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by Ashelia on March 27, 2015 0
 
Another week in games, another Friday Update Arcade! This week, Friday Update Arcade covers everything from the smashing release of Bloodborne to Pillars of Eternity's equally successful launch. Lindsay also covers the new skins which were put on the PBE earlier this week, including Teemo's legendary. Be sure to check them out in our modelviewer.

While you're at it, don't forget to check out our latest episode of League Trends and read about LoLwiz.
by Ashelia on March 26, 2015 8

There's a fantastic new PBE update that includes skins for some of our favorite champions, including a legendary skin for Teemo! Riot updated their test realm last night with several new skins: Guardian of the Sands XerathOmega Squad TeemoGuardian of the Sands RammusArclight Vayne, and Guardian of the Sands Skarner.

 


  
  
by Ashelia on March 24, 2015 51

We're happy to announce that we've teamed up with the folks at Overwolf to help power their new League of Legends app: LoLwiz

LoLwiz is an in-game scouter that provides detailed summoner statistics for your team as well as the enemy's. It works directly in the client, giving you a seamless overlay that provides you with everything you need to know about the summoners in your game! With LoLwiz you can:

  • Instantly know everyone's ranking and statistics for season 5
  • Scout runes and masteries of anyone, even your lane opponent
  • Find out summoner's performance on their champion and role in ranked

The best part? It's approved by Riot.

 

 

To sign-up for LoLwiz as well as get more details, click here. We also previewed it in our latest episode of League Trends. Be sure to sound off in the comments with any ideas you have for the application as well as any issues you encounter.

 

Try out LoLwiz today!

 

by Summer on March 24, 2015 0

Things have been heating up in NA as the teams get closer to the final week and their dreams of a play off position - or their fears of relegation. In the week that we saw the "Urgod" return to the rift more teams reached the guaranteed play off zone and we saw far more diversity with picks this week, with day one providing ten different mid lane picks and seven different jungle picks as teams begin to get creative in the new meta. Top performing fantasy LCS players this week were Cloud 9's Sneaky with 58.76 points, Team 8's Slooshi8 with 57.28 points and Cop from Gravity with 55.21 points.
 

Day One


TC v TiP - TiP
Team Coast are now firmly in the relegation spot and the victory for TiP was both expected and achieved. WTHeaven jungling on Gragas turned many team fights by accidentally ulting members of TiP to safety, and the game was closed out within 3 minutes after XiaoWeIXiao took out Cris in the mid lane, TiP picked up Baron and won a disorganised team fight from Team Coast. Team Impulse have shown rapid improvement over the split and have finished up this week tied for third, with XiaoWeiXaio's record breaking mid lane performances no doubt having a big impact on the teams success.

http://i.imgur.com/GcK6Bqx.jpgTL v C9 - C9
After a disappointing performance at IEM from Cloud 9 and some unexpected losses this split fans waited with baited breath for week 8. Cloud 9 did manage to close out the game for the win, perhaps hinting towards stronger games towards the end of this split. The game ended with Cloud 9 with 20 kills to Team Liquid's 3, with LemonNation debuting support Nautilus for the team with great success. Cloud 9 took 10 turrets to Team Liquid's 2 and seemed right back on their usual form with a truly outstanding performance. All of the KDA's from Clous 9 were impressive, with Balls, Hai and Sneaky all slipping out of the game with perfect KDA's, Sneaky most notably with a massive score of 9-0-6 on Lucian.

TSM v GV - GV
Gravity have had a tough few weeks this split with Coach Last Shadow being in Korea and some disappointing performances from the team so this was perhaps one of the most surprising wins of the day with Gravity defeating TSM after presenting the NA LCS with our first Urgot of the split, with Keane bringing the champion forward into the mid lane for Gravity. It was a tough game for Dyrus who has been looking increasingly shaky over the past weeks, going 0-6-0 against Gravity and having little impact. On the flip side, Hauntzer and Cop came out of the game with great KDA's, with Hauntzer's Maokai ending the game with a score of 3-0-12, and Cop on Corki taking home a score of 5-1-10. Many are hoping with this Urgot debut other teams will be tempted to try more out-of-meta champs. Gravity also took all four drakes from the game, nodding towards better objective control from the team, especially against a team such as TSM.

