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League of Legends will ban harassers quicker with new system

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League of Legends will ban harassers quicker with new system

League of Legends is pretty famous for a certain percentage of its community being ‘toxic’. Developer Riot is dedicated when it comes to stomping out harassment among players and making LoL welcoming to all though, and a new system being implemented in Europe could be the start of reforming player behaviour much quicker.

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Riot are trying to make deep utility a "more appealing" option in League of Legends

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Riot are trying to make deep utility a "more appealing" option in League of Legends

The League of Legends public beta environment is where all its wonderful or wonky balance fixes make a nest first. Early this week players noticed that utility-focused champions, who provide benefits to their team outside of damage, were being fed mana in a different fashion. And that has profound implications for their casting over the course of a match.

Riot said their plan was to make plunging deep into the utility mastery tree more rewarding - but acknowledged the possibility that some players might lose out.

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Fantasy eSports site AlphaDraft gets some major financial backing

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Fantasy eSports site AlphaDraft gets some major financial backing

Just a year ago, things like fantasy League of Legends was a fanciful novelty. Now, major investors are rushing to get in on the ground floor of fantasy eSports. Just today, AlphaDraft announced $5 million in financing... and its backers include the William Morris agency (now William Morris Endeavor) and none other than former NBA commissioner David Stern.

Fantasy sports have become insanely popular and lucrative, and with the rise of eSports-focused fantasy sites like Vulcun and AlphaDraft, eSports might just be their next great frontier.

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Fair play to Nick Allen: the SKT-Fnatic bug, and the ambiguities of pro League of Legends

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Fair play to Nick Allen: the SKT-Fnatic bug, and the ambiguities of pro League of Legends

It was a pivotal moment in one of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational’s most exciting matches. Europe’s Fnatic team seemed to be on the verge of what would have been an extraordinary underdog upset in the group stage. But right at the start of a crucial fight, something odd happened. One of Fnatic’s players appeared to suffer a bug that left him unable to contribute, and Fnatic were dealt a heavy blow. Fnatic’s game came undone shortly thereafter, and a lot of fans and observers were convinced that an underdog upset had just been destroyed thanks to a glitch.

Unfortunate and inconvenient, but was it unfair? Esports, taking place on computers, would seem to offer the possibility of perfectly fair, perfectly adjudicated competition. There’s no in-game referee or umpire making judgment calls, or looking the other way as a foul occurs just out of sight. But, just as in more traditional sports, perfect fairness remains an elusive and difficult goal. And in that gulf between the the ideal and reality, you’ll find Riot’s League operation manager, Nick Allen, trying to keep professional League of Legends fair, one judgment-call at a time.

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SK Telecom yield League of Legends MSI title to China's EDG as Faker falls short

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SK Telecom yield League of Legends MSI title to China's EDG as Faker falls short

Korean League of Legends may have just suffered its most serious defeat since Worlds 2012. At the Mid-Season Invitational in Tallahassee Florida, in a five game series, China’s EDward Gaming defeated the vaunted SK Telecom team for the Invitational title.

You couldn’t even call it an underdog upset. EDG were in control of the series from the start, forcing SK to change mid laners late in the series and play catch-up to force a game 5. EDG made a convincing argument that China has well and truly arrived on the summit of League of Legends eSports.

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Korea takes on China in League of Legends showdown at Mid-Season Invitational

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Korea takes on China in League of Legends showdown at Mid-Season Invitational

Korean and Chinese League of Legends have been on a collision course this year as the two powerhouse eSports communities vie for LoL world title. Today, at the Mid-Season Invitational, Korea’s SK Telecom team (the 2013 World Champions) will play against China’s EDward Gaming in what could easily be a preview of the World Championship final.

At stake is a $100,000 grand prize and, more importantly for these two teams, an early verdict on whether China’s leading eSports organizations have managed to catch-up to Korea’s most venerable and accomplished professional gaming teams.

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The 2015 League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe: venues and dates announced

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The 2015 League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe: venues and dates announced

Riot have just announced the dates and venues for this year's League of Legends World Championships, which will be taking place in October all across Europe, like an interrailing student or the broad rise in popularity of far-right political parties among disenfranchised voters.

Are you in Europe? Do you have a calendar? Then you may want to click through to see where your local championship games are taking place.

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Industry analysts at EEDAR forecast an ever-growing MOBA market, led by League of Legends and Dota 2

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Industry analysts at EEDAR forecast an ever-growing MOBA market, led by League of Legends and Dota 2

For all the talk of saturation in the MOBA genre, videogame research firm EEDAR have just released a white paper that identifies the MOBA genre as PC gaming’s fastest growing market, with $406 million in revenue in North America alone in 2014. And they predict another year of massive growth in 2015.

While Dota 2 and League are the market leaders driving a lot of this growth, one of EEDAR’s more interesting conclusions is that it’s not a zero-sum game between MOBA developers. The pie is still getting larger.

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League of Legends Championship Series' spring split ends with series of tie-breakers

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League of Legends Championship Series' spring split ends with series of tie-breakers

After a spring season full of some unexpected twists and turns, the EU and NA LCS divisions concluded regular season play with the usual suspects back on top: SK Gaming finished their redemptive 2015 spring split atop the EU LCS — by far — while Fnatic concluded their maiden voyage with a radically altered roster with a solid second-place. Over in NA, meanwhile, Team Solomid finished with a clean first-place, while tie-breakers played out to determine who would be going to the playoffs, and who would get second-place and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

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League of Legends patch 5.6 is full of buffed, and ultimately happier, champions

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League of Legends patch 5.6 is full of buffed, and ultimately happier, champions

League of Legends patch 5.6 is super buff, all rippling muscles and shiny abs. It looks like some champions weren’t getting enough love. There are a lot of them, and some are bound to occasionally fall by the wayside. Not to worry, though, if one of your favourites has been ignored. They might be in the list of 5.6 champions to get some special attention. 

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League of Legends champion spotlight tells the tale of Bard, and how to use him

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League of Legends champion spotlight tells the tale of Bard, and how to use him

The newest League of Legends champion is Bard: a roaming support. He’s rather unique, in that he has two unique passives, the ability to shackle and stun enemies together or against walls, heal his allies with health packs and leap himself and his team through solid terrain. If that hasn’t made your jaw drop, then wait till you hear about his ultimate - it makes anyone affected completely immune to all damage, allies, enemies and neutrals alike.

Riots latest champion spotlight deconstructs each of Bard’s new abilities, and we’ve got it below to help you make sense of this cosmic spirit.

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