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Sitting proudly at the top of the standings, H2K is hard at work as the playoffs loom just over a month away. After narrowly losing to Vitality and a clean victory against Origen in week 6, I spoke with support player Vander on the split so far, looking ahead, and playing through temporary roster trouble.

You recently finished playing against UoL, G2, Vitality, and Origen, and will face off against Fnatic this week. Having completed the perceived “harder” part of your schedule with most of the current top teams out of the way, is there as much focus on the season or is the team already looking towards playoffs?

 

It is still very important to us to win every consecutive game. Our main goal now is to secure top two in the split. It gives us a free BYE to the semifinals, which is very helpful, especially if we want to win the whole split. Also we will be able to book our flights to Rotterdam a bit earlier and save some money.

 

You came up just short of a win against Vitality in a 60 minute game in week 6. What led to the game lasting as long as it did and what contributed most to the loss? What is your mindset in a game that plays out that long?

We played bad early game; after Graves TP top we had 3 losing lanes. On the other hand we had a better team-fighting composition, so the enemy team was scared to push our towers and we couldn’t really step out any further. It was a long stall until the fifth drake buff. At this point we had to stop farming and try to regain control of the map by catching targets with our ultimates. Sadly we failed the last and crucial fight and Vitality won the game.

 

You play a big part of your teams vision game, especially early on. Is there a specific emphasis on vision for you is it just in the nature of the role? What is your ideal way of playing the early game as a support?

My goal every game is to have lane control, which lets me to push out or move faster than enemy support to any skirmish on the map. If you can do it, warding becomes easier. I am also scared that Forgiven will get mad if we lose lane. Both me and Jankos try to cooperate a lot to setup good vision for our laners.

 

How is shotcalling handled in game and what is the team environment like on a typical day?

I think in the first few weeks Ryu was the main shotcaller, but when we lost him other people had to take on the responsibility. Right now it’s much more divided – the worst thing is when the game is really long and one mistake costs you the game – people become scared to make the aggressive call. I think we have good time with each other, everyone plays as much as possible, we definitely aim to win the split.

 

You have a lot of synergy with Jankos, who came with you to the team from Roccat. How strong is your bond inside and outside of the game? What makes you such a strong duo in your opinion?

I can definitely say that we are good friends and we really trust each other – both inside and outside of the game. I think we are A good duo, because we like to fight a lot and gain control of the game together. We lived through so many meta changes together, it allows us to understand what to do quickly. We are experienced players at this point.

 

How are you enjoying playing with Forg1ven so far and what bot lanes do you think stack up to you? Are you the strongest bot lane in EU? Which teams are the hardest to lane against?

I think we are a really good lane. Forgiven gets a lot of advantages by himself, so my main job is to make him safe and peel off the enemy support most of the time. It makes my life pretty easy. I wouldn’t say any lane is hard to play against. We have our own playstyle that just works most of the time. I think our main weakness that we do not play some champions that are currently really strong.

 

Due to visa issues, you played for several weeks without Ryu. How did the team operate with Selfie in his absence and what was the most noticeable difference between the two?

Selfie is way less experienced than Ryu. He often played way too aggressive and got caught in early game. It made games very different for us, because Ryu is probably the best at understanding the pressure game in our team. Mechanically they are very close, so it was all about knowledge and losing the backbone of our team.

 

Who is the strongest team in the LCS?

Hard to say right now, I think us and Vitality are the strongest. I am confident we will be better than them by playoffs. I am also a bit scared Origen will catch up and become really dangerous again, their players are both very experienced and skilled – if they tryhard.

 

Looking ahead, do you think G2 will continue to remain at the top of the standings? Who do you see in the finals of the playoffs and representing Europe at the Mid Season Invitational?

In my opinion G2 is the most likely team to drop off from the current top three. It is my 3rd season already and I have never played in the final. Our players are really good and smart, if everyone puts their 110% effort I am sure we can go to MSI.

 

You took down Origen pretty handedly, and they are currently struggling, especially when compared to their performance last year. Do you expect to see them back on top by the end of the season? Are other teams getting that much stronger or is it just growing pains?

This split a lot of powerful teams formed. Last year when I was on Team ROCCAT we almost took them down in the qualifiers to Worlds. They were a really good team, but not invincible. I think right now their biggest problem is their personal performance. Every game someone from Origen makes a huge mistake, which turns into a big lead or easy snowball for enemy team.

 

How are you enjoying the current meta so far and what is your favorite support champion?

