This week on Friday Update Arcade, Lindsay covers everything from the new Deus Ex title being announced to the venue for the World Championship which will be in Europe this year! There are also several new skins in our modelviewer from this week's PBE update, so be sure check them out!
An exciting week for the Championship Series as the top two teams in each region battled it out for promotion into next split's LCS. For EU we saw Origen fight against Copenhagen Wolves Academy whilst in NA Team Dragon Knights and Enemy eSports went head to head to gain their position in the LCS for the Summer Split. The winners would be placed directly in the LCS, the losers left to play the promotional tournament, with the top two teams being promoted to the LCS for next split.
Copenhagen Wolves Academy vs Origen - Origen
3 - 0
A very convincing series for Origen, who won all three games without CWA having any answers. Throughout the series Origen dominated with strong ganks, well farmed laning phases and excellent team fighting compositions. Copenhagen Wolves Academy surrendered the second game after 24 minutes, and Origen closed out the third game in 28 minutes, securing their LCS spot. Copenhagen Wolves Academy will now have to grind their way through the promotional tournament if they want a shot at the LCS.
Origen were formed after the almost total disbandment of the old Fnatic lineup, with mid laner xPeke deciding that he had enough experience to form his own team. xPeke hand picked his team mates, picking up SoaZ from the old Fnatic line up, scouting Amazing who was a free agent after the organization formerly known as "Super Hot Crew" went with Jungler H0R0. Support Mithy was under a Riot ban, and the ban lift coincided perfectly with the formation of Origen, and AD Carry Niels was a solo queue talent whom had recently turned 17 - old enough for LCS qualification. The team moved to a gaming house in Tenerife and trained exclusively for LCS promotion. With SoaZ, Amazing, xPeke and Mithy having all competed on the Worlds stage their combined game knowledge and experience helped lift the team to the top of the Championship Series bracket, with a near flawless competitive record of 9-1. Rookie AD Carry Niels was given the series MVP after a particularly strong stage debut performance, with KDA's of 7-0-9, 10-1-7 and 6-2-11 respectively, with a combined KDA of 16.7. Fans now await to see whether Origen can continue to climb so convincingly in the Summer Split, developing their synergy and team compositions to compete against top LCS teams.
Team Dragon Knights vs Enemy eSports - Enemy eSports
3 - 1
A tough series for Team Dragon Knights, with Kyle finding himself target banned every game, pushing him onto Lissandra with limited success. Enemy eSports took the series with relative ease, only dropping one game thanks to a bad team composition - playing a poke/seige comp into TDK's hard engage. NME mid laner InnoX was a force to be reckoned with across the board, with AD Carry otter carrying particularly hard in the first and third games. The win pushes NME up into the LCS and leaves TDK left to face the promotional tournament.
Enemy eSports were left in an unstable situation after the end of the last Summer Split - several internal team issues with negative player attitudes meant major roster changes were required. NME jungler Inori was replaced by former H2K/Unlucky Boiz jungler Trashy, who is also a highly rated EU solo queue jungler. Perhaps the most surprising swap was top laner InnoX being moved from the top lane to the mid lane - with massive success, InnoX became known as the best mid laner in the Championship Series, with his old role being filled by former GSG top laner Flaresz. The new line up brought massive success for the team, who finished the Championship bracket with a record of 9-1, clearly defeating their former issues. The series MVP was given to InnoX, his talent in his new mid laning role clearly recognised after he finished the Championship Series with an overall KDA of 25/9/31. The only question left after their LCS qualification is if NME can rise to become a real LCS talent and a formidable force within the LCS, or if they will follow in the footsteps of formerly qualified LCS team Team Coast.
We here at LolKing know a thing or two about Urf—after all, he is our personal mascot!
Naturally this means that after we watched the URFitational (team SWAG for life, by the way), we dove into the game mode and played our hearts out. The mode is a lot different than last year’s, so here’s our top tips for dominating in this frenetic mode. Be sure to share your favorite URF mode champion in the comments for your chance at a $10 RP code. Update: winner was posted here.
