Last weekend in Paris, Riot hosted the All-Star 2014 weekend for the ‘best’ team from each region, along with fun game modes in which the two most popular players from each region participated. I say ‘best’ because SKT T1 K, while the 2013 World Champions, are not currently the best team in Korea after finishing third in the NLB prefaced by being knocked out of Champions Spring. However, this is article is not to prattle about All-Stars or the current power rankings. If you desire said topic, the latest Summoning Insight, hosted by Montecristo and Thorin, gives a large amount of time to reviewing the weekend. No, instead I am concerned with the other prevailing topic that steeply arose to popularity in the past week, and that is the attitude of EU and NA teams to coaches and analysts.
I have four years of coaching experience from when I studied and coached year round, from soccer to basketball and sprints and relays for Track and Field. I understand how a coach thinks and what we bring to the table that players often underestimate. (more…)
The PBE has been graced by the return of Nighthunter Rengar, complete with shiny new splash art! He certainly looks more like a Nighthunter now. The noticeable update is that the hood now has a toggle! Riot does indeed value feedback and certainly takes it into consideration. This was one of the more wide spread request for the skin. Another subtle, but crucial, change is the addition, or regrowth if you will, of his braided goatee. His taunt now actually makes sense as he isn’t stroking thin air. That was weird and unlion-like. Finally, his cloak has been changed to a darker, more burgundy red, and this matches his blue fur color much more effectively. Overall, I love the updates and this will be a day one buy for me! Particle effects are the same so I’ve linked a few images showing the update as well as the splash art. As before, the images are courtesy of surrenderat20.net. Please have a visit to their site to see the new Pantheon skin as well as information on the new champion, Braum (who looks ridiculously fun)! (more…)
This is a topical discussion due to the 1,000 USD fine of Copenhagen Wolve’s ADC Konstantinos ‘FORG1VEN’ Tzortziou. Now, we’ve seen a huge amount of discourse over this fine as to whether it is fair, unjust, excessive or not enough. Let’s ignore the amount for a moment and consider why Riot decided on this action (taken from the link above):
“Tzortziou has continued to consistently engage in behaviour which violates the letter and spirit of the Summoner’s Code. His tendency to engage in verbal abuse, insults and offensive behaviour is unacceptable for any player (even if provoked). This behaviour is especially harmful in a high-profile eSports competitor who should lead the community by example” (more…)
In an attempt to actually put meaningful walls of text (with pretty pictures) on this blog, I am going to outline a few things I hope to get up here in the next two weeks or so:
League: Rengar received major changes! Now, with Nightblue saying ‘RIP Rengar’ and me seeing a few people commenting the same, I will outline why I think Rengar just got buffed. I’m a Rengar jungle main (much to the chagrin of many junglers who think he is useless) and I think these changes require an adaption of play and item sets. I’ve been theory crafting today and changed my runes, masteries and items to compensate for his changes. Conclusion? He’s really strong now. The Bonetooth trinket only adds to that. Welcome to the jungle. I look forward to lifestealing (hint) your health.
League: On that lion’s note, I will finish and upload a 5 minute montage of some of my Rengar jungle exploits.
League: I will put some thoughts up on Thorin’s recent comments regarding the LCS structure as well as my thoughts regarding the study on eSport’s huge increase in viewership.
SWTOR: Assuming Patch 2.7 is on schedule for next week, I’ll either upload some footage or a review on the two new flashpoints that take place on Tython and Korriban. Having already had a run through on the PTS, I can say they are quite fun.. and everyone loves Korriban. Hail the Sith!
Halo: Update on my stats to show I am number 1 and maybe give some thoughts on the insane amount of boosting Halo leaderboards attract. I will work on a montage of some Halo highlights over the years, but this might take some time as I’ll have to capture a lot of old footage (Thunderbolt based BlackMagic capture card will certainly help!)
Alright, time to keep watching the EU LCS! It is the final day of the season!
Well, it seems that Nightcrawler Rengar has been released on the PBE. Sorry, Nighthunter Rengar. You know what? That’s not what bothers me. I like the blue! My gripes are mainly with the nature and color of his cloak. Maybe black and something more.. hunter-ish? I do like the hood action upon recall, and having that present when he ults or as a toggle (like the new Heimer walk) would be a great option. Rengar is my favorite champion and while I don’t love this as much as Headhunter, it’s still a good skin. It does have some cool particle effects.
For some great concept skins (including an epic Gladiator Rengar.. rito pls) have a look at this DeviantArt post: Press me