Posted in Esports Players, LCS, League of Legends

League of legends History: How it became so popular

A long time ago League of Legends was just a small game that had no more than a few thousand players. Nowadays it is a multibillion dollar empire that boasts millions of active monthly players.

So just how exactly can a game like League of Legends go from being completely unknown to arguably the most popular and played video game in the world today?

Well to answer that question we need to go back in time to the very start. Back when World of Warcraft was the king and the iPhone hadn’t even been released yet.

Let’s explore the League of Legends history books.

2006 – Riot Games is Founded

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The story starts back in 2006 when Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill founded Riot Games in Los Angeles. In addition to the founding members, Beck and Merrill also teamed up with some key creative minds in the industry including Steve Feak and Steve Mescon. The offices officially opened in September 2006 and Riot Games was in business!

September – Production Begins

At the same time, Riot Games officially opened their offices; they also started production on their game which eventually became League of Legends. At the time, it didn’t have a working name; it was just something based on the classic Defense of the Ancients plugin from Warcraft 3.

While developing the game, Riot recruited many employees that would help shape the future of the game and put the foundations in place.

2008 – League of Legends: Clash of Fates is announced

On October 7th, the title for Riot game was announced to the public along with a trailer showing off some champions but no actual gameplay. The game was announced as League of Legends: Clash of Fates, although it was quickly renamed to just League of Legends shortly after.

The trailer got many fans excited, but it would be awhile before they could actually play the game.

2009 – Alpha Testing Begins

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A few months later after the trailer was released, on February 21st 2009 the closed friends and family alpha test began. In this phase, only close friends and partners of Riot games were allowed to test the game, but no media or games reviewers were allowed. After around a month of testing the alpha test finally closed and moved on to its next stage of development, Beta testing.

April – Closed Beta Begins

During the closed beta, certain members of the public were invited to test out the game and leave their feedback. It was also during this time that the first new champions were released which was a pretty significant moment in the League of Legends history books. Singed and Zilean became the first champions to be released during the closed beta.

October – League of Legends is Officially Released

This was the official launch of one of the most popular, if not the most popular game, in the history of mankind. After that, there had been the release of various major and minor patches, introducing new heroes, changes in the gameplay and numerous other changes, till we get the game we love so much today.

Posted in Champion reveal, League of Legends, Uncategorized

Introducing the newest League of Legends champion: Kai’Sa

Danger is real. Fear is an illusion.

To survive among predators, Kai’Sa became one. Stranded for years with no hope of rescue, Kai’Sa endured through sheer will and a symbiotic second skin adapted from a living Void creature. Now the Daughter of the Void emerges an apex hunter torn between two worlds: the one that birthed her, and the one that made her.

Passive : Second Skin

Caustic Wounds:
Kai’Sa’s basic attacks mark enemies with Plasma, dealing increasing bonus magic damage. After a few successive attacks, the Plasma ruptures for a burst of damage based on the target’s missing health.
Nearby allies’ immobilizing effects add stacks of Plasma.

Living Weapon:
Kai’Sa’s symbiote-suit adapts to her chosen attack style, evolving her abilities based on permanent stats gained from shop items and experience level.

Q : Icathian Rain

Kai’Sa releases a swarm of missiles evenly distributed among nearby enemies, with additional hits on the same target dealing slightly reduced damage.

Living Weapon:
With enough bonus Attack Damage, Icathian Rain fires significantly more missiles.

W : Void Seeker

Kai’Sa fires off a beam of Void energy, revealing the first enemy hit, dealing magic damage, and applying stacks of Plasma.

Living Weapon:
With enough bonus Ability Power, Void Seeker deals more damage and partially refunds the cooldown on champion hit.

E : Supercharger

Kai’Sa charges up, briefly increasing her movement speed but losing the ability to attack. After charging up, Kai’Sa whips out the big guns to increase her attack speed for a few seconds.
Basic attacks reduce Supercharger’s cooldown.

Living Weapon:
With enough bonus Attack Speed, Supercharger briefly grants true invisibility while charging up.

R : Killer Instinct

Kai’Sa dashes at extremely high speed with long range to a location near an enemy champion marked with Plasma and briefly gains a damage-absorbing shield.

Life and death are separated by the smallest stumble.

Posted in League of Legends

Match Coverage (Story Style)- JAG vs KDM – LCK Spring Split (Week 3 Game 2)

(We are back with our second Match coverage, and this time we have brought about a number of changes. Instead of forcing our readers to go through lengthy description and in-detailed statitics, which anyone can watch on YouTube, we have tried to weave out a prose-like assessment depicting the overall strategy, with all the thrills. Please let us know your views, stating which style you liked more.)

Jin Air GreenWings (JAG) Line-up

  • SoHwan – TOP Gnar
  • UmTi – JUNGLE Jax
  • Grace – MID Ryze
  • Teddy – ADC Kalista
  • Wraith – SUPPORT Ornn

KONGDOO Monster (KDM) Line-up

  • Roach – TOP Vladimir
  • Raise- JUNGLE Kha’Zix
  • Edge – MID Zoe
  • SSol – ADC Ezreal
  • Secret – SUPPORT Braum

      The game starts with Jax claiming the red buff, with the assistance of his trusted associates, Kalista and Ornn at 1:30 minutes. Later, he claims the blue buff, with the help of the Rune Mage, Ryze. Then, at about 10 minutes, wielding the last light of Icathia, Jax challenges the cloud drake, again with the support of the specter Kalista and Ornn. But their plan is foiled by the self-assured explorer Ezreal and the beloved hero Braum. But after some time, they do succeed in silencing the drake, with Ornn pushing away Braum with his searing charge.