Avoid boots. While you’re at it, you also want to say no to any items with CDR and mana regen. Look, we know it’s always tempting to stick to what you know, but in this mode it’s a huge mistake. Doran’s Rings are worthless, boots of any type aren’t needed, and you should never buy a chalice. So what should you buy instead of boots? Replace them with a Righteous Glory, one of this season’s new items that will help your team demolish the enemy with a little style and a lot of speed.
What was broken last season isn’t necessarily broken this season so don’t tilt too hard when your teammates pick outside the perceived meta. Much to their credit, Riot put a lot of effort into balancing the game mode so nearly every champion is viable this time around! For example, champions with heals are much weaker in the first minutes of the game now due to the game mode's healing reduction and this can hurt your team. Of course, they’ll still shine during late game as the healing reduction lifts—if you can make it through the initial weakness. The TL;DR? Pick what you want, unless it’s Udyr. (Trick2g, if you're reading this, it's OK if you pick Udyr.)
Speaking of overpowered champions, here’s a couple of our favorite picks:
Alistar was really good last year, pretty much a must ban. As it turns out, despite the healing reductions for early game, he’s still really good; his ultimate is simply disgusting and it’s always up along with his crowd control. He can tower dive for days, especially with the right teammates backing him up.
Shaco is always able to be stealthed and his shiv does a surprising amount of damage. If you want to play him right, try him out AP instead of the standard build and rush a Luden’s Echo—stealth up to someone, Shiv them for tons of damage, pop your ultimate, and stealth away. Because of its AP ratio, your clone will do lots of damage with this build as well. The best part? His ultimate will always be off cooldown, so you’ll get two Shacos for the price of one.
Malzahar has become quite a contested pick after making an impressive showing during the URFitational. If he’s not banned, try him out—just be sure to deviate from his standard build by going full AD. Pick up a Banner of Command to buff his voidling army and go to town on towers. Basically nothing will stand long in his path, especially when he suppresses his enemies and his minions obliterate them before it’s even done channeling.
Jayceis still amazing, just like he was last time URF was around. The fact that he can have multiple gates up at once just means his Q’s will devastate entire teams, giving him great poke. Add to the fact that he’s great at sieging towers making him a wonderful addition to any composition.
Blitzcrankhas really long cooldowns on his abilities normally. It turns out this is because they hit really, really hard and offer a lot of utility--they're overpowered when they're up all the time! As such, in URF, he transforms into godcrank: his ultimate is always up, dealing a ridiculous amount of damage while silencing enemies, and his hooks pack quite the punch. Build him bruiser with a Triforce or AP with Luden’s Echo, it doesn’t matter; he’ll ruin anyone’s day with any item set. He's an OG like that.
Ezreal was a god when URF first came out and he still is. Try him as AP and spam his Q all day, every day. His ultimate has a low cooldown and is great for sniping those who flash away.
Jax isone of the few single target, melee champions that are extremely strong in URF. Being dominated by AP champs and AoE skills, URF is typically hard for a melee bruiser with the exception of Jax. His resistances are insane due to being able to dodge auto attacks while also having an AOE stun; in addition to this, Jax has his MR-buffing ult that makes him very hard to take down with spells. And finally, his W makes him hit like a truck without needing any items. With this said, Jax in URF is reminiscent of Jax 1.0.
Nami is often overlooked in URF due to stronger supports such as Sona and Blitzcrank, but she is not to be underestimated. If you can land one bubble, you will have permanent stun on anyone. Put her with someone with an additional CC such as Shen with taunt, laning phase will be a breeze. She is an absolute CC and Damage machine, even without items. Rush anything that has a needless rod in its recipe--we recommend Zhonya’s or Luden’s Echo.
Hecarim might as well be renamed Roomba in this mode because he sweeps everything in his path. Hecarim is already known for his insane mobility in normal Summoner’s Rift, so just imagine him in URF. What makes him really shine is his Q, it’s a perma sweeping cleave that mows down everything. His W also allows him to have a bit of AOE while giving him sustain. Build Triforce and Zephyr and you’re set.
