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League of Legends Season 3 draws to a quiet close tonight

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League of Legends Season 3 draws to a quiet close tonight

After a year in which LoL seemed to come out on top on so many occasions, this weekend has been a time for Riot to sit back quietly for once and watch the BlizzCon fireworks from across California.

But you don’t have to do the same. Sit back quietly, that is. Tonight, as Riot pack up shop on their most exciting competitive season to date, you’ve a chance to up your rank and earn yourself a fancy reward.

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League of Legends Season 3 semifinals preview

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League of Legends Season 3 semifinals preview

Tonight the League of Legends World Championship series returns to the Galen Center in Los Angeles, the same venue where last year’s Season 2 champs, Taipei Assassins, were crowned. This year, the final championship series will take place at the even bigger Staples Center in downtown LA, while the Galen Center now plays host to the semifinal matchups between Korea’s top two teams, SK Telecom T1 and NaJin Black Sword, and a continental showdown between China’s surprise powerhouse Royal Club and the European old guard of Fnatic. Both should be fantastic series in this most surprising of championship tournaments.

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League of Legends Season 3 finals find new venue in world-famous LA Staples Center

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League of Legends Season 3 finals find new venue in world-famous LA Staples Center

Last year’s LCS finals were staged at the University of Southern California, but on October 4 they’ll find a new home in downtown LA’s Staples Center. Not to be mistaken for the UK purveyors of stationary and large plastic boxes, the US Staples has played host to both the NBA (hand-ball) and NHL (hand-stick) finals - making this a pretty big coup in the name of professional eSports.

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League of Legends Season 3 NA qualifying brackets today

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League of Legends Season 3 NA qualifying brackets todayWhile this is still technically “preseason" for the League of Legends Championship Series, the North American qualifiers really do feel like the start of the festivities as a mix of pro and ranked “amateur" teams compete for the final slots in the North American division. The broadcast begins at 7 PM GMT / 2 PM Eastern with FeaR v. Meat Playground, and you can watch streams on Riot’s Twitch channel. Full broadcast information is available on Reddit.

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Riot release details on Season 3 League of Legends championship

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Riot release details on Season 3 League of Legends championshipAs we close in on the League of Legends offline qualifiers this weekend, Riot have released a detailed explanation of the competition format for the third season of the League of Legends Championship Series. Featuring extensive regular season play, miseason relegation, an All-Star break, and finally a World Championship, League of Legends has taken its biggest step yet to organizing and codifying itself along the lines of a traditional sport.

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League of Legends Season 3 item shop simulator lets you prepare for the new patch

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League of Legends Season 3 item shop simulator lets you prepare for the new patch

The holidays are right around the corner and it’s past time to start working on that shopping list. But what are you going to get that special Summoner in your life for Season 3? You could painstakingly look up item builds for next season, or you could play around with this excellent simulator from Reddit user “microtony".

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League of Legends to get items that upgrade through use rather than gold

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League of Legends to get items that upgrade through use rather than goldWe already knew a lot of changes were coming to League of Legends in advance of Season 3, but today Riot’s Kuo-Yen “Xypherous" Lo revealed a key revision of how certain items will upgrade throughout the game. Rather than always spending gold to buy a new item, certain items like Tear of the Goddess will upgrade over the course of repeated use, and others will become different items after hitting a certain threshold.

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Riot eSports VP Dustin Beck on planning for League of Legends Season 3 and improving the competitive ecosystem

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Riot eSports VP Dustin Beck on planning for League of Legends Season 3 and improving the competitive ecosystemRiot VP of eSports Dustin Beck had a long chat with GameSpot’s Rod “Slasher" Breslau and gave us a glimpse into some of of Riot’s plans for a “significantly larger" League of Legends Season 3. While Season 2’s playoffs are under way right now, Season 3 will feature a two-tiered competition between a Riot-managed Championship Series with tons of regular season matches, and a Challenger Series built around IEM, IPL, and MLG.

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