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  1. League of Legends was once the most played and most popular game in the world. To this day, it enjoys a colossal following that most games can't even dream of matching. Let's dive into the history of the MOBA genre and discuss some of the game's best qualities and biggest faults. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these shorter mini-casts, Honorable Mentions, to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'Sweet Dreams, Koholint' by DaMonz, Christine Giguère, Denis Bluteau (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03825) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. League of Legends was once the most played and most popular game in the world. To this day, it enjoys a colossal following that most games can't even dream of matching. Let's dive into the history of the MOBA genre and discuss some of the game's best qualities and biggest faults. With schedules being what they are, sometimes coordinating a full episode of The Best Games Period can be difficult. When we can't have a proper discussion, we will be breaking off to do these shorter mini-casts, Honorable Mentions, to talk about fringe games that we might not otherwise be able to talk about on a full episode. Outro music: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 'Sweet Dreams, Koholint' by DaMonz, Christine Giguère, Denis Bluteau (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR03825) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is available, as well! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. League of Legends has a long and complicated history with its own lore. Plagued by rewritten character biographies and nations whose conflicts have been wiped from existence over the years, Riot Games decided to nullify all of the game's fictional past in 2015 (even eliminating the very concept of summoner's, the very role of the players themselves). Since then, new backstories have emerged for their various characters touching on new wars, new factions, new pieces of Runeterra's history. Now, presumably with a firmer grip on the lore of the popular MOBA, Riot has teamed up with Marvel to produce a line of comics set within the League of Legends universe that highlights the origins of some of their most iconic heroes. The first in the League of Legends graphic novel series will be titled Ashe: Warmother. The comics begin to release May, 2019. Warmother tells the story of how Ashe developed her ability to shoot magic freezing arrows and leader of the icy north. The full summary reads: Raised in the savage wilds of the north, Ashe is an Iceborn, a warrior gifted with a magical connection to her frozen homeland—and burdened by her mother’s fanatical expectations. When they set out on a dangerous quest for the truth behind an ancient myth, bonds are broken, secrets come to light, and Runeterra is forever changed. Will young Ashe become the leader her people need? Or is destiny merely an empty dream? Here's hoping there aren't more retcons in store after the launch of these graphic novels. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  4. League of Legends has a long and complicated history with its own lore. Plagued by rewritten character biographies and nations whose conflicts have been wiped from existence over the years, Riot Games decided to nullify all of the game's fictional past in 2015 (even eliminating the very concept of summoner's, the very role of the players themselves). Since then, new backstories have emerged for their various characters touching on new wars, new factions, new pieces of Runeterra's history. Now, presumably with a firmer grip on the lore of the popular MOBA, Riot has teamed up with Marvel to produce a line of comics set within the League of Legends universe that highlights the origins of some of their most iconic heroes. The first in the League of Legends graphic novel series will be titled Ashe: Warmother. The comics begin to release May, 2019. Warmother tells the story of how Ashe developed her ability to shoot magic freezing arrows and leader of the icy north. The full summary reads: Raised in the savage wilds of the north, Ashe is an Iceborn, a warrior gifted with a magical connection to her frozen homeland—and burdened by her mother’s fanatical expectations. When they set out on a dangerous quest for the truth behind an ancient myth, bonds are broken, secrets come to light, and Runeterra is forever changed. Will young Ashe become the leader her people need? Or is destiny merely an empty dream? Here's hoping there aren't more retcons in store after the launch of these graphic novels. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  5. Hey all! I love to play competitive video games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, CS:GO, and so forth. I'm ranked pretty high in each game and was looking to see if we could start up an ExtraLife themed team where we could compete either in local events, or online events, and call it ExtraLife. It would probably gain some notoriety with the scene, and cause gamers to search for what ExtraLife is and such. And if we attended the same type of lan events, I'm sure people would sign up once they meet us. I'm a local around Philadelphia, PA and would love to even get some online events going. Here are a list of the games I play, and a way to contact me: 1. League of Legends - Diamond 4 Support / Top Main 2. Overwatch - Master Tier - Season 3 Ended 3800 MR, Season 4 is currently 3650. 3. Hearthstone - I normally end up around Rank 2-3, but I know there are a lot of tournaments held online for points. 4. CS:GO - Haven't played in a year or two, I was LEM before I stopped. If I had a team I could get back into it for Extra Life 5. Heroes of the Storm - Just started but I am well versatile in MOBAs and am trying to get to ranked now. 6. I also play Smash Brothers Melee in tournaments from time to time. You can contact me on: Battlenet - Clementine#11594 Steam ID - I'll modify this when I get home and get it You can always drop me a message on the forums as well. This is just an idea I had, If anyone is interested in getting a following together, it would be great and super fun! We could even stream our tournament matches, make some vods and get some publicity out there in the gaming world!
