Aug 1 2016 - 1:00 am

Team SoloMid Teemo their way into the NA LCS top spot

With the North American LCS playoffs just three weeks away, six teams have topped the board and will be playing for a spot at worlds in September
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

With the North American LCS playoffs just three weeks away, six teams have topped the board and will be playing for a spot at worlds in September.

Over the past nine weeks, Team SoloMid, Immortals, Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Team Liquid, and EnVyUs have fought through the competition and will be heading to the playoffs on Aug. 13. But it hasn’t been an easy ride for some of the competitors.

Most notable amongst the six is SoloMid, who have been dominating the opposition throughout the split. Their blend of individual skill and teamwork has made them a force to be reckoned with, as they won all but one of the 18 best-of-three matches they played this season, losing only to newcomer Phoenix 1 in a dramatic upset last week.

The two final matches of the season for the North American favorites were against Immortals and NRG. In a definitive statement, SoloMid defeated Immortals 2-0 yesterday, securing their spot at the top of the standings as the league’s No. 1 seed. Given this, it seemed as if SoloMid’s final series against NRG today was played with some levity, with toplaner Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell picking Teemo due to a joke challenge issued by Team SoloMid CEO Andy “Reginald” Dinh on Twitter.

SoloMid look stronger than ever, with Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng getting the 1000th regular season kill of his career during the match with NRG today. With their first place seed sending them straight into the semifinals, the team looks poised to make it to their eighth straight NA LCS grand final.

Right behind SoloMid in the standings, Immortals will have to settle for second place. While it’s a step down from the Spring Split, at this point it’s no contest as to which team is the closest to SoloMid skill wise in North America. With an uncanny ability to turn seemingly any game on its head in the blink of an eye, Immortals aim to make it to worlds after only two splits in the LCS. While their final week didn’t end with a perfect score, as the team lost 0-2 to Team SoloMid, the star-studded squad won their second series of the week against Phoenix 1 with little to no issues.

Cloud9 find themselves in yet another playoff scenario, though the question this time around is if they can make it further than in the previous split, where they only made it to the quarterfinals before being taken out by SoloMid. With the addition of famed Korean top laner and coach Bok "Reapered" Han-gyu, Cloud9 has looked solid throughout the majority of the split for the first time in its history without the assistance of former shotcaller and captain Hai “Hai” Du Lam.

Defending NA LCS champions Counter Logic had a less than stellar final week, with their highlight consisting of a 2-1 victory against NRG. Their final series of the split came against Apex, who defeated the fan favorites with a 2-1 scoreline. The team will now look to make amends in the playoffs for a less than spectacular split. The current NA LCS champions have been very quiet in contrast to their previous season and will as a result be facing fifth-place Team Liquid in their quarterfinals match up. Can the consecutive NA LCS champions make it a third, or will this be where the Cinderella story ends?

Team Liquid has escaped a fourth place finish in the standings, but after a final week with no victories it looks as if the quarterfinals could be a rough finish to a very tumultuous split for the team.

Just scraping through to the playoffs, EnVyUs secured their spot after a 2-0 victory against Echo Fox earlier today. This pits them against Cloud9 in the quarterfinals.

Three teams from North America will make it through to worlds, can the favorites retain their composure or could we see new challengers rise to the occasion? 

Jan 15 2017 - 10:31 pm

Kinguin and Fnatic Academy secure spots in European Challenger Series

The two teams made short work of the opposition.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Fnatic Academy and Team Kinguin qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series, taking themselves one step closer to the game's premier competition.

In rather emphatic fashion, the two teams completely decimated their opposition. Both teams were able to secure quick 3-0 victories, and will now be competing in the upcoming season of the EU CS league.

While both teams fell short of first place in the qualifiers group stage, the teams made up for it in spades in the tournament finals. The Polish Kinguin roster were the first team to qualify for the league, as the team completely decimated opponents on Nerv.

Despite featuring former EU CS players such as mid laner An "SuNo" Sun-ho, as well as support Christophe "je suis kaas" van Oudheusden, it seemed as if Nerv weren't able to find any opening against the Polish team.

The final series of the day saw Fnatic Academy, in equally as dominant fashion, defeat Team Forge.

The academy team's display in the three games was incredible impressive, in particular the performances of mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer and former FC Schalke AD carry Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, as both players only died once throughout the entire series.

With the qualifiers over, Kinguin and Fnatic Academy now join FC Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Millenium and Misfits Academy in the 2017 Spring Season of the EU CS.

The 2017 League of Legends season gets underway next week, when all regional leagues begin their spring seasons.

Jan 14 2017 - 4:15 pm

Court case between Riot Games and popular scripting site reaches its conclusion

The site has until February 28 to shut down its business.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Image via Riot Games

League of Legends developer Riot Games have claimed victory in a court case against one of the game's largest scripting websites, shutting down the site for good.

The two parties have been embroiled in the case since August last year, with a settlement apparently reached on January 9.

The defendants, which consists of the five individuals behind the creation and maintenance of one of the major scripting/botting services in the world, have until Feb. 28 to comply with the court. Which includes a complete shutdown of the site the defendants were operating.

According to court filings from the California General District Court, the defendants submitted a notice of settlement, which suggests that both parties have agreed to settle the case.

Scripting is the name associated with services that employ the use of code which allows users to actively manipulate a game.

The defendant site offers scripts such as “Space bar to win”, which according to the website "will carry out lightning fast perfect combos in a fraction of a second much faster then normally humanly possible."

According to Riot's first amended complaint, which was filed on Nov. 21, 2016, the developer argues that the defendants actions have breached section 1201(a) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which relates to circumvention of technological barriers implemented by rights holders.

Speculating on the scale of the defendant's abuse, the complaint submitted by Riot claims that "Defendants also have knowingly and intentionally induced thousands or tens of thousands of Riot players in the United States to breach Riot’s Terms of Use." giving a clear indication of the prevalence of scripting in League's matchmaking service.

Additionally, the company which the website is listed as part of is registered under the name of one of the defendants, and is, based off of the court documentation, based out of Peru in order to escape legal ramifications.

Riot filed its initial complaint to the California General District Court on Aug. 5, 2016. Less than a month following the filing, Riot Games became aware of a malicious attack aimed at a Riot employees business computer, and discovered that the defendants had purposefully disseminated the employee's personal information on the internet. The defendants had also stolen assets belonging to said employee through a malware attack.