Aug 14 2016 - 6:03 pm

Riot postpones EU LCS quarterfinals match after two-hour technical delays

After more than two hours worth of technical delays, Riot Games has decided to postpone the second quarterfinal of the European League Championship Series
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

After more than two hours worth of technical delays, Riot Games has decided to postpone the second quarterfinal of the European League Championship Series.

As a result, the series between Fnatic and H2K Gaming has been postponed until Aug. 16. Players on both teams talked a fair bit of smack prior to the games, and the audience was excited to see who would come out on top. A lot of interest was centered around the botlane of each team, as H2K’s addition of Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou in the league’s ninth week has so far seen the team perform to a higher standard than earlier in the ongoing season.

Shortly after jumping into the very first draft phase, Fnatic AD carry Martin “Rekkles” Larsson experienced technical difficulties, with the broadcast team saying it was an audio-related issue. The draft was interrupted while technicians attempted to resolve the issue. Two hours passed and a solution was yet to be found. The broadcast talent attempted to fill the dead air as best they could, but after discussions between players, team managers, and administrators, it was decided that the series be postponed.

“This decision has been reached in order to protect competitive integrity and the players' well being,” the developer said in tweet.

Yesterday’s quarterfinal series between Unicorns of Love and Giants Gaming saw the mythical fan favorites advance to the semifinals after a solid 3-1 victory. The Unicorns may have bitten off more than they could chew in doing so, however, as they will now face the No. 1 seed from the regular split, G2 Esports, in the semifinals.

Jan 17 2017 - 10:33 pm

These are the first four teams confirmed for the IEM World Championship

Eight teams will be competing at one of the largest international League of Legends events.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Half of the teams slated to compete at one of League of Legend's largest international events in 2017 have been announced.

The IEM World Championship will once conclude at IEM Katowice in Poland in March after roughly four months worth of competiton across three international events. Eight teams in total will be attending the event. Earlier today ESL revealed the first half that are slated to compete at the event.

The first four teams that will attend are Europe's H2K and Unicorns of Love, North Americans Cloud9 and lastly the Eastern European M19 squad, which was formerly known as Albus NoX Luna.

A majority of teams attending the event have been invited based off of their performance in the 2016 League World Championship. Additionally the victors at IEM's events in Oakland and Gyeonggi, which were won by Unicorns of Love and Samsung Galaxy respectively.

Reigning world champions SKT T1 and Chinese supersquad EDward Gaming have also secured invites to the event after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016 World Championship, but have not confirmed their participation yet.

Eight teams will be competing at the event in total, though the final contestants are yet to be decided. None of the competitors representing the East Asian League Master Series were able to advance from the group stage. They also failed to qualify through IEM Oakland or Gyeonggi.

The IEM World Championship will take place from Feb. 22 to 26.

Jan 17 2017 - 8:11 pm

The spring NA LCS finals are coming to Vancouver

NA’s biggest League of Legends event is returning to Canada.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

For the second season in a row, the North American League Championship Series will reach its conclusion in Canada.

Following the explosive confrontation between TSM and Cloud9 in the 2016 Summer Split finals in Toronto, the 2017 Spring Split finals will take place in the 20,000 seat Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver from April 22-23.

Riot has not announced when tickets for the event will go on sale, so Canadian fans and those looking to attend should keep their eyes peeled. 15,000 fans attended the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split finals last year, completely filling the Air Canada Centre, which should indicate just how high demand for tickets is.

This marks the NA LCS' second-ever final abroad, as seven of the league's eight finals haven taken place in locations around the U.S. Compare that to the EU LCS, which has been spoiled in terms of its show being taken on the road, as the tournament has visited a multitude of countries since its inception—including Poland, the Netherlands, England, and France.

The NA LCS 2017 Spring Split is set to start on Jan. 20.