      Later, on the mid lane, the mischievous Zoe lands huge damage on Ryze, who is forced to fall back. But as he was weaving the recall spell, Kha’Zix tries to assassinate him, by jumping out of the nearby bush, but Ryze holds his ground, while Jax tries to round up the mutating horror. As Kha’Zix tries to escape using the various means available, the grandmaster lands the fatal blow on him by jumping over the wall, claiming the ‘first blood’ on this match. With renewed vigour, Jax approaches the Rift Herald, another monster on the Summoner’s Rift. With the help of Gnar and his faithful bonetooth boomerang, he claims the loyalty of the monster. But the KDM champions aren’t the one to sit back and leave everything to fate. Wielding powerful magic and with the assistance of the monstrous Kha’Zix, Zoe rushes down the mid lane. 

      Then at 17 minutes, Jax journeys downside to the bottom lane, and on encountering the Kha’zix again in the jungle, claims his life for the second time, with little assistance from the master craftsman Ornn. On the bottom lane, Jax calls upon the Rift Herald and releases it, giving it thr chance to prove its loyalty, which it does by bringing down the bot tower of KDM on one charge. Later, the JAG champions team-up at the dragon’s lair to silence the mountain drake. This time Kalista gets the kill with her soul-spears. At this time, on the top lane, Gnar gains an upper hand over Vladimir and almost succeed in silencing his thirst for mortal blood, but is forced to retreat, thanks to the sneaky Kha’Zix, whose loyalty to his KDM teammates is unfazed.

      The JAG champions do try their luck, one by one, to take down the top KDM tower, but Zoe stands up to protect it. She is the only one, who can stand up to the the JAG threat, and she doesn’t disappoint her teammates. This tug of war moves into the nearby jungle, where the JAG champions try to secure the Baron area for themselves, and KDM tries their best in cutting out their opponents’ vision but pulling down their wards. In this manner, KDM put the JAG people in an uncomfortable position, forcing them to proceed with caution. The tension reaches its ultimate, and a 3vs4 fight breaks off. Not one to leave his teammates alone in a battle, Gnar teleports to the battlefield to make it a balanced fight. In this ruckus, Vladimir is targeted, and in spite of using the stopwatch to gain invulnerability momentarily, Kalista’s spear doesn’t miss its hunt and brings him down. The injured JAG champions try to retreat, but KDM won’t let their fallen partner’s death go in vain. Chasing down the murderers, Ezreal silences the grandmaster Jax, while Kha’Zix succeeds in putting out the fire under the mountain, Ornn. A little later, Zoe faces the Ornn in the jungle area, and puts him into slumber again, thus,balancing the table at 3-3. Then, the cosmic messenger pushes mid and takes down their opponents’ mid tower.

      In the jungle, Jax tries to assassinate Ezreal, but is held back from dealing fatal blows, thanks to the presence of Braum and his unbreakable shield. To set right the wrong done to them, Gnar and Ryze bring down the mid tower of KDM, while Kalista chases away Ezreal from the top lane. A little later, Zoe and Kha’Zix catch up with the archmage Ryze, but his endless arcane power claims the life of Kha’Zix and puts him into the death chamber once again. But having used up most of his spells, he gets killed by Zoe, who had a very narrow escape as she could have been the one in the grave, instead of the runic mage. At this point, Ornn does try to use his ultimate ability and summon a massive elemental to crush the injured Zoe, but Braum leaps in front of her, and holds up his shield – proving that he is indeed, a true friend to all those in need.

      But the JAG too, won’t let KDM run over the map unbounded. With Ryze still recuperating, the 4 man team assemble near the baron, to plan out their further moves. But they are soon to retreat from their vantage point, as Braum approaches them, and soon enough the troublesome Zoe teleports to the nearby brush, having exchanged her flash for teleport spell. Later, Braum foils another assassination attempt on Ezreal, planned by vengeance-driven Kalista and Ornn, by holding up his trusty shield once again. Soon, with a change in objective, Jax and Gnar claim the power of the drake; staff and boomerang effective enough against the fire of a drake. Driven mad by his lust for blood, Vladimir clears up minion waves under the turret in the bot lane, fearing that a fatal attack might land on him, if he proceeds forward or if the turret falls. After all, he had seen Gnar lurking just beyond his field of vision, and knows what a creature he might become, if outraged.

      While in the jungle on the Baron side, Jax falls victim to the cute antics of Zoe and somehow runs away to safety. Thus, being weaker in number, JAG feels it to be safer to surrender this vantage point. Or did they really run away from the battlefield? Quick enough, Ryze brings down the outer top tower of KDM, while Kalista pushes close enough to their outer mid tower. KDM doesn’t want to risk losing the mid lane and so they decide to let the Baron live for the time being while they deal with this new threat first. Having the mid lane again in their control, they try taking the Baron buff once again. But, exactly at this point, JAG ambushes them. Jax’s charged staff shatters the shield of Braum claiming his life, while Gnar’s finally get to dig his teeth into Vladimir. Ryze uses his powers to banish the monstrous Kha’Zix and then, silence the mischievous Zoe, and forcing her to atone for all her wrongdoings. Already well known for his uncanny ability to find a way out of trouble, Ezreal escapes the JAG onslaught. Having chased him a bit, the JAG members focus on their ultimate motive and bring down two mid lane towers, including the inhibitor one. Instead of pushing their way into the enemy base, they decide to get the free Baron. Then, they travel to the dragon lair and slay the elder dragon, and then further proceed to bring down the inner bot tower, dealing extra damage to it, thanks to the new dragon buff. 

