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NA LCS Expansion tournament concludes this weekend

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NA LCS Expansion tournament concludes this weekend

For the last four teams hoping to join the North American division of the League of Legends Championship Series, this weekend represents the moment of truth. A mix of eSports hopefuls and veteran League of Legends players are fighting for two spots in the 2015 spring split.

For some of them, it would be a dream come true. For others, it would be a last chance to get it right.

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Counter Logic Gaming fined $10,000 for poaching in League of Legends LCS

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Counter Logic Gaming fined $10,000 for poaching in League of Legends LCS

Counter Logic Gaming, on of eSports’ largest organisations, has been fined a hefty $10,000 for breaking LCS rules. The eSports giant has been found guilty of attempting to ‘poach’ player William “Scarra" Li, a player for rival organisation Dignitas. 

The fine is the largest ever handed out by LCS, which highlights the severity of the case, and has been intensified by untruths told by Counter Logic Gaming’s bosses. 

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League of Legends patch 4.21 brings gifts for "many orphaned champions" (but not Warwick)

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League of Legends patch 4.21 brings gifts for "many orphaned champions" (but not Warwick)

In past years, preseason follow-up patches like 4.21 have been conservative affairs - but this time’s different. Riot have taken the opportunity to fiddle with balance in the new League of Legends jungle, tweak early-to-mid-game gold flow, and solve a hairy problem named Warwick.

“We know everyone’s still getting adjusted to the new preseason, so we’ll be watching closely over the next while to see what new Warwicks come bubbling to the surface," wrote Chris ‘Pwyff’ Tom. “Please don't let it be Warwick."

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League of Legends players suffer locked out spells; Riot pledge fix in next patch

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League of Legends players suffer locked out spells; Riot pledge fix in next patch

Timing is everything in League of Legends. It’s the sort of game where not being able to mind your Ws and Qs can lose you a game.

That’s the complaint of a frustrated summoner, who found himself locked out of one of his abilities during a team builder match and discovered threads full of fellow players with similar problems. Thankfully, Riot have already worked out a fix - which they plan to pack into their next update.

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At its peak, over 11 million people were watching the League of Legends World Championship final together

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At its peak, over 11 million people were watching the League of Legends World Championship final together

Riot’s tallied up its viewership figures for the League of Legends World Championship 2014, across the whole 15 day tournament and 100 hours of live broadcasts. Over the entire competition, over a 179 million hours of League of Legends was watched, compared to the 70 million hours in the Season 3 World Championship.

The final, which saw Samsung White defeat Starhorn Royal club in front of 40,000 spectators in Seoul was watched online, at its peak, by 11.2 million concurrent viewers. That’s more than double the population of my dear old Scotland. By the end, 27 million people had tuned in. 

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League of Legends dragon champ Ao Shin "on hold"; "We do intend to make him someday"

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League of Legends dragon champ Ao Shin "on hold"; "We do intend to make him someday"

The white, wispy mane of early Ao Shin concept art suggested a champion who was barely there, and so he has proven. Scheduled for release behind at least two other League of Legends champions, the storm dragon has never been anything other than the distant prospect of electrical abilities - and is now officially on hold.

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Rek'Sai is League of Legends' newest champion; she's underground, so you've probably never heard of her

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Rek'Sai is League of Legends' newest champion; she's underground, so you've probably never heard of her

League of Legends has its fair share of grotesque champions, and the roster of horrors has just been expanded, with Riot revealing Rek’Sai, the Void Burrower. She’s a nasty piece of work, burrowing underground, creating tunnels, waiting to jump out and bite unsuspecting champions. 

She’s a terror, but has a bit of trouble dealing with another new champion, Kalista, as well as Kevin Bacon. 

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League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

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League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

League of Legends’ 2015 preseason has begun, which means Riot are free to patch, update, and alter their MOBA. The mantra for this upcoming season’s changes is “Strategic Diversity," say Riot. 

“Our high-level philosophy is we want to offer you more paths to victory so that your in-game decisions matter just as much as the champions you pick." 

If you’ve a read through of the patch notes you’ll see how they’ve achieved this.

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Why "under the radar" League of Legends champion Sona needs nerfing

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Why "under the radar" League of Legends champion Sona needs nerfing

If you’re looking for a D&D point of comparison, blue-mopped Maven of the Strings, Sona, is the bard of League of Legends. Not only because she plucks at a magical zither, but because nobody’s quite sure of the best way to play her.

Nevertheless, she’s the subject of some upcoming nerfs in one of the best free games on PC. Riot explain that Sona is “actually really strong".

