Sep 8 2016 - 9:25 pm

Immortals will let players seek other offers after disappointing season

Immortals was one of the most dominant regular season teams in the history of the LCS this year
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Immortals was one of the most dominant regular season teams in the history of the LCS this year. But that wasn’t enough to win them a berth at the World Championship.

The team failed to qualify for Worlds after falling to Cloud9 3-1 in the regional championship on Sunday despite their stellar 33-3 record across two splits. The team is just as dissatisfied with the results as their fans.

“We recognize there are problems that lead to this failure, and those are problems we are going to be addressing going forward,” Immortals CEO Noah Whinston said in a YouTube video addressed to fans. That includes improving the coaching staff and potentially the roster itself—though changes to the lineup may be up to the players and not their owner.

He's allowing his players to seek offers from other teams despite them still being under contract with Immortals, something that he says stems from Immortals' philosophy that player welfare comes first.

“I want our team next year to be made up of players that choose to be a part of Immortals, not ones that feel like they’re forced to be,” Whinston explained.

That may make it tougher for Whinston to hold on to one of the most talented rosters in the LCS this year. Top laner Heo "Huni" Seung-hoon expressed interest in competing in the LCK in an ESPN interview, for example, though he said he'd also be happy to stay in North America. But so far Immortals hasn't been afraid to make sure they have the most enticing offers to free agents, and it's likely they'll have another strong team heading into 2016.

The lineup and results wasn't the only thing Whinston addressed in the video.

The team has also placed players as position coaches for other North American teams during their bootcamps in Korea ahead of worlds. That gives them valuable experience participating in the Worlds process, learning what it takes to be a coach, and learning about how other successful teams operate in League of Legends.

Immortals will also expand both their roster of esports players as well as their coverage of those players. The team expects to sign players in a variety of different gaming titles, including players who are more focused on entertainment versus competitive viability, something new for an organization that seems more focused on competitive success than many in esports.

To keep up to date with all those new players, the team plans to produce more behind-the-scenes content covering both the organization and their team.

The League of Legends roster and coaching staff may be in flux, but they do have an upcoming event on the calendar. Whinston promises roster news will hit before his team makes their international debut at the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland event in November.

“We had the most successful entry in the North American LCS in the modern LCS era," Whinston said, "even though we did not end up succeeding at the final hurdle of qualifying for Worlds. I’m still proud of what we built last season.” 

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.

Today - 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!