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Featured Article

Previewing the NA and EU 2016 Spring Split Playoffs


With the regular season of the spring split over, it's time to look at the Playoff Quarterfinals and discuss possible results. Although some of the matches have clear favorites, nothing can be decided until the matches are actually played.

(21st March 2016)


2016 Spring Split Playoffs

Previewing the NA and EU 2016 Spring Split Playoffs


With the regular season of the spring split over, it's time to look at the Playoff Quarterfinals and discuss possible results. Although some of the matches have clear favorites, nothing can be decided until the matches are actually played.

(21st March)

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CBLoL

CBLoL, the Ultimate Breakdown


From November 4 to November 6, the Brazilian League of Legends scene saw a clash of the best three teams from Challenger Series against the worst ranked clubs from the second split of CBLoL 2015. From one-sided matches and personal rivalries to unbelievable turnarounds and a pentakill, fans were able to witness interesting matches and emerging players from one of the most promising and fastest growing servers around the World. RED: Robo'ed and Dangerous

The first two teams to dispute a place in Brazilian elite were
INTZ Red
, the
INTZ e-Sports
(not so) little sister and
Santos Dexterity
. Yeah, you read it right. Similar to Bejiktas in Turkey, Santos Football Clube (Pelé's team) co-acquired a League of Legends team: the formerly known Dexterity Team. A curious trivia about Santos Dexterity is that they weren't meant to play the Promotion Series if it wasn't a penalty applied to
Ownerd e-Sports
due their excessive number of replacements during the Circuito Desafiante 2015 (Brazilian Challenger Series). Santos.deX mid lander prZo said right after Riot decision: "To be honest it wasn't the way we expected nor we wanted to qualify. But we will use it as a boost to improve. I was even thinking retire from professional gaming, but it looks like this one will be my last ride."

(14th November)

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2015 World Championship

Coaches


Let’s talk for a second about coaches. In discussions about team performance, the conversation is often dominated by things like player high and lows, the amount of practice they’re putting in, the recent results the team has had at tournaments, but seldom reaches the all-important coaching staff for each team. Considering the scene is still so young, I feel people don’t quite understand the impact coaches can have on the outcome of a season or tournament. Even if the squad is made of good players, it can underperform when paired with an incompetent or incompatible coach.

(29th October)

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Worlds: Week 1 Discussion

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Week 1 of Worlds has wrapped up and we're heading into Week 2 this Thursday. This World Championship has been full of upsets and surprises. Most of us at Leaguepedia are loving it and we hope you are as well. I did a little discussion on how the first week went with Kelvin. You may remember him from a few of our previous articles. We hope you guys will join in on the discussion down in the comments!

(6th October)

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Worlds: Fully Translated Chinese Interview with the LPL Teams

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An interview was held recently with the 3 LPL teams representing China at Worlds. I decided to translate it fully. Down below you will find the source for the interview. It was very interesting to read what the 3 LPL teams' thoughts are heading into Worlds. Enjoy and feel free to share your opinions down in the comments!

(25th September)

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Worlds: Before We Begin

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Everyone is excited for Worlds 2015. We at Leaguepedia are excited too! So with that in mind, we wanted to share some of our opinions heading into the tournament. This article will be slightly different than the previous ones. A questions will be asked and 4 Leaguepedia employees/volunteers (myself included) will attempt to answer them to the best of their ability. Joining us for this article will be Cory, Nick and Kelvin. Cory is one of our main contributors who has been with us for quite some time. You might know Nick from Twitter. He is the primary operator for @TheLeaguepedia and @LiveLeaguepedia. Kelvin is one of our newer volunteers but he is no less excited about Worlds as any of us are. Now that everyone has been introduced, let's get to the questions!

(23rd September 2015)

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Worlds: Group Analysis

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September 12th marked the official draw of the groups for Worlds 2015. In this article we'll discuss how these groups look at first sight, how they can shape up and what the chances are of any upsets happening. We will also try to predict which two teams will make it out of each group. Every group is interesting in one way or another and until the matches are played out no group has clear winners. Except maybe Group C! Here's a quick refresher of what the groups look like.