  6. After spending years and years fine-tuning League of Legends into one of the most played games in the world, Riot Games has released a brand new game, only this time they're targeting the tabletop. Mechs vs. Minions takes place within the League of Legends universe and focuses on a scenario in which Rumble has assembled four diminutive Yordle heroes to teach them how to pilot their very own mechanized suits. Players can choose to take Corki, Heimerdinger, Tristana, or Ziggs into the battles against the roving army of minions that threaten the security of Runeterra. In Mechs vs. Minions, players must work together to put on the best defense they can manage against the oncoming minion threat. Up to four players can battle their way through a ten mission campaign. Each mission lasts approximately 60-90 minutes and can be accompanied by a radioplay to add more of a running narrative to the experience. Riot has brought back the League of Legends voice actors to reprise their roles for the radioplay versions of their characters. The tabletop game includes the following bits: 5 reversible game boards 4 command lines (one for each player) 4 painted mech miniatures Ability and damage decks A sand timer A bomb-like power source miniature 6 metal trackers 4 acrylic shards 4 dice 100 minion miniatures Some kind of large object, trying to break through that sealed box... The initial release of Mechs vs. Minions consists of 30,000 copies. As of this publishing, Mechs vs. Minions has not sold out. If the first wave of the co-op tabletop game sells out, future releases will be coming. Riot will update the Mech vs. Minions section of their store to indicate when those might be coming. With Game Day coming up, anyone think they might be picking up a copy of Mechs vs. Minions? Let us know what you think in the comments!
  7. After spending years and years fine-tuning League of Legends into one of the most played games in the world, Riot Games has released a brand new game, only this time they're targeting the tabletop. Mechs vs. Minions takes place within the League of Legends universe and focuses on a scenario in which Rumble has assembled four diminutive Yordle heroes to teach them how to pilot their very own mechanized suits. Players can choose to take Corki, Heimerdinger, Tristana, or Ziggs into the battles against the roving army of minions that threaten the security of Runeterra. In Mechs vs. Minions, players must work together to put on the best defense they can manage against the oncoming minion threat. Up to four players can battle their way through a ten mission campaign. Each mission lasts approximately 60-90 minutes and can be accompanied by a radioplay to add more of a running narrative to the experience. Riot has brought back the League of Legends voice actors to reprise their roles for the radioplay versions of their characters. The tabletop game includes the following bits: 5 reversible game boards 4 command lines (one for each player) 4 painted mech miniatures Ability and damage decks A sand timer A bomb-like power source miniature 6 metal trackers 4 acrylic shards 4 dice 100 minion miniatures Some kind of large object, trying to break through that sealed box... The initial release of Mechs vs. Minions consists of 30,000 copies. As of this publishing, Mechs vs. Minions has not sold out. If the first wave of the co-op tabletop game sells out, future releases will be coming. Riot will update the Mech vs. Minions section of their store to indicate when those might be coming. With Game Day coming up, anyone think they might be picking up a copy of Mechs vs. Minions? Let us know what you think in the comments! View full article
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    What: From theMidwestLAN.com... MidWestLAN was started in 2003 by a few friends, and a passion for LAN gaming. They went on to run in their first season, 4 very well received events with everyone except one selling completely out with a waiting list to get in. As the LAN party evolved the original team stayed dedicated on their goal of focusing on the gamer and not on their own needs which separated themselves from many of the early 2000-era LANs. The original 5 events saw monumental growth, as they went from 20 person events to the 100+ person LANs MWL is known for today. After MWL5 the original staff elected to step aside to pursue other interests. However, the Empire Gamers LAN team stepped up and, with the same dedication towards providing high quality LAN events that appeal to all types of gamers, continues operating MidWestLAN to this very day. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an aspiring pro you can bet there will be something for you at MidWestLAN. Where: Marriott Madison West 1313 John Q Hammons Dr Middleton, WI 53562 (Remember GeekKon? Same area. ) When: August 5th-7th (Fri-Sun) How: MidwestLAN has graciously invited us to take part in this year's event, offering us a table to help spread the word, as well as donate 50% of the entry fees from their League of Legends tournament and 10% of t-shirt sales to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Our volunteer needs for this event will be a minimum of two people for each shift. Volunteers will be provided one badge for the tenure of their volunteered time and must return it at the end of your shift. If you want to enjoy the event after your scheduled shift, consider supporting the convention by purchasing a badge as they are kind enough to host us at no cost to the hospital. Please see the MKE/MAD forums to register to volunteer!
