The Real FORG1VEN, Part 2: The Rise and Fall of SK Gaming

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Part 1, covering Forg1ven’s time on the Copenhagen Wolves, can be read here. Introduction The fall of 2014 was a difficult time for European League of Legends. Through a combination of ill fortune and inconsistent play, none of the region’s three teams made it to the Round of 8 at the Season 4 World Championships. Europeans prayed that Season 5…

Smeb vs Ssumday: Who is the Better Top Laner?

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In the lead up to the World Championships, League of Legends has progressed towards the top lane becoming one of the most important lanes. As the importance neutral objectives such as dragons have become more important in competitive play, it has become almost mandatory to have a top laner that is able to impact the map globally through teleport usage…

The Dark Horses of Groups

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More often than not, the group stages of World Championships serve as confirmation of what most people have expected. The esteemed teams make it through, while the minnows simply enjoy the opportunity to compete against top-class opposition. However, the beauty of the group stages is that they can provide delightful upsets. Who can forget the infamous victory of Kabuum over…

Juggernauts and their effect on Worlds ft VandeR

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Taking a look at some of the recent changes in Juggernauts and how they’ll impact Worlds, featuring a short interview with Vander.   With the World Championships looming, professional players and their teams, eager to prepare for the matches of their careers, look to Korea for scrim partners and ladder climbing bootcamp tactics. Yet, one query on everyone’s minds is…

Zz1tai, Clearlove, Pyl, and Kid weigh in on the World Championships

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Note: Some of the responses didn’t have interview questions. But you can figure out what they were from the answers. 😛 Interviewees today: LGD’s jungler, TBQ. LGD’s support, Pyl. EDG’s jungler, Clearlove. iG’s ADC, Kid. iG’s top laner, Zz1tai. EDG’s manager, Shan Shao. Zz1tai: I didn’t know Rookie would dye his hair. When we first saw each other [after break], I…

Interview with LGD, EDG, and IG before World Championships

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LGD // Let’s talk about White and Vasilii’s streaming situation. TBQ, you’re known for acting as sort of a mediator. If you were faced with something like that while streaming, what would you do? TBQ: I can’t do that. I’m not as generous as those two. If it were me, I would’ve just ignored it. GODV, we’ve heard rumors you’ve…

Opinion: Riot's Worlds draw system is fine

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In a few days, the 2015 Rugby World Cup will kick off. Just like the League of Legends World Championships, the teams are initially split into groups, and two teams will advance from each group. Another similarity is the fact that some of the groups are monumentally more difficult than others. Group A of the Rugby World Cup places three…

Xmithie won't go to worlds, Huhi to sub in

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Photo: LoL eSports Flickr As the world event draws near, CLG announced an unfortunate statement to the media. Counter Logic Gaming announced that Jae-Hyun “Huhi” Choi will be the starting jungler for the 2015 World Championships, replacing starting jungler Jake “Xmithie” Puchero. CLG reported that Xmithie can’t compete at the World Championships due to “unresolveable VISA issues”. Huhi initially joined…

Santorin- Steady Resiliency

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Team Solo Mid are about to enter their third World Championships with a different jungler. When Amazing decided to return to Europe, Reginald could have picked almost anyone. Que Santorin Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen’s history isn’t quite as long as his name. He started off his professional League of Legends career on a team called “Intellectual Property” about halfway…

Lessons Learned from SKT T1’s Stomp over KT Rolster

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SKT T1 showed their dominance over the Korean region with a 3-0 win over KT Rolster in dominating fashion. Having sealed their place into 1st place in the regular season and therefore a place in the World Championships several weeks earlier, SKT sent a message to other challengers in the lead to the World Championships. KT Rolster’s loss meant that…