(14th September 2015)

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Mock Group Draw For Worlds

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The group draw for Worlds will be this Saturday. That's great and all but I'm excited for Worlds! So I did a mock group draw with the 16 qualified teams. Do keep in mind that these are just hypothetical groups. The actual groups will most likely be very different so these ones shouldn't be taken too seriously. They were made mainly for fun. As a quick reminder in-case you don't know how the draw works, the teams are split into pools based off their seeding. Pools 1, 2 and 3. Each group has one team from Pool 1, two teams from Pool 2 and one team from Pool 3. Two teams from the same region can't be in the same group. Here are the results!

(8th September 2015)

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2015 LPL Summer

LPL Qualifiers


With the LPL Regionals closing in the big question right now is, will EDG qualify for Worlds? And if they do, who will join them? Let's try and analyze the four teams attending regionals:


EDward Gaming

Almost everyone was surprised when EDG got swept 0-3 vs LGD and then lost the 3rd place match 1-3 vs IG. Fans expected EDG to qualify for Worlds as the #1 seed from China but a combined 1-6 record sent them to the Regional Qualifier. So what happened to EDG? Well aside from some of the players underperforming, EDG's draft in both series was very questionable. One example being Game 2 vs LGD in the Semi-Finals. In that game EDG (red side) picked Ryze, Braum, Lee Sin, Corki, and LeBlanc (in that order) while LGD (blue side) picked Gragas, Alistar, Kog'Maw, Gnar, and Yasuo (again, in that order). The problem with this team comp is that it's full of magic damage. Not to mention it's a medium ranged comp that revolves around getting an early lead, snowballing it into mid game, and winning at around 25-35 minutes as a general win condition. If EDG doesn't get an early lead with this comp they will get outscaled fairly hard. And that's kinda what happened. The game went to 39 minutes and LGD won with superior play. Also, letting Pyl (LGD's shotcaller) play on a comfort champion that allows him to make plays and initiate is a big mistake. This is just one of EDG's draft mistakes during playoffs. Their recent weak form coupled with a lack of momentum makes EDG a surprising underdog in these Regionals. Will EDG fix their drafting and play better on an individual and team level? They will have the opportunity to answer that question for us this Friday.

(2nd September 2015)

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LPL Playoff Premonitions

Perpetual Performers

The Regular Summer Season of the LPL has concluded! To the surprise of few,
EDward Gaming
came out as the first seed. They did drop a lot of games this split while experimenting with their subs, but as soon as the new playoff format was announced they brought back their MSI roster and resumed their domination of the scene.


Qiao Gu Reapers
's late season performance was a pleasant surprise. Despite coming straight through the LSPL, they managed to place 2nd just below EDG and had a very impressive first split. While their chances of going to Worlds aren't exactly high, if they manage to place well in playoffs they will greatly increase those chances.

(10th August 2015)

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Week 8 LPL Recap and Finals

The 2015 Summer Split of the 2015 LPL is heading into its 9th Week of matches. Some things have been the same for while. Others have been changing weekly.
EDward Gaming
and
Qiao Gu Reapers
continue to stay at the top. Qiao Gu had some chances to move past EDG due to EDG's continuous roster experiments but they were unable to. Or maybe they just didn't try to..?

(21st July 2015)

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LPL Standing Breakdown Going Into Week 4

The Summer Split in the LPL has been fairly interesting so far. While the games haven't been the most entertaining, the standings are what is most interesting at the moment. Teams that were projected to be at the top are currently sitting at the bottom. On the other hand, new teams have emerged and established themselves as contenders for top spots. And then we have the undisputed #1 team, EDG sitting comfortably at the top of the standings. In this article, we will take a look at all teams and we will try to figure out where they stand right now and where they can end up by the end of the split.

(9th June 2015)

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The King is Dead

After Week 2 of the 2015 LPL Summer Split,
Team King
is sitting at last place with 0 points and 0 wins. It's still early in the split but things are definitely not looking good for King. They will need to dig deep and work hard if they want to secure a playoffs spot, let alone qualify for Worlds.