  9. I will be conducting my first stream event ever on Saturday the 20th of February. I will be playing League of Legends, Squad, and The Division open beta. Please stop by my stream and offer any advice or comments! http://www.twitch.tv/kershaws Thanks!
  10. I personally will be streaming with 4 other friends and will be bringing you League of Legends, Cs:Go, And various other games from 8-8 on the 7th and the 8th. Twitch.tv/SpK_Ballpit
  11. The developer of League of Legends has released the first album of official game music consisting of fifteen tracks both new and old. This is a real treat for people who are enamored with the login music or the music videos that Riot Games creates from time to time. The track list is as follows: Demacia Rising Tidecaller Tiny Masterpiece Of Evil The Curse Of The Sad Mummy Quinn And Valor Braum Tales Of The Rift Lulu And Shaco's Quirky Encounter Freljord Rise Of The Ascended Daylight's End Challengers Get Jinxed Super Galaxy Rumble Reborn If you are interested, Riot is currently offering the album free of charge, but will also be releasing it through Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.
  12. The developer of League of Legends has released the first album of official game music consisting of fifteen tracks both new and old. This is a real treat for people who are enamored with the login music or the music videos that Riot Games creates from time to time. The track list is as follows: Demacia Rising Tidecaller Tiny Masterpiece Of Evil The Curse Of The Sad Mummy Quinn And Valor Braum Tales Of The Rift Lulu And Shaco's Quirky Encounter Freljord Rise Of The Ascended Daylight's End Challengers Get Jinxed Super Galaxy Rumble Reborn If you are interested, Riot is currently offering the album free of charge, but will also be releasing it through Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. View full article
  13. Out of the Shurima Desert steps a forgotten emperor bereft of his empire. From the swirling sands of the desert, he summons an army fit to do battle in the League of Legends. While similar in appearance to both Nasus and Renekton, Azir's playstyle appears to be completely different. He is what Riot Games calls one of their "minion-mancers," able to summon Shurima sand warriors at will and use them to attack adversaries. However, his move set is different from the turret-deploying Heimerdinger. Azir's soldiers are linked with his auto-attack, meaning Azir must target what he wants attacked or else his fighters are as worthless as sand dunes. Riot has taken care to make Azir unique and powerful, while retaining weaknesses learned from their other minion-controlling champions like Yorick, Elise, and Malzahar. For a full rundown of Azir's abilities, strategies, and synergy with other champions, check out the League of Legends reveal page.
  14. Out of the Shurima Desert steps a forgotten emperor bereft of his empire. From the swirling sands of the desert, he summons an army fit to do battle in the League of Legends. While similar in appearance to both Nasus and Renekton, Azir's playstyle appears to be completely different. He is what Riot Games calls one of their "minion-mancers," able to summon Shurima sand warriors at will and use them to attack adversaries. However, his move set is different from the turret-deploying Heimerdinger. Azir's soldiers are linked with his auto-attack, meaning Azir must target what he wants attacked or else his fighters are as worthless as sand dunes. Riot has taken care to make Azir unique and powerful, while retaining weaknesses learned from their other minion-controlling champions like Yorick, Elise, and Malzahar. For a full rundown of Azir's abilities, strategies, and synergy with other champions, check out the League of Legends reveal page. View full article
  15. Riot Games has been cracking the whip on their animation team to whip up an adorable teaser for their next champion. He's got a big mustache and a love for adorable poros. No details have been released regarding the champion, but the announcement is tagged with the word Braum, which many have taken to be the champion's name. From his gigantic shield and demeanor it might be safe to assume he'll be a tanky top-laner/support. Now, here, have a poro gif. View full article
  16. Riot Games has been cracking the whip on their animation team to whip up an adorable teaser for their next champion. He's got a big mustache and a love for adorable poros. No details have been released regarding the champion, but the announcement is tagged with the word Braum, which many have taken to be the champion's name. From his gigantic shield and demeanor it might be safe to assume he'll be a tanky top-laner/support. Now, here, have a poro gif.
