Aug 10 2016 - 10:01 am

Kobbe: 'Having one carry on a team is a bit of a meme to me'

Just over four months ago, Splyce was locked in a five game thriller with Giants to see which would return to the LCS and which would drop down to the do-or-die promotion match
Josh Raven
Dot Esports

Just over four months ago, Splyce was locked in a five game thriller with Giants to see which would return to the LCS and which would drop down to the do-or-die promotion match. Now, they're entering the playoffs as the number two seed in Europe after a dominating regular split. While this was a surprise to many, for Splyce AD carry Kasper “Kobbe” Kobberup, it was just step one.

“We were doing really well a couple of days after we started scrimming prior to summer split," he told me. “The way our practice was going I thought we could easily make playoffs.”

That’s not to say it was easy. The team struggled to translate their practice form into results at the start of the split. Ever confident, Kobbe says he was “never really worried” about being held to ties early on, and he was right. It wasn’t long before Splyce kicked into the next gear and started tallying up the 2-0’s.

The surprise for Splyce came from the fact that the lineup had barely changed from their disastrous Spring Split. The only new addition was rookie support Michael “Mikyx” Mehle.

“I think Mikyx was a great addition to the team.,” Kobbe said. “He brings a ton of mechanical skill and he learns really fast.” An undefeated Bard is only the tip of the iceberg for Mikyx, who’s found success on a versatile and adaptable champion pool, a rare trait in rookies to the LCS stage. Despite the success of their newcomer, Kobbe insists that it was the entire team that stepped up, not just their newcomer.

“We fixed a lot of issues which weren’t related to the support change in between the splits” he said. “I think people are going over the top when they say that it is the only reason we are doing so good “

Switching up to the top side of the map, Martin “Wunderwear” Hansen has turned his LCS form around. Throughout the Spring Split, critics were calling for his head. In Summer he silenced them. Whoever made the decision to revert Wunderwear to aggressive champions over supportive tanks deserves the plaudits, and represents a change from the days when Chres “Sencux” Laursen was cited as the only carry threat on the side.

“I think in the few matches we won in spring Sencux had some great games, but having one carry on a team is a bit of a meme to me,” Kobbe said. “Now I see my teammates as some of the strongest players in their respective roles, which allows us to be able to carry from all lanes.”

The correlation between Splyce’s success and the change in LCS format to best-of-two seems to indicate that Splyce benefitted from the change. Kobbe feels differently, however. “I don’t think the format helped us or anything, I don’t think so," he said. His team did pick up a number of ties in the early portion of the split but towards the end were simply dominating their opponents with clean 2-0 victories.

Turning his attention towards the upcoming European Playoffs, the Danish AD carry believes Splyce have no plans of slowing down. His team is “confident of winning against any teams [Splyce] have to face," he said.

He’s right to be confident.

It looks likely that Splyce will face off against Giants if the third-place side is able to overcome Unicorns of Love in the quarterfinals. Clocking two series wins over Giants in the regular season puts them in a great spot to take the team on and potentially progress to the finals, and that’s when sights can be set on qualifying for Worlds.

“Yeah we could make worlds, but it would most likely be through the gauntlet,” Kobbe told me, “I think it’s nearly impossible through points, and otherwise we would have to win playoffs which will be very hard but not impossible at all.” We’ve seen miracles in the gauntlet before, when North American fan favorites Cloud9 ran the entire gauntlet last year to secure their spot at Worlds. If they can do it, Splyce certainly can too—that is, if they don’t outright win the playoffs anyway, though likely finalists G2 Esports would prove to be tough competition.

Kobbe is keeping his expectations in check before looking too far ahead though. The prospect of playing the world stage is exciting, but first Splyce have to perform in the playoffs for the first time in their careers. “For now our focus is to go as far as possible in playoffs” he said. “But of course it would be exciting to play against foreign teams. How we will stack up against them is hard to say.”

The burning question when it comes to Splyce is whether this is their final form. We’ve seen teams rise and fall in the regular season but it’s the matter of keeping consistent and rolling that form into the following splits that’s most important. Kobbe is of the belief that “You can always improve” but that still doesn’t answer the question: Will they actually improve? “I think we have a high skill ceiling,” he says. “Especially as individuals, so only time will tell.”

Splyce kick off their Playoff campaign on Aug. 20, and due to the nature of the bracket could face Giants, Fnatic, or Splyce, depending on results in those semi-finals. The team is carrying a lot of confidence from the regular season and will be looking to try and make that push for an elusive World Championship spot, whether it be through the gauntlet, or from one of the most surprising title winners in EU LCS history.

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!