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by Skiffington on August 14, 2015 26



The playoffs of both Europe's and North America's Challenger Series have come to a conclusion and as a result we now know which two teams are being automatically promoted into the LCS. Both were very close, coming down to the last of a five game series.


It's always sad to see teams lose their spot without a chance to defend, particularly in the case of Team Dragon Knights, but thanks to that, there's always a new team each and every split. For NA this means a bunch of former pros getting another shot at being the best while EU gets a slew of new talent.


LA Renegades


The LA Renegades are:

  • Top - Oleksii "RF" Kuziuta
  • Jungle - Alberto "Crumbz" Rengifo
  • Mid - Aleksei "Alex Ich" Ichetovkin
  • ADC - Ainslie "Maplestreet" Wyllie
  • Support - Maria "Remilia" Creveling


After a late season stumble that saw them drop the first seed to Team Coast, the LA Renegades have had a relatively controversial split as far as management goes. That said, they're now getting a clean start with an LCS berth that's bolstered by Crumbz, Alex Ich, and Maplestreet, all former LCS players. Former CLG coach and OGN caster MonteCristo is a co-owner of the team which has earned it more of a following, that said, he's not heavily involved in their day to day activities and mostly just functions as an investor.


RF, known as RF Legendary to many, is a very popular top-lane streamer on Twitch and will make his debut come Spring. Remilia is the first female to ever make the LCS. Unfortunately for her many fans, she has commented saying she does not plan on staying with the team. The limelight isn't her forte and it's understandable considering she gets a lot of negative attention due to her gender.


Many who only loosely follow the Challenger scene were surprised to see RNG go down 2-1 to Team Coast, but the comeback became a reality and as a result, the Renegades are into the LCS.





Team Dignitas EU


Team Dignitas EU is:


  • Top - Martin "Wunderwear" Hansen
  • Jungle - Dennis "Obvious" Sørensen
  • Mid - Chres "Sencux" Laursen
  • ADC - Kasper "Kobbe" Kobberup
  • Support - Nicolai "Nisbeth" Nisbeth


Coached by former LCS pro Brokenshard, Team Dignitas EU is mostly made up of players that have spent most of their career in the Challenger scene. Nisbeth is the lone exception as he played with the struggling MeetYourMakers during the 2015 Spring Split.


Wunderwear looks to be perhaps the most interesting as in this series alone he played both Tahm Kench and Gangplank, champions who don't exactly see a ton of play in the top lane.


It'll be interesting to see how the team fares against the best of the EU LCS. 

by Skiffington on August 13, 2015 49



Our Razer contests have officially concluded and suddenly we're into the dog days of summer. Sounds like a good time to cool down. Let's go for a swim with our favorite League of Legends sea beasts. From Deep Sea Thresh and Kog'Maw to Scuba Gragas, because why not?



For this week, all you have to do is play three of your last ten matches as a champion that swims in the sea. Check the list this week because many skins of the Pool Party variety do not cause their champion to count.



To enter this week's challenge:


  • Simply enter the contest once you have completed three games with any of the valid champions before the contest ends on Thursday, August 20.
  • Check the rules.
  • That's it.

2 Prizes


  • One winner will receive a Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma.
  • One winner will receive a $20 RP code.

Previous Winners


Last week's Razer Comment to Win Giveaway 3 challenge had a total of 1,107 entries and these three entrants won:


by Skiffington on August 7, 2015 2

Playoffs for both European and North American LCS kicks off tomorrow morning for those of us in the West. In a preview video for NA, LolClass breaks down each team and highlights particularly important players. Statistics are shown for pick and win rate, giving you an idea as to what your favorite players might or maybe should be looking for.




Team SoloMid

  • TSM always steps up when needed.
  • That said, they did have one of their worst regular season finishes ever.
  • Steps have been made to improve their performance before playoffs and we'll see just how well those have paid off shortly.

Team Impulse

  • Surprisingly, Team Impulse has done well in XiaoWeiXiao's absense. Some credit this to one less communication barrier as XWX was the only Chinese player on the team.
  • Impact and Rush continue to synergize extraordinarily well which has allowed them to keep momentum building with Gate substituting in the mid lane.


  • Gravity dropped off pretty hard towards the end of the split but still looked remarkably strong throughout.
  • Thanks to Keane's large (and strange) champion pool, the team can frequently flex picks and take opponents by surprise.
  • Combine this with the supportive Jungling of Move, and Gravity is already set up for success.
  • With so many different forces that could get rolling at any moment, it's tough to shut down every lane at once.

Counter Logic Gaming

  • CLG finally had their end season split a few weeks earlier than usual. This means the crew has rebounded and now looks resolute going into playoffs.
  • Doublelift led the league in kills, gold per minute, and kill participation.
  • Pobelter was a very strong pickup, one that allowed the team to move into a triple threat composition, removing some of the weight off of Doublelift's back.

