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by Ashelia on May 5, 2015 4

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

 
 
2.52%->4.53%
(+2.01%)
 
 
6.01%->7.74%
(+1.73%)
 
 
17.73%->19.43%
(+1.7%)
 
 
3.17%->4.45%
(+1.28%)
 
 
11.21%->12.12%
(+0.91%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
36.46%->34.3%
(-2.16%)
 
 
17.44%->16.12%
(-1.32%)
 
 
12.95%->12.11%
(-0.84%)
 
 
9.53%->8.69%
(-0.84%)
 
 
5.82%->5.17%
(-0.65%)
 

Champion Win Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

 
 
49.83%->51.51%
(+1.68%)
 
 
44.53%->46.19%
(+1.66%)
 
 
45.71%->47.24%
(+1.53%)
 
 
45.33%->46.83%
(+1.5%)
 
 
48.11%->49.35%
(+1.24%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
44.55%->42.89%
(-1.66%)
 
 
48.88%->47.72%
(-1.16%)
 
 
50.62%->49.48%
(-1.14%)
 
 
47.4%->46.37%
(-1.03%)
 
 
53.38%->52.37%
(-1.01%)
 

Champion Ban Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

 
 
66.01%->78.85%
(+12.84%)
 
 
52.55%->56.35%
(+3.8%)
 
 
69.37%->72.78%
(+3.41%)
 
 
11.83%->14.92%
(+3.09%)
 
 
17.01%->18.71%
(+1.7%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
18.55%->14.21%
(-4.34%)
 
 
14.35%->12.09%
(-2.26%)
 
 
42.71%->41.08%
(-1.63%)
 
 
3.65%->2.28%
(-1.37%)
 
 
2.93%->1.7%
(-1.23%)
 
by Skiffington on May 4, 2015 7

When Riot’s first annual Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) starts this week, six teams from around the world will converge on Tallahassee, Florida. With them come all sorts of playstyles and champion picks, widening the conventional library that we’re used to seeing out of European and North American players. The biggest of which we haven’t seen contested since the rise of Hecarim.

 

We’re of course talking about the cutest Yordle in the top lane, Gnar. It’s been a long time since he’s been among the top bans of solo queue, as he fell out of favor with players more inclined to sport Maokai, Hecarim, or Sion.

 

It’s a bit strange to think of when you compare their Master+ Tier win-rate and popularity. MSI will be played on Patch 5.7, which came out on April 21, 2015. Since then, despite the fact that the latter three champions are more highly prioritized in the LCS, Sion is way behind Gnar (11.6%) in popularity. In only 8.31% of games during this patch cycle, Sion is the only one of the group behind our cuddly top-laner. Perhaps some of Hecarim’s 12.18% is due to his malleability, able to both Jungle and go Top as well as even Mid, but you’d think the discrepancy would be much lower. Maokai blows away the competition, appearing in almost 16% of all matches Master or above.

 

 


But solo queue is only a rough representation of what we can expect to see on the big stage. Out of the last 50  professional matches where Gnar was played, 43 have taken place in the LPL, LCK, or other leagues in the East. We have sparsely seen him visit the West. In fact, only Team Impulse’s Impact and Team Dragon Knights’ Seraph have brought the yordle Top. Most analysts and commentators would rather forget Kikis’ lone Jungle Gnar match even though it was a victory. Regardless of where he is being played, it has been quite some time since we’ve seen him match over match during the pick and ban phase.


SK Telecom T1 and Edward Gaming have been two of the biggest advocates for Gnar. In route to their 3-0 stomp of the GE Tigers, SKT’s MaRin consistently prioritized the pick. Though he’s easily the worse of the two on Gnar, he still sports a 3.25 KDA and did an admirable job of holding off Smeb and Lee. Try as they might, he frequently utilized Hop to narrowly escape death after death. Although he holds his own, MaRin doesn’t carry his team with Gnar very often.


EDG’s Koro1 should be feared by teams worldwide however. His 12/10/69 record over the past month or so really shows that he is determined to make plays and keep his team rolling. In those five wins and one loss he’s defeated two of the three dominant Western top-laners: Maokai (3-0) and Hecarim (1-1). Arguably the best team in the world, Koro will finally be able to prove his prowess on the international stage. Hopefully we get to see him utilize one of his favorite top-laners in the process.

