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by Ashelia on September 29, 2014 117
With group stages over, Worlds is heating up and this week we're celebrating that! For this contest, all you have to do is play as a champion that appeared on group stages in a game. Will you play Ahri and pretend you're xPeke, leading your team to victory against Samsung Galaxy Blue? Or maybe you really want to play Morgana after seeing KaBuM's miraculous win against Alliance! Either way, play a champion that was in the championships so far to be entered.
We're promoting our friends at Victorious Gaming's brand new tournament that runs this Saturday. With a $2500 cash prize pool, dozens of Triumphant Ryze skins, and hundreds of thousands of Riot Points, it's a Riot sponsored event to remember. Sign-ups are over here so check them out!

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 were played during group stages.
  • That's it!

4 Prizes

  • Four winners will receive a $25 RP card

Last Week's Winners

Last week's contest had 4,018 entries to our giveaway. Here are the winners:
We also picked two comments from our recaps of Worlds: Busia87 and CrazyPoorer each won a $10 RP code.
by Ashelia on September 26, 2014 1,179
Today marked the second day of the group stages for C and D--so far the games have been incredible with numerous upsets and surprise wins. To celebrate, we're giving away two $10 RP codes to those who tell us in the comments of this post who their favorite team from froup C and D is.

Day One and Two Recap

The East and West met for an intense series of games. The most important match of the past two days was indelibly Fnatic versus Samsung Galaxy Blue. As the casters said, it'd been quite a while since a western team beat a Korean behemoth like SSB.
So how did Fnatic accomplish it?
They won their lanes early and they won them hard. Ahri counters Zed and xPeke had confidence going in; while they traded kills early on, DaDe wasn't able to respond to his lane's dominating presence after Ahri finished Zhonya's Hourglass. On the whole, FNC had excellent objective awareness and superior vision control--consistently clearing out SSB's wards and never allowing them a chance to breathe. xPeke used the lack of vision to his advantage, leading his team to favorable engages from the fog of war. When a DFG Ahri flanks from an unexpected angle, there is nothing the enemy can do except die.
The other games were also surprising. LMQ established a solid presence, defeating both OMG and FNC before losing to SSB; FNC went on to lose their other two games; Alliance let down fans with a shaky performance; and OMG struggled on day one only to play perfectly on day two. At this point, anyone could win group C, while group D seems to be NaJin White Shield and Cloud 9 if Alliance keeps playing the way they have been.

What's Your Favorite Team?

Enough about what we think. Tell us your favorite team from group C and group D at Worlds. We'll pick two comments in this post to win a $10 RP code on Monday (9/29) at 12PM PDT.

The Top Champions of Today

Ahri

Ahri probably reminds people of season 3. If she doesn’t, she should—she was a dominating force at last year’s Worlds. It turns out she’s one this time around as well. xPeke demonstrated the true power of Ahri in Fnatic’s win against Samsung Galaxy Blue. With a DFG rush, she has deadly burst and high mobility thanks to her ultimate.
Want to learn what the fox says? Check out this in-depth Ahri guide that covers nearly everything about her with an absolutely outrageous amount of detail.

Kha'Zix

Kha'Zix is an unstoppable force in solo queue right now. He is also a pick that's shown up at Worlds a few times. 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 has true assassin potential thanks to Isolation as well.
LolKing user Srey knocks it out of the park with this incredibly detailed guide for all things Kha’Zix related—from jungle to lane, he’s got you covered.

Janna

We talked about Janna last week, but she's still been an incredible presence in both solo queue and competitive play lately. She's been a highly contest pick for all of group stages because of her utility, CC, and displacement.
User Duchess of York tells you exactly how to command the winds with their beautifully written and designed LolKing guide.

Irelia

Irelia is known for her power spike mid game after she completes two core items. She sticks to carries well and performs as a solid top laner with few counters in lane; played several times in today’s games, Irelia was a key point of why FNC won against SSB.
Take Irelia out for a spin top lane with the help of this Challenger’s guide who mains Irelia and only Irelia.

Friday Update Arcade

If you like Lindsay, you'll like ZAM's new show so be sure to check it out.
by Ashelia on September 26, 2014 12
In this week's Waypoint, Patch 4.17 gets discussed with all of the champion reworks, and more details about the World Championships.

If you want to see the latest champion picks, bans and win rates on the Rift, be sure to check out this week's League Trends!

by Ashelia on September 25, 2014 36
The PBE updated today with Sion's complete rework, giving him a new kit along with a brand new model: Default Sion, Hextech Sion, Barbarian Sion, Warmonger Sion, and Lumberjack Sion.
What do you guys think of Sion's rework? Yay or nay?

by Ashelia on September 24, 2014 47
The PBE updated today with some amazing skins that will be coming soon to League of Legends: Championship Shyvana, Dunkmaster Darius, Ravenborn LeBlanc, and Underworld Wukong.
Championship Shyvana will be a limited skin like Championship Riven and Thresh before her to celebrate Worlds 2014. Dunkmaster Darius will be a legendary skin and Underworld Wukong certainly sounds like a Harrowing skin--it will also be priced at 1350 RP.

by Ashelia on September 22, 2014 83
Today the LolKing team is excited to announce the launch of our replay database! We now parse every Diamond, Master, and Challenger tier game in each region for their gameplay data while simultaneously archiving the replay of the match for others to download in a database.
From seeing someone's exact item build to looking for certain lane match ups, the replay database is your destination for finding recent replays in a concise, easy manner.

The Replay Database

  • Each replay has a match page loaded with tons of details--from skill paths to item build paths, analyze the game without even having to watch it!
  • Our in-depth timeline chart shows you the big events of the game like certain map objectives and player kills.
  • Use our database and its filters to sort through replays and find certain lane match-ups, players, and more.
  • Download replays through our database to watch again and again in the League of Legends client.

FAQ

What divisions do you track?
We track Diamond IV+ players and the ranked games they are in as well as who is playing with them. For example, if you’re Platinum V and you duo with your Diamond I friend, your game will show up in our database. However, we only save replays with regularity for Diamond IV and above players.
Why do you not track tiers below Diamond?
Replays and parsing them costs a lot of resources, money, and development time. And we mean a lot. We decided to go with a pool of ranked solo queue’s best players to first launch the feature with so we could get it out the door. Depending on its popularity and community demands, we’ll see if there is a solution we can work out to include even more replays for even more players of various tiers and divisions.
What is a .bat file?
A .bat file is a script that launches Riot replays and they are completely safe to download. You can open your file in your League of Legends client and you’ll be able to watch the replay as if you were spectating if your League of Legends client is up to date.
If you’re afraid to download unknown files and don't want to take Urf's word for it, you can also just expand the game details page and see what went on the game without actually watching it!
How long do you store replays?
Each patch Riot releases makes the previous replays act up since their client version no longer matches. As such, we’ve set it to automatically delete replays older than 3 weeks since that’s the average patch cycle Riot has. If a replay doesn’t open or has issues, compatibility will be the biggest one. Ensure the replay is both current and that your League of Legends client is up to date.

League Trends

This week's League Trends is live and we didn't want to bury our replay post with it! So here is what's happening on Summoner's Rift!
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