

Jan 20 2017 - 1:25 am

Get your Red Envelopes ready—the Lunar Revel event in League starts today

Riot is kicking off the 2017 Lunar Revel with some slick new skins.
Aaron Mickunas
League of Legends Writer
Image via Riot Games

The Lunar New Year is a sacred, historic holiday that is celebrated by nations in the far east. It marks the beginning of the year based on the cycles of the moon. There’s dancing, festivals, parades, but much more importantly: A special League of Legends event. Why is that so important? Because you can get sweet new skins, of course!

The Lunar Revel Event is a yearly occurrence in League that features shiny new goodies to buy in-game. The event was announced and started today, so after you update the client, you’ll be able to take part in the festivities.

1) Free Icon

That’s right, for the small cost of going to the official Lunar Revel web page, you can claim a free Summoner Icon! The interactive home page acts as the hub for the Lunar Revel event, and you can click through the menu to see all the features. There’s even some lore tying each of this year’s Lunar Revel skins to their respective champions.

2) Champion Skins

There are three skins coming out for the Lunar Revel event this year: Garen, Azir, and Vi. Each has a matching Summoner Icon available in the store.

Garen’s sword and rad man-bun make this skin what it is: Awesome. When he spins to win, a green dragon swirls around him. When he ults, the giant sword that falls from the heavens... well, it’s green.

Azir seems to be more of a themed skin specific to this year, as it’s the Year of the Rooster—and Azir is as rooster-like as any League champion gets. His soldiers are also made to match his skin, sporting golden armor.

Vi’s theme is “the green demon” and when she ults, a big green dragon swirls up into the air and slams back into the ground as she does. This one’s our favorite, but mostly because it’s the only time we’re ever going to see Vi in a ponytail.

Not only are those three new skins available now, but past Lunar Revel skins and bundles are in the shop as well.

3) Crafting

A brand new Lunar Revel crafting system will also be in the client until the end of the event. It uses the same crafting page as usual, where you open chests with keys you earn from playing games and combine shards to form skins and champions. You can buy a Revel Red Envelope for 250 RP and visit the crafting page in your client to turn it into a skin shard and one random relic.

The relics come in three types: the Pauldron Relic, the Golden Relic, and the Gauntlet Relic. Once you have all three, you can combine them into Epic Skin Shards (1350 RP skins), random skin permanents, Gemstones, or Hextech Chests and Keys.

4) Merch

Finally, you can visit the Lunar Revel merch store to check out some IRL event goodies. Want a shirt featuring each Chinese Zodiac with League champions instead of the usual animals? Well it’s in the merch store, as well as a collectible figurine of Lunar Revel Azir.

The event is running from now until Feb. 2, so be sure to log into the game and check it out!