      Now, with the powerful hand of Baron buff, the JAG champions go along their designation lanes; Gnar on top, Ryze on mid, Kalista, Ornn and Jax on bot; leading their minion waves; with the promise to meet again at the enemy nexus. Having lost complete map control, the KDM does try to hold their ground against the enemy onslaught, from all three lanes, but their inhibitors get decimated, and they face their enemy champions, along with their super-minions surging with a monstrous purple energy (read, baron buff). In this ultimate fight on the Field of Justice, the KDM falls to the JAG, getting more or less wiped out. Final score is 11-5 (JAG-KDM).

      Verdict- First of all, KDM was in a disadvantageous position since the start, as they had only one true tank, Braum. Edge did manage to level up Zoe good enough and he dealt the maximum damage of all champions in this game, but he alone couldn’t save the day for KDM. Vladimir was a very bad choice against Gnar on the top lane, as he was outmatched on all fronts. This resulted in, him being the most disappointing champion in this match. Raise didn’t seem to be much comfortable with Kha’Zix, and he missed numerous ganking opportunities. For JAG, Ryze and Gnar were the one, who carried the game for the team. Teddy’s Kalista was well fed, even having the highest creep score in the match, but he was never required to carry. Maybe, Jarvan IV or Zac would have been more suited for Raise, but JAG had made it sure to put them on the ban list on their first chance.  

      Posted in LCS, League of Legends

      Match Coverage: Echo Fox vs TSM (Week 2 Day 2, NA LCS)

      (This is my very first match coverage; not exactly live; but I have tried to move on from my comfort zone of passive content writing to match coverage. It may not be up to the mark, and I may have gone into too much details or my style may be bland, so I am open to all criticisms. You may comment below on this blog post or mail me at You may also leave me a message here.)

      Echo Fox line-up: Huni, Dardoch, Fenix, Altec, Adrian

      TSM line-up: Hauntzer, Mikeyeung, Bjergsen, Zven, Mithy

      The game takes place at LCS studios, California, where after the round of bans, the picture is like this. Huni, as Gangplank, would be facing Hauntzer’s Vladimir. Vladimir seems to be current favorite as top, as he is being seen repeatedly in the current season. Dardoch settles with Zac, a bit uncommon champion for him, opposite to TSM’s Jarvan IV. Fenix goes for Zoe, the newest champion in the game, who can land a huge amount of damage, as well as is a effective roamer. Altec takes Tristana, along with Alistar support. TSM’s Bjergsen, known to dominate the mid lane takes Malzahar, while Zven and Mithy settles on Ezreal and Braum respectively.


      As the game starts, Dardoch (Zac) takes the red buff first while Mikeyeung (Jarvan IV) takes on the blue senitel. Dardoch tries an early gank, and it turns 3vs1 for Mithy (Braum), but blocks the attacks and falls back to his own turret. Later, Dardoch tries to gank mid lane, but this attack on Malzahar faila too, as Bjergsen falls to his turret. Meanwhile, in the top lane, Jarvan IV threatens Huni (Gangplank) , who does fall back to his turret, but is ultimately killed by Hauntzer’s Vladimir, thus scoring the “First Blood”. Huni hadn’t anticipated Vladimir’s risky tower dive, and thus hadn’t used flash. 

      At 10 mins into the game, Hauntzer and Mikeyeung kill Huni for the second time, despite his using a stopwatch to attain invulnerability for a short period of time, but a sudden appearance of Echo Fox members cuts out the escape route of Vladimir and he falls with the kill going to Fenix’s Zoe. Meanwhile, TSM has taken advantage and damaged the bottom tower to almost dangerously low health. All of a sudden, a 4vs4 engagement occurs here, and Zoe gets Jarvan IV while Altec’s Tristana kills Mithy’s Braum. But Malzahar kills them both, scoring a “DoubleKill”, while Zac and Alistar escape, thanks to their tanky nature. On the other side of the map, Hauntzer solo kills Huni, under his tower and then takes down the tower. Thus the score stands at 3-5 at this point.

      15 mins into the game, and TSM leads by 2500 gold, with Vladimir having almost 2000 gold advantage over Gangplank. Thus, Hauntzer constantly harass Huni, and the top lane seems to be the weak spot for Echo Fox. Dardoch takes the first drake, while Mikeyeung is driven away by EchoFox. TSM takes the Rift Herald at about 20 mins and use it to take down the first middle tower, forcing Echo Fox to retreat. This leads to a 5000 gold advantage for TSM, who seem to completely dominate the early game. Echo Fox do take out TSM’s outer middle tower, while they get the mountain drake. 

      A bit of slowdown is observed at this point, with no one trying to engage in a battle. Each team tries to clear out map vision of the opponent team. Huni tries to feed on the bottom lane minions, but Hauntzer tries his best to harass him there too. Hauntzer’s Vladimir is too fed at this point of time and he didn’t had to use his stopwatch yet. Despite their advantage, TSM needs to pull out something big to win. 

