This year’s season for League of Legends may be over, but that hasn’t stopped Riot Games from rolling out one of their biggest updates ever in preparation for 2015. Patch 4.20 brings lots of changes to Summoners Rift, with the big theme being ‘Strategic Diversity’. What does that mean exactly?
Just yesterday I told you that Wei “CaoMei” retired and is set to make $800 000 annually. He is earning far more money now thanks to his streaming, but he did make a fair amount in the professional scene too. He is one of the minority though, as making a living from gaming is generally tough unless you are at the top and consistently winning tournaments. That may change for Koreans, as a minimum salary has been proposed.
As much as I’d like to be a professional gamer, a part of me knows how ruthless and stressful it is. The pros dedicate a ton of hours to practicing each day, and even then, they need to win tournaments to really make that hard work worthwhile. One grey area people tend to overlook is a career after professional gaming. The life expectancy of a top player is surprisingly short, so how do they utilise their gaming skills after their heyday? By streaming of course.
I have to take my hat off to Riot Games. The amount of effort and work they’ve been putting into their franchise, League of Legends, is astounding. It’s been only two months since they said they wanted to overhaul the game’s lore, and they have already done so much. They’re continuing their good work with the return of The Harrowing - Halloween themed content for LoL.
I really planned on watching the League of Legends final this past weekend. Problem is, it took place in South Korea, so the time difference was something I completely forgot about. By the time I arrived home from my morning cycle, a champion had already been determined. Korean team, Samsung Galaxy White, defeated the Chinese Star Horn Royal Club to take the top spot.
I remember the very first time I logged into League of Legends. It was back in the game’s beta stage, a time when not every studio on the face of the earth was trying to make a MOBA. League of Legends wanted to reward players who pushed their game for them, ultimately resulting in the insane success Riot has achieved in just five years. Some of those reward promises were kept, while one still has to materialise.
League of Legends is the largest MOBA. No, that's not a vague wish or speculation, I already compared LoL to Dota 2 and it is simply massive. ESPN had excellent feedback when they aired Dota 2's International, and now they're hoping for the same with League of Legends.
You’d think with the way I go on about Dota 2, it’s the biggest and most popular MOBA in the world. Truth is, it’s arguably more popular in South Africa than its largest contender, League of Legends. For the rest of the world though, LoL is the one to watch and has a much larger following. The world championship has been under way for the last few weeks, and the last showdown is finally within reach. Which team will take the top spot for 2014 in the final this weekend?
League of Legends patch brings the undead juggernaut Riot Games are giving League of Legends a lore buff. So far, it seems to be working rather well for them. They are using this new overhaul as an excuse to add new champions, flesh out backstories, and fix any champions they are no longer happy with. Their latest focus is Sion, who has been reworked somewhat. He is now playable with the latest 4.18 patch.
I told you a couple of weeks ago that Riot want to give their game, League of Legends, a lore overhaul. They’ve already kicked things off with the Shurima saga which showed the ascension of Azir. They’ve now set their sights on Sion. The champion has received a rework.
The League of Legends World Championship final may only be on October the 19th, but the preliminaries start today, on September the 18th. Riot teamed up with the popular band Imagine Dragons to put together a war cry to kick things off. Check that, as well as the schedule for the tournament below.
A few weeks ago Riot Games revealed the latest champion to enter Summoner's Rift, Azir. Reading about his abilities gave me the impression that Azir would be an easy, crazy farming machine that was able to push lanes with his own towers. Easy wins, right? Well, Azir looks anything but easy to play.
Riot Games recently announced their desire to give League of Legends and its lore a good spit and polish. This will allow them to not only tell a more compelling tale, but also allow them to really flesh out heroes as well as incorporate new game modes. Their project appears to be well underway.
League of Legends might not have as big a prize pool as this year’s Dota 2 International did, but the stakes in their World Championship are still ridiculously high. What many people may not realise is that the pro gamers involved are under immense pressure to win. What goes on behind the scenes? Riot have recently released a teaser to a series called ‘Road to Worlds’. It will show the journeys of some of LoL’s top players.