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by Ashelia on September 22, 2014 19
This week we're asking you to be a champion by playing as one that is all about the competitive spirit! From the new upcoming Fnatic skins to champions that have seasonal rewards, if your champion was given a competitive eSports related skin, you can play it to be entered to win.

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 competition. You do not have to play using their skin.
  • That's it!

4 Prizes

  • Four winners will receive a $25 RP card

Last Week's Winners

Last week's contest had 3,314 entries to our giveaway. Here are the winners:
We also picked three comments from our recaps of Worlds: Walleo96, Const Orion, and Tundra3201 each won a $10 RP code.
by Ashelia on September 21, 2014 737
The weekend is coming to a close and so we have another recap for you! Read on for our summary on the weekend's games along with guides to the most contested and banned champions of the day. To top it off, we're giving away another $10 RP code to those who tell us in the comments of this post who their favorite player in Group A and B.
Remember to read Thursday's recap of day one as well as Friday's recap of day two and leave a comment there as well for another chance at two different $10 RP cards! We will be announcing the winners on Monday afternoon with the new weekly contest.

Day Three and Four Recap

The weekend saved some of the best games for the last day. The most exciting one was probably the match where EDG lost to AHQ in a game that was completely theirs to win. With an over 10k gold lead, EDG simply had to push down the enemy’s Nexus turrets to win. What happened next surprised everyone: a timely Thresh hook onto a carry turned a fight around AHQ, winning them the fight. The next time they met was at Baron, where Westdoor’s Zed proved too much for the enemy to handle, earning AHQ the game while the gold gap still was in EDG’s favor. Unfortunately, while AHQ played hard, they weren’t able to keep up the pace; they lost to EDG in the tiebreaker they played as the last game of the day.
Speaking of upsets, TSM also lost to SK Gaming--a moment which confused fans everywhere in the wake of their earlier win against Star Horn Royal Club. Samsung Galaxy White proved themselves the best team of the first group stage, finishing out a flawless 6-0.

Tell us Your Favorite Player

Enough about what we think. Tell us your favorite player from Group A and Group B at Worlds. We'll pick one comment in this post to win a $10 RP code on Monday (9/22). Update: Winner posted here.

The Top Champions of Today

Kayle

Kayle was picked several times this weekend. While she's been nerfed a lot by Riot over the course of season 4, she still has the perfect ultimate to protect carries and turn the tides of a team fight. She's mostly been moved to the top lane as such has been strictly top lane during Worlds thus far, but her previous mid lane build still works.
Check out Ashelia's guide to Kayle to find out how to build her and why she's so useful in the current meta.

Ryze

Ryze is still a top pick for top lane and in OGN he's also picked pretty frequently mid. He's been banned in several of the Worlds matches so far and was played a lot during this weekend; he scales incredibly well and has one of the best late games of any champion, let alone top lane.
For those wanting to learn how to carry in solo queue through top lane, we have a great Ryze top lane guide here on LolKing.

Zed

Zed isn't dead, baby. If anything, he's stronger than ever. Zed has been picked or banned numerous times at Worlds so far; his split pushing and duel potential are unparalleled, he can answer almost any champion an enemy will send to the split push.
Zed is a great champion to pick up in solo queue so explore him with this former Challenger's guide.

Corki

Corki seems to always be relevant around each season's end and season 4 is no exception. Corki has an immense amount of damage, solid poke, and an escape making him one of the best carries in the game now. He was picked a few time at Worlds so far and is clearly one of the more contested champions.
Want to learn how to play the daring bombardier? This guide will help you learn all the ins and outs of bot lane as Corki.
by Ashelia on September 19, 2014 1,470
Today's games are over, so we have another recap for you. 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 giving away another $10 RP code to those who tell us in the comments of this post who their favorite champion.
Remember to read yesterday's recap of day one and leave a comment there as well for another chance at a different $10 RP card! We will be announcing the winners on Monday!

Day Two Recap

The big game of today was undeniably Team SoloMid against the Taipei Assassins. TSM demonstrated some of the best vision control yet over objectives and lanes, preventing TPA from making plays at any stage of the game. The biggest reason for their success, however, was TSM’s team composition: relying heavily on Janna’s displacement to stop TPA from engaging with Rengar then using Rumble’s ultimate to divide up TPA, TSM followed up with Kog’Maw and Xerath for long range poke and kills.
The rest of the games were somewhat lackluster. Dark Passage had two games where they were outmatched by two of the strongest teams of group stages, Edward Gaming and Samsung Galaxy White. SK Gaming continued to give up wins, but showed they had some fight in them during a long match against Taipei Assassins even if it unfortunately ended in another loss.

Tell us Your Favorite Champion Played

Enough about what we think. Tell us your favorite champion played in Worlds so far. We'll pick one comment in this post to win a $10 RP code on Monday (9/22). Update: Winner posted here.

The Top Champions of Today

Lucian

Lucian is a bot lane force to be reckoned with. He almost always has the upper hand in trades early to mid game, especially against other popular ADC picks like Tristana. Because of his lane dominance and mobility, he's a popular pick not just in Worlds but also solo queue.
Check out player Crimson Core's guide to Lucian to find out why Lucian is such a perfect carry.

Rumble

Rumble hasn't been seen much anywhere lately, but Worlds just loves to bring champions back from obscurity. Rumble works exceptionally well in team fights because his ultimate has unparalleled zoning power. Because of this, he's been pulled out twice now–during both day's biggest and most important matches.
We have a ton of quality Rumble guides here on LolKing. Check out the section to find all the ways to play this top lane yordle.

Syndra

Syndra is a lane bully who can delete a champion from a fight almost instantly. Her stun has ridiculous range and it is hard to avoid, making her a great burst mage with utility at the same time. She's been a respect ban in a few games and was especially popular during this past season of OGN. Expect to see more of her.
Syndra is a hard champion to master so check out this in-depth guide to limitless power.

Nidalee

In case you haven't noticed, Nidalee has been banned in nearly every game. She's kind of the scariest top lane in the world right now, so it's appropriate she's being targeted out for most games. Her split pushing is obscene, her early levels are absurd, and she's a great duelist. The best part? She's not fully banned out in the majority of solo queue divisions yet, so she might still be worth it to pick up before the nerfs.
Curiousity may have killed the cat, but it won't kill you. If you're intrigued about learning the ways of the wild, former Challenger player Cypress wrote a guide on our site explaining every match up.

Friday Update Arcade

If you like Lindsay, you'll like ZAM's new show. This week Lindsay talks about everything from Worlds to Minecraft, be sure to check it out and give us feedback on it!
by Ashelia on September 18, 2014 1,784
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 (9/22). Update: Winner posted here.

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 23
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 26
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%)
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