      Then, TSM tries to take the Baron buff, as soon as it spawns, but they are flanked by Echo Fox. This results in Huni’s death, again in the hands of Vladimir. Thus, with the baron buff and an extra kill, serving as the topping, TSM pushes mid and take down another tower. They move to bottom lane, and take down another tower there. TSM dominates the map and jump from lanes to lanes, while Echo Fox looks for any chance to catch hold of a isolated member. Huge minion pressure on the top side leads to the fall of a tower there and now, TSM tries to take down the top inhibitor tower, with combined effort of the red minions. 5vs5 engagement occurs here, with Zac taking down Malzahar, Zven’s Ezreal takes down Alistar, Vladimir takes down Zoe, Huni hunts down Mithy, but falls to Zven. When the dust settles down, Jarvan IV and Ezreal take down the top inhibitor easily, while Zac has to retreat, being the solo alive member of his team. TSM has a 10000 gold advantage now, and clearly seems to have complete map control.

      Echo Fox slays the drake this time and tries to minimize the gold difference. Hauntzer gets caught in a 3vs1 situation again in the mid lane and though his escape looks successful at first, thanks to a well-timed flash, he is chased down by Fenix’s Zoe. Though Echo Fox has been successful in putting their strongest opponent in a death chamber for 40 secs, they are quite behind ( 7 kills against 10, 1 tower taken down against 7, 59000 gold against 67500).

      Now, TSM tries to take over the baron buff again, but Echo Fox tries to look for a way to flank. It turns into a 4vs4 engagement, and Alistar is seen trying to keep Vladimir away from the fight. But the tanky build of Mikeyeong’s Jarvan IV holds out long enough, and this results in the fall of two members of Echo Fox. Leaving the Baron for the meanwhile, TSM pushes the mid lane and take down the inhibitor tower and the inhibitor itself. But they exit soon enough to get the second baron buff, while Echo Fox hold against the wave of minions at their base. The end game looks clear now ( or is it?).

      Another 5vs5 team-fight on the mid lane leads to the fall of Adrian’s Alistar. TSM picks the Elder dragon and then regroups at the bottom lane. Team fight occurs at the bottom inhibitor tower, where Tristana kills Malzahar, but in turn is killed by Zoe. Zoe had also killed Vladimir, just before that, so Fenix gets a DoubleKill again.This unexpected result forces TSM to fall back, but Echo Fox is unable to chase them down due to the massive minion pressure on their base. They can barely hold out there, and it leads to the fall of one of their nexus towers.

      TSM falls to the baron, aiming for the baron buff again, but Echo Fox tries to round them up there. A team-fight there, leads to the killing of Malzahar, by Altec’s Tristana. Thus, Echo Fox’s assassination mission looks successful and they get away with the kill, forcing TSM to retreat for the time being. By this point of the game, Zac seems to be the one forcing engagements with the opponent, and he is quite good at forcing TSM members to use up their Flash and other defensive spells. The baron remains the point of constant pressure for both teams, when suddenly Echo Fox steps forward to get the baron. The resulting ruckus leads to Vladimir killing Alistar, while Tristana gets to shutdown TSM’s Ezreal, his first death in this game. Zac targets Vladimir and pushes him back in between the Echo Fox players, who slaughter him easily, with thr kill going to Fenix’s Zoe, who is in a rampage by now. Hauntzer did use his stopwatch to but himself a few seconds of invulnerability, but it doesn’t work in his favor at all.

      Now, with TSM two personnel down, Echo Fox takes the Baron buff easily. Then, switching to a offensive mode, Echo Fox rushes down the mid lane, but are intercepted by TSM and are forced to fight their way into the nearby jungle area, where Vladimir picks up a kill on Alistar with ease. With Alistar in the death chamber for 50 secs, TSM uses their number advantage and taked down the middle inhibitor, and focus their attention to the top one. On being chased by Echo Fox a bit, they fall back a bit. As soon as Echo Fox takes their bait and moves out of their base to push the minion wave on other lanes, TSM re-attack the top inhibitor tower and take it down. Again Zac engages the enemy to a team-fight where Echo Fox gains two kills, Vladimir and Braum. Now, with better map control, Echo Fox claims the Elder dragon. Thjs seems to be the turning point of the game, as Huni’s Gangplank with six offensive items including Infinity Blade, turns to be the main damage dealer for Echo Fox. They pick up four of the TSM players, with two kills going to Huni. 

      Echo Fox clearly dominates the game now. They run down the mid lane and take down the middle inhibitor tower on TSM side. TSM falls one by one, first Vladimir, then Malzahar, followed by Jarvan IV, Braum and then Huni claiming an Ace on Ezreal. 

      With no one to challenge them, Echo Fox takes down the blue nexus and wins the game. They have made an amazing comeback, keeping TSM engaged for enough time, till they are stronger than them. They had overcome a great gold disadvantage and early loss of turrets, to turn the tables and seige the exact winning moment. The most important role was played by Dardoch’s Zac here, timing all the engagements and feeding the other members with kills.

      With a win on this match, Echo Fox is still undefeated in the NA region with 4-0. 

      Posted in Esports Players, League of Legends

      Pro tips from ‘Rekkles’ : What it takes to get to the top

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      Each gamer has this thought one time or the other: How do I become successful as a esports player in this game, that I am playing?

      Well, how about some tips from a professional player himself.

      Fnatic’s League of Legends ADC player MartinRekklesLarssen has shared his views on what he thinks are the important qualities, what we need to inculcate to become a pro.

      • First and foremost, possessing a competitive spirit is important. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun while playing the game; it just shouldn’t be your main goal. People need to think of when they want to go pro, and take the plunge with all readiness.

      “I’ve always had this competitive spirit coming from my youth with sports, I couldn’t just play for fun.”

