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2015 ALL-STAR EVENT

After the confetti descends at the 2015 World Championship, we’ll head into the offseason with players around the world setting their sights on our last international event of the year. The 2015 All-Star Event (ASE) will bring the unexpected to the Rift featuring a clash of the regions, epic 1v1 matches, fan-voted comps, fun game modes, and mixed region roster showdown.

As we announced earlier this year, we’re hosting two large-scale international tournaments outside of Worlds. Before Summer Split, there was the intense and competitive Mid-Season Invitational which hit Tallahassee in May. After Worlds, we’ll be hosting the All-Star Event, a new exhibition at the NA LCS Studio in Los Angeles from December 10-13. The ASE will bring beloved players from around the world together, all in a revamped “theatre-in-the-round” studio layout to accommodate more fans than ever before.

Evolving from 2014’s All-Star voting format, fans will vote in five players to represent their regional “dream teams” for the NA LCS, EU LCS, LCK, LPL, and LMS this year. With IWC’s top team added to the mix, these six teams will be assigned to Team Fire or Team Ice based off their region’s performance at Worlds. The teams will battle for fame, fun, and player rewards for their region. Want to send Rush Hour or see Sneaky Bunny represent the NA LCS? Global voting will open in November and we’ll share more information about how to cast your votes when we get closer to the event.

The International Wild Card teams will also be getting in on the ASE action, just as they participated in MSI and Worlds. Before the All-Star Event, there will be the first ever International Wild Card All-Star which will be held in Australia in November. The winners of this tournament will represent IWC at the ASE. We’ll share more details about this new event soon.

We look forward to welcoming stars from Leagues around the world to Los Angeles in December to close out the year in style. Want to join us in the studio? We’ll be sharing ticket information in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

 

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After a tenure in Team ROCCAT and joining newly formed Team Origen in late April, Titus “Ducky” Hafner has surprisingly announced that he will be stepping down from his position as Head Coach.

Finishing at 2nd place in both the Summer Split and Playoffs, Origen made an impressive debut with Ducky at the helm, qualifying for the World Championship in their first split of the LCS. With worlds looming just a month away, this move comes at a critical time for the team, as Ducky has stated that he will not attend worlds. Here is an excerpt from his post, citing some of the reasons for his departure:

 

There are many reasons for this decision, but I don’t intend to share any details with the public. I can say that Origen as an organisation is very player focused / protective, which makes it difficult as an authority figure to push changes and break old habits. Not being able to contribute as much as I want to and being limited in my role built up a fair share of frustration. I’s important to me, that I don’t stagnate and improve as a person and go beyond taking care of analysis and preparation.

 

Ducky also took to twitter to clarify his statements:


 

Read Ducky’s statement in full
 

Currently it is unclear who will fill his shoes at the World Championship, though Ducky has said that he proposed a “strong successor”. NoL will update this story as details emerge.

 

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In Europe, Origen did not falter against the Unicorns of Love, sweeping them 3-0 in 107 minutes of game time. This marks the first trip to the World Championship for the team, who joined the EU LCS in the Summer Split. Origen is certainly not lacking in experience however,  with mid laner and Season 1 world champion Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez at the reigns. Backed by his long-time team mate Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, and veteran players in Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez and Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider, the team has provided an excellent environment to foster upcoming talent, as seen in their AD Carry Jesper “Niels” Svenningsen, who walked away with the rookie of the split. A combination of new blood and experience, Origen has managed to become a real force in Europe in a short period of time. Living in the shadow of European powerhouse Fnatic for most of the split, Origen heads to worlds with something to prove.

 

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On the other side of the globe, Cloud 9 pulled off nothing short of a miracle against heavy favorites Team Liquid. Battling through two best of fives on their way, the team managed to climb back from 0-2 deficits both times before taking down the #1 NA seed 3-1 in the finals. Heavy favorites coming into the Summer Split, Cloud 9 struggled in unfamiliar fashion, falling as low as 10th place. When things started going south, Cloud 9 decided to mix it up, adding Royce “Bubbadub” Newcomb to their support staff, and initiating a roster swap that saw a retired Hai “Hai” Du Lam take on a surprisingly effective role in the jungle, replacing longstanding jungler Will “Meteos” Hartman. With Hai back at the helm of the team, newly added mid laner Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen could finally shine, dictating the mid lane for the entirety of the regional qualifiers after a very slow start to the summer split. Led by Hai’s renowned shotcalling and featuring star performances from AD Carry Zachary “Sneaky” with Derek “LemonNation” “Hart” and An “Balls” Van Le taking on a more supportive role, Cloud 9 managed to turn their worst split in team history into yet another World Championship appearance. Though Cloud 9 has qualified for the World Championship every year since they debuted as a team, this time the road had a lot more obstacles, and the team heads into the biggest international event of the year as underdogs, a position they haven’t been in since joining the LCS in 2013.