  17. April Fool's Day is a wonderful time for the video game industry. A time for tech companies, developers, and publishers to come together, let their hair down, and show a bit of their hilarious humanity. This year you can see Optimus Prime in Titanfall, a new fighting game from Blizzard, and Big Head Mode in Guild Wars 2. First up, a new mobile game from S2 Games is looking to do something never seen before in the mobile gaming space. Their next game aims to be something totally unique and wonderful, like a digital snowflake. Prepare to take to the skies with Bastion and Xander! You can download their incredibly original game here. Next, and possibly most disappointingly, Google announced the Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge. Essentially, players use Google Maps to catch Pokémon that can be seen in the real-world using mobile phone cameras. Why can't this be a real thing? Nintendo, get on that. IGN has become somewhat infamous for its April Fools' Day pranks. This year they rose to meet expectations with an exclusive trailer detailing the first piece of Titanfall DLC which features Optimus Prime. Developer Image & Form has announced a major update to the game SteamWorld Dig. Forget all the fantastical elements of mining that you might have picked up from games like Minecraft, Terraria, or even their own game; SteamWorld Dig is going realistic. CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson detailed what this will mean for the game: This new update means that we’ll totally revamp the acclaimed gameplay and graphics in SteamWorld Dig. Rather than focusing on steam-driven robots in a steampunk Western setting, we have decided to follow recent gaming trends. In particular, Goat Simulator from our friends at Coffee Stain looks like it’s going to be huge. Therefore we’ve changed SteamWorld Dig into a real-world mining universe, with real people, real grit and all. It’s taken a while, but here it is: Real-World Mining Simulator! For a long time, we had this silly, romantic notion about mining. Swinging that pickaxe was easy, almost effortless, even exciting! The new version will tell it like it is. Every dull chore in the mines will be questioned, every descent preceded by a negotiation, and quite often Malcolm will rather call in sick, which will lead to a standstill and a delightful pause. It’ll be very realistic. It’ll be great! Real-World Mining Simulator has numerous interesting features like trying to avoid contracting the Black Lung and procrastinating. You can read more about it here. Sega took the opportunity today to reveal their new peripheral, the MEGAne DRIVE. Worn over the eyes, it translates languages, shows your dreams, and works with hundreds of other peripherals. Here are some of the highlights of the gear as translated from Twitter: "Speed shock! Visual shock! Sound shock! ... More light and more to the emotional." "Tonight is Samurai war, tomorrow is to bike hero when it comes transform." "Your delusional power master MEGAne if?" Needless to say, with marketing phrases like that the MEGAne DRIVE looks to be on track to dominate the VR market. Square Enix decided to make a little goof of their own with a crossover between old-school Final Fantasy and Thief. It is entirely in Japanese and there doesn't seem to be much to interact with or accomplish, but is still pretty amusing. OverClocked Remix has decided to launch their new in-house band with the name Rough McGruff. They also require all band members to have beards. This probably definitely maybe in no way relates to YouTuber Smooth McGroove. The new game mode added to League of Legends today, Ultra Rapid Fire, has the goal of providing maximum fun by eliminating mana and energy, giving all champions 80% cooldown reduction, and doubling the attack speed of ranged champions. Playing the game mode will net players an exclusive icon. BioWare has decided that their online store was incomplete without a Garrus Vakarian Body Pillow. Retailing for $40, the pillow is guaranteed to calibrate to your body and provide support, both on the battlefield and in bed. For those of you who have been on the internet for a while, remember Homestar Runner? The site has been dormant for the past four years, but today marks the end of that humorless dry spell. New content has appeared on the site and reassures everyone that the things they found funny in the early 2000s is still pretty dang funny. Just sit on the intro screen for about 10 seconds to see what's been added. CERN, the European organization that operates the world's largest particle accelerator and is on the cutting edge of science, today decided that its website would better suit the dignity of its institution better if all text on the website was in Comic Sans. To quote CERN's head of communications, James Gillies: This is an important year for CERN and we wanted to make a bold visual statement. We thought the most effective