Their main problem seems to be their lack of teamwork. In the 4 sets they've played so far, their games have looked very solo queue-ish. There doesn't seem to be much synergy between the players and it's affecting them heavily. It is worth mentioning however that inSec and Zero still haven't played with King in any of their games so far.


(2nd June 2015)

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Marcus "Dyrus" Hill

North America's Good Old Boy

Then

Marcus "Dyrus" Hill, a name synonymous with North American competitive League of Legends. Known for his Singed, Olaf, and Jax play as well as his consistency in the Top Lane, Dyrus has been at the heart of
Team SoloMid
since he joined them in 2012. Given a recent interview, a big question arose regarding Dyrus and his potential retirement after this year. Before we try and answer that question, I want to take a moment to evaluate what Dyrus brought to TSM and why he is a legendary League player in my eyes.

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One thing people fail to consider a lot of the time is that when Dyrus first joined TSM, the LCS didn't even exist, not to mention League’s player base wasn't nearly as large as it is now. In 2012 people didn't know what to make of Dyrus' move to SoloMid. Some fans believed it would work out given Dyrus was living at the TSM house before joining, others weren't convinced and thought it would take time for TSM to mesh well with Dyrus. Fortunately for both parties, the roster move paid off right away and TSM proved it by winning IPL 4 and then dominating the NA region throughout Season 2. While TSM hasn't been as successful on the world stage, they have remained one of NA's best teams in terms of domestic results. A big reason for that success is Dyrus.

(25th August 2015)

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2015 LCK Summer

LCK: Najin e­mFire VS KT Rolster


NaJin e-mFire
vs
KT Rolster
Game 1

On the rise Najin e-mFire take on KT Rolster with both looking to snatch up all the wins they can heading into the second half of the LCK League of Legends Summer.

Team Compositions:

Najin e-mFire - Najin decided to go with a heavy focus on laning and mid game power with a
Rumble
top,
Rek'Sai
jungle and
Corki
AD carry. They picked up
Kassadin
into
Viktor
mid which gives them the scaling advantage and an
Alistar
to round out the composition with dive potential.

KT Rolster - KT drafted a more kite centric team with disengage tools, Viktor mid and
Evelynn
jungle are there to move in and out with a
Gnar
top that looks to provide more consistent crow control. They opted for a
Kog'Maw
AD carry which gives them huge potential in the mid to late game along with an
Janna
support to disengage.

(2nd July 2015)

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2015 LCS Summer

Zero Gravity

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Fans' expectations of
Gravity Gaming
weren't very good when they first joined the LCS. Having been known as a solid team in the NA Challenger Series, the main expectations for Gravity were that they would be in the Top 7 (out of the relegation zone). During the Spring Split they had a decent regular season but they stumbled during playoffs and were eliminated in the Quarter-Finals by
Team Impulse
.


Heading into Week 5 of the Summer Split, Gravity is on the rise and teams have to keep a close eye on them. Their new jungler Move has shown very impressive vision control and a diverse champion pool. Bunny FuFuu has been moved to the shotcalling position and while he has had some small hiccups, his shotcalling has been much better than expected. Altec at the moment seems to be a slightly more aggressive version of Cop but perhaps with a higher ceiling. Keane and Hauntzer don't seem too different but both of them are looking much more consistent this split.

(23rd June 2015)

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Mid Season Invitation

MSI Finals Wrapup

MSI has concluded! Groups were somewhat surprising. While most analysts were predicting
SK Telecom T1
,
EDward Gaming
and
Team SoloMid
to be the Top 3 teams, TSM had a very poor showing and placed 5th.
Beşiktaş e-Sports Club
didn't manage to get a win but they earned some fans and a lot of experience.
ahq e-Sports Club
and
Fnatic
managed to make it into the semifinals as both teams, especially Ahq, played quite well in the Group Stage.

(11th May 2015)

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Regional Talk

Importing Talent and Regional Debate

Does Bjergsen count as NA player or an EU one? In which region did he develop more as a player? Should we associate a pro player and his relative success with his country of origin or his region? In this article, I will give my take on these questions.