I don’t really care about the meta; I always try to adapt and have my own opinion on strong champions and team comps. I try to follow everyone and see what they are doing, but blindly copying them is not the right way to go. I really like to play Alistar, he is very versatile champion.

 

Shoutouts?

I want to thank my team and coach for trying their best to improve each day. Big shoutout to H2k and people behind this organisation. And the most important ones – our fans.

 

 

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Caymus is an esports journalist and content creator. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about Esports.

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The 2016 season has arrived. With one of the most tumultuous offseasons we’ve seen so far behind us, it’s only fitting that we kick off the Spring Split with the most storied rivalry in the region: Team SoloMid vs. Counter Logic Gaming. While CLG holds the edge in more recent history, a matchup between these two teams almost never disappoints. Let’s see how the first day of competition played out for the reshaped North America.

 

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TSM vs. CLG: Finding Ground

 

In the first and most anticipated game of the day, CLG showcased the power of coordination with superior objective control and map play, especially in the early game. With a failed lane swap from TSM to start the match, CLG managed to jump ahead and stayed in the drivers seat, secured by a baron around the 23 minute mark which would set the pace for the rest of the game. In staggered moves around the Dragon and Baron, CLG would eventually close the game out  after 44 minutes, five Dragons, and an impressive debut from CLG’s newest addition Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes. Participating in 19 of CLG’s 22 kills, the recently recruited AD Carry came into this game with some big shoes to fill, replacing his lane counter and longtime CLG AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. CLG looks to a much easier game 2 against the 0-1 Team Dignitas, and Team SoloMid hopes to recover for an even week in a vital game against Team Liquid.

 

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Cloud9 vs. Immortals: Reignover Me

 

Living up to the preseason hype, Immortals delivered a clean performance against Cloud 9, with Jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin putting the team ahead from the beginning and never letting go. Though the first outer tower would fall rather late at 16 minutes and 50 seconds into the game, once it was down, Immortals continued pressing into C9 and methodically closed the game out at the 27 minute mark. With a creative Cho’Gath pick from the teams coaching staff and Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, the top laner was able to shut down the Cloud 9 carries and deliver kill after kill onto AD Carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran. WildTurtle put up 11  kills and 4 assists in his season opener, closing the game with a quadra kill and silencing the critics that he was past his prime or less than ideal for the newly minted Immortals team. While Immortals look to be a contender for a top spot in the league, Cloud9 once again looked to be in disarray without shotcaller Hai “Hai” Du Lam, who is looking to transition out of the starting position for the team as support player Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo steps into the role.

 

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Team Dignitas vs. NRG: The Color Purple

 

In the third matchup of the day, we saw a handicapped NRG using substitutes Cristian “Cris” Rosales and Lee “Shrimp” dispatch of Team Dignitas after falling behind to a mid lane push after an early gank  onto Lee “GBM” Chang-seok. Marked by an impressive opening performance culimating in two baron steals by the former Jin Air mid laner, a back and forth battle between the two teams would eventually find NRG coming out with a 40 minute win. Despite a strong performance from mid laner Danny “Shiphtur” Le with an 8 kill Anivia, Team Dignitas was lacking in synergy and never quite managed to execute despite an early lead. Performing solidly, NRG is in decent shape heading into their match against the Renegades. Dignitas on the other hand has a lot of work to do if they expect to put up a fight against the very-in-sync CLG.

 

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LA Renegades vs. Team Liquid: Ice Ice Baby

 

Patch 6.1 may be regarded for having faster games, but that didn’t stop the Renegades from taking a full hour before closing this one out in an important victory over Team Liquid. Qualifying into the Spring Split by winning the Challenger Series last season, the Renegades showcased the advantages of team synergy starting the game off with advantages coming from both the top and bottom lanes. AleÅ¡ “Freeze” Kněžínek and Maria “Remi” Creveling proved to be a force in the bot lane, with a huge 11-2-7 score and 100% kill participation from Freeze. Playing around the initiation of Remilia’s Alistar and Freeze’s Kalista, Renegades made good use of strong teamfighting assisted by the tankiness of Mundo and Alistar and shielding power of Alex Ich’s Orianna. In the final fight of the game, Team Captain Alberto “Crumbzz” Rengifo managed to steal the Baron and finally close out the game. Team Liquid will utilize it’s 10 man roster with substitutions in the support and jungle positions in their match against TSM. Renegades should look to continue playing around their bottom lane and using their superior team play to gain advantages in their game against NRG.