way to communicate our research into the fundamental structure of matter at the very boundaries of technology was by changing the font. And it makes the letters look all round and squishy Blizzard Entertainment had a number of astounding press releases today. To begin, they announced that they would be changing the name of the upcoming expansion to StarCraft II from from Legacy of the Void to Herald of the Stars. Details on the renamed expansion are tantalizing. Blizzard promises new units, weapons, armor, hairstyles, and a dance editor. It also appears that the name change is at least partially due to the desire to keep the same acronym that derived from the current expansion, Heart of the Swarm. Blizzard also announced a new fighting game titled Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished. Outcasts features many of Blizzard's second-tier heroes and villains duking it out in glorious 8-bit graphics. Where else can you see Deckard Cain beating down Arcturus Mengsk with an old magic tome? Guild Wars 2 has rolled out the Big Head update in its latest patch, doubling the size of all in-game heads. The reason for this change can be traced back to a study revealed in this photo. It turns out that science has determined that larger heads lead to larger amounts of fun. Happy April Fools' Day everyone! View full article
  18. April Fool's Day is a wonderful time for the video game industry. A time for tech companies, developers, and publishers to come together, let their hair down, and show a bit of their hilarious humanity. This year you can see Optimus Prime in Titanfall, a new fighting game from Blizzard, and Big Head Mode in Guild Wars 2. First up, a new mobile game from S2 Games is looking to do something never seen before in the mobile gaming space. Their next game aims to be something totally unique and wonderful, like a digital snowflake. Prepare to take to the skies with Bastion and Xander! You can download their incredibly original game here. Next, and possibly most disappointingly, Google announced the Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge. Essentially, players use Google Maps to catch Pokémon that can be seen in the real-world using mobile phone cameras. Why can't this be a real thing? Nintendo, get on that. IGN has become somewhat infamous for its April Fools' Day pranks. This year they rose to meet expectations with an exclusive trailer detailing the first piece of Titanfall DLC which features Optimus Prime. Developer Image & Form has announced a major update to the game SteamWorld Dig. Forget all the fantastical elements of mining that you might have picked up from games like Minecraft, Terraria, or even their own game; SteamWorld Dig is going realistic. CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson detailed what this will mean for the game: This new update means that we’ll totally revamp the acclaimed gameplay and graphics in SteamWorld Dig. Rather than focusing on steam-driven robots in a steampunk Western setting, we have decided to follow recent gaming trends. In particular, Goat Simulator from our friends at Coffee Stain looks like it’s going to be huge. Therefore we’ve changed SteamWorld Dig into a real-world mining universe, with real people, real grit and all. It’s taken a while, but here it is: Real-World Mining Simulator! For a long time, we had this silly, romantic notion about mining. Swinging that pickaxe was easy, almost effortless, even exciting! The new version will tell it like it is. Every dull chore in the mines will be questioned, every descent preceded by a negotiation, and quite often Malcolm will rather call in sick, which will lead to a standstill and a delightful pause. It’ll be very realistic. It’ll be great! Real-World Mining Simulator has numerous interesting features like trying to avoid contracting the Black Lung and procrastinating. You can read more about it here. Sega took the opportunity today to reveal their new peripheral, the MEGAne DRIVE. Worn over the eyes, it translates languages, shows your dreams, and works with hundreds of other peripherals. Here are some of the highlights of the gear as translated from Twitter: "Speed shock! Visual shock! Sound shock! ... More light and more to the emotional." "Tonight is Samurai war, tomorrow is to bike hero when it comes transform." "Your delusional power master MEGAne if?" Needless to say, with marketing phrases like that the MEGAne DRIVE looks to be on track to dominate the VR market. Square Enix decided to make a little goof of their own with a crossover between old-school Final Fantasy and Thief. It is entirely in Japanese and there doesn't seem to be much to interact with or accomplish, but is still pretty amusing. OverClocked Remix has decided to launch their new in-house band with the name Rough McGruff. They also require all band members to have beards. This probably definitely maybe in no way relates to YouTuber Smooth McGroove. The