 

So while Team SoloMid and Fnatic may have gotten used to the lack of Gnar, they had better be preparing for the matchup or be ready to lose a ban. Dyrus only played him once during the entire Spring Split, and that was a loss against Team8 that took place during the first week of play. Huni has a bit more experience (last seen in early March) but only won with him against MeetYourMakers and GIANTS GAMING, hardly the stiffest of competition. (He also lost to Unicorns of Love.)

 

The first time either of the Western representatives will face the Eastern titans is on Thursday, when SKT takes on TSM. Before that though, Edward Gaming and SK Telecom will meet and you had better expect the battle over Gnar to be intense.

 

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by Ashelia on May 1, 2015 1
 
There was a lot of video game news--and we mean a lot! From Silent Hills being canceled to Valve's introduction of paid mods then subsequent retraction, video gaming had a huge week with a lot of information to digest.
 
League of Legends even had some of their own, with the PBE updating to have a whopping ten skins. Check out our preview of those awesome skins and watch the latest episode of League Trends.

 
Because our recent contest was sponsored by Marvel Heroes, we're following up on that with a video of the trailer. From David Brevik (creator of the Diablo series), Marvel Heroes lets you play as an avenger for free and live out your dreams of being an action hero, with over 40 heroes available. It's free to register, free to download, and free to play so check it out.
 

 

 

by Ashelia on April 29, 2015 24

The PBE has been on fire lately with tons of new skins! There are ten from the past two days, including four thematic skins that seem to belong in Alice in Wonderland: Queen of Diamonds Syndra, Ace of Spades Ezreal, Wild Card Shaco, King of Clubs MordekaiserSSW TalonSSW Twitch, SSW Thresh, SSW Singed, SSW Rengar, and finally Star Guardian Lux, As usual, click on the links to view them in our 3D modelviewer!

Which one is your favorite? We're personally going with Syndra, just because we don't want her to say off with our heads.

 


  
  
by Ashelia on April 29, 2015 0

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

12.74%->17.44%
(+4.7%)
 
22.31%->26.48%
(+4.17%)
 
34.17%->36.46%
(+2.29%)
 
8.75%->10.54%
(+1.79%)
 
31.44%->33.14%
(+1.7%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

19.96%->17.45%
(-2.51%)
 
15%->12.95%
(-2.05%)
 
13.95%->12.06%
(-1.89%)
 
20%->18.44%
(-1.56%)
 
8.07%->6.65%
(-1.42%)
 

Champion Win Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

47.66%->48.61%
(+0.95%)
 
49.85%->50.77%
(+0.92%)
 
48.24%->49.13%
(+0.89%)
 
49.53%->50.4%
(+0.87%)
 
49.76%->50.62%
(+0.86%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

52.74%->51.12%
(-1.62%)
 
51.59%->50.4%
(-1.19%)
 
46.26%->45.19%
(-1.07%)
 
45.16%->44.33%
(-0.83%)
 
46.73%->45.96%
(-0.77%)
 

Champion Ban Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

37.64%->66.01%
(+28.37%)
 
63.11%->69.37%
(+6.26%)
 
13.31%->17.01%
(+3.7%)
 
75.66%->79.28%
(+3.62%)
 
5.42%->8.45%
(+3.03%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

40.26%->34.69%
(-5.57%)
 
47.4%->42.71%
(-4.69%)
 
7.45%->3.65%
(-3.8%)
 
17.47%->14.35%
(-3.12%)
 
6%->2.93%
(-3.07%)
 
by Ashelia on April 24, 2015 0
 
This week on Friday Update Arcade, Lindsay covers a lot of news including some exciting upcoming releases: Killing Floor 2 has hit early access and EA  gave Star Wars fans a first look at the upcoming Star Wars game! There's also the announcement of Total War: Warhammer which took gamers by surprise.
 

While you're at it, don't forget to check out our latest episode of League Trends and read about LoLwiz.
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