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Last May, as the red and white confetti settled, Cody “Walrus” Altman hoisted the University League of Legends championship trophy.

Maryville University’s jungler beamed as the marching band’s brass congratulated him with “Silver Scrapes.” Minutes earlier, he scored a pentakill against the University Toronto in the sealing game.

As I watched him celebrate with his teammates, I could tell he liked the taste of the stage, and the crowd, and the lights, and the music, and the competition.

Eight months later, it’s still his only taste.

College League of Legends, the renamed uLoL series, has more than 300 participating teams…


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The NA LCS is back, and boy, is it a good thing the format was changed to best-of-ones. If it hadn’t, we might still be watching Clutch Gaming and OpTic Gaming fight over Baron.

The 2018 Season has brought with it one of the most bland metas I can remember. That combined with new teams still working on their synergy, and you end up with some of the longest, most uneventful games ever.

It wasn’t all unexciting though. …


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The 2018 NA LCS season is almost here. After one of the most eventful off seasons in history, teams are starting to take shape. Many familiar faces will be wearing unfamiliar jerseys as things get under way in just over a month.

With so much upheaval, I’m left wondering which teams have the most potential in the upcoming Spring Split. Experts around the internet will try to rank these teams based on talent, infrastructure, or legacy. I’m interested in how they’ll perform in another area entirely.

Memes.

In the dangerous world of the meme economy, which teams should you invest…


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TSM fans have it made this year. They‘ve got an entire tier list of excuses to refer to if their team underperformed at the 2017 World Championship. There‘s even a bingo card.

“They underestimated their opponent.” “Best of one is bad for TSM.” “Parth had bad drafts.” “Why wasn’t Jatt wasn’t casting our game?”

Here’s one more quote for you — just imagine it’s being spoken by Misfits Gaming’s German mid laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage:

“That’s a bingo!”

TSM’s loss to Misfits Gaming in week one of the Group Stage has broken the floodgates of doubt. …


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During the 2016 World Championship, more than 1.8 million players filled out brackets for Worlds Pick’Em. One got it right.

His name was Lokomotif Barış, and he correctly predicted every step of Worlds 2016, including the moment that slaughtered thousands of brackets: Albus NoX Luna advancing to quarterfinals.

After that, the hard part was over.

Pick’Em is live again for the 2017 World Championship, which means we all have another chance to embarrass ourselves in front of all of our friends. If you pick all three NA teams to advance from their groups, though, you’ve probably got it coming.

So…


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The 2017 League of Legends World Championship is about to begin — sort of.

This year’s tournament introduces a new phase called the Play-In. It’s where teams from international regions (formerly known as “wild cards”) compete for a spot in the Group Stage.

For many fans, the Play-In might not be that exciting. If TSM isn’t playing, they’re not interested.

There are a few well-known teams from major regions who will have to qualify for Groups through the Play-In: Cloud9, Fnatic, Team WE. But most predictions have all of those teams breezing their way through their competition.

I can’t disagree…


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At 18 years old, I sat in my room and stared at two different college acceptance letters. I didn’t realize it then, but I was facing the most important decision in my life to that point. Whichever I chose, I’d be starting life in a new city.

We all have to make big choices in our lives, whether it’s moving away from home, accepting a new job, or pursuing a relationship. I know I’ve recalled certain moments in my life and wondered where I’d be now if I chose differently. More than once, I’ve asked, “What if?”

But it’s not…


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A deadly blue force field forces 13 survivors toward a lonely house atop a grassy hill. Scrambling for sparse cover, five are cut down in a hail of bullets. The seven who remain are just moments away from a chance at $30,000.

The Gamescom Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational tournament is underway in Cologne, Germany. When the event concludes on Saturday, $350,000 in prize money will have been awarded.

More than 80 players made the trip to compete, including teams from Cloud9, Team Liquid, and TSM.

It’s one of the first major tournaments for PUBG. For a game that’s still in early…


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I’m 24 minutes into a game of solo queue, and it’s going pretty well. I won my lane, we’re up five kills, and we’re thinking about starting Baron.

Then I notice the enemy Nasus is taking a third of a tower’s hit points with a single Siphoning Strike. My bot lane tries to 1v2 him under tower. They both die. We lose.

It’s been awhile since Nasus was a popular champion, but I know I’m not alone in remembering such a nightmare. Everyone has had to deal with a fed Nasus at some point. It’s no fun. …


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“I guess we won’t be seeing Bjergsen on Galio again. At least not until world’s, when TSM will put him on Galio every game.”

“Just put him on a carry, jesus. And Svenskeren wasn’t really helping this series either.”

“Bjerg making Galio look balanced.”

These are just a few comments from the League of Legends subreddit after TSM lost to Immortals in Week 1 of the 2017 NA LCS Summer Split. Bjergsen played Galio mid in both losses.

A month later, Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg’s Galio played a key role in two of TSM game victories at Rift Rivals.

I’ll come…

Alex Ferri

Esports, without a dash. Indoorsy-looking man.

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