CLG v DIG - CLG
An incredibly intense game from the two teams, with CLG just taking the win after an all out brawl in the Dignitas base. CLG took 8 turrets to Dignitas' 6, and were just 12 kills to Dignitas' 11, ending the game with just a 3.4k gold lead in the 37minute win. A lane swap from CLG had a very negative impact on Gamsu's Hecarim, holding him back in the early game. CLG had two disasterous Baron attempts, with the first attempt leading to Dignitas taking CLG's mid turret for free, and the second Baron attempt from CLG led to Dignitas collapsing on the team and wiping them out, collecting Baron buff for themselves and potentially winning Dignitas the game, however they were unable to effectively use the advantage. The game closed out on CLG's third Baron attempt, which they successfully baited, wiping Dignitas and taking the game. Doublelift put in a strong 7-1-1 Kalista performance, proving the champions strength in the new patch.

http://i.imgur.com/ep9FIbw.jpgWFX v T8 - T8
A long game for the two teams with Team 8 taking the win at 44 minutes. An intense game for both teams as they search for a play off spot, Team 8 took the win convincingly with a kill, turret and drake lead. We also some saw great split pushing from Team 8, who as the game progressed began to lose team fights as their comp was outscaled. CaliTrlolz took on the split push responsibility on a successful Gragas, and stalled the game for the 5th drake buff for the team, helping them to win the game. Still an intense game with mistakes on both sides, with fans expecting a tough week 9 for both teams as they compete for playoffs.
 

Day Two


DIG v GV - GV
Another convincing win for Gravity against Dignitas, it appears Gravity have now truly found their footing and their playstyle this split. Saintvicious reclaimed his seat as a top tier jungler after unforgiving counter jungling and possession of a struggling Azingy's blue buff preventing Azingy from having a strong impact on the game. BunnyFuFu roamed excellently, giving Gravity strong vision control all over the map and preventing Dignitas from being able to move through their own jungle at all without having to answer for it. After going 2-0 this week Gravity are looking strong for a playoff position, whilst Dignitas will now have to scrap their way out of the relegation zone in week 9.

 

http://i.imgur.com/taQNC9u.jpgTSM v CLG - TSM

An intense game as always for the two teams, TSM took a good win from CLG after their shaky performance on Day 1. The game started out tough for TSM, with Dyrus struggling again and being forced to buy 3 Doran's rings after being forced out of lane, however CLG gave up first blood to WildTurtle after a 3 man gank. Bjergson spent much of the game split pushing top, forcing CLG to chase him around the map relieving pressure whilst his team heavily warded the bot side of the map, gaining great vision control. The mid game could have swayed either way, with CLG putting up a valiant defense and holding a stronger late game composition, however whilst CLG roamed for better vision control bot side TSM sneaked a Baron, turning the game. WildTurtle threw out a great Corki performance ending on a KDA of 9-1-2, and Dyrus turned around his LuLu game ending on a happier KDA of 0-2-11.

T8 v C9 - T8
A disappointing loss for Cloud 9 who seem to be on tilt in recent weeks, Team 8 achieved victory after a long 46 minute game. Cloud 9 looked to be setting up the win during the early/mid game with superior objective control, melting Team 8'd turrets with their double AD composition, taking an inhibitor and taking home the first Baron buff. However a desperation Baron led to Team 8 defeating Cloud 9 in the pit in what what the start of the turn, and Team 8 forced all the right team fights onto Cloud 9 in the late game, utilizing their teams power spikes and winning the game. Maplestreet had a particularly successful Graves game, showing us that the champ is really here to stay with a KDA of 9-1-6.

http://i.imgur.com/8nI09iN.jpgTiP v WFX - TiP

TiP pushed their advantages perfectly in this game, utilizing their strengths and holding back Winterfox's. Altec's Twitch was heavily focused this game, holding back the ADC and giving Apollo the lead from the early game on Graves. The mid game was an all out brawl for both teams, with team fights swinging either way, however Helios being caught out in the Baron pit led to a Baron for TiP who pushed their advantage to rampage through the Winterfox base and secure the win. The early game pressure for Apollo to snowball paid off, with him finishing on a 8-2-4 Graves, picking up the slack for a surprising 1-5-6 XiaoWeiXiao on Yasuo.