 

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Echo Fox vs. Team Impulse: Old and New

 

Before this match started, there was an air of caution around the recently formed Echo Fox squad as it has several unproven and otherwise unheard of players. With star player Henrik “Froggen” Hansen at the center of the team and AD Carry Yuri “KEITH” Jew finally getting his chance at a starting role, it was up to Froggen’s veteran leadership to bring this squad of mixed experience together. With a 37 minute victory over Team Impulse and a stellar 7-0-5 performance from Keith, Echo Fox looked promising in their LCS debut. Team Impulse however is a team playing with substitutes and Support Austin “Gate” Yu in the mid lane for the first time in months, so I wouldn’t put too much stock into this match. The first litmus test for Echo Fox will be against Cloud 9, who will be out for blood after a one sided loss to Immortals. Speaking of the Immortals, they should have no problem handling Team Impulse when they meet in their second game.

 

 

 

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Caymus is a journalist and content creator for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about Esports.

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In an announcement coming completely out of left field, Diego “Quas” Ruiz has been suspended from Team Liquid. Citing an incident at the Team Liquid HQ, no further details have been released. The event is currently under review, and a final decision has not been made.

 

Statement by Quas:

 

To all my fans,I know this is sad to hear, but this was the better decision moving forward with my life and growing up. I hope that TL finds a suitable replacement and performs as well as I know they can this season. I am very grateful to Team Liquid for giving me the biggest opportunity of my life and for letting me be a part of esports. I wish everyone the best.

 

Joining Team Curse in 2013 before rebranding to Team Liquid in January 2015, Quas is considered one of the best laners in North America and is known for his strong mechanics. Team Liquid will be hard pressed to find a replacement should Quas be removed from the team.

 

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After announcing their return to League of Legends, Natus Vincere has started their hunt for a head coach.

The team will be attempting to enter the 2016 Challenger series and qualify for the EU LCS in the Summer.

To continue our expansion, we are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and experienced Head Coach to be a vital part of building a League of Legends team in Western Europe. We value our players and employees as they are the foundation of our success and take great care of their individual development. Thus, we are not only looking for a coach helping to grow the team within League of Legends but also outside of Summoner’s Rift.

 

You can view the complete requirements of the position in the full announcement.

 

image via Na’Vi

 

By Riot Magus

It all comes down to this, the final event of the 2015 World Championship. It’s time for the ultimate showdown in Berlin between the top two teams who will face-off to be crowned world champions.

Here’s the important information that you need to secure your seat at Finals below:

 

TICKETS

 

Q: When do Finals tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale on July 29 at 8:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM CEST via Eventim.

 

Q: How much are tickets?
A: Tickets are €59.55 / $65.38 for lower level and €45.75 / $50.23 for upper level seats, plus applicable fees. All ticket prices will be listed in Euros on the ticket site.

 

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

 

Q: Can you confirm the ticket prices after all 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 over on Eventim.

 

Q: What languages is the ticket site available in?
A: German and English.

 

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

 

Q: Will there be a queue/waiting page for tickets?
A: If the event is in high enough demand, an automatic system will go live to mitigate the traffic for Finals. Remember that being in the queue or lobby doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to purchase tickets.

 

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: Where are the best seats in the house? What does the setup look like?
A: As we announced in our Semifinals Q&A, for the first time at a World Championship, we’ll be presenting both Semifinals and Finals ‘theatre-in-the-round’ – meaning that the action will be in the center of the venue with the audience around it rather than our traditional stage setup. This central staging setup allows us to welcome more fans and maximize the view from each seat at Finals.

 

Q: Are tickets refundable?
A: Tickets are non-refundable.

 

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

 

Q: Will there be more tickets in August?
A: There will be extremely limited quantities including a small number of floor seats released in August based on our final production setup. If you want to guarantee a seat at Finals, we suggest not waiting until August since we cannot guarantee availability after the initial wave of Finals tickets coming on July 29.

 

Q: When will more tickets go on sale?
A: We’ll confirm August ticket sale timing in the coming weeks.

 

EVENT

 

Q: Where is Finals?
A: Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, Mercedes-Platz 1, 10243 Berlin, Germany (Google Maps)

For your navigation system, enter Mühlenstraße 12-30, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain

 

Q: When is Finals?
A: Finals takes place on October 31.

 

Q: What games are being played at Finals?
A: The final two teams will face-off in a Best of 5 to determine who will be crowned the 2015 World Champions. We won’t know the final two teams until Semifinals are done.