 

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2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT ANNOUNCED

By Riot Magus

With teams on the brink of qualifying for the 2015 World Championship, here’s a comprehensive overview of the tournament structure. In this article, we’ll be summarizing the 2015 Worlds format and explaining our process for determining team placements during the main stages of the tournament.

 

WORLDS FORMAT

As we confirmed in our Worlds venue announcement, the 2015 World Championship will be made up of the Group Stage, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

The tournament is divided into two main sections:

Group Stage

Over two weeks, 16 teams will compete in a double Round Robin-style tournament in Best of 1s. The Group Stage contains four groups with four teams in each. Each group will have 12 total matches, plus potential tiebreakers. The groups are populated based on seeding from their regional events and determined during a live Group Draw. This Group Stage format is the same as the one we used in 2014.

Knockout Stage

Following the Group Stage, eight teams will advance to the Knockout Stage (formerly known as the Bracket Stage) and matchups will transition to Best of 5s. The Knockout Stage is comprised of Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals.

 

2015 IMPROVEMENTS

Heading into planning for 2015 Worlds, we’ve made a couple of improvements to the overall structure of the tournament. To promote transparency around how teams are selected into groups, we’ll be hosting a live Group Draw Show.

We also weren’t completely satisfied with the way teams were seeded into the Knockout Stage from the Group Stage, with teams potentially being incentivized to not win a group in order to draw a perceived better matchup in the knockout round. As such, we’ll be introducing randomization elements on which 1st place group finishers face-off against 2nd place group finishers in the Quarterfinals.

We’ll share more about the Group Draw in September, but here are some details on what this means for Worlds 2015.

 

THE GROUP DRAW METHODOLOGY

To kick off the 2015 Worlds, a Group Draw will occur according to the illustration below to sort the teams into four different groups – A, B, C, and D.

 

Group Pool

Overall, the 2015 Worlds Group Pool Structure is almost identical to that of 2014 Worlds with the exception of some qualifying International Wild Card (IWC) regions. Pool 1 contains the first-place seeds from China, Europe, Korea, and North America. Pool 2 has the second-place and third-place seeds from China and Korea, LMS’s two representatives, and the second-place seeds from North America and Europe. Pool 3 is comprised of the third-place seeds from North America and Europe as well as the two International Wildcard Qualifier winners. Each of the four groups will contain one team from Pool 1, two teams from Pool 2, and one team from Pool 3.

Group Draw Procedure

Like last year, there’s one cardinal rule for the 2015 Worlds Group Draw, and it’s intended to maximize the amount of cross-regional play:

  • No group will have more than 1 team per region

During the Group Draw Show, teams will be drawn until a pool is exhausted and we’ll place one team in each group before drawing the next team. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available group; it will be automatically placed in the next available group.

For example, if an LCK team is randomly drawn with the 9th overall pick, but there’s already an LCK team in both of Group A and B, the LCK team would be moved automatically to the next available group (i.e. Group C).

Additional procedural rules apply to prevent invalid draws but we’ll release the full technical details of the Group Draw in advance of the Group Draw Show.

 

DETERMINING THE KNOCKOUT STAGE

Previously, there was a preset bracket based on how Groups finished, but this year teams will be drawn into randomized Quarterfinals matchups. We’re making this change to incentivize teams to win their group and focus on playing their best. The Knockout Stage bracket will be drawn live on-air immediately following the final day of the Group Stage.

There are two cardinal rules for how we will decide teams’ Quarterfinal placements in the Knockout Stage for 2015 Worlds:

  • First-place group finishers must face second-place group finishers
  • No two teams from the same group can be placed on the same half of the bracket

The first rule is to reward teams that finished higher in the Group Stage while the second rule is to prevent rematches of Group Stage games before the Finals.