First of all, let's start with Bjergsen. I've heard a lot of people saying that Bjergsen is an EU player and his talents were developed in EU. Even a buddy of mine said that Europe is the region in which Bjergsen gained his skills as a player and North America just "stole" him. Is that really true? I don't think it is and here's why:

(4th May 2015)

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2015 LPL Spring

LPL Playoffs Recap and Predictions

LPL Finals

The 2015 LPL Spring Playoffs have concluded! To no one's surprise,
EDward Gaming
reigned supreme and defended their LPL title. In an epic 5 game series,
LGD Gaming
pushed EDG to the limit and came very close to upsetting them. However, ClearLove's Baron steal coupled with Deft's game winning penta kill sealed the deal in Game 5 and EDG claimed the title of 2015 LPL Spring Champions.


In the 3rd place match,
Invictus Gaming
managed to dispatch
Snake Esports
by winning 3 games out of 4. While getting 3rd isn't that amazing, IG can be happy with their performance during the Spring Playoffs.

(28th April 2015)

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LPL Playoffs Recap and Predictions

The LPL Playoffs didn't disappoint! The final four spots haven't been decided yet, but we do know the two finalists and the two teams battling for 3rd.


EDward Gaming
vs
Team WE

In the first match of Quarterfinals, EDward Gaming (#1) took on Team World Elite (#8). I expected a 3-1 in favor of EDG and a close series it was. It has to be mentioned however, that EDG played with U in the mid lane for the first 4 games, due to PawN having back problems. While they won the first two games, games 3 and 4 were won by Team WE. On the brink of being eliminated from playoffs, PawN realized his team needs him and he returned for Game 5. His performance was very solid and EDG managed to close out the series 3-2. Certainly an exciting Bo5!

(20th April 2015)

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2015 LPL Week 10

Week 10 of the LPL has concluded and the race to playoffs is not over yet, especially for
Team WE
. Currently sharing 9th place with
Star Horn Royal Club
, Team WE managed a 1-1 series vs both
EDward Gaming
and King which shows just how much they have improved since IEM.
EDward Gaming
are sitting at the #1 spot and prior to their series vs Team WE they hadn't lost a single game.
Team King
on the other hand sits at 7th so managing a tie is surely great for Team WE. Those 2 ties combined with their 2-0 win vs
Energy Pacemaker
places Team WE 1 point behind
Master3
, the #8 LPL team.

What we learned from Week 10 is that Week 11 fully decides who goes to playoffs. Team King has 1 match left vs
Gamtee
but considering Gamtee is the #11 LPL team, it's safe to say we will be seeing King in the playoffs. Anything is possible but it is highly unlikely that they will lose.

(8th April 2015)

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Solo Queue

A User's Thoughts on the Current State of Solo Queue

If you were to ask me about Solo Queue, I'd say it's in a bad spot right now. I play on Europe West and with the Tribunal being down for a long time, toxicity has been through the roof. There are many young players in League and most of them are impulsive, rash and easily influenced by the people they are playing with. The lack of an effective way to punish people that break the rules is affecting the game heavily.

(13th April 2015)

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2015 Free Agents

Breaking News: NBA Superstar Leaves Basketball Behind to Play in the NA LCS

Breaking News

Earlier today it was announced that now-former NBA superstar LeBron James will be a free agent for the 2015 NA LCS Summer Split. What brought about this change in occupational motivation is all but a mystery, but we managed to get a hold of James’ agent, Rich Paul, for a short statement:

"LeBron has been playing League for a long time, since around the end of season 2, where he finished Gold with less than 200 games played. He’s been talking to his personal advisor and close friend Lee Sang-hyeok [SKT T1 Faker] for some time, and he has finally been convinced to join the NA LCS through free agency. As his agent, I can’t say for sure whether or not this move will prove wise down the road, but we all love LBJ, and we’d like to make it clear that this decision was by no means an easy one to make. We sincerely hope his fans will continue to support him as we talk to a number of the best North American teams about his possible recruitment.”

