League of Legends is a video game, and that means it’s meant to be fun. We want to play the champions that we enjoy the most, whether that be because of their abilities, aesthetic, or the lore behind them. This is what motivates players to have zany picks, and is the reason behind some of your favorite one-tricks. However, climbing the ranked ladder is a different story. Ranking up can be a cutthroat and unforgiving experience, especially at the higher levels. With that in mind, it can be hard to reconcile the competitiveness of ranked games and your desire to have fun. We’d all likeRead More →

The dust has settled over The International 2017's main qualifiers and the 18-team lineup that will clash in Seattle's KeyArena in August has been finalized. The International Eighteen. #TI7 pic.twitter.com/dW3ehfo6Bm — Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) June 30, 2017 While six teams received direct invites to the event earlier this month, the final round of qualifiers to decide the tournament's other 12 teams took place from June 26 to June 30. RELATED: OG, Virtus.pro among 6 teams invited to The International 7 In the Americas, Team NP and Digital Chaos took the top two spots in the NA qualifier while Infamous won the South American qualifier. TeamRead More →

There really is nothing quite like competing in front of a hometown crowd. Die-hard local fans are loyal to the end, cheering for their teams and players in the hopes that they'll be the ones to bring the championship home—no matter the odds against them. It's in those moments, when local fans are hoping for a miracle, that truly inspired plays can take form. For the crowd at the sold out Mall of Asia Arena at The Manila Major 2016, Djardel Jicko B. "DJ" Mampusti delivered on those hopes. Fnatic entered the Major as one of two Southeast Asian teams, quickly becoming the only SEARead More →

Fnatic’s improvement as a team continues, and mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther has developed alongside them. With the label of “Baby Faker” hovering in the background, Caps has shown, as he stacks up against the best mid laners in Europe, that the team’s spring revival was not a fluke. Before Week 5, theScore esports caught up with Caps to ask him about Fnatic’s mindset, his Week 2 outplay of G2 Esports’ Luka “PerkZ” Perković, and where he thinks he stacks up against the rest of EU’s mid laners. How would you compare the team’s morale now to Week 5 of the 2017 Spring Split? HonestlyRead More →

Next year, League of Legends and esports in general will be making an unprecedented step forward with the franchising of the NA LCS and LPL. With a price tag on a spot in the new-look league reportedly valued in the $10 million range, even angry Twitter users who argue that "e-Sports are not real sports" will have to admit that competitive gaming isn't just some fad. So with that in mind, theScore esports decided that now is as good a time as any to look at how far League of Legends has come. And yes, as far as we're concerned the game's history started whenRead More →

In the past, I’ve dabbled in introducing off meta picks that have surfaced in competitive play and have teased out why they theoretically work. But not this time. This time we’re going into uncharted territory with my own invention for the new patch and meta. The support pool is aggressively catered towards melee supports at the moment, as all-ins have become more of a way of life in the bottom lane. Blitzcrank hooks used to just be in my nightmares, but now they’re also in every game, further proof that your greatest fears can actually be realized. A bit dark, but something to combat thoseRead More →

During Week 4 of the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split, we saw Lee "Flame" Ho-Jong perform an incredibly clean outplay against Team Dignitas. He’s been in the professional scene since 2012 and has played across various regions. In honor of his long career, we’ve put together the best of Flame. For more great videos, be sure to subscribe to theScore esports on YouTube. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. Source: The Score LoLRead More →

Some of the smaller champion changes that came through patch 7.12 were made to the Daring Bombadier, Corki. Despite what looked like very minor tweaks, the caster AD Carry has popped up in pivotal series in Korea and Europe, and even North America, China and Brazil. As a mid laner, he has the tools to be successful and powerful. He has a game-changing passive through The Package, great laning thanks to his range, and amazing damage that is both bursty and consistent. He also stays fairly safe in lane thanks to his W, which can be used to engage or as an escape in stickyRead More →

With dozens upon dozens of skins available for League of Legends, you have to wonder which ones are really raking in peoples' cold, hard cash? To find out, theScore esports compiled this infographic of the ten most popular skins in the game by ownership. For the purposes of this infographic, we discounted skins that were available for free such as Riot Girl Tristana, Unchained Alistar. Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter. Copyright © 2017 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license. Source: The Score LoLRead More →

As Riot unveils the details of a franchised 2018 NA LCS, much of the focus has been on the stability a league without relegation will bring to the competitive scene. Only briefly did Riot address the removal of the Challenger Series, which is set to be replaced with an academy league of sister teams. This league, Riot suggested, would have franchised teams “field a team of developmental players,” according to the developer’s initial announcement. “This will hopefully meet multiple needs for NA LCS teams: deeper rosters to experiment with younger talent, enough spots in the league for all LCS teams to be represented, and moreRead More →