Jun 7 2014 - 4:41 pm

Alliance and SK Gaming rise while Fnatic falters

Alliance and SK Gaming secured their stranglehold on the League Championship Series in the third week of European play, each posting 2-0 records to bolster their league-leading 7-1 and 6-2 records, respectively
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Alliance and SK Gaming secured their stranglehold on the League Championship Series in the third week of European play, each posting 2-0 records to bolster their league-leading 7-1 and 6-2 records, respectively.

While SK Gaming had a relatively easy schedule, Alliance came face-to-face with the only team that’s bested them so far in this young season, Supa Hot Crew, and unceremoniously ended the rising team’s three-game win streak.

Both SK Gaming and Alliance looked nigh untouchable this week and almost seem like locks to finish in the top two this season. But anything can happen.

Despite the loss to Alliance, where Supa Hot Crew’s star mid laner Marcin “SELFIE” Woslki looked out of sorts on Ziggs against Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Anivia, Supa Hot Crew outlasted Fnatic in a fifty minute marathon to prove their early season success is hardly a fluke. They now sit at 5-3, and are really just two Nidalee spears away from second considering how close their loss to SK Gaming really was in week one.

Fnatic, the defending champions, sit at 4-4 after the loss to Supa Hot Crew. They turned in an unconvincing win over the last placed team in the league, ROCCAT, one that didn’t inspire much confidence in their chances to return to championship form.

If Fnatic wants to break into the top three, next week will be their chance: they face both Alliance and SK Gaming. While we’re only just under one third through the 28 game season, Fnatic won’t have that many more chances to make a move to break into the top three and earn a shot at the world championships.

Millenium also sits at 4-4, but looks out of sorts against SK Gaming this week. Their 3-1 first week is now a thing of the past, and while they look like a solid mid level LCS team, they’ll need to get more consistent if they want to advance further.

The bottom of the table features the 3-5 Gambit Gaming, 2-6 Copenhagen Wolves, and the aforementioned 1-7 ROCCAT, who went from cinderella contenders last split to the lowest ranked team thus far.

Gambit Gaming secured their roster by finalizing the addition of mid laner Sebastian “niQ” Robak, and the man has played admirably in place of the departed Alex Ichetovkin. After week one they looked destined for relegation, but a playoff spot looks in the cards right now. And in the playoffs, anything can happen.

The hot list

SK Gaming jungler Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen turned in an impressive performance this week with two games on Lee Sin, posting a 9/2/14 KDA line, including an absolute blitzkrieg against Gambit Gaming, where he posted 8 kills and 9 assists.

The man of the week, though, has to be Alliance mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen. Hansen played his favorite champion, Anivia, long unseen in LCS play, and won two convincing matches in large part due to that champion’s icy talents. Hansen’s 8/1/13 KDA line was one of the best of the week.

The not list

Millenium’s stat lines this week overall look fine thanks to feasting on a weak pack of wolves. But their match against SK Gaming was a disaster, with the team combining for just 2 kills and a whopping 16 deaths. High hopes after a 3-1 first week are dissipating with performances like that.

This was Copenhagen Wolves’ chance to turn things around. Last week they secured a win over ROCCAT, taking them out of last place. This week they had Gambit Gaming and Millenium, the two teams directly above them, on the schedule, and they blew it. While Pawel “Woolite” Pruski looks like a talented marksman, and new jungler Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia has shown a penchant for playmaking, it’s become clear: Copenhagen Wolves simply doesn’t have enough to compete this split.

Random stat of the week

The team that secured the first tower won every match this week in Europe.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

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!