(1st April 2015)

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2015 Spring Split

2015 LCS Spring Split Week 9 Recap

Week 9

The 2015 Spring Split regular season has come to a close. Teams are now seeded for playoffs, staged for LCS survival during the relegation tournament, or back at home on their couches contemplating their next move.

EU LCS

After their disappointing loss against
Elements
last week,
H2k-Gaming
was hoping to rebuild some momentum after taking down
MeetYourMakers
. With
Fnatic
hoping to reclaim the first seed in Europe, that would be no easy task. KaSing’s Annie was pretty lackluster and his 0/7/0 score is a good representation of what was a crushing defeat at the hands of Huni.

(30th March 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 8 Recap

Week 8

With only four matches remaining for each team before playoff standings are locked in, everyone’s just trying to close out the season as best as they can. Those sitting atop the standings are just hoping to stay resolute and firm in their play, but if this season has proven anything it’s that upsets are a very real possibility.

(24th March 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 7 Recap

Week 7

This week was unique in that it was highlighted by a few crucial matches between top tier teams. We also saw a few upsets that resulted in some teams having high hopes for better playoff placement in the coming weeks.

EU LCS


SK Gaming
rose to the occasion, taking the second El Classico of the split and evening their record against
Fnatic
at 1-1. Both teams would go on to win their Sunday matches, but SK remains at the top of the EU LCS after week 7.

(9th March 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 6 Recap

After a strong start from top teams, weeks 5 and 6 of the EU and NA LCS showcased some epic matchups and upsets.

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With their upcoming match next Thursday, it’s only fitting that both
Gambit Gaming
and
H2k-Gaming
went undefeated, keeping their win streaks going at seven and six games, respectively. GMB’s one win lead is a result of their victory over H2K in week 3, which they look to repeat. Either way, one teams streak will be ended on Thursday.

(2nd March 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 5 Recap

EU LCS

Perhaps I spoke a bit too soon about getting comfortable with
SK Gaming
atop the EU LCS standings. Somehow, someway, in both North America and Europe we saw an above average number of upsets resulting in a rather large standings shakeup.

For starters, SK Gaming looked shaken after being handed their first loss by
Fnatic
, who shattered their hopes at breaking the 9 win streak EU LCS record. El Classico yet again landed in the favor of the black and yellow leaving many FNC fans hoping they might close out the week tied for first. Unfortunately, on day two
Gambit Gaming
and substitute mid-laner Betsy would take it to Fnatic and claim victory. Many expected SK to rebound during the last match of the week but
H2k-Gaming
would extinguish all hopes of a recovery as Svenskeren struggled to reel in his ailing lanes.

(23rd February 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 4 Recap

If Week 4 has proven anything, it’s that we shouldn’t get too comfortable with anything in the LCS, except for
SK Gaming
leading Europe.

A disappointing record of 1-5 coming into this week,
Gambit Gaming
knew they had to finally close out some wins this week. They did so in their opening match against the still struggling
GIANTS! Gaming
before later knocking down
Elements
who had previously lost to
H2k-Gaming
. Rekkles still looks terribly uncomfortable and yet again the team put Wickd on a champion that he can’t carry on, oftentimes leading to their defeat.

(17th February 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 2 Recap

Stat buffs will be happy to hear that the blue side of Summoner’s Rift experienced massive success this week, winning 15/20 matches. Stats alone fail to tell the full story so allow me to go into some detail.

Week 2 EU LCS

2-0:
H2k-Gaming
,
Fnatic
,
SK Gaming
,
Elements

Fnatic and SK Gaming remain undefeated after two weeks of the EU LCS.

Despite their undefeated score, both matches for SK were hard fought as ROCCAT and Gambit Gaming held early leads in their respective games. For Fnatic, the bot lane was clearly the star this week, rolling over opponents with the help of Week 2 EU LCS MVP Reignover.

(2nd February 2015)

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2015 LCS Spring Split Week 1 Recap

Between newly promoted teams and those from the expansion tournament, what’s been made abundantly clear is that there’s plenty of new talent in the LCS.

