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by Ashelia on September 18, 2014 471
The first day of Worlds is over and results probably weren't surprising to anyone. Regardless, it's been awesome to watch some of the best teams in the world duke it out.
Read on for our summary on today's games along with guides to the most contested and banned champions of the day. To top it off, we're also giving away a $10 RP code to those who tell us in the comments of this post who their favorite team from Group A and B is!

Day One Recap

By far the stars of Group A and Group B are Korea’s Samsung Galaxy White—while they failed to get past group stage last year, this year started with perfection as they went 2-0 on day one. The first game of Worlds set the tone for the rest as two giants, SSW and EDG, sparred off in an intense match. Edward Gaming managed to avoid jungler DanDy’s notorious early aggression and not give up any kills, but they quickly fell around midgame after SSW turned up the heat. Despite a few good team fights in their favor, the gold lead was insurmountable and Samsung Galaxy White was able to walk away victorious.
The rest of the games were interesting as well. A wounded SK Gaming faced off against TSM—it turned out losing Svenskeren a day prior to Worlds wasn’t very ideal for team synergy. TSM found themselves outmatched their second game of the day by Star Horn Royal Club. Dark Passage got utterly decimated in their inaugural match, as was expected for a wild card region. And much to the crowd’s enjoyment, Taipei Assassins were back after a year off from Worlds, winning their only match of the day against Star Horn Royal Club.

Tell us Your Favorite From Group A and B

Enough about what we think. Tell us your favorite team from Group A and Group B. We'll pick one comment in this post to win a $10 RP code on Monday (9/19).

The Top Champions of Today

Orianna

Orianna is just one of those champions that’s simply strong and has been for a long time. There is a TPA Orianna skin for a reason, after all; they got to be champions in season two with her help. She walks the overpowered and balanced line perfectly. As such, Orianna is going to be showing up in a lot of these matches and today she was picked several times. She’s the perfect mid for those wanting utility, wave clear, and reliability coupled with a great early game.
Check out Challenger player Aniratak’s guide to Orianna to learn how to kill your enemies and have fun in mid lane.

Nami

Everybody loves Nami lately, but it’s not too long ago that people treated her like a fish out of water. Luckily the tides have changed. Mata, Lustboy, and Zero let loose some devastating Tidal Waves and showed her immense potential in today’s games. She’s a great pick because of her ability to peel for an ADC coupled with her great sustain; Mata and Imp love to play aggressive and Nami’s sustain keeps them in lane longer to deal out more damage.
Our very own director Ashelia wrote a Nami guide. She’s no Mata, but she has some tips to help your bot lane go swimmingly.

Janna

Janna was picked a couple of times in today’s games and she was also banned by Samsung Galaxy White against Edward Gaming who simply didn’t want to give her to their opponents. She’s a really solid champion with a lot of utility, CC, and displacement.
User Duchess of York tells you exactly how to command the winds with their beautifully written and designed LolKing guide.

Alistar

We’ve talked about Alistar before, but he’s really good. That’s probably why he was banned in the majority of today’s games at Worlds. He’s an incredibly solid and scary tank. Dyrus pulled him out top lane and showed his potential in a tower dive bot lane during the second game of Worlds, TSM vs SK Gaming.
Check out an awesome support Alistar guide on our site to learn the nuances of Alistar and why he’s a prime pick.

Yasuo

We’ll be honest here: he’s banned in nearly every game in nearly every division. You probably won’t get to play him. But if you do, he’s an exceptional champion with an impeccable kit. His Wind Wall is one of the best abilities in the game and renders many champions useless if cast at the right moment. He’s also extremely agile, making him hard to pin down in both lane and the fray of team fights—plus it makes him a good split pusher.
LolKing user Chrispy explains exactly why Yasuo is so popular in this guide to Yasuo the Unforgiven.
by Ashelia on September 18, 2014 6
In this week's Waypoint, everyone gets a visual update, the Patch 4.17 preview, LCS formatting update concerns and a Summoner's Rift Map update!

Be sure to check out Lindsay's new gaming show, the Friday Update Arcade!

by Ashelia on September 16, 2014 20
We have the weekly episode of League Trends from Cloth5 showing last week's ban, pick, and win rate patterns! As usual, stats are transcribed below to be used as a reference for the past week.
Be sure to subscribe to LolKing's YouTube channel for upcoming stat videos, more interviews, and other League of Legends coverage!

Champion Pick Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

18.73%->22.77%
(+4.04%)
29.01%->31.96%
(+2.95%)
1.61%->3.57%
(+1.96%)
10.96%->12.91%
(+1.95%)
8.14%->9.57%
(+1.43%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

12.98%->10.5%
(-2.48%)
9.91%->8.08%
(-1.83%)
33.01%->31.22%
(-1.79%)
14.01%->12.95%
(-1.06%)
6.53%->5.48%
(-1.05%)

Champion Win Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

42.07%->43.74%
(+1.67%)
50%->51.21%
(+1.21%)
46.04%->47.16%
(+1.12%)
45.78%->46.78%
(+1%)
49.52%->50.49%
(+0.97%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

50.2%->40.66%
(-9.54%)
48.78%->47.69%
(-1.09%)
50.17%->49.18%
(-0.99%)
46.88%->46.04%
(-0.84%)
51.79%->50.98%
(-0.81%)

Champion Ban Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

43.51%->55.73%
(+12.22%)
19.48%->27.86%
(+8.38%)
16.92%->24.59%
(+7.67%)
71.23%->74.72%
(+3.49%)
5.37%->7%
(+1.63%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

23.47%->13.77%
(-9.7%)
56.91%->49.16%
(-7.75%)
11.4%->6.08%
(-5.32%)
11.29%->6.14%
(-5.15%)
49.08%->44.38%
(-4.7%)
by Ashelia on September 15, 2014 45
This week we're celebrating the release of Ascension by asking summoners to play as champions with affiliations to Shurima or thematic skins such as Pharaoh Nidalee. Due to the patch, this contest will be ending a day later than usual on Friday.

