The LPL will be the first region to move away from the current relegation system in favor of a franchised, city-based system, according to Wanplus reporter Bryan Yu and LPL journalist Sheng Yi and an official announcement from the lolesports official Weibo account. Breaking: China’s LPL to start Franchising coming Summer Split, first globally to implement the model and repeal relegation. @wanplus_lol — Bohan(Tale) Wu (@Bryan_Tale_Wu) April 30, 2017 @Rshawer123 @Marco_YS35 Correction:14 teams in 2018, to be expanded to 20 in the future. — Bohan(Tale) Wu (@Bryan_Tale_Wu) April 30, 2017 BIG news,LPL will start Franchising in Summer Split.14 teams(2 more teams),20 teams in theRead More →

Rakan, one half of the new hero duo along with Xayah, has been tested and stretched to his limits in the week since his release. Various experimentation (none of which I recommend) included one-shot AP builds with Hextech Gunblade and Lich Bane as well as on-hit Rakan with Runaan’s Hurricane, which he qualifies for thanks to his ranged designation. RELATED: A guide to Rakan One thing is made abundantly clear in the aftermath: Rakan’s propensity to itemize towards health, healing and shielding power, cooldown reduction, and ability power. With this, Rakan has a pretty dynamic support build path that definitely changes based on the typesRead More →

The second of the two new lovebirds who have made their way onto the rift, Rakan is a dashing (literally) support with heavy crowd control and sustain. He is the support player’s best equivalent to playing an assassin. His main goal is to set up fights and peel back for his team’s main damage dealers after the chaos he creates has started. RELATED: Best builds for Rakan Lots of different Rakan experimentation has occurred in the week since his release, but not enough focus has been made on a build that actually emphasizes his strengths. Too many have opted for a cookie cutter approach byRead More →

Greyson "Goldenglue" Gilmer may have lost his starting spot on Team Liquid at the end of February to Chae "Piglet" Gwang-jin, but he didn't let that deter him from continuing his competitive career. He decided to travel to Korea, play solo queue, and generally work on his own game. He left in mid-March, and only just recently returned. While there, he stayed in a hotel with Challengers Korea team Ever8 Winners, faced off against Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok in a solo queue game and found confidence from his performance on the Korean ladder. We sat down with Goldenglue to look back at the Spring Split, askRead More →

Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng has rejoined Team SoloMid for the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, according to an announcement from the team. However, he will not be competing with them at the Mid-Season Invitational. Welcome back, Doublelift — Team SoloMid (@TeamSoloMid) April 28, 2017 “I'm really excited to be playing again on TSM, and feel reinvigorated from this break. After last season's Worlds, I was overwhelmed by the weight of my massive underperformance when it mattered most," Doublelift said in a statement. "Coming back into LCS, my only priority is to win worlds and nothing else. It's a huge honor to be able toRead More →

Getting stuck playing a tank can seem like a boring and unfun experience to some players. So often, we drift towards locking in our favorite carry champion, hoping to 1v9 and outskill our opponents. But playing a tank can not only be just as exciting as ADC, it also makes for an easier win in lower ELOs since teams don’t have the mechanics or kiting ability to punish you. Taking can be a great way to learn about the game, too. But Gabriel, tanks are boring…. Nope. Believe it or not, tanks can actually be fun to play. Hitting massive crowd control abilities in fightsRead More →

This Week in esports is your definitive weekly guide to the biggest stories and controversies behind the latest esport and gaming headlines. This is everything you need to know about the week that was, but on steroids. We Like…. The NA LCS Pigeon We’re starting this week’s article with some of last weekend’s biggest LoL news, and it has nothing to do with the fact that TSM won the NA LCS again or our very own report that franchising is coming to the NA LCS. Instead we’re going to be highlighting the NA LCS’ biggest fan and newest-100%-totally-official mascot, Percival the Pigeon. Our feathered friendRead More →

It was another short week for my League of Legends adventure as I was confronted with two immense barriers to entry that ruined my drive to continue: the release of Rakan and Xayah, as well as a seriously tilt-inducing game last Wednesday that put me off for the rest of the week. Rakan Role Dodgin’ Last week, Rakan and Xayah were released. This is the first hero release during my return to the game, so I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. Our resident League of Legends expert, Gabriel Zoltan-Johan, actually asked me to duo-queue with him so that we could play the two newRead More →

The story of the 2016 League of Legends offseason was the reverse exodus, but Shin “Coco” Jin-yeong defied that narrative. While some of the LPL’s biggest-name Korean players returned home to the LCK, Coco was one of just a handful of Korean players that made the jump from Korea to China in search of something new. Coco has been playing professional League of Legends for a long time, dating back to his time on Xenics Storm in 2013 before moving to the CJ Entus organization and then Longzhu Gaming. It’s hard to argue that Coco wasn’t at his best while with with CJ Entus. InRead More →

Future generations of League of Legends players are unlikely to have the same path to the League Championship Series as Paul “sOAZ” Boyer. Though now only 23 years old, sOAZ is considered a veteran in the League of Legends community, where retirements often come earlier than other esports. The French top laner started off playing some Counter-Strike 1.6 and the original Defense of the Ancients on his PC. His tenure in DotA lasted “about six years,” according to a 2012 interview with Team Dignitas. He played in Division 1 of the Argh League, a primarily-French DotA league. In that same Dignitas interview, sOAZ said thatRead More →