Aug 7 2014 - 10:42 pm

ROCCAT opens playoffs with upset win

The top League of Legends teams in Europe descended on Gamescom today to begin the League Championship Series playoffs for the European region
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The top League of Legends teams in Europe descended on Gamescom today to begin the League Championship Series playoffs for the European region. Three teams from the six who survived the regular season will travel to Asia to challenge the world’s best for the Summoner’s Cup.

ROCCAT kicked off the playoffs with an upset by taking down third seed Supa Hot Crew in a 3-1 series.

Supa Hot Crew managed to grab third place in the regular season with a 16-12 record, outpacing the favored SK Gaming in the final weeks of the split. ROCCAT ranked sixth at 12-16, recovering from a 1-7 start to put up a 9-3 record in week four through eight but sputtering at the finish line.

In the playoffs, however, ROCCAT did anything but sputter, showing they had a better game plan than the young Supa Hot Crew team by outplaying the higher ranked squad from the start.

In the first match, ROCCAT pulled out a surprise top lane pick, Alistair, and leveraged it into a victory. Marcin “Xaxus” Maczka scored first blood and put together a 4/0/4 score line on the cow as ROCCAT set the tone for the five-game series with a quick win.

Game two was a bit closer. Supa Hot Crew scored a kill lead, but ROCCAT controlled the map better, leading to an early Baron.

Then, at the 25-minute mark, ROCCAT seized the game with an insane combination.

Marcus “Jankos” Jankowski trapped four member of Supa Hot Crew in his Jarvan ultimate, leaving them as fertilizer for Maczka on the tree warrior Maokai. The ensuing ace would hand ROCCAT a 2-0 series lead.

Supa Hot Crew would fight back in one of their patented 70 minute games, something of a trademark of their late-game oriented play style during the regular season. A match with players reaching 500 and even 600 farm was right in Supa Hot Crew's wheelhouse, and they managed to force a point onto the scoreboard. But it wasn’t enough against a ROCCAT squad that was clearly better prepared for this specific match than their foes.

The loss puts Supa Hot Crew into the fifth-place match, one of the most important games of the playoffs: The loser falls to relegation, meaning their spot in the LCS could be on the line. Supa Hot Crew will face the loser of tomorrow’s SK Gaming and Millenium match.

ROCCAT advances to the semifinals against the defending champions Fnatic. That’s a dire schedule for ROCCAT, considering the Polish crew failed to win a match in four chances against Fnatic during the regular season. But as they’ve shown today, and in last season’s playoffs, where the team placed third, ROCCAT comes well prepared for specific foes. If they continute to play like they did today, they just might qualify for the world championships.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

Today - 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.

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!