      • Secondly, climbing the ladder shouldn’t be a goal, it should be something that just happens with the other goals. Playing the game a lot and putting 110% into every game is the first thing of ever becoming something.
      • Another important thing is to be really open minded. It doesn’t mean, you should try to play a whole lot of champions. Even when you’re playing a certain champion you can’t tell yourself you’re doing the best you can possibly do, you need to always look outside of the box and try to find new ways of playing the game. That’s how you grow the fastest, even though you might only be playing a few champions.
      • And another important thing, but usually overlooked, is learning patience. It can be used in your favour inside the game, because there are many moments where it’s really tense, like if four people died on each team and it’s one on one. If you don’t have that patience, you’re going to lose that last duel which you wouldn’t have otherwise.

      It is going to take you time to get somewhere. In fact, Rekkles himself played the game for almost two years and he was gold before he started climbing the tiers. If a player don’t have the patience to go through this phase, he would surely given up before leaving any mark.

      If you’re willing to give 110% of your time and focus, you can get anywhere. It’s not just League of Legends related either, it’s anything in life. So you really need that drive – that’s the main thing you need to be looking for. You can actually force yourself to have that drive, I don’t think it’s something you can be born with, it’s something that you almost teach yourself through life.

      – Rekkles

      Posted in CS:GO, Dota 2, FIFA, Heroes of the Storm, League of Legends, The International

      Forget dancing horses, surfing and BMX- the Olympics Games need eSports

      If we have learned anything from the previous few Olympics, it is that the Games are going through an identity crisis. Rocked by a doping scandal and with an older audience than ever, the International Olympic Committee is attempting to rehabilitate its image by appealing to a uninterested youth.

      With sports such as BMX freestyle and baseball taking their place alongside archaic remnants from the age of imperialism, like modern pentathlon and dressage, it is difficult to know what or who the Olympics represent anymore. If the IOC is serious about joining the brave new world that seems to have passed it by and more importantly if it wants to keep its sponsors happy, it needs to make serious changes – starting with introducing eSports.

      Described by the organising committee as an opportunity “to inspire new generations and become a turning point and a model for future Olympic Games”, the decision to include events such as surfing and climbing in the programme for the 2020 Games comes across as a desperate and cynical ploy by an organisation that is clinging on to what relevance it once had by including sports they believe will address flagging viewership amongst the under-30s. The inclusion of skateboarding especially smacks of a decision made in a focus group run by a man who uses the word “dude” unironically.

      Whatever nostalgia we may have about the Games, the simple truth is they are no longer a celebration of the world’s greatest athletes but rather a corporate exercise in mass marketing. And therein lies eSports’ greatest strength. eSports generated $493m (£386m) in revenue with a global audience of about 320m people in 2016, the eSports website Newzoo reported last year. Purely from a financial standpoint, advertisers are missing a potentially massive opportunity to reach new audiences. There are estimated to be over 100m League of Legends players worldwide, and unlike surfing or softball, it has proven its mass viewing appeal, with 36m unique viewers tuned in for 2015’s League of Legends final between Koo Tigers and SK Telecom, exceeding the 31m people who tuned in to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers, inspired by a virtuoso performance from LeBron James, defeat Golden State Warriors in last year’s NBA Championship decider. Incidentally, that figure is also higher than the average of 27.5m American viewers for the Rio Games.

      The Asian Games, the second largest multisport event after the Olympics, is set to feature eSports first as a demonstration event in 2018 as part of the run-up to eSports’ official inclusion as a medal sport in the 2022 Games in Hangzhou, China. This should come as no surprise because of the enormous popularity of eSports across the continent, and especially in the far east. Seoul’s Sangam Stadium, which hosted a World Cup semi-final in 2002, was sold out for the 2014 League of Legends World Final which was broadcast to a global audience of over 27m in 19 different languages. The popularity of eSports is not solely confined to Asia though, with Sweden’s DreamHack, the world’s largest digital festival, hosting a variety of tournaments including games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter V, and Heroes of the Storm.

      Perhaps one of the main peculiarities of eSports competitions is that they rarely feature sports games. Despite their global popularity, football games such as Fifa lag behind the likes of Dota 2 and Hearthstone, with last year’s Fifa Ultimate Team Championship Final providing the first lucrative opportunity to play the game as it featured a $400,000 prize pool and was broadcast on traditional gaming platforms, YouTube and Twitch as well as BT Sport.

      Football teams are slowly starting to embrace the growing trend of global tournaments, with Manchester City, West Ham United, and Wolfsburg all signing professional eSports players, while other teams such as Valencia and Schalke have gone beyond Fifa – the former have a Rocket League team and the latter a League of Legends roster.

      Football’s involvement should provide the IOC with the encouragement they need to incorporate eSports onto the Olympic schedule. Its global appeal far outstretches nearly every other sport in the world, while it also makes commercial sense. For the naysayers who claim it will devalue the Olympics to have skinny, pasty, nerds smashing buttons and pretending to shoot one another, just remember – at least it’s not dancing horses.

      COURTESY: The Guardian

      Posted in League of Legends, Player Rankings


      Like me, many of you must have looked for the list of the best players in League of Legends, but none of them were too satisfactory. Most of them either contained players from a certain region more, while ignoring the other regions or compared the players playing in differ roles on the basis of a common criteria which is completely odd. Some other lists were biased, and had personal favorites included, to a great extent.