EU LCS


Elements
-
Fnatic
-
Gambit Gaming
-
Unicorns of Love

We got our first look at some of the EU’s team changes as Elements, the old Alliance joined by Rekkles, took on the restructured Fnatic, led by their veteran support Yellowstar. Reignover, one of the team’s two new Korean players, showed extreme synergy with Huni, who’s still learning to communicate efficiently in English. Fnatic’s jungler relentlessly ganked the top lane, shutting down Wickd’s staple Irelia.

(26th January 2015)

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IEM World Championship

IEM IX World Championship Katowice

Groups

This last week, eSports teams from around the world descended on Poland for IEM Katowice. League of Legends spectators were particularly excited given this years World Championship would feature teams like
Cloud9
, the
GE Tigers
,
Team SoloMid
, and
CJ Entus
.

Favored to take home the trophy, the GE Tigers showed why they are among the best in the world in their first match versus NA hopeful Cloud9. C9 first made an attempt at aggressive play, something that’s out of character for them. GE turned those efforts into their own favor, easily taking down the first of two NA representatives.

(16th March 2015)

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2015 Pre-Season

Fantasy LCS - Top Picks, Sleepers, and More

With the EU LCS starting on Thursday you only have a couple of days to get your final Fantasy LCS drafts done. As someone who’s already drafted and looked at the situation from a variety of perspectives, we’ve got some advice on whom you may want to consider.

Top Draft Picks

Let’s consider a couple of things first. On average, the difference between a great ADC and a good ADC isn’t that huge when talking about fantasy points. The same is usually the case for mid. That said, you might want to consider focusing on three roles: support, jungle, and top.

With that there are some obvious considerations to make. Avoid
Fnatic
. The team looks forward to a rough season given an almost total restructure. Despite the fact that Yellowstar remains, he’s no longer battling alongside one of the best ADCs in the world.

(19th January 2015)

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Offseason Recap: LCS Roster Changes

With both North America and Europe producing underwhelming results at Worlds, we knew there would be roster changes coming into the 2015 Spring Split, what wasn’t quite expected was the sheer number of them.

NA LCS


Team SoloMid

TSM performed admirably at Worlds and many expected them to remain relatively unchanged following their first Championship victory since C9 jumped into the league. However, Amazing announced that he was leaving due to homesickness and issues with being in the limelight that comes with the TSM brand.

That said, former Team Coast jungler Santorin will be taking his place. Expectations are high as many wonder if TSM can perform well with the flood of new talent into the NA LCS.

(12th January 2015)

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Offseason Recap: Upcoming Team Rebranding

LCS teams, no matter how young, all have a storied history. From foundation shaking roster swaps to re-branding and name changes, we've seen a lot of change over the off season. Over the Years many have come and gone, in most cases leaving behind only a faint memory and the brand they once played for.

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Last season marked the beginning of change for the NA LCS when the new Challenger team
LMQ
stormed the scene to prove that rankings were not set in stone, just as
Cloud 9
had done in the year prior. Thanks to this we witnessed what was arguably the most competitive split to-date, and as more talent moves into the spotlight the prospect of an even better year becomes more prevalent.

By far, one of this off season's defining characteristics is undoubtedly a swath of name changes. While C9,
Counter Logic Gaming
, and
Team SoloMid
still remain untouched, those around them have continued to evolve.

(5th January 2015)

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The Sacrifices of an LCS Player

Many less-involved people in the world doubt the legitimacy of eSports and “professional gamers” due to an assumed absence of rigorous training and physical activity. Those familiar with the scene, however, know that this is very far from the truth. There are many risks involved in making a commitment towards becoming a professional gamer. Many forgo higher education and existing career paths in order to chase this dream, not to mention this job draws away from arguably one of the most exciting time for young people.

I spoke with
Team Curse
’s IWillDominate and Quas regarding the sacrifices they’ve made to get to this point in the LCS.

(29th December 2014)

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Coast and Curse Academy Earn LCS Spots

The NA LCS Expansion Tournament came to a close today with both
Team Coast
and
Curse Academy
securing positions in the 2015 Spring Split.