Knockout Pools and Procedure

Based on the bracket rules, we’ll assign the Quarterfinals bracket based on two pools: the first seeds from the Groups (A1, B1, C1, and D1) and the second seeds from Groups (A2, B2, C2, and D2).

The Knockout Stage Draw will proceed as follows:

First, all of the #1 seeds are randomly drawn and placed from top to bottom in the bracket.

For example, B1 was randomly drawn first and placed in the topmost matchup, then A1 was randomly drawn and placed in the second matchup, and so on.

Then, all of the second seeds are drawn. During the drawing of the second seeds, keep in mind that no two seeds from the same group can occupy the same half of the bracket. However, if a team is randomly drawn that cannot be placed in the first available matchup; it will be automatically placed in the next available matchup.

For example based on the above graphic, if A2 is randomly drawn from the second-seed group, it must go to the first valid slot (vs C1), then if C2 is drawn it goes to B1 because that’s the first available slot, etc.

After Quarterfinals, matches will proceed as bracketed for the remainder of the Knockout Stage.

 

CONCLUSION

We look forward to kicking off an exciting 2015 Worlds. Stay tuned to Lolesports to see what teams will qualify for the 2015 World Championship.

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By Riot Magus

By Semifinals, two stages of Worlds will be complete. The final four teams will have conquered so much, but there are still two last battles left that they must win. On the stage in Brussels, we’ll determine the two teams who will face-off to be crowned 2015 World Champions.

Here’s the important information that you need to snag your seat at Semis below:

 

TICKETS

 

Q: When do Semifinals tickets go on sale?
A: Tickets will go on sale July 22 at 8:00am PDT / 5:00pm CEST via Ticketmaster – Belgium.

 

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are €39 / $42* for the floor seats and €29 / $31* for the bleacher seats, plus applicable fees. All prices are listed in Euros.

 

*US DOLLAR PRICES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON CURRENT EURO TO USD CONVERSION RATES AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

Q: Can you confirm the final prices after fees and taxes?

A: Fees vary based on the individual buyer since you might need to pay taxes based on your location. Fees also vary on how you decide to receive your ticket such as e-ticket, will call, mailing, etc. Find out more information on Ticketmaster – Belgium

 

Q: What languages is the ticket site available in?
A: English, French, and Dutch.

 

Q: If tickets are in high demand, will there be a queue?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster uses a queue system that will select purchasing order by random lottery. Keep in mind that being in the queue does not guarantee that you will be able to purchase tickets.

 

Q: Do I have to create an account to buy tickets?
A: Yes, Ticketmaster – Belgium requires an account for any purchase. To save time, we recommend that you sign-up and create an account before tickets go live.

 

Q: How many days are my ticket(s) good for?
A: One ticket gets you a seat at one day of the event.

 

Q: I want to go to multiple days of the event. Can I buy a ticket package?

A: There’s no multi-day ticket package available. You’ll have to purchase your tickets individually for each day.

 

Q: Are seats assigned? I want to sit with my friends.
A: If you want to sit with your friends, buy tickets together. Seats are assigned for every ticket.

 

Q: How many tickets can I purchase at once?
A: Six tickets may be purchased per order.

 

Q: Are tickets refundable or can I exchange them?
A: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

 

Q: Will there be more tickets in August?
A: There will be extremely limited quantities released in August based on our final production setup. If you want to guarantee a seat at Semis, we suggest not waiting until August since we cannot guarantee availability after the initial wave of Semifinals tickets is released on July 22.

 

Q: When in August will more tickets go on sale?
A: We’ll confirm August ticket sale timing in the coming weeks once we’ve finalized our production plans for all the venues.

 

Q: When will tickets for other Worlds events be released?
A: Head on over to our 2015 World Championship ticket guide for more information:

  • Group Stage tickets are currently sold out
  • Quarterfinals tickets are currently sold out
  • Finals will go on sale on July 29

VENUE AND EVENT DETAILS

Q: Where is the venue?
A: Brussels Expo, Place de Belgique 1, 1020 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium (Google Maps)

 

Q: When does Semis start on each day?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 4 PM CEST
  • October 25: 2 PM CEST

 

Q: When do doors open at Semifinals?
A: Brussels Semifinals:

  • October 24: 3 PM CEST
  • October 25: 1 PM CEST

 

Q: Will there be other events (cosplay, merch, etc) at Semis?
A: We’re still working on our final plans so we’ll confirm when we get closer to the event. Cosplayers are always welcome to attend any esports event.