Focus on compositions and get creative. This isn’t OGN, but let’s pretend for a moment it is and actually strategize a bit. Consider picking an immortal composition of assassins: Kayle, Diana, and Evelynn for example go from annoying to OP as soon as level six happens. Kayle ultimate is always up and Diana can instantly burst anyone along with Evelynn. And if you want to try a poke centric team grab an Ezreal,Nidalee, Jayce, and Karma to throw out Q’s for days as you siege mid.
Zhonya’s Hourglass is ridiculous. Its cooldown is reduced on URF and it should be a second or third pick up for any AP champion or even hybrid.
Remember to drop your ward trinket frequently, even when in lane. Your teammates can always teleport to back you up as you persue the enemy if you drop a ward; don’t be that guy who wanders off after someone in the jungle without remembering to leave a ward in his wake.
Did we miss an amazing URF Champion?
Comment to win a $10 RP code!Simply tell us your favorite URF champion and why you dig them so much for a chance to win a $10 RP code. We'll pick our favorite comment and announce the winner on Tuesday (4/7) at noon PDT!
April Fool's Day arrived and this year didn't disappoint thanks to the fantastical efforts of Riot and the League of Legends community! Here's a quick roundup of our favorite festivities from today are some of the jokes, let us know if we missed any jokes you guys saw.
The URFitational With the LCS split over for now, Riot had the genius idea of kicking it up a notch with the URFitational! Treating the community loved April Fool's game mode as a professional event, Riot brought together some of the most recognized League of Legends personalities to play in a one game tournament. Casters and spectators alike dressed in dapper attire with moustaches, top hats, and ball gowns while the two teams battled it out on the Rift. The teams themselves were "Ye Olde League Organization" (YOLO) with a starting roster of George “HotshotGG” Georgallidis, Andy “Reginald” Dinh, Brian “TheOddOne” Wyllie , Alexey “AlexIch” Ichetovkin and Clark “ClakeyD” Smith. The opposing team of"The Society of Worth Assessing Gentlemen" (SWAG) with a starting roster of Stephen “Snoopeh” Ellis, Alex “Xpecial” Chu, Steve “Chauster” Chau, Brandon “SaintVicious” DiMarco and William “Scarra” Li. While it looked like Team SWAG was going strong in the beginning, a sudden roster switch after the first five minutes completely turned the tables. Sitting Reginald and TheOddOne for Bjergson and Maplestreet, YOLO gained some new steam; SWAG was forced to respond by swapping out Scarra and Chauster for the Rush Hour duo, Aphro and Doublelift. The prize these players were battling over? Urf's coveted golden spatula. While we won't spoil the end results for you, you can watch the Twitch VOD here.
U.R.F. Game Mode
Riot pulled out the "U.R.F." or "Ultra Rapid Fire" game mode for April 1st. For those of you unfamiliar with the game mode, mana and energy costs are totally removed while health costs were reduced by 30% and all cooldown reduction, tenacity, move speed, shield protection, and gold gain was increased. You can find more information on this game mode here. Riot also implemented a new U.R.F log in screen which you can see by signing into your client!
The moderators of Reddit also got in on the fun with the Reddit "Rammus Mode." The code for the subreddit was altered to change all comments to "Ok" and the original comment was only revealed upon scrolling over it. This resulted in a "scrolling" or "rolling" effect as readers scrolled through the subreddit.
Not to be outdown, Riot's HR team made a subtle change to their Twitter name--a nod towards the "Rito pls" cries of the League of Legends subreddit. Several other official "Riot" Twitter accounts switched to "Rito" for the day too, in a nod towards the holiday. Rito plz, will you just change your name to Rito already?!
A brief joke from the subreddit, readers would click on any link of the subreddit to be redirected to a random Twitch.tv stream. The process to get to the stream involved going to a random thread on r/leagueoflegends to be met with a black screen and the message "Click Anywhere To Continue". Upon clicking the user would be directed to the stream, which resulted in the streamer gaining thousands of viewers in minutes and the Twitch chat was spammed with thousands of toucan ascii arts. The redirect was quickly removed after the streamer was less than impressed with the unwarranted attention.