All four squads:
Final Five
,
Team Fusion Gaming
, and the aforementioned Team Coast and Curse Academy came into the Bracket Stage of the event with high hopes of making it to the professional stage that is the LCS. For every member of Team Coast and the bottom lane of Fusion (Nien and Gleebglarbu) it would serve as a return to the scene.

The miniature tournament proved rather exciting as each series was relatively close. One such example is Fusion’s 3-2 comeback, reverse sweep, over F5 before ultimately falling to Curse who became the first team to lock in their spot for the 2015 Spring split.

(15th December 2014)

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IEM Gives Preview of Upcoming LCS Season

With
Alliance
,
Cloud 9
,
Team SoloMid
, and
Unicorns of Love
all earning an Intel Extreme Masters berth we were given a preview of what the upcoming Spring Split could hold. Both of this year’s Summer Champions: TSM and Alliance, respectively, earned a bye past the first round while C9 and UoL had to face off against Latin American teams to continue onwards.

Both were relatively one sided events with each team taking a 2-0 sweep of their opponents. This resulted in a rematch between C9 and Alliance to see who would reign supreme over the European - North American rivalry. However, it would also serve as a our first look at Rekkles who departed Fnatic after three years for what he believes is his best shot at Worlds.

(8th December 2014)

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ESL and Riot Split

Deman and Joe Miller Leave EU LCS Broadcast Team

Thanks in part to the EU LCS broadcast location in Cologne, Germany, Riot Games has long benefited from close proximity to ESL Gaming Network’s headquarters. Both are dedicated to provide top tier coverage of their respective eSports networks. As such Riot has been able to borrow various shoutcasters such as Leigh “Deman” Smith and Joe Miller for the recent seasons of the EU LCS. Both have been very involved in the production of LCS events including international coverage of the All Star event and the recent World Championships in Korea.

This week both announced their departure from the partnership with Riot and have moved on full time to work with the ESL.

(4th December 2014)

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LCS Rebranding

Changes Incoming for LCS Teams and Sponsorships

Come Spring there will be no
Alliance
or
Evil Geniuses
in the LCS. As part of a new rule package, any party involved in selling sponsorships for LCS teams can no longer also own the team and/or the team’s branding.

This means problems for people like Alexander Garfield, the owner of GoodGame Agency, which actively markets multiple LCS teams to sponsors. Further more, GGA also owns the rights to both the Alliance and Evil Geniuses brands.

Obviously Riot views this as a direct conflict of interest, both in the case that the two teams could potentially meet up on the World stage and his potential influence on the funding of his opposition.

(24th November 2014)

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A Look at Streaming

Full-time Streaming Remains Tempting for LCS Players

For years streaming has been an additional source of income for professional League of Legends players in North America. European pros have struggled to gain traction on prominent streaming platforms such as Twitch, while their North American counterparts dominate a majority of viewers.

It all began last split with the retirement of TheOddOne, following his announcement,
Team SoloMid
revealed that he would instead be streaming full-time, something relatively unheard of in the scene. He did so to massive success, averaging more than 20,000 views during peak hours.

But roughly how many viewers does a stream need to maintain in order to justify a full-time job?

(17th November 2014)

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2015 Roster Changes

North America Readies Itself for Piglet

With the amicable separation of
Team Curse
and Cop leaving a void in the team’s starting roster, Team Curse took full advantage of the opportunity to add former World Champion Piglet to their roster. The Korean Marksman has been stateside for some time and with practice set to resume for most teams, everyone is preparing for the splash he’s sure to make.

It wasn’t long before Piglet made headlines. "I can beat everyone,” he told LoLeSports. To Cooler Master Gaming he rather bluntly stated, “I can assure that I can bring the skill, which Curse lacked before I came. I will also show the team how to play like a team, not like a soloqueue game.”

