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Riot fine League of Legends pro Bjergsen $2000 for poaching another team's players

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Riot fine League of Legends pro Bjergsen $2000 for poaching another team's players

Remember that whole fiasco between progaming teams Ninjas in Pyjamas and Lemondogs as they attempted to trade an LCS spot between them, only to have Riot quash it with a rules change?

Today, Riot added a new twist as they fined Ninjas in Pyjamas’ former mid laner, Soren Bjerg, $2000 for his role in the affair. They found that he was guilty of poaching members of the Lemondogs team, which is odd because it’s usually teams and not players who do the poaching. So how did Bjergsen find himself in the middle of all this? Hint: eSports aren’t always wildly professional.

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League of Legends patch files banned by the UK porn wall

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League of Legends patch files banned by the UK porn wall

Last year the tory government erected a massive porn wall that stopped naked people flooding into Great Britain, their rude and naughty jiggly bits crashing into the wall like the waves on the cliffs of Dover. Unfortunately the latest set of files to have their visas stamped DENIED at the wall belong to League of Legend’s new patch. The reason for refusal isn’t to do with skimpy outfits or copulating avatars though; just simply that the robots manning the porn wall don’t seem to understand that the letters S, E, and X being together doesn’t always mean moans and groans.

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Riot address "concerns" about plant mage: "Zyra is not the most well designed of champions"

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Riot address "concerns" about plant mage: "Zyra is not the most well designed of champions"

League of Legends is no stranger to an unusual backstory: its battlegrounds host both publically-accepted sentient robots and soul-gathering ghouls. But plant mage Zyra’s began after her release in mid-2012, when abusive play patterns led to dramatic nerfs.

“One of the most unfortunate aspects of her being over-tuned on release is that players developed an attachment to her for reasons that were not long-term sustainable," says associate game designer Bradford 'CertainlyT' Wenban, looking back. “Even in a state of balance, a lot of people will subjectively feel that Zyra is weak."

Wenban argues that Zyra is balanced, despite community claims to the contrary - but acknowledges that there are issues “deeply baked" into the champion's kit.

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LCS chaos in wake of Lemondogs fiasco, Ninjas in Pyjamas disqualified, Supa Hot Crew promoted

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LCS chaos in wake of Lemondogs fiasco, Ninjas in Pyjamas disqualified, Supa Hot Crew promoted

Last week, League of Legends fans were stunned by the news that last year’s top regular season European finishers, Lemondogs, had been disqualified from the LCS. That move set off a three-way battle between the teams who lost their promotion / relegation matches during the Battle of the Atlantic a few weeks ago. 

This was a huge stroke of luck (sort of, and we’ll get to that in a second) for Ninjas in Pyjamas, who were upset by Polish newcomers KMT in a 3-0 sweep. Now they had another chance to get into the LCS. But they forgot about that crucial first step in winning a high-stakes eSports battle: actually showing up.

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League of Legends team LemonDogs disqualified from LCS

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League of Legends team LemonDogs disqualified from LCS

Riot have announced that team LemonDogs have lost their place in the European LCS after failing to submit a new roster for the competition. The team’s placement in the competition has been much debated after the original team, who earned the place in EU LCS, all jumped ship and were replaced by relative unknowns.

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Riot fix wave of disconnects troubling League of Legends EU server

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Riot fix wave of disconnects troubling League of Legends EU server

League of Legends’ EU servers have taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of months. Their players have endured internet provider hardware failures, battled bandwidth-strangling faulty circuits, and struggling with serious latency issues that left this twitchiest of competitive multiplayer games twitching in all the wrong places.

EUW was all patched up in time for Christmas - but its troubles began anew with reports of disconnects a couple of days ago.

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Riot president: "It's pretty frustrating when people try to position us as greedy"

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Riot president: "It's pretty frustrating when people try to position us as greedy"

Somebody upset Riot Games president Marc Merrill yesterday. A Redditor accused his company of greed, and he wasn’t having any of it. For a number of reasons, which he outlined at length.

“No offense - but I completely disagree," he wrote. “And yes, it pisses me off because I've spent the last eight years of my life building this company, game and team to deliver great value and to treat players well.

“Thanks for the additional reminder we need to do better at explaining who we are. But FUCK me if I don't allow a little emotion to slip in when the takeaway is so utterly wrong for who we are as a company."

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Riot EU freeze "non-essential" updates til January to ensure stability

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Riot EU freeze "non-essential" updates til January to ensure stability

Latency, I’m sure League of Legends regulars will vehemently agree, is terribly important stuff - describing as it does the time between inputting a command for your champion and seeing it carried out. The ideal is to keep its value so small as to appear instant - but over the past two months, internet provider hardware failures and a “faulty circuit" that throttled bandwidth has seen players on EUW and EUNE subject to “serious latency problems".

They’re now fixed - and Riot’s European team have pledged to drop everything to make sure they don’t come back.

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Evil Geniuses' League of Legends team splits, EG to North America, Alliance forms in EU

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Evil Geniuses' League of Legends team splits, EG to North America, Alliance forms in EU

One of the oldest rosters in professional League of Legends, the five-man Evil Geniuses squad of Snoopeh, Froggen, Krepo, Wickd, and Yellowpete, has finally broken up amidst some odd rebranding and an apparent restructuring of the way the Evil Geniuses business works.