 

Q: What language will the live commentary of the event be in at Finals?
A: Live commentary in Berlin 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: When does Finals start?
A: The show begins at 12:00 PM CET with some pre-game analysis and the opening ceremony.

 

Q: When do doors open at Finals?
A: Doors open at 10:00 AM CET.

 

Q: Will there be other events (cosplay, merch, etc) at Finals?
A: We’re still working on our final plans so we’ll confirm when we we get closer to the event. Cosplayers and costumes are welcome especially since the Finals takes place on on Halloween!

 

Q: Is there an age restriction for players to attend Finals?
A: The venue requires all attendees under 16 be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. The accompanying adult is required to have a valid ticket for the event.

 

VENUE

 

Q: What’s the best way to get to Mercedes-Benz Arena?
A: Head on over to the Arena’s Getting There & Parking page for more information on your transportation options.

 

Q: Wait, I thought Finals was at O2 World (Berlin), did you change venues?
A: In July, O2 World (Berlin) rebranded to Mercedes-Benz Arena. It’s still the same venue that we confirmed in our Worlds venue announcement.

 

Q: Is there parking available at the arena?
A: Yes, head on over to the Mercedes-Benz Arena Parking page for directions and details.

 

Q: Can I bring my own food and drink into the arena? Where can I smoke? Can I bring a backpack to the arena?
A: Mercedes-Benz Arena has an extensive FAQ that will answer most of your questions and outlines the venue’s policies.

Don’t miss any of the journey toward Worlds as teams begin to qualify for the 2015 World Championship in August and September.

 

Official Announcement

 

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings and news from around the scene. In the LCS, Fnatic closes in on a perfect season in EU and Gravity looks to take NA for their first ever bye into the semifinals. Regions across the globe are taking their final shape  as we look towards the 2015 World Championship.

 

North America

 

  • Calitrlolz will be leaving the LCS after the Summer Split, stating on twitter that this weekend will be his last.
  • Andy “Reginald” Dinh will step in as Head Coach for Team SoloMid as of Monday, July 20th.
  • Ram “Brokenshard” Djemal will coach Team Dignitas in place of Sami “Rico” Harbi as he tends to personal business.
  • Adrian “Adrian” Ma has stepped down from Team Impulse, citing that he does not feel like he is part of a team.
  • XiaoWeiXiao has been suspended pending investigation into Eloboosting allegations.

 

 

NA LCS

 

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Europe

 

  • Team Roccat has added Korean Top Laner Jae Seung “Dart” Jin to their roster. No official announcement has been made regarding the addition.
  • Jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek has stepped down from Unicorns of Love, and joined Challenger team Gamers2.
  • Unicorns of Love add Berk “Gilius” Demir as starting Jungler, as well as Cho “H0R0” Jae-hwan and Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia as substitutes for the Jungler position.
  • Forg1ven has been suspended for the next four games due to excessive negative behavior.
  • Gambit added 3 new substitutes to their roster in Amaury “Moopz” Minguerche, Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi and Karim “ImSoFresh” Bbahla. They will play with Moopz in week 9 in light of Forg1ven’s suspension.
  • Tony “Shlaya” Carmona has been added to Fnatic as a substitute mid laner.

 

 

EU LCS

 

EU LCS

 

 

 

China

 

 

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Korea

 

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LCK

 

 

 

SEA

 

  • LMS playoffs will take place July 24-26. Schedule below.

 

LMS

 

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Scene Updates

 

 

 

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RAW Data: IEM Katowice

March 20th, 2015

 

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Not wanting to waste a bunch of  cool info, here’s some of the extra RAW data I collected from IEM Katowice. Keep in mind it’s a little rough, but gives a good look at the overall flavor of champions played at the event. Expect something similar, with a graphical flair, for the upcoming NA LCS playoffs.


 

Total Bans: Viktor, rek’sai, Janna, Rengar, Nidalee, Leblanc

Total Picks: Rumble, Morgana (2), Jarvan, Graves, Kennen, Rek’sai, Corki, Gnar, Lissandra

Champion most banned against Cloud 9: Vi(2)

Most picked: Morgana(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

GET Total Bans: Zed, Nidalee, Vi, Graves, Lucian, Lulu, Diana(3), Jarvan(2), Sivir, leblanc, Rek’sai, Sion

GET Total Picks: Corki(5), Lee Sin(3), Lissandra, Nami(2), Rek’Sai(2), Maokai(2), Janna(3), Viktor, Rumble(2), Ezreal,Yasuo, Leblanc

