Jul 16 2014 - 6:48 pm

MonteCristo lashes out at World Championship schedule

Yesterday, Riot Games revealed that once again the regional championships for North America and Europe will head to PAX Prime and Gamescom, two of the biggest video game conventions on each continent
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Yesterday, Riot Games revealed that once again the regional championships for North America and Europe will head to PAX Prime and Gamescom, two of the biggest video game conventions on each continent. It’s a move that positions League of Legends esports on the center stage for a wide audience.

But not everyone is happy with the move. In a lengthy blog post earlier this morning, Counter Logic Gaming coach Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykkles took criticized the move on the grounds of unfair scheduling.

“As a coach of a professional team, Riot’s decision makes me deeply concerned about my team’s adequate preparation for the World Championship,” Mykkles wrote.

Last night, Mykkles outlined his issue on Twitter. PAX Prime is two weeks after Gamescom, meaning American teams will have two fewer weeks to practice for the world final than their European counterparts. Most importantly, Europeans will be able to travel to Korea two weeks earlier, gaining invaluable practice time against the best teams in the world.

But is Mykkles making a mountain of a mole hill? The final event in Korea is slated for October 19th, nearly two months past the regional event, but the earlier stages in Singapore and Taiwan have yet to be announced. Mykkles sets a “conservative” estimate as Sept. 19, considering the international travel involved and number of matches needed to be played.

“This gives an insufficient window of time to travel, recover from jet lag, set up adequate living conditions, and practice,” he says.

LCS commentator David “Phreak” Turley came to the defense of the schedule on Twitter last night.

Of course, that argument doesn’t actually address Mykkles’ concerns. SK Telecom T1 K got to practice against the best teams in the world before the World Championship in America last year. They live in Korea and practice against those teams daily.

But there are some good reasons for the schedule, as Turley later pointed out. It’s better for fans and spectators since they are not forced to choose which regional they watch over a single weekend. And being watched is, ultimately, the purpose of a competitive team.

This isn’t the first time Counter Logic Gaming has run afoul of Riot scheduling. A planned bootcamp with Alliance after the All-Star Invitational earlier this year never happened since the Summer Split was slated to start two weeks after.

It’s also not the first time Mykkles has criticized Riot’s commitment to competitive integrity. When Riot refused to accommodate Gambit Gaming after their own poor planning prevented the team from gaining visas for an LCS week in London, Mykkles compared the league to World Wrestling Entertainment.

“It seems to me more likely that Riot prioritizes placing the EU and NA Regionals at Gamescom and PAX respectively over competitive integrity,” said Mykkles. “I understand the desire to create an awesome atmosphere for fans and maximize the pageantry of the event, but I don’t think it should come at the price of the competitive integrity of the World Championship.”

Mykkles didn't criticize everything he saw in the plan. The new playoff format includes best-of-five series in the semifinals, a welcome change that ensure the best teams in the regions really make it through.

And that’s where Mykkles may be getting just a little bit ahead of himself. Counter Logic Gaming is atop the LCS standings with a 13-7 record, but if this season is any indication, that won’t last for long. They’re still a long way off from qualifying for the World Championships.

Screengrab via Riot Games/YouTube

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.

Jan 14 2017 - 8:43 pm

ESPN survey reveals League of Legends pro pay, opinions on female players

The anonymous answers are quite revealing.
Callum Leslie
Weekend Editor, Dot Esports.
Photo via Riot Games

An anonymous LCS player survey has revealed just how much the average League of Legends pro gets paid—and what some of them think about the prospect of playing with a woman.

The ESPN Confidential article surveyed 33 anonymous European and North American League of Legends professionals, asking their opinions on everything from team houses, drugs and injuries.

According to the survey, North American players are significantly better paid than their counterparts. Of the players surveyed those in North America had an average base salary of $105,385, compared to just €76,137 ($80,816) in Europe.

Due to the anonymous nature of the survey, however, it's hard to extrapolate much from the averages themselves.

What does give us more insight however is the selected comments from the pros directly however—particularly their comments on playing with women.

While most pros, 73 percent, would have no issue with a female player joining their team, comments from two of the 27 percent have angered the community.

"If a female was to join my team," says the first, "she would have to prove she was worth it more than a guy [in the same role]."

Though this comment is shocking to hear as someone's definitive opinion, it does reflect what many believe is the reality for aspiring female pros in the current esports culture, where female players are held to higher standards than their male counterparts.

The second highlighted comment claims that they would have concerns over the likelihood of their male team mates being attracted to a female player.

Elsewhere in the survey, 27 percent of players claim to know of players taking drugs to perform better in competition, while 24 percent say they have suffered an injury as a result of gaming.