      So, we have tried to make a new and complete list, which includes the top 6 players, for each role. This was quite an audacious task, and proved to be too daunting. So, after looking through all the player profiles, their achievements as team as well as individually, how much significant is their role in the team’s victory and their efforts to prove themselves in the upcoming season, we were able to come up with this list (with all efforts to be fair and well-informed, keeping out personal preferences and favorites). The players have been mentioned in no particular order, as we aren’t deciding their world rankings (their tournament earnings till date, has been mentioned just for information purpose).

      (P.S.- Long list ahead)

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      Top lane is one of the most diverse roles in League of Legends, as it can house everything from resistance-stacking tanks to high damage assassins, and every player has their own unique idea on how the lane should be played. Though playing as top laner is often considered an easier role by most, the best top laners in the world can swing the tides of battle completely, when they get involved.

      • ·         Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho

      Current Team- KT Rolster

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 21

      Most Played Champions- Maokai, Rumble, Jayce

      Tournament earnings- $209,099

      Best known for his Yoric and Riven plays, he often wins his lane against the other team’s top laner during matches. He has back-to-back South Korean MVP awards, and he shed the stigma of being a second-place finisher by starring in the Tigers’ win over KT Rolster in the summer 2016 LCK finals.

      He got the first pentakill by a toplaner in Champions history (Scored a pentakill with Riven against Jin Air Green Wings in 2015 LCK Summer Split.)

      • ·       Seung “Huni” Hoon Heo

      Current Team- SK Telecom T1

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 19

      Most Played Champions- Maokai, Rumble, Gangplank

      Tournament earnings- $210,787

      He is well known for important teleport plays to help his team gain the lead. Moreover, he is known for playing unorthadox top laners, such as Cassiopeia. He does have a few achievements under his belt, such as scoring pentakills with:

      1.      Quinn in their match against Team Liquid in Week 6 of the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split.

      2.      Ekko in their match against Team Impulse in Week 9 of the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split.

      • ·         Tong “Koro1” Yang

      Current Team-  Royals Never Give Up

      Country of Birth- China


      Most Played Champions- Jayce, Poppy, Maokai

      Tournament earnings- $245,956

      One of the underrated top-laners, he has shown consistent performance in the Demacia Cup tournaments and LPL Spring playoffs, first for Edward Gaming and then for Royals Never Give Up.

      • ·         Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho

      Current Team- Team Dignitas

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Gnar, Ekko, Shen

      Tournament earnings- $79,375

      Known for playing Tanks and Bruisers such as Renekton, Riven and Shen, he is considered as a very dominating top laner, often killing the enemy, even when in a disadvantaged position himself in fact, he is widely considered as the best top laner in Korea, alongside with Looper.

      • ·         Jang “Looper” Hyeong-seok
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      Current Team- Echo Fox

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 24

      Most Played Champions- Trundle, Rumble, Maokai

      Tournament earnings- $346,307

      Known for his exceptional use of Teleport., he gained popularity for his Singed plays, and is regarded as one of the best Dr. Mundo players in the world. He was awarded the Best Top Laner in the 2016 Demacia Cup, while he was a part of Royals Never Give Up.

      • ·         Lee “Flame” Ho-Jong

      Current Team- Immortals

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 24

      Most Played Champions- Poppy, Gangplank, Nautilus

      Tournament earnings- $79,362

      Flame is well known for his ability to seamlessly dive on to the opponent’s priority targets even if they are protected by a strong front line(‘The Flame Angle’), and his ability to consistently dominate his lane opponent both in kills and farm, usually outfarming his lane (‘The Flame Horizon’).

      He is also called the “Pilot” because of his ability to hard carry his team to victory. He was even awarded Best Top Laner at 2013 Korean e-Sports Awards.

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      One of the hardest role to play in LoL, a jungler moves around the whole map, from lanes to lanes, ganking the enemy champions when they are at a disadvantage, while harvesting gold in between from the neutral creeps. Constant vigilance on which lane cab be turned to their advantage determines how good a jungler is. Here are the junglers who clearly deserved a place amongst the top six.

      •  Han “Peanut” Wang-ho

      Current Team- SK Telecom T1

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 19

      Most Played Champions- Rengar, Lee Sin, Kha’Zix

      Tournament earnings- $267,665

      He is the one of the most talented upcoming junglers in the recent times, and has won the KDA Leader (Jungle) awards repeatedly in the recent LCK Spring tournaments. In his first season, he was nicknamed the “Battle Ward”, for his play being all offense with little anything else, and proving that the blood of his enemies is the best way for his team to see the map.

      • Ming “Clearlove7” Kai (previously called Clearlove)

      Current Team- EDward Gaming

      Country of Birth- China

      Age- 23

      Tournament earnings- $356,843

      Considered to be the number 1 jungler even before he  joined Team WE in Season 2, he averaged the most kills of any jungler in the league with the least amount of deaths. There are a lot of up-and-comers each year, yet Clearlove remains as solid as Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok at the mid lane position.

      • Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen

      Current Team- Team SoloMid

      Country of Birth- Denmark

      Age- 21

      Most Played Champions- Rek’Sai, Gragas, Nidalee

      Tournament earnings- $104,955

      Svenskeren is the most aggressive jungler in North America. His favored champions are those who can counter-jungle effectively to outfarm the enemy jungler, such as Lee Sin and Graves.

      He even  performed a baronsteal with Gragas against LGD on his first game with TSM.

      • Kang “Ambition” Chan-yong

      Current Team- Samsung Galaxy

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 24

      Most Played Champions- Rengar, Kha’Zix, Graves

      Tournament earnings- $220,797

      Known for his consistent performance and un-emotional playing style, he is one of the upcoming junglers in the recent times. In fact, he is considered the most consistent Mid-laner of all of Korea, which was his previous role.