Champion most banned against GE Tigers: Lissandra(4)

Most picked: Corki(5), Lee sin(3), Janna(3)

Total games played: 5

Total champions played: 12


 

SK Gaming Total Bans: Nidalee, Maokai, Ahri, Leblanc, Zed, Liissandra

Sk Gaming total picks: Rek’sai, Lucian, Hecarim, Diana(2), Lulu, Annie, Gnar, Caitlyn, Nidalee

Champion Most banned against SK Gaming: Graves(2)

Most Picked: Diana (2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played:  9


 

Yoe.FW Total Bans: Graves(3), Zed(3), Leblanc, Rumble(4), V(2), Lucian, Sivir (3), Nidalee

Yoe.FW Total Picks: Caitlyn(2), Gnar, Xerath, Rengar(2), Janna(3), Maokai(2), Zed(2), Jarvan, Rek’Sai, Morgana, Kog’maw, Ezreal,Nidalee, Nami, Irelia(2), Lucian, Corki, Leblanc

Champion Most banned against Yoe Flash Wolves: Maokai(4)

Most Picked: Janna (3), Caitlyn (2), Zed (2)

Total games played: 6

Total champions played: 18


 

Gambit Total Bans: Hecarim, Maokai, Leblanc, Ezreal, Maokai, Annie

Gambit Total Picks: Annie, Lee sin, Corki, Twisted Fate(2), Jarvan, Morgana, Nidalee, Graves, Thresh

Most picked: Twisted Fate(2)

Champion Most banned against Gambit Gaming: Kennen(2), Zed(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

CJ Entus Total Bans:  Kennen, Zed, Rek’Sai(2), Ahri, Lissandra

CJ Entus Total Picks: Lulu, Nidalee, Ezreal, Nami, Kog’maw, Corki(2), Rek’sai, Leona, Dr. Mundo, Xerath, Hecarim, Viktor, Lee Sin, Annie

Champion most banned against CJ Entus: Leblanc(2)

Most picked: Corki (2)

Total games played: 3

Total champions played: 14


 

Team Solomid Total Bans:  Rek’Sai(5), Nidalee(2), Maokai(3), Lulu, Leblanc(3), Thresh, Morgana(5), Janna

Team Solomid Total Picks:  Corki(2), Zed(2), Lulu(3), Lee Sin(3), Kennen, Maokai(5), Annie(4), Sivir(2), Viktor, Nidalee(3), Lissandra(5), Thresh, Lucian(4), Vi, Leblanc, Rumble(2), Rek’sai, Janna

Most picked: Lissandra(5), Annie(4), Maokai(5), Lucian(4)

Champion Most Banned against TSM: Rumble(4), Zed(5), Sivir(4)

Total games played:  8

Total champions played: 18


 

WE Total Bans: Janna, Rumble, Lissandra(4), Kennen, Zed(3), Jarvan IV, Thresh, Leblanc, Lulu(6), Viktor(5),

WE Total Picks:  Jarvan IV(6), Morgana(2), Diana(2), Graves, Sion, Rek’sai(2), Sivir(6), Hecarim(3), Janna(4, Diana(2), Sion(3), Lee Sin, Thresh, Kalista, Maokai, Ezreal(2), Ahri(4), Maokai, Leona, Caitlyn

Champions Most Banned Against WE: Rek’Sai(4), Maokai(3), Leblanc(3)

Most picked: Jarvan IV(6), Sivir(6), Janna(4)

Total games played:  9

Total champions played: 20


 

Total Champions picked or banned at IEM Katowice: 38

Most picked/Banned Champions of the tournament

Rek’sai – 9 pick 10 ban/100% of matches. Record: 7-2 (77.8% Win)

Maokai – 9 pick 8 ban/89.5% of Matches. Record: 5-4 (55.6% Win)

Leblanc – 7 pick 9 ban/84.2% of Matches. Record: 3-4 (42.9% Win)

 

Honorable Mention: Zed – 4 pick 11 ban/78.9% of Matches. Record: 7-5 (58.3% Win)

 

Most Diverse Champion Pools

World Elite – 20 Champions Played

Team SoloMid – 18 Champions Played

Yoe Flash Wolves – 18 Champions Played

 

Most Banned out Player

Bjergsen – Zed(5)


Any stats or information you’d like to see that I didn’t show here? I might have it and just didn’t post it. Either way, tell me what you want to see, anything from times drag was taken to blue/red side win rates, if it’s trackable,I can do it. Comment below, or tweet @timkimbirk.