To enter this week's challenge:

  • Simply enter the contest once you have three games in your match history that meet the requirements.
  • Check the rules to see what champions are related to Shurima Desert or desert related skins.
  • That's it! This week all you have to do is enter!

2 Prizes


Last Week's Winners

Last week's contest had 4,020 entries to our giveaway. Here are the winners:
by Ashelia on September 13, 2014 42
The mere mention of Kassadin probably scares most summoners. If it doesn’t, maybe they just didn’t play enough solo queue or watch enough LCS. But after several weeks since his last nerf, he’s disappeared from the ban list; replaced by champions like Nidalee, Yasuo, and Morgana.
So let’s dive into the top picks and see what’s being banned in Diamond divisions for Summoner’s Rift—as well as why.

Diamond's Most Banned Champions


Yasuo has been strong for a while. His ultimate and critical chance are ridiculous; he also works well against most champions that go mid while still having a great team fight presence. Because of how his kit was designed, he’s able to outplay and outscale--Wind Wall is just too good of an ability.

Nidalee moved from a mid lane annoyance to a top lane terror when she was reworked. She’s absolutely devastating when built as AD, and her early levels make her one of the biggest lane bullies in the game. It doesn’t hurt that she’s extremely mobile—making her hard to gank and excellent at split pushing.

Morgana has a perfect kit to make bot lane plays. With a shield that blocks CC and a bind that lasts entirely too long, she is great for winning skirmishes and following up ganks. Her ultimate is also strong, allowing her to initiate with it then land a seamless bind on those it stuns.

Maokai's changes a few patches ago meant to make him a jungler, but it ended up planting his roots top lane instead. His kit is frustrating to lane against and his new damage makes him much stronger. But his real power is in his ultimate and team fight; he’s great at initiating and sticking to a carry.

Tristana defines the word carry. She keeps getting range thanks to her passive which allows her to scale into the late game. Having high range along with an attack speed steroid and a resetting escape means that even if teams lose early game, she can help them turn it around late as she outscales every other ADC.

Braum has a completely broken passive at all stages of the game. To make it worse, the rest of his abilities are incredibly good as well; Unbreakable and his ultimate provide an immense amount of utility. He can carry from the support role, something invaluable in solo queue. Nobody wants to lane against a Braum.

Talon may have a weak lane phase, but he’s really strong as a roamer. His ultimate has a low cooldown and he does tons of damage; he scales well with items and snowballs once he picks up kills from other lanes then becomes impossible to duel. He also has one of the few silences left in the game.

Kha'Zix is going to be nerfed soon, but the main reason he’s so strong is his W change from a few patches ago. Not only do they now give vision when evolved, it’s a 50% AoE slow and it makes his jungle clear very strong. He also maintains great assassin potential thanks to Isolation.

Zed's power lies in his ability to both assassinate and split push. His split push is excellent and he’s mobile along with a great duelist, meaning he can escape or fight those who show up to stop his push. He also necessitates the use of Exhaust and encourages the Zhonya’s Hourglass rush, changing people’s play simply by showing up in a game.

Fizz may have high mana costs, but he’s a ridiculous powerhouse. His potential as a counterpick makes him strong and his burst is nearly unparalleled, especially after the decline of champions like LeBlanc. He necessitates the enemy building MR or else he simply does too much damage, even to popular junglers like Lee Sin.


Honorable Mentions

While these champions weren't coming up as big, watch out for them as well.


Vi is a solid jungler. While she’s only banned in some regions, she remains a top pick that skates the overpowered and balanced line well. Her ultimate has excellent synergy with certain champions like Yasuo. She’s also able to pin down a target in a team fight which works well in this meta where Zed, Talon, and other squishy assassins need to be shut down before they destroy an entire backline in the blink of an eye.

Zilean's strength stems from his ultimate. He’s able to hold his own in lane and his double bombs have a lot of utility. His speed up is powerful, especially with certain champions such as Rengar or assassins; he’s able to protect those who have a need to dive deep into the backlines to secure a kill. He works especially well in solo queue because he can help save someone who makes a miscommunication or a bad play with his ultimate.

Alistar is the perfect support and a great top laner. His ultimate was changed recently which allows him to tower dive earlier as well as win skirmishes harder since he takes significantly less damage than before at its first rank. His peel and engage potential is superb, especially considering the increased popularity of champions like Zed or Talon who need to stick to a carry to burst them quickly. Alistar can easily be the foil to any burst composition through his combo and utility.
by Ashelia on September 12, 2014 10
This week's Summoner Showcase Revival features a League of Legends fighting game, an animated Yasuo, and Diana and Leona are at it again..
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And be sure to check out this week's League Trends for the latest picks, bans and win rates.
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