      • Choi “inSec” In-seok

      Current Team- Royal Club

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 23

      Most Played Champions- Zed, Zac, Evelynn

      Tournament earnings- $124,944

      Known for playing carry junglers like Zed or Evelynn, he was considered by many pro players to be the best jungler in the world. He is also well known for his Lee Sin play (considered the best in the world due to his incredibly good mechanics).

      • Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov

      Current Team- Gambit.CIS

      Country of Birth- Russia

      Age- 24

      Most Played Champions- kha’Zix, Lee Sin, Rengar

      Tournament earnings- $104,424

      Starting his professional career with 1800 elo (relatively low in the pro scene), he has revolutionized the jungle with counter-jungling methods and unorthodox Champs, such as Karma, Dr. Mundo, Nasus and Hecarim. He is also known for his early-game aggressive play with Lee Sin, Shyvana and Udyr.

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      Going head-to head, a mid laner does the crucial task of defending the mid lane, as the game is usually lost if this lane falls too early. Choosing the top six for this was rather easy, as there are a few favorites, of all the LoL fans around the world, who clearly prove they are a class apart and definitely deserve a place amongst the world best.

      • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

      Current Team- SK Telecom T1

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 21

      Most Played Champions- Orianna, Corki, Ryze

      Tournament earnings- $1,047,606

      Widely considered the best League of Legends player till date, he has earned numerous nicknames over the years, such as “God”,”Lionel Messi of League of Legends”, “Michael Jordan of League of Legends” and “The Unkillable Demon King”. He has won the awards for ‘Best League of Legends Player’, ‘Korea Esports Player of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Player’ and ‘KDA Leader (Mid)’ numerous times, and is currently the only player who has won over one million dollars as prize money. Well known for his hyper aggressive play style, he holds the record for most kills in a World Championship at 209.

      • Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg

      Current Team- Team SoloMid

      Country of Birth- Denmark

      Age- 21

      Most Played Champions- Zed, LeBlanc, Azir

      Tournament earnings- $157,711

      He is Riot’s youngest featured Streamer and is said to have recorded 70K viewers on his first stream after joining Team SoloMid, in Nov 2013. If it isn’t proof enough, he is called the “Western Faker” because of his deep champion pool and his famous Zed play, and has won numerous MVP awards in the NA region.

      • Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten

      Current Team- H2k-Gaming

      Country of Birth- Netherlands

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Azir, Vladimir, Viktor

      Tournament earnings- $90,030

      Currently known as one of the strongest current mid laners in the EU LCS (and previously considered the best mid laner on NA) , he gained popularity with his solokills on Faker.He is also the first player who reached Challenger in Korean server at the 2015 Bootcamp after 8 days, having 75% win rate.

      • Heo “PawN” Won-seok

      Current Team- KT Rolster

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Ryze, Orianna, Ahri

      Tournament earnings- $405,041

      He proved himself as the one of the most consistent player with Edward Gaming, before he moved on with KT Rolster in Nov 2016. He got the name “The God Slayer” as he solokilled Faker (“God”) multiple times in season 4. Known for his Yasuo, he is considered the best Yasuo player (alongside with Dade) and a 1 vs 1 duel specialist.

      • Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang

      Current Team- Flash Wolves

      Country of Birth- Taiwan

      Age- 19

      Most Played Champions- Vladimir, LeBlanc, Ryze

      Tournament earnings- $151,258

      Recording back to back victory in the IEM Season XI – World Championship and 2017 LMS Spring, Flash Wolves is a Taiwanese team to watch out for. Maple is one of the most versatile mid laners around and has already proven to be practically unopposed in the LMS region, where he led all mid laners with a 6.9 KDA during the regular season.

      • Lee “Crown” Min-ho

      Current Team- Samsung Galaxy

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 22

      Most Played Champions- Ryze, Viktor, Syndra

      Tournament earnings- $150,351

      One of the upcoming team hailing from Korea, who can give stiff competition to SKT, Samsung Galaxy has usually held the second position, just after SKT in the world championships. Known for his flawless Zed and Riven plays, he often plays an important role in the team’s victory.

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      The winning or losing of a match, is usually said to depend on the AD carry, how well he could outfarm the opponent and get kills, to create a clear gold advantage, and come up with their builds at the earliest. Weak in the early game, and too buffed up in the late game, their progress determines the outcome. Choosing the top six among so many finest players around the world was quite hard, but we do think we were able to determine the best six.

      • Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu


      Current Team- KT Rolster

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Ashe, Varus, Ezreal

      Tournament earnings- $268,446

      When we discuss about the world’s best AD carry players, Deft’s name usually crop up amongst the top few. When he was in the Edward Gaming rooster, he was the driving force behind its top performance. Known for being excellent at creating the most efficient mastery and rune pages, and amazing Ezreal and Lucian plays, he had been awarded the MVP award and Best AD award  in the 2016 Demacia Cup.

      • Bae “Bang” Jun-sik

      Current Team- SK Telecom T1

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 21

      Most Played Champions- Ezreal, Ashe, Varus

      Tournament earnings- $781,027

      By now you would have guessed, that if someone belongs to SKT, he would be amongst the top 6 here. After all, SKT wouldn’t have been the best team, if they didn’t have the best players.

