Feb 11 2014 - 10:41 pm

Korean invasion could shake up 'League of Legends' in Latin America

Two players from the best esports region in the world are going to packing their bags for a new team in South America
Ferguson Mitchell
Dot Esports

Two players from the best esports region in the world are going to packing their bags for a new team in South America.

The move threatens to shake up the pro scene in Brazil which, though it rarely makes headlines, is no joke. The Intel Extreme Masters in Sao Paulo last month featured over $60,000 up for grabs, and some of the biggest names in League of Legends and StarCraft 2, including the League Championship Series team, Millenium.

PaiN Gaming, the strongest League team in the country, have had a stranglehold on the country for a while now. They placed first in Brazil during the Riot Games Season 3 World Championships Qualifiers, and were just one match short of an appearance at the World Championships last Fall. At IEM last month, paiN met Millenium in the finals and ended up taking home second place.

But now, a rival team is looking to knock paiN down a peg or two.

Keyd Stars formed in late 2012, and despite some serious roster changes over 2013, managed some pretty big wins in the region, including a first place finish over paiN in the Brasil Gaming League Arena 2. At IEM, however, they only managed to get into the quarterfinals.

This week, they've made an announcement that will rock the world stage. After a brief dissolution last week, Keyd Stars is reforming with four brand new players. And two of those players aren’t Brazilian.

In fact, they’re not even from the same continent.

Korean League pros An “SuNo” Sun Ho and “Winged” (whose real-name hasn't been released) will be joining the Brazilian team. Ho was previously a member of the ill-fated side Quantic Gaming, whose loss in the North American Qualifiers made emotional ripples throughout the community. Not much is known of “Winged,” though he did play for Korean team Najin Black Sword last season, which finished tied for third.

Together, they represent a new dawn for a team looking to make a dent in paiN’s dominance. Many regard Korean players as the best in the world, which is backed up in part by the region’s recent first place finish in the League World Championships. With these two new players, Keyd Stars clearly wants to bring a fundamental change to their play. Two players from Korea will mean new strategies, new practice techniques, and most importantly, a high level of skill to study and implement.

For now, Keyd Stars have simple plans—move into a house together and begin practicing. But as the 2014 World Championships draw closer, there’s no doubt that Keyd will have their eyes on the qualifiers. And paiN will have to keep their eyes closely on Keyd if they remain the best in the region.

Photo by Piotr Drabik/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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!