(10th November 2014)

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Despite Success North America Remains Unstable

Since the conclusion of Season 1 North American teams have repeatedly failed to perform well on the world stage. Not many gave
Team SoloMid
,
Cloud9
, or
LMQ
much hope for advancing passed Groups, but thanks in part to fortunate seeding both TSM and C9 managed to continue on into the Quarterfinals. With LMQ coming within one game of joining them, there’s really no arguing that NA hasn’t made strides in closing the skill gap between itself and the stronger regions.

Given that recent success, it’s relatively surprising that we’ve seen so much change among the rosters these top three teams. Early last week LMQ announced that NoName would be retiring, ackerman would be leaving the team and moving back to China - now that he had fulfilled his one year commitment, and Vasilii opting to pursue other North American teams. All three of them are doing so because of personal reasons; NoName wants to take on other eSports opportunities in China, ackerman to return to his family, friends, and compete in the LPL, and Vasilii is rumored to have done so to earn more money for his family who are reported as having medical issues.

(3rd November 2014)

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ROCCAT, compLexity, and Millenium All Make Roster Changes

As teams continue to improve during the off season, some roster swaps are guaranteed to happen. What isn’t so apparent is how quickly these changes can occur. Over the past week
Millenium
,
ROCCAT
,
compLexity Gaming
, and the
KT Rolster Arrows
have all made changes in an effort to further impact the standings next season and be among those represented in next year’s World Championship.

For some these came in simple announcements, Kerp tweets that he’s stepping down immediately. “Today I've left my team. I had enough time to think about my decision and I wish the best to my mates in their future.”

ROCCAT took a similar approach on Facebook, revealing the departure of Xaxus and Celaver saying, “After rumors and speculation, we’re announcing today that we will not be re-signing Marcin “Xaxus” Maczka and Paweł “Celaver” Koprianiuk to next season’s team.”

(9th October 2014)

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More Changes Transpire as Worlds Continues

Most teams participating in the World Championships have been relatively quiet, but while they’re focusing on taking home the Summoner’s Cup, some of the teams readying themselves for next season have been hard at work.

First, news broke that
LMQ
’s former coach Peter “PtotheD” Zhang will be taking up those same reigns next season on
Team Curse
.

Zhang comments, “I’m excited to be a part of the Team Curse organization. I believe I can help the team in picks and bans, as well as helping players with their individual skill.”

“With LMQ I formulated every pick and ban phase, as well as worked with the players on their individual champion skill and game knowledge. I will be doing the same thing for Team Curse,” he continues. “I feel that the pick and ban phase is incredibly important and was a weak point for the team last season.”

(25th September 2014)

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Team Curse and Cop Part Ways; SKT T1K Makes Roster Changes

Fall of 2014 is set to be one of the busiest times in one of the most exciting LCS seasons we've seen yet. Outside of
Cloud9
,
Fnatic
, and
Team SoloMid
things could be very interesting soon, according to Alex Penn.

Shortly after Penn tweeted this, the roster changes started.
Team Curse
has announced that ADC Cop and the team have mutually agreed to part ways following the conclusion of the 2014 Summer Split. Curse showed up strong during the last week of the LCS split, and unexpectedly swept
Counter Logic Gaming
on their way to yet another fourth place finish, narrowly missing out on a World Championship berth in their 3-2 loss to LMQ.

(18th September 2014)

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2015 League Changes

GPL Expands, Splits in Two

Garena Online has announced that their professional League of Legends League, the Garena Pro League, will be expanding.

“The first change we are making is the formation of a new top tier league called the League of Legends Master Series (LMS),” reads the news post. “The LMS is a sister league to the GPL, and will cater to teams in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. With the formation of the LMS, the GPL will cater specifically to teams in South East Asia.”

It continues, “All GPL teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will automatically transfer over to the LMS, and there will also be a qualification series to fill out the remaining slots in the league.” In addition the GPL will be expanding to 16 teams: Vietnam (6 teams), Singapore & Malaysia (4), Philippines (3), Thailand (2), Indonesia (1).

(3rd October 2014)

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Archives

Arhcives for the League of Legends 2014 Season.

(Jan 17th - Oct 19th 2014)

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Archives of the League of Legends 2013 Season.

(Feb 7th - Oct 15th 2013)

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