       He has the highest KDA of all time in a Premier tournament of 71 after the Groups Stage of 2015 World Championship. Moreover, he scored his 1000th kill this year, after killing Mata during their match against KT Rolster in Week 6 of 2017 LCK Spring.

      • Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao
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      Current Team- Royals Never Give Up

      Country of Birth- China

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Ezreal, Varus, Ashe

      Tournament earnings- $240,632

      Considered one of the best, if not the best AD carry of season three and four, with only Deft and Imp to rival him, he was the first player in the history of League of Legends to make to two World Championship Finals back to back.

      Known for his excellent mechanics, he believes that the sole measure of worth of an ADC is how hard he carries the team and most specifically how much damage he deals. The ADC needs to be a robotic brick, never wavering, and always at the absolute peak of perfect micro play.

      • Martin “Rekkles” Larsson

      Current Team- Fnatic

      Country of Birth- Sweden

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Sivir, Ezreal, Jhin

      Tournament earnings- $111,627

      In the initial years of LoL, Fnatic was one of the best team in the world. Now they are trying to reclaim their old glory, by rebuilding their team around Rekkles, which explains his actual worth. One of the youngest players ever to play in competitive play, he is one of the most popular player in EU region. Holding the record for fewest deaths during an entire LCS split, he has scored numerous pentakills and known for his superb Jhin plays, amongst his peers.

      • Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng

      Current Team- Team SoloMid

      Country of Birth- United States

      Age- 23

      Most Played Champions- Kalista, Jinx, Sivir

      Tournament earnings- $93,815

      The player with the most pentakills in the competitive scene of League of Legends (10 pentakills), he is widely regarded as one of the most mechanically skilled AD carries in NA. Very driven to maintain this title, Doublelift’s pride and practice schedule are legendary in the NA scene.

      • Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen

      Current Team- G2 Esports

      Country of Birth- Denmark

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Sivir, Lucian, Caitlyn

      Tournament earnings- $166,350

      All around the world, many LoL competitive scene followers believe, the only team that can dethrone SKT is G2 Esports. Their consistent winning in this year’s tournaments (either 1st or 2nd position), proves the point. Having won two EU LCS titles in a row, he is the force behind the team. He got the most Double Kills during the 2015 Summer Split across EU and NA LCS, and doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon.

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      Anyone who knows about League of Legends, knows how much the team’s performance depends on the player, playing in the support role. Contradictory to the other players in the team, the support dedicates his time to healing, buffing, warding and helping the carry get extra kills. A good support can change the tides of the game, by helping a fellow teammate at a crucial time. Here are the top support players, whom we thought deserved a place here amongst the top six in the world.

      • Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong

      Current Team- KT Rolster

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 23

      Most Played Champions- Karma, Zyra, Lulu

      Tournament earnings- $382,369

      Considered by many players to be the best support player in the world, he is the reason behind Deft’s outstanding performance. He became known for being so incredibly talented on Thresh, that his fans say “If MadLife is God, then Mata is Buddha”.

      • Hong “MadLife” Min-gi

      Current Team- Gold Coin United

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 24

      Most Played Champions- Thresh, Blitzcrank, Alistar

      Tournament earnings- $106,055

      Regarded as one of the best support players in the world in terms of both aggressive and passive play, he is known as a god within the community (for his ‘godlike’ support play). Often praised for his ability pull off complex and difficult plays, he possesses a deep champion pool with no known support champions that he is weak with.

      • Tian “meiko” Ye

      Current Team- Edward Gaming

      Country of Birth- China

      Age- 19

      Most Played Champions- Braum, Tahm Kench, Thresh

      Tournament earnings-$193,599

      Known for his very good Annie play, he is one of the youngest support player in the pro scene and has been with Edward Gaming since Dec 2014. He was awarded the Best Support in the 2016 Demacia Cup, and his team has been the most consistent one in the Chinese competitive scene.

      • Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie

      Current Team- Flash Wolves

      Country of Birth- Taiwan

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Alistar, Braum, Thresh

      Tournament earnings- $154,725

      Considered one of the best supports in the world during the 2015 World Championship and 2016 Mid-Season Invitational, he has been in the pro scene since season 3. Known for his stellar Alistar and Thresh play, he scored a KDA score of 30, with Karma in the recent 2017 LMS Spring Split.

      • Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez

      Current Team- G2 Esports

      Country of Birth- Spain

      Age- 22

      Most Played Champions- Karma, Tahm Kench, Bard

      Tournament earnings- $191,062

      He has climbed the competitive scene ladder playing only Supports (mainly using Sona, Blitzcrank and Alistar), which proves how suited he is to this role. Whenever G2 Esports performs too well, it means Mithy has been an excellent support to Zven. He is very suited to Zven’s playstyle, and G2 Esports doesn’t want to let go of this winning pair.

      • Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan

      Current Team- SK Telecom T1

      Country of Birth- S. Korea

      Age- 20

      Most Played Champions- Karma, Nami, Miss Fortune

      Tournament earnings- $785,528

      Having numerous KDA Leader (Support) titles and Most Popular Player awards to his name in S. Korea, he is one of the best support players in the recent times. LoL is a team game, where each of their players needs to be at their best for a perfect record, and Wolf seems to well suited as support to Bang.

      These were the best pro players depending on the role they perform in their team, according to us. Everyone has their own criteria of judging them, and you may not agree to all of them. So, we would like to know who do you think deserved a place in this list (but please state who amongst the above should have been replaced too, as we are just considering the best six players).

      (This being a long post, some errors may have creeped up unintentionally. Please do let us know and we would correct it at the earliest).