The entire story is a little hard to parse, but the bottom line is that Evil Geniuses' European squad has effectively ceased to to exist. Instead, three of its members are heading to LCS North America to compete as the Evil Geniuses team while two remain in Europe under the EG-affiliated moniker, Alliance.

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League of Legends Champion Review: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

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League of Legends Champion Review: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

Don't mind his emotastic title. Underneath his tear-stained mascara and sullen attitude, this aggressive swordfighter is a very interesting, unique champion that has the potential to inspire a brand new team composition theme.

If you want to see exactly how Yasuo dries his tears and cuts his enemies to pieces, look at his official profile. The TLDR version: no mana, tons of mobility, an ultimate that stuns and damages everyone around him, and a wall that blocks all projectiles.

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Riot restrict streaming for League of Legends pro players, ban certain games outright

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Riot restrict streaming for League of Legends pro players, ban certain games outright

Yesterday, eSports-focused editorial site OnGamers broke the news that in the contracts for the 2014 season of LCS, pro players will have certain restrictions on what they are allowed to stream. Unsurprisingly, Riot don’t want their top pros to be streaming (and effectively advertising) other MOBAs on their public streams... but neither do they want them playing Hearthstone, Diablo, or World of Anything At All.

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League of Legends Legacy skins coming out of retirement

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League of Legends Legacy skins coming out of retirement

Retirement is all well and good if you're a person. Buggering off to a warmer country to soak up the sun and laugh at all the mugs still working away to feed themselves sounds splendid, but what if you're a League of Legends Legacy skin? There's no retirement resort or pensions for costumes, lamentably. Your only hope is to wait for Riot to put you back up for sale as part of a special deal

Until the end of December, previously retired Legacy skins are back in the store, just waiting to be snatched up by aesthetically minded folk. During this month long period, each skin will get a 50 percent discount for a day and, if you're quick enough, you can grab the lot (all 47 of them) for 60 percent off with the Mega Legacy Bundle, but today's the last day.

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League of Legends One for All mode went live this weekend, will shuffle off on December 12

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League of Legends One for All mode went live this weekend, will shuffle off on December 12

It’s not so hard to encapsulate the appeal of League of Legends’ new One for All mode - it’s duplicate champions, in one arena, finally given the official okay. It's Riot, throwing up their carefully curated game balance in a controlled environment.

Its consequences for the game’s intricate metagame, however, will take a little longer for its dedicated players to catalogue. And they’d better be quick about it. They’ve only got a couple of weeks before the next in Riot’s new cycle of off-kilter modes throws the MOBA into (optional, good fun) disarray.

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Riot speaks out on League of Legends preseason Support ‘nerfs’

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Riot speaks out on League of Legends preseason Support ‘nerfs’

Things got changed up a little in the recent preseason changes for League of Legends. Support characters have had their income stats thrown all over the shop, with the hope that they will offer more player agency. However the changes in the patch have lead some on the Riot forums to believe that the changes will make Support an exceptionally unappealing role, and that “AP mids are now going to replace these nerfed pieces of junk".

Riot are convinced that this skepticism of the changes made to League of Legends is unfounded, and Lead Content Designer Morello has taken to the forums to clear the air a little. “AP Mids may have additional viability bottom lane, though our changes are specifically to bulwark against that," he assures the LoL community. 

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League of Legends welcomes its newest champion: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

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League of Legends welcomes its newest champion: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

It’s time to bow down and welcome into the fold the newest champion in the League of Legends roster. Yasuo, known eerily as ‘the Unforgiven’, is a brutal close-quarters melee character. Armed with a classic samurai sword and a bunch of increasingly powerful skills, Yasuo sounds yet another complex addition to the already packed selection screen. 

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League of Legends November bundles available now

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League of Legends November bundles available now

If your champion selection screen is looking a little undernourished at the moment, League of Legend’s November bundles could just be in time to save you from using that champion for the thirtieth time in a row. Four new packages, seventeen different champions, hundreds of hours of practice to master the lot of them. 

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Riot respond to League of Legends support champion worries: "We're not trying to nerf Soraka"

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Riot respond to League of Legends support champion worries: "We're not trying to nerf Soraka"

A brief glance at the changes coming Soraka’s way in the next LoL patch wouldn’t betray anything worth getting worked up about - her core healing ability has been boosted, and she now imbues her patients with a life-extending level of armour.

But a couple of predicted side effects have upset players, and prompted a response from Riot - who were merely attempting to prepare the champion for some of the changes coming to support roles in their preseason patch.

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League of Legends Season 3 World Championship was most-watched eSports event in forever

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League of Legends Season 3 World Championship was most-watched eSports event in forever

Are you ready for some silly numbers? Riot have passed us an armful. Here’s the first: over 32 million fans watched League of Legends’ World Championship finals in October. That’s nearly four times as many as watched the Season 2 finals a year earlier - and makes the Season 3 World Championship the most-watched eSports event since records began.

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Riot want to improve communication with League of Legends PBE testers

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Riot want to improve communication with League of Legends PBE testers

Game developers are fond of telling us that they’re ‘listening to our feedback’ - but that’s merely the impersonal baseline of accepting suggestions from fans; the ‘thanks for all my birthday wishes’ of community relations; the queen’s wave of beta testing.

Riot would like to do better. This weekend, for instance, they would have liked to tell fans that they were handling a nasty bug before the distraught forum threads began to pop up.

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