Posts Tagged ‘LoL’


With SK Telecom crowned as world champions for the second time, the offseason rears it’s mysterious head yet again, devouring the rosters we know and spitting them out completely disfigured.

To help you keep up, we’ve aggregated all the offseason news over the past month of LoL eSports to recap the chaos so far. Just looking for roster changes? Check out our roster tracker to see who’s playing where in the 2016 NA and EU LCS.


North America








  • Amateur players PentaQ (AD Carry) and City (Support) have joined Master3 to replace Smlz and LoveCD in the bottom lane.
  • Top Laner Loong has transferred from Vici Gaming to Unlimited Potential.  Hetong, Peng, Xuan and World6 have also been transferred.
  • Spirit announced that his contract with World Elite has officially ended, and is now one of the most highly valued free agents of the offseason.
  • Dada7 announced his free agency, leaving World Elite without playing any games with the team.
  • San has left OMG, announcing his retirement from competitive play in early November.
  • Superstar Jay Chou announced the formation of his own eSports brand, MRJ, and will include a League of Legends team.







  • Flash Wolves mid laner Maple will stay with the team after receiving offers from teams in North America, China, and Taiwan.
  • Westdoor announced his retirement from competitive play. Chawy will fill the gap in the mid lane for AHQ.
  • Hong Kong Esports was fined NT $200,000 for match fixing in the LMS playoffs. Toyz is currently looking to break his contract with the organization and has hinted that he was forced to participate in the scandal by HKE owner Derek Cheung.
  • Taipei Assassins announced their new roster, re-signing Bebe as AD carry and adding a substitute for each role.



  • Trident Esports mid laner Claire was suspended from competing in Riot affiliated events for the first split of the 2016 OPL season.








  • The National Electronic Sports Tournament 2015 (NEST) is currently underway, with seven of China’s best teams battling for a $32,000 grand prize.
  • The 2015 All-Star voting has completed, and the regional teams have been announced. All-Star 2015 takes place December 10-14th.
  • IEM Cologne takes place beginning December 18th and features Team Liquid, Cloud 9, and Edward Gaming, with the remaining three teams still being voted in.




 image credit: Ling Gu, lolesports


Touted as one of the worlds premier eSports organizations, Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) has announced that they will be returning to League of Legends after a brief stint in 2012.

Na’Vi will begin it’s search for a roster from the top down, opting to approach the process from a traditional sports perspective. From the announcement:


We will use the experience of traditional sports: first employ managers and then form our League of Legends team, using their recommendations. The more eSports evolves, the more it approaches the rules and principles of traditional sports. We sincerely hope that our decision to go down this traditional path is a step in the right direction.


In a couple of days we will publish an announcement with the details concerning the vacancy of League of Legends head coach, so follow the updates on our website. You are most welcome to send your CV, especially if you consider yourself a competent professional, capable of accomplishing all important tasks of this position!


Na’Vi CEO Alexander “ZeroGravity” Kokhanovsky had this to say:

eSports does not stand still, and we also move forward. I am sure that this innovation will prove how effective the sports approach can be for the formation of the League of Legends team.


While Na’Vi is based in the Ukraine, there is no guarantee the team will be. In 2012, Na’Vi competed in Korea’s OGN The Champions before falling to 11th place. With the 2016 Spring Season already locked in, Natus Vincere may look to enter the LCS through purchasing of the Dignitas EU roster, who recently qualified for the 2016 European LCS. As Dignitas already has a team in the NA LCS, one of the two must be sold before the start of the season.


NoL will continue to provide updates as further details become available .
image credit: Natus Vincere


As IEM San Jose draws nearer, ESL has announced that they have invited Korea’s Jin Air Green Wings to join the competition. Jin Air recently placed second in the 2015 LCK Regional Qualifiers falling short of qualifying for the 2015 World Championship.

Jin Air is set to compete with the other teams from Europe and North America, with the Chinese region’s voting currently underway. Lineup so far:

  • Fnatic (Europe #1 Seed)
  • Origen (Europe #2 Seed)
  • Team SoloMid (North America #2 Seed)
  • Counter Logic Gaming (North America #1 Seed)
  • Jin Air Green Wings (Korea #6 Seed)

IEM San Jose is set to kick off on November 21st, at the SAP center in San Jose.


image credit: ESL/IEM


With the World Championship set to kick off on October 1st in Paris, the 16 qualified teams have been drawn into four groups of international competition. The group stage will take place over two weeks in a double round robin style tournament, with teams playing against each other in two best of 1’s, for a total of 12 matches per group plus any necessary tiebreakers. Read the complete World Championship format.


Teams competing at the 2015 World Championship


Screenshot 2015-09-12 11.38.33



2015 World Championship Groups


Worlds Pools



images via lolesports/riotgames



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.


image credit: lolesports


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.


Image Credit: lolesports



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.





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.


Image Credit: lolesports


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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:




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.




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


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.




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.


image via lolesports





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.


North America









































images via lolesports, Riot Games, Banner via @NoLChefo

Categories: eSports, LoL News Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,