Team Dignitas

  • DIG took off at the start of the season and even managed to claim first for themselves.
  • However, they stumbled towards the middle of the season and have only won three of their last nine games, concerning for a group looking to make a solid run into playoffs.

Team Liquid

  • Finally first, Team Liquid gets a first round bye through playoffs.
  • Much like CLG, the threats of Quas, FeniX, and Piglet have proven to be too much for many teams in NA.
  • With the help of Coach Peter, their picks have remained strong and given them a shot at winning most matches this split.


As a general reminder, playoffs start tomorrow at 8:00 AM PDT with H2K Gaming facing off against Giants Gaming. North America follows with Team Impulse and Team Dignitas kicking things off.
by Skiffington on August 6, 2015 1696

We've teamed up with Razer for your last chance to give feedback on their LoL scouter. You probably know by now, but once again all you have to do is check out Razer Comms and leave a reply in this post with your feedback to be entered to win--it's that easy.


If you entered the past two weeks, you can enter again this week!


To enter this week's challenge:

  • Leave a comment on this news post telling us what you think about Razer's LoL scouter.
  • That's it!

2 Prizes

  • One winner will receive a Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard and a $20 RP code
  • Two additional winners will receive a $20 RP code 

Previous Winners

  • Dazix won a Razer Blackwidow Chroma keyboard and a $20 RP code.
  • Ackmant won a $20 RP code.
  • WalterCronkieJr won a $20 RP code.

This Week Comment to Win Razer Gear!

Tell us what you think of Razer's League of Legends scouting tool in the comments for a chance to win!
We'll pick three lucky winners and announce them during next week's contest on Wednesday, August 12th. Any region is eligible to enter. All you have to do is try out Razer's League of Legends chat client and reply to this post with your feedback (good or bad, we want to hear it!). 
by Skiffington on August 5, 2015 11

Patch 5.15 is now live with the Fiora Champion Update, some quality of life improvements for our favorite demon in disguise Teemo, and some item changes you'll want to check out.  We've got the latest breakdown from our friends at LolClass where they talk to not three but four pros including Bjergsen, Balls, Quas, and Sneaky about the most significant parts of the patch!



Important Changes

Zeke's Harbinger

  • Zeke's generated less charges all around and the buff you get at 100 stacks now lasts two seconds longer.
  • Sneaky calls it a neutral buff as it's now up less frequently but it now lasts longer.


Champion Changes

Below are the champion changes summarized from the video. In particular, Fiora and Teemo got some massive changes while Riot tries to reel in Ekko, Sivir, and Nidalee.

  • Fiora received a champion update.
  • Her passive Deulist's Dance gives her a new mechanic where she identifies Vital spots on enemy champions.
  • When struck, these deal a percentage of the target's maximum health, therefore she plays much better against tanks.
  • Riposte (W) is new and gives her a chance to parry incoming damage.
  • Her ultimate, Grand Challenge (R), now requires you to actually maneuver around. It's no longer fire and forget.
  • Balls says this will make her laning phase stronger and make it so that she can actually outplay her opponents.
  • Ekko's changes were meant to nerf his tanky build as it wasn't enough risk for the reward.
  • His AP scaling on Z-Drive Resonance (Passive) is increased, but the slow was decreased.
  • Parallel Convergeance (W) shild base was reduced but scales almost double of what it used to off of AP.
  • The healing from his ultimate shares a similar philosophy of less flat value scaling but now does more off of AP.
  • Bjergsen says this should actually buff tank Ekko if you get enough AP.
  • Those infamous spears now take longer to cast and do less damage. This should make her a bit weaker overall.
  • Her Bushwacks (W) give 1/3 of the vision they previously did on cast.
  • Sivir is finally getting some attention with On The Hunt (R) now scaling up over time, rather than just being a flat 60%.
  • Sneaky doesn't know if this will actually take her down a peg as the value might not even matter.
  • Teemo's stealth now activates faster and that's now doubled while in bushes.
  • On top of this, he can now move around in bushes without breaking stealth.
  • Quas believes top lane Teemo will be much harder to gank now because of this.
  • Noxious Trap (R) can now bounce shrooms off of other shrooms for increased placement distance.
  • Bjergsen says this will be used for waveclear or setting up shrooms from over walls.



by Ashelia on August 5, 2015 24

If you want new skins, Riot updated the PBE this morning with a bunch of them! There are seven skins total: Arcade Riven, Battle Boss Blitzcrank, Academy Ahri, Academy Darius, Academy Ekko, and Academy Vladimir. The academy skins will be 750 RP while Arcade Riven and Battle Boss Blitzcrank will be 1320 RP--though, if you ask us, it's pretty likely they'll make a showing at PAX and other events Riot attends as free codes.




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