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by Ashelia on January 14, 2015 15
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.
This week's League Trends is sponsored by Full Sail University. If you've ever considered working behind the scenes on video games, Full Sail University offers every tool someone looking forward to a career in the industry could desire. From the production side to development, they offer everything and we're proud to be sponsored by them so be sure to check out their site if you're interested in a career in video games.
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Champion Pick Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

17.51%->23.11%
(+5.6%)
16.16%->19.27%
(+3.11%)
15.26%->17.49%
(+2.23%)
24.71%->26.84%
(+2.13%)
22.9%->24.86%
(+1.96%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

21.36%->15.01%
(-6.35%)
12.23%->8.37%
(-3.86%)
15.67%->11.84%
(-3.83%)
12.56%->9.9%
(-2.66%)
16%->13.82%
(-2.18%)

Champion Win Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

42.38%->45.44%
(+3.06%)
51.41%->54.28%
(+2.87%)
50.79%->52.97%
(+2.18%)
53.72%->55.4%
(+1.68%)
50.8%->51.93%
(+1.13%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

43.88%->41.39%
(-2.49%)
52.93%->51.41%
(-1.52%)
50.11%->48.67%
(-1.44%)
51.66%->50.4%
(-1.26%)
46.26%->45.2%
(-1.06%)

Champion Ban Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

60.91%->77.69%
(+16.78%)
32.89%->43.36%
(+10.47%)
29.63%->35.84%
(+6.21%)
14.7%->19.7%
(+5%)
15.67%->19.31%
(+3.64%)

Top Five Biggest Decreases

23.61%->17.04%
(-6.57%)
8.6%->2.28%
(-6.32%)
48.26%->44.06%
(-4.2%)
10.98%->6.83%
(-4.15%)
15.67%->11.85%
(-3.82%)
by Ashelia on January 13, 2015 27
Tristana is one of the older champions in League of Legends and she's been long overdue for a makeover. Luckily for this yordle queen, she's getting one! The PBE just updated with her revamp, showing new designs for all of her skins: Default Tristana, Riot Girl Tristana, Earnest Elf Tristana, Firefighter Tristana, Buccaneer Tristana, and Rockateer Tristana.
Oh, but Riot wasn't quite satisfied with just a Tristana update. There are three upcoming new skins on the PBE as well: Firecracker Jinx, Warring Kingdoms Katarina, and Warring Kingdoms Nidalee. There's also Justicar Vel'Koz whose tentacles are a little broken right now, but we figured we would show him regardless.

by Ashelia on January 12, 2015 41
Most men look quite dapper with some facial hair and the leading guys from League of Legends aren't an exception. From Corki's handlebar to Udyr's manly beard, this week we're celebrating handsome champions with copious amounts of facial hair.
Be aware that we've added a few champions that have facial hair in alternate skins such as Xin Zhao and Fizz (yes, Fizz has a beard in a skin!), so let us know if we missed any others in the comments. Thanks!

To enter this week's challenge:

  • Simply enter the contest once you have three games played on or after Jan 12th with the associated champions.
  • Check the rules to see what champions qualify.
  • That's it!

4 Prizes

  • Four winners will receive a $25 RP card

Last Week's Winners

Last week's contest had 1,971 entries. The following people won prizes:
by Ashelia on January 8, 2015 12
In this week's League of Legends Waypoint, they cover everything from the start of the new season for eSports to the exciting upcoming changes for East Coast players to help deal with their latency on Riot servers.
Also remember that our giveaway is up--all you have to do is play yordles this week to win RP cards!
We also have our article up discussing the two most recent champions over here so feel free to chime in about the current state of Kalista and Rek'Sai.
by Ashelia on January 6, 2015 13
After a year with relatively few new champions released, the tail end of 2014 picked up a lot of wind by suddenly adding two champions in the last two months: Rek'Sai and Kalista.
Now that the dust has settled on their releases, let's take a look at them and see how they've been fairing in solo queue. Be sure to sound off in the comments with your experiences against these two ladies--do you ban Rek'Sai? Do you think Kalista is a hidden OP? Let us know!

Rek'Sai

Get Rekt: No, Really, She's a Powerhouse
Rek'Sai is absurdly powerful right now. There isn't really a bad part of her kit and her mobility is intense, opening up tons of potential for outplaying the opponent. She currently has the highest win rate in the game out of any champion and she continues to grow stronger as more players adjust to her. She fits in top lane well and also tears up the jungle, making her a versatile pick.
Rek'Sai took the ban charts by storm in Diamond and higher matches with over a 70% ban rate. Her map presence, her damage, and her durability all factor into why no one wants to deal with her. Unfortunately, she's designed in a way that removing even one of these will likely reduce her to a non-factor--making her one hard void burrower to balance.

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Kalista

Underwhelming Potential
Kalista has a rough early game. She simply doesn't have innate damage in her kit, amplified by the fact that her ultimate is a utility one much like Ashe's arrow. Her base attack speed is also noticeably low and she has no modifiers for her attack speed or damage like other carries often have.
That said, she's very strong once she pulls ahead, especially once she finishes her Phantom Dancer or Statikk Shiv. Because of the mobility in her kit, she can kite exceptionally well with little effort--making her hard to pin down in a fight thus increasing her carry potential in team fights. In other words, she snowballs better than most ADCs. However, because of the quirks and her initial lower damage, she's hard to play and it shows in her win rate which is one of the lowest on Summoner's Rift.

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by Ashelia on January 6, 2015 31
This week we're celebrating everyone's favorite furry friends--yordles! All you have to do is play three games as champions that are considered yordles. And no, Annie and Fizz are not yordles, sorry to disappoint.

To enter this week's challenge:

  • Simply enter the contest once you have three games played on or after Jan 5th with the associated champions.
  • Check the rules to see what champions qualify.
  • That's it!

4 Prizes

  • Four winners will receive a $25 RP card

Last Week's Winners

Last week's contest had 4,935 entries. The following people won prizes:
The five winners for our survey were mimil71, thisguyface, AtsuiPathos, Lord Davyd, and mc331 while the five winners for our ASUS giveaway RP cards were RagingThunderzz, Commodus, RavenTheKing, Ledskillz, and Agirune. Thanks for being patient during the holiday season while the LK team was on vacation to wait for this announcement.
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