Thursday, October 18, 2012

Curtains Close on League of Legends Season Two

Curtains Close on League of Legends Season Two

It was early in the morning when the first enthusiastic League of Legends fans turned out to line up for the World Finals at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. By the time the doors opened, fans circled nearly the entire perimeter of the venue, ready to cheer on the showdown between the Taipei Assassins and Korea’s Azubu Frost.

Elise, the Spider Queen Revealed

Elise, the Spider Queen
This patch, we’ll welcome a champion with a lot of history into the League of Legends lineup: Elise, the Spider Queen. Originally concepted over three years ago, Elise proved to be a challenging champion to fully realize. Finally coming together as a transform champion, Elise has the ability to assume the form of either a regal mage or a deadly spider assassin.

Abilities (Human form):
  • Spider Swarm (Passive): Elise’s Human Form spells will ready a spiderling when cast on an enemy.
  • Neurotoxin: Elise damages a target based on its current Health.
  • Volatile Spiderling: Elise releases a venom-gorged spiderling that explodes when it nears a target.

Twisted Treeline Remake on PBE

Twisted Treeline Remake Screenshot
We’re excited to announce that a new version of Twisted Treeline is about to hit PBE, with a live Beta soon to follow. We've heard your feedback, and we’ve rebuilt Treeline to improve some of the areas you suggested. Here’s a rundown of the major renovations to the map:
  • More viable team comps: the item shop on Twisted Treeline now boasts an arsenal tailor-made to support every role in 3v3 combat, and the terrain has been modified to make blink champions easier to hunt down

Watch the Season 2 Finals! Viewing Now Available

League of Legends - South Korea's Azubu Frost and Taiwan's Taipei Assassins
The Finals mark the culmination of an exciting competitive season. Watch the world’s top two teams -- South Korea's Azubu Frost and Taiwan's Taipei Assassins -- battle head-to-head!

The Shadow Isles Beckon

The Shadow Isles
Swear your allegiance to the Shadow Isles, summoners! Shrouded in mist and shadows, this mysterious land promises death for those brazen or unfortunate enough to make their way to its shores. Most who journey here never return, but a few are embraced by this strange place and seize unimaginable power.

Twisted Fate Game Update

Twisted Fate, the Card Master
  • Fixed a bug where Fiddlestick's autoattack could be interrupted by Dark Wind
  • Fixed a bug where using Devastating Charge on an enemy Tower causes it to redirect aggro onto Hecarim

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dreamhack Bucharest, between 20-21st of October

Dreamhack Bucharest 20 - 21 October - Romania
On the 20-21st of October, at DreamHack Bucharest, eight teams, invited and qualified, will battle in a single-elimination, best of 3 tournament for a prize purse worth 4,000 euro.

2,000 euro will go to the winner of the tourney, second place will receive 1,200 euro, while 3rd and 4th places will receive 600 and 200 euro, respectively.

New Free Champion Rotation (Season Two: Week 47)

Corki, the Daring Bombardier
Greetings Summoners!

This week's 10 free champions have been rotated.

Here are this week's free champions:

Week 47 (this week):
- Annie
- Corki
- Gangplank
- Kassadin
- Ezreal

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Summoner's Cup Sneak Peek

It’s nearly time to crown the League of Legends Season Two World Champions. But no championship would be complete without a suitable trophy to commemorate the contest between all of these incredible competitors.

Season Two World Championship Matchup Preview

Season Two World Championship Final Match - Taipei Assassins vs Azubu Frost

On their way to the Finals, Azubu Frost dominated every stage of the tournament. After going 3 – 0 in the groupstage , they went on to knock out North American champions and tournament favorites, Team SoloMid, 2 – 0. In the semi-finals, they faced Europe’s final remaining team, Counter Logic Gaming EU, for a rematch of the Azubu The Champions Summer finals.

Friday, October 12, 2012

League of Legends Community Infographic

League of Legends Community Infographic - 70 million

It’s been almost a year since we last talked about how the League of Legends community has been growing. Last November, we released an infographic with some cool stats, and that proved to be pretty popular -- so we’re doing it again!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

TSM vs Azubu Frost (Rule Violation)

TSM vs Azubu Frost Playoffs

Tournament: World Playoffs, Quarterfinal #3, Game 1
Teams: Azubu Frost vs. TSM
Date of Match: October 5
Date of Ruling: October 9
Subject: Unsportsmanlike Conduct


The game was paused to deal with audio/microphone malfunctions with the AzF headsets. During the pause:
  • TSM Chaox said that he had witnessed a member of AzF looking at the venue screens during the game. Referees didn't independently corroborate these allegations.

World Playoffs - Rule Violations

League of legends - season 2 world championship

We've completed a comprehensive investigation of all alleged incidents of players looking at the venue screen at the World Playoffs. Our full rulings are posted by bitingpig below, but here's the tl;dr:

We evaluated these cases based on intent, severity and tangible impact to the course of the game.

Pro Player Pick: Scarra Picks Katarina

Welcome to this week’s Pro Player Pick, where we feature one of League of Legends’ best players elaborating on his champion of choice.

Today, Scarra from Team Dignitas picks Katarina. Scarra relishes the intense cleanup potential granted by Voracity, Katarina’s cooldown-resetting passive.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Playoffs Resume October 10th at 5:00 PM

Team WE vs. Counter Logic Gaming EU quarterfinal match
We've rescheduled the remainder of the World Playoff matches for this coming Wednesday, October 10th, starting at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. The games will be streaming live in free HD on both Twitch and Own3D, with the same production quality and broadcast features (player cams, replays, interviews, etc.) that you saw up until we ran into technical difficulties. A full list of foreign language streams is still to be determined.

Initial Honor Results

League of legends Honor
It’s been over one week since we launched the Honor Initiative, one of the largest experiments ever conducted at Riot. Today, I’d like to take some time to share a few results we’ve seen, and talk a little more about how we’re preventing Honor spamming.

New Free Champion Rotation (Season Two: Week 46)

Lux, The Lady of Luminosity
Greetings Summoners!

This week's 10 free champions have been rotated.

Here are this week's free champions:

Week 46 (this week):
- Amumu
- Fiddlesticks
- Jax
- Nunu
- Soraka

Sunday, October 7, 2012

World Playoffs Semifinal Matches Postponed

League of Legends - World Playoffs Semifinal Matches
After a series of connectivity issues at our LA Live venue, we've had to reschedule the final games of the Season 2 World Playoffs. We'll be completing the last game of the CLG EU and Team WE quarterfinal match and finishing out the Semifinal Matches in the near future from a new location with a secure Internet connection. The matches will be broadcast live, so stay tuned for scheduling information.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Playoffs Day Two Recap

Day two saw the regional finalists compete against the best of Group A and B, and saw the hopes of one region go home.

M5 BenQ vs Invictus Gaming

Moscow Five once again demonstrated spectacular team fight ability and put on a dominating performance. Even when they were losing – sometimes significantly – they were able to control their team fights and earn comebacks.

World Playoffs Day One Recap

For the first round of the World Playoffs, eight teams faced off in two groups for a chance to move on to the quarter finals against the seeded teams Team SoloMid, Moscow Five, Team WE, and Taipei Assassins. With only half of the teams advancing today, every match was a battle for tournament survival, and the best-of-one format meant there were no second chances.