new game mode added to League of Legends today, Ultra Rapid Fire, has the goal of providing maximum fun by eliminating mana and energy, giving all champions 80% cooldown reduction, and doubling the attack speed of ranged champions. Playing the game mode will net players an exclusive icon. BioWare has decided that their online store was incomplete without a Garrus Vakarian Body Pillow. Retailing for $40, the pillow is guaranteed to calibrate to your body and provide support, both on the battlefield and in bed. For those of you who have been on the internet for a while, remember Homestar Runner? The site has been dormant for the past four years, but today marks the end of that humorless dry spell. New content has appeared on the site and reassures everyone that the things they found funny in the early 2000s is still pretty dang funny. Just sit on the intro screen for about 10 seconds to see what's been added. CERN, the European organization that operates the world's largest particle accelerator and is on the cutting edge of science, today decided that its website would better suit the dignity of its institution better if all text on the website was in Comic Sans. To quote CERN's head of communications, James Gillies: This is an important year for CERN and we wanted to make a bold visual statement. We thought the most effective way to communicate our research into the fundamental structure of matter at the very boundaries of technology was by changing the font. And it makes the letters look all round and squishy Blizzard Entertainment had a number of astounding press releases today. To begin, they announced that they would be changing the name of the upcoming expansion to StarCraft II from from Legacy of the Void to Herald of the Stars. Details on the renamed expansion are tantalizing. Blizzard promises new units, weapons, armor, hairstyles, and a dance editor. It also appears that the name change is at least partially due to the desire to keep the same acronym that derived from the current expansion, Heart of the Swarm. Blizzard also announced a new fighting game titled Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished. Outcasts features many of Blizzard's second-tier heroes and villains duking it out in glorious 8-bit graphics. Where else can you see Deckard Cain beating down Arcturus Mengsk with an old magic tome? Guild Wars 2 has rolled out the Big Head update in its latest patch, doubling the size of all in-game heads. The reason for this change can be traced back to a study revealed in this photo. It turns out that science has determined that larger heads lead to larger amounts of fun. Happy April Fools' Day everyone!
  19. Tired of calling positions and arguing about pick order? Team Builder is here to solve your League of Legends team composition woes. Team Builder allows players to select what champion, map position, and role they are interested in playing on a team. The system then attempts to match players with like-minded teammates. The system was briefly tested in beta and proved to be so popular that it has now taken up permanent residence on the Fields of Justice. Team Builder is an entirely separate queue from normal Blind Pick and Draft Pick to preserve balance in the other game modes. However, Riot Games has decided that Team Builder will not be available in ranked until they can figure out how champion banning could be effectively implemented. Wait times for queues are estimated to be relatively stable regardless of champion or role selection. However, since Team Builder is just being implemented, the estimated wait times will frequently be inaccurate. As the mode is used more and collects more data, it will be able to give more accurate predictions. For more detailed information, you can check out this FAQ section. View full article
  20. Tired of calling positions and arguing about pick order? Team Builder is here to solve your League of Legends team composition woes. Team Builder allows players to select what champion, map position, and role they are interested in playing on a team. The system then attempts to match players with like-minded teammates. The system was briefly tested in beta and proved to be so popular that it has now taken up permanent residence on the Fields of Justice. Team Builder is an entirely separate queue from normal Blind Pick and Draft Pick to preserve balance in the other game modes. However, Riot Games has decided that Team Builder will not be available in ranked until they can figure out how champion banning could be effectively implemented. Wait times for queues are estimated to be relatively stable regardless of champion or role selection. However, since Team Builder is just being implemented, the estimated wait times will frequently be inaccurate. As the mode is used more and collects more data, it will be able to give more accurate predictions. For more detailed information, you can check out this FAQ section.
