There was a big uproar when League of Legends announced that its North American league would take on franchising for size. It was accepted at the time that franchising was good for the sport. While it was a step away from LoL‘s previous meritocracy model, which allowed teams to rise and fall out of their leagues based on performance, it seemed like the forward-looking thing to do. Overwatch was loudly trumpeting the franchising horn and we didn’t want to be left behind. We’ve now seen the effects of franchising on the 2018 North American League of Legends Championship Series. Have any of the issues with competitive LoL been addressed? We don’t think so. League of Legends Franchising: What It Was Meant to Do Franchising was sold as a type of cure. It was meant to bring the sport into the big leagues. For those unfamiliar with the concept, think about how regional teams work in other sports. Franchising in LoL allowed rich … [Read more...] about Has Franchising in League of Legends Changed Anything?
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Professional League of Legends player Doublelift's brother has allegedly murdered their mother and injured their father in a knife attack. The 30-year-old brother of the Team Liquid pro has now been arrested by the Orange County police, with the Sheriff's Department stating that he has now been charged with murder. DoubleLift, who is one of the most well-known League of Legends players in the world and has become known for his role as an AD Carry, posted the following message to Twitlonger: "This weekend I received some terrible news. My older brother attacked both of my parents with a knife. As a result of this attack, my mom passed away and my dad was seriously hurt and is now recovering in hospital. I'm still processing this news and joining up with my dad and little brother to make sure they're ok and the proper arrangements are being made. I'll likely be quiet on social media while I work through this. I hope you all understand and support me as you always … [Read more...] about League of Legends Pro Doublelift’s Brother Allegedly Murders Mother in Knife Attack
The quarterfinal round of the North American LCS Spring Split Playoffs are in the book and they were just about as crazy as we anticipated. Saturday’s matchup between Team Liquid and Cloud9 was short-lived as Doublelift and company defeated Cloud9 in three straight games. Despite winning three in a row, the matches themselves were anything but easy as Cloud9 looked to be nearing victory more than once, only for things to quickly turn back in Team Liquid’s favor. This matchup just seemed to be a simple case of Team Liquid getting hot at the right time while Cloud9 couldn’t climb out of its recent losing skid. Cloud9’s season ended with them losing eight of their final eleven games. Sunday’s showdown between Team SoloMid and Clutch Gaming, on the other hand, subverted everyone’s expectations. TSM came into this matchup as heavy favorites, as they had seemed to finally hit their stride during the final few weeks of the regular season. After coming … [Read more...] about Clutch Gaming and Team Liquid Advance in League of Legends NA LCS 2018 Spring Playoffs
Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo is bidding farewell to League of Legends as he prepares to join the on-air talent of analysts for the Overwatch League. The surprising announcement was made earlier today, marking a “new chapter” in the life of the former professional player. This is surely a major loss for the League of Legends community but an immense gain for the Overwatch League. Finally I can reveal my new chapter, Overwatch League Analyst! This is going to be immensely challenging and rewarding. Farewell League of Legends, hello 2CP!https://t.co/s7CzmxlenG — Alberto Rengifo (@ProphetCrumbz) January 8, 2018 Crumbz started his career with Team Dignitas in the North American League Championship Series (NA LCS) back in 2012. He managed to qualify for the season two world championship before showing a string of underwhelming performances in the following years. Crumbz parted with Team Dignitas in 2015 to join Misfits for a few months before moving to Renegades. … [Read more...] about Overwatch League Welcomes Crumbz From League of Legends on the Analyst Desk