 

After one of their players was recently suspended, OPL team Rich Gang have found themselves in trouble yet again, this time resulting in the immediate removal of the team from the league.

League of Legends Competition Ruling

 

Team: Rich Gang
Region: Oceania
Date of Ruling: March 20th, 2015
Subject: Violation of OPL Team Agreement

Facts

Since their inclusion in the League, the team known as Rich Gang has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to fulfill the requirements of a professional organisation in the OPL. Rich Gang has shown a lack of institutional governance over their players represented by the three separate player suspensions (first, second and third) for in-game behaviour, and repeated inappropriate actions on team social media accounts.

Rich Gang has also demonstrated a disappointing lack of professionalism on their own social media channels, resulting in lewd, racist, abusive and otherwise indecent content released on a regular basis. OPL officials have made multiple attempts to work with the organisation and players of Rich Gang about their behaviour. Despite assurances from the organisation that behaviour would improve, it has not, and it seems the organisation is incapable of delivering on those assurances.

Relevant Rules

8.2.4 Discrimination and Denigration

Team Members may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person, or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory, or denigrating words or actions on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, financial status, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

8.2.2 Harassment

Harassment is forbidden. Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile, and repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, which are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.

8.2.7 Player Behavior Investigation

If Riot determines that a Team Member has violated the Summoner’s Code, the LoL Terms of Service, or other rules of LoL, Riot officials may assign penalties at their sole discretion.

In addition, each OPL organisation signs an agreement with Riot which includes an immediate right of termination if “the Team Owner fails to manage its Team Members or Team Managers effectively and such failure causes, or would reasonably be expected to cause, harm to the League or other OPL teams or players, including harm that follows as a consequence of the Team Members or Team Managers repeatedly failing or refusing to obey the Rules or the written instructions of the League issued pursuant to the Rules” or if “a Team Member or Team Manager commits any act or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which the League believes, in its sole judgment, brings the Team, Team Member or Team Manager into public disrepute, scandal or ridicule, or shocks or offends the community, or derogates from her/his/its public image or reflects unfavorably upon the LoL Game, the League or any League Entity.”

Ruling

Effective immediately, the team known as Rich Gang will be removed from the Oceanic Pro
League. Any previous player suspensions will remain in effect for the entirety of the described term outlined in the corresponding rulings. The organisation (including the individual owner) of Rich Gang is indefinitely prohibited from owning another team in the OPL. Any team members and/or team affiliates who are not currently serving a suspension will be free to join other teams.

Any remaining games to be played by Rich Gang will result in an automatic forfeit, and a point awarded to their scheduled opponent. For the second split, their place in the OPL will be automatically awarded to the first-place team of the current Oceanic Challenger Series tournament.

Commentary

Removing a team from professional competition is not an easy decision, nor one we enjoy making. The Riot Oceania team is fully committed to working with all organisations to improve their standing in the esports community, but that work can only succeed if paired with genuine effort from the organisation. In this particular case, the lack of institutional management over the players, the organisation’s inappropriate social media content and the failure to meet the requirements of the OPL Team Agreement have demonstrated a fundamental misalignment between Rich Gang and the OPL. We hope the non-offending Rich Gang players will find another team and continue to compete in the OPL..

From hosting a DotA tournament in 2009 to hosting the EU LCS Regionals in 2014, Riot Games has established an almost expected presence at the world’s largest gaming exhibition. This year, they have announced that they will not be attending.

Wanting to create a larger, unrestricted impacted in more locations and a deeper presence at the local level, Riot has chosen to replace the event with more specifically tailored options in more places. Their goal is to give communities across Europe more chances to get together at live events, aiming to boost player experience.

From the announcement:

We’re not going to gamescom, then, but overall we believe what we do instead will result in a better experience for players all over Europe. There will be more opportunities throughout the year to attend live events and engage with the community through specifically tailored League of Legends experiences.

Official Announcement

 

In week 7, Team Winterfox made a controversial roster swap by moving Johnny “Altec” Ru into the support position, with their Head Coach Hyun-il “Paragon” Choi filling in for the AD carry role.

In their latest round of changes, Altec will return as the starting AD carry, with substitute player Nicolas ‘Gleeb’ Haddad once again leading the starting Support position.

Winterfox hopes these changes will be enough to secure them a spot in the playoffs. They currently sit at 5-9, sharing 8th place with Team Dignitas.

Official Announcement