  21. The folks over at HBO seem to think that there might just be significant overlap between the audience of Game of Thrones and the people who play League of Legends. They probably aren't wrong. HBO has apparently approached Riot Games to do some sort of advertising deal. By itself, that wouldn't be terribly interesting. All that it means for us common folk is that we'll be seeing some Game of Thrones advertisements on the League of Legends website. Of more immediate interest, Riot Games is also now working with the HBO team to produce a mash-up trailer of League of Legends and Game of Thrones. What will that look like? We haven't the faintest idea, but we, much like beloved characters in a George R.R. Martin novel, are dying to find out. View full article
  22. The folks over at HBO seem to think that there might just be significant overlap between the audience of Game of Thrones and the people who play League of Legends. They probably aren't wrong. HBO has apparently approached Riot Games to do some sort of advertising deal. By itself, that wouldn't be terribly interesting. All that it means for us common folk is that we'll be seeing some Game of Thrones advertisements on the League of Legends website. Of more immediate interest, Riot Games is also now working with the HBO team to produce a mash-up trailer of League of Legends and Game of Thrones. What will that look like? We haven't the faintest idea, but we, much like beloved characters in a George R.R. Martin novel, are dying to find out.
  23. Do you play League of Legends? Have you been struggling to up your game to dangerously talented levels? LoLClass is here to provide you with live lessons with professional League of Legends players. LoLClass has recruited some of the best and most well-known pro players in the scene to teach at their online academy. Coaches include the likes of VoyBoy, St. Vicious, and DoubleLift. Registering on the site nets free users one free class per month. Each class only has 50 seats available for free users, so there are no guarantees that users will be able to get in to the class of their choice. Members who pay at one of the pricing tiers have more access to live classes than free users, while people who pay the $49.99 platinum membership have unlimited access. There are also classes on demand which are recorded classroom sessions which can be watched by any pricing tier, though some are locked away for premium students only. Honestly, this is an amazing idea given how large the player-base is for League of Legends. Sure, this service isn't going to be for everyone, but highly motivated players or aspiring pro gamers would definitely be willing to pay for this kind of tutelage. If this is successful it is possible we could see similar services spring up around other professional gaming scenes as well. If you want to check it out, head over to lol-class.com. What do you think, Extra Life community? Silly? Awesome? Savvy business? View full article
  24. Do you play League of Legends? Have you been struggling to up your game to dangerously talented levels? LoLClass is here to provide you with live lessons with professional League of Legends players. LoLClass has recruited some of the best and most well-known pro players in the scene to teach at their online academy. Coaches include the likes of VoyBoy, St. Vicious, and DoubleLift. Registering on the site nets free users one free class per month. Each class only has 50 seats available for free users, so there are no guarantees that users will be able to get in to the class of their choice. Members who pay at one of the pricing tiers have more access to live classes than free users, while people who pay the $49.99 platinum membership have unlimited access. There are also classes on demand which are recorded classroom sessions which can be watched by any pricing tier, though some are locked away for premium students only. Honestly, this is an amazing idea given how large the player-base is for League of Legends. Sure, this service isn't going to be for everyone, but highly motivated players or aspiring pro gamers would definitely be willing to pay for this kind of tutelage. If this is successful it is possible we could see similar services spring up around other professional gaming scenes as well. If you want to check it out, head over to lol-class.com. What do you think, Extra Life community? Silly? Awesome? Savvy business?
  25. Yesterday, Riot Games announced that a new featured gameplay mode titled "Hexakill" would be making its way onto the Fields of Justice. Hexakill will be available for a limited time beginning February 20. It will take place on the traditionally 5v5 map Summoner's Rift with the addition of an extra player on each team and a new voice over clip for those lucky enough to witness a full team of six destroyed at the hands of one player. This will of course open the doors to many ridiculous team compositions and formations: triple mid, three duo lanes, and of course, the infamous triple jungle! Featured gameplay modes are a way for the team at Riot Games to test out new and creative ideas to see what players find enjoyable without committing long term support. The previous featured modes were All-for-One, where each member of a team played the same champion, and the Showdown, in which one or two players would duel against equally matched adversaries. Both modes were only available for about a month, so League players should expect about the same life-expectancy from hexakill. Good luck, Summoners! View full article
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