 

Q: What language will the live commentary of the event be in at Semifinals?
A: Live commentary in Brussels will be in English.

 

Q: Will there be radios with other languages available?
A: We’ll have options to listen with other languages available.

 

MATCHES

 

Q: What games are being played on which day?

A: The match schedule will be released after the Semifinals. Please be advised that you might not see your region play on a particular day.

Stay tuned to to Lolesports to see what 16 teams will compete in the 2015 World Championship. We’ll share more information about Finals tickets on Monday, July 27.

 

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as we move past the halfway point of the summer split. With only 3 weeks left in the EU and NA LCS, teams look to make their final run at a playoff position.

 

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Cloud 9 has announced that Will “Meteos” Hartman will be stepping down from the starting jungle position on the team. Off to a 3-7 start, the team has been struggling to find their former success in the Summer Split. After retiring in April, Hai “Hai” Du Lam will return in week 6 as shotcaller and jungler. This marks only the second roster change for Cloud 9 in the team’s history.

 

Meteos had this to say:

 

“This was a difficult decision to make as clearly things on C9 have not been working out. I think stepping back for now and letting someone else jungle will help the team atmosphere and keep Cloud9 competitive in the LCS.”

 

Jack Etienne also spoke on the roster move:

 

“Meteos is a huge part of Cloud9 as well as one of the most talented players on our roster.” adds Jack Etienne, GM and Owner of Cloud9. “He is stepping down to be a sub for our LCS team but he will remain an active part of Cloud9.”

 

It is uncertain if Hai will remain on the roster permanently. NoL will continue to update as things develop.

 

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As the Copenhagen Wolves struggle to claw their way out of the 10th place position in the EU LCS, internal issues have continued to bubble, resulting in yet another change. Petar “Unlimited” Georgiev has decided to step down from the team. He will continue to play until a replacement has been found, and will continue to evaluate his options for the future.

 

Unlimited speaks on his decision to step down:

 

Which leads me to the next point, after 2 of my closest friends and teammates in the team are leaving it is now officially not the same team anymore, so my driving force of the obligation i felt to do everything in my power to keep the team going is just not there anymore.

And to finish it off, i always felt like my talents would be much more useful as a coach than as a player i always spend countless of time theory-crafting and preparing for our opponents, only to end up not sleeping well and under-performing because of that, but i stayed as an active player because i thought my team needed me to, but now i realize that is not the case.

 

Read the full statement

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.

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Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool, Captain of the Copenhagen wolves, has revealed plans to step down from the team. Citing a team atmosphere with seemingly unchangeable conditions, here is his statement, from his twitter:

Last night I expressed to the team and staff my desire to leave the team. The atmosphere in the team has been awful this split and I’ve come to accept that it won’t change anytime soon. I will try my hardest in this weeks LCS games but hope that CW will find a replacement for me shortly after. I want to thank all the fans for their support throughout the years, through thick and thin. League of Legends is still a game I love playing, and love teaching others in so I will stick around and consider my options after this is all said and done.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.


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After injuring his hand playing basketball, CLG may opt to use substitute AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

 

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As stated on the lolesports fantasy website, Doublelift is day-to-day, with Stixxay ready to stand in if necessary. Doublelift doesn’t seem too worried, and took to twitter to announce that his finger “should be back to normal in a week or 2.” He also gave a brief update on his Facebook:

 

Ok so the story is that we were playing basketball on lunch break, and I grabbed the rusty metal net with one hand trying to stuff someone. Didn’t feel any pain at first, but I looked down and saw my pinky looking weird. Only 12 stitches and looks worse than it is :^) hope I can still play this weekend

 

Plagued by visa issues, TDK will continue using substitute players in week 4. Zachary “Mancloud” Allan Hoschar and James “Lattman” Lattman will fill the void in TDK’s roster for week 4.

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