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Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

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Riot on League of Legends toxicity: 95% of players never need to be punished

Much is made of League of Legends' unfriendliness to newcomers, and it’s true Riot didn’t hire an in-house psychologist for no reason. But as the MOBA’s 2014 season winds down, the developers have decided to celebrate the better behaviour of most of their players.

Every player who hasn’t been chat restricted or account suspended this season will get a four-win IP boost. And that’s 95% of active players.

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Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

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Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

Riot’s continuing its attempt to curb negative behaviour in League of Legends, but this time, instead of punishing the bad players, the developer is rewarding all the good boys and girls. 

In what Riot says is a “first step", players who haven’t been suspended or had chat restrictions in the 2014 season will receive a 4-win Influence Point boost, to be doled out across the next week. 

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Why the Summoner’s Rift update is good for League of Legends' performance

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Why the Summoner’s Rift update is good for League of Legends' performance

“What good is a spiffy update if your toaster explodes during loading?" 

That’s the question Riot’s engineering team have been asking themselves while developing the new League of Legends update for Summoner’s Rift. They’ve made it their mission (as well as their jobs) to ensure that the new map runs at least as well on bog-standard machines as the old Rift.

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How Riot's Summoner's Rift update is improving clarity in League of Legends

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How Riot's Summoner's Rift update is improving clarity in League of Legends

Riot have been working to update Summoner’s Rift, the primary playground in League of Legends, for the best part of six months now. They’re stripping away the polygonal menhirs that date the five-year-old game, and ensuring that everything is instantly readable.

Here’s what the art team are doing to make sure there’s as little as possible mediating between the player and a great play.

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Riot on League of Legends preseason changes: we haven't forgotten about tank junglers

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Riot on League of Legends preseason changes: we haven't forgotten about tank junglers

Expect a new kind of League of Legends jungle from the upcoming 2015 preseason. While the best Season 4 junglers honed their speed and ganking, Season 5's new monsters, buffs and items will accommodate many more ways to play the role.

The removal of one particular item has worried tank junglers, however. Without Quill Coat, won’t their relatively slow clear ability see them left behind? Riot say otherwise.

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Kalista, League of Legends' new champion, is a bit miffed about being murdered

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Kalista, League of Legends' new champion, is a bit miffed about being murdered

Riot’s got another unfriendly looking champion that it’s throwing into the big ol’ League of Legends melting pot: Kalista, the Spear of Vengeance. That’s her title and her weapon, which must get a bit confusing at times. She’s a bit miffed about being murdered, so she offers to kill betrayers, but at the cost of the souls of the betrayed. 

Sounds like a terrible deal, frankly. 

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Riot outline preseason plan to bring choice back to League of Legends' jungle

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Riot outline preseason plan to bring choice back to League of Legends' jungle

Jungling has a problem. The role is dominated by a small gaggle of League of Legends champions who exemplify speed and ganking ability, and teams tend to bend their selections and strategies to fit. But in the upcoming 2015 preseason, through new monsters, buffs and items, Riot hope to change that.

“We realise jungle diversity improvements have been a focus a few times in the past (has it been every season?)," wrote the developers. “But this time around we’re taking bigger steps."

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How item changes are redefining the jungle in League of Legends

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How item changes are redefining the jungle in League of Legends

There’s a reason we refer to the lion as the King of the Jungle, and it’s his gold efficiency when it comes to item purchases.

Lots of jungle players think about the same thing when speccing their League of Legends champions - but others focus simply on the final builds they’re working towards. It’s the latter group Riot are hoping to cater to with a new round of jungle enchantments-in-testing.

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Hexakill comes to Twisted Treeline in League of Legends' Halloween event: The Harrowing

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Hexakill comes to Twisted Treeline in League of Legends' Halloween event: The Harrowing

We’re finally able to put a name to the rolling fog that’s bothered League of Legends’ champion pages for over a week now. The Black Mist seeps into the heads of its victims, dissolving all memory of home or loved ones and pulling them deep into the Shadow Isles, where they take on new 975 RP skins. 

On Halloween, we mimic their sacrifice by forgetting our own homes and loved ones to play with twelve champions on Twisted Treeline, LoL’s most close-quartered map.

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League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

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League of Legends is close to making $1 billion from microtransactions this year

For a game where spending isn’t mandatory, League of Legends sure nets a lot of money. Microtransaction revenue for the MOBA is up from last year, with Riot making $946 million through in-game purchases. It’s getting pretty close to that ridiculous $1 billion figure, which no online game managed to achieve last year. 

SuperData Research has published its list of the top 10 online PC games, based on microtransactions, with League of Legends sitting in the number one spot.

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