TC v TL - TL
Team Liquid absolutely dominate Team Coast, with 21 kills to 7 in the 36 minute victory for the team. Team Liquid took 10 turrets to Team Coasts 1 as they wreaked havoc across the map. Piglet finally got to prove himself with an insane Vayne performance, going 9-1-7 and proving to NA why he's here, and perhaps also proving IWillDominate's claims that the team atmosphere is stronger and more positive than ever. Cris on Lissandra had a particularly bad showing, going 0-5 by 20minutes and ending the game on a score of 1-9-4. Some would argue Piglet won Team Liquid the game, with an unforgiving Vayne split push putting him at such an advantage he was virtually unkillable. A great win for Team Liquid as they approach the final week and try to secure their playoff spot.

http://i.imgur.com/dTkMgEE.png

Week 8 Summary

Week 9 promises to be intense for all teams in the NA region, as they fight for the playoff positions. Only the top 7 will proceed on to the LCS without having to battle further for their spot, so it's strongly contested. 10th place will be automatically relegated, and the 8th and 9th positions will have to battle it out with the top teams from the Challenger series for their spot next split, a tough task with the pools of new talent rising up from the NA CS leagues.

by Ashelia on March 24, 2015 10

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, Lindsay also gives a demo for the new in-game scouter tool LoLwiz. Be sure to check it out!

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

 
 
10.67%->13.93%
(+3.26%)
 
 
10.98%->14.16%
(+3.18%)
 
 
7.94%->9.98%
(+2.04%)
 
 
9.29%->11.16%
(+1.87%)
 
 
6.81%->8.55%
(+1.74%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
23.1%->21.28%
(-1.82%)
 
 
36.13%->24.47%
(-11.66%)
 
 
14.06%->12.7%
(-1.36%)
 
 
18.55%->17.33%
(-1.22%)
 
 
15.39%->14.21%
(-1.18%)
 

Champion Win Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

 
 
34.15%->37.05%
(+2.9%)
 
 
43.45%->45.57%
(+2.12%)
 
 
48.37%->49.84%
(+1.47%)
 
 
50.29%->51.56%
(+1.27%)
 
 
47.57%->48.82%
(+1.25%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
51.8%->50.32%
(-1.48%)
 
 
46.29%->44.86%
(-1.43%)
 
 
53.7%->52.37%
(-1.33%)
 
 
52.74%->51.65%
(-1.09%)
 
 
49.87%->48.83%
(-1.04%)
 

Champion Ban Rates

Top Five Biggest Increases

 
 
9.24%->49.42%
(+40.18%)
 
 
16.41%->26.41%
(+10%)
 
 
37.13%->44.21%
(+7.08%)
 
 
53.49%->57%
(+3.51%)
 
 
3.16%->6.11%
(+2.95%)
 

Top Five Biggest Decreases

 
 
29.01%->19.1%
(-9.91%)
 
 
39.02%->30.23%
(-8.79%)
 
 
18.08%->9.91%
(-8.17%)
 
 
12.92%->4.97%
(-7.95%)
 
 
60.51%->55.76%
(-4.75%)
 
by Ashelia on March 21, 2015 0
 
Another week in games, another Friday Update Arcade! This week, Friday Update Arcade covers tons of events, from Hearthstone: Black Rock preorders to ESO's recent choice to go free to play.  While this week was light on League of Legends news, IEM was the past weekend and it was a great series of games. We encourage you to catch the VODs if you missed it!


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