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‘League of Legends’ Debuts True Damage ‘Giants’ Music Video Ahead Of Worlds
No one knows quite how to sell skins like Riot Games and League of Legends. After finding success with K/DA, a concept that turned some of its heroes into a pop star girl group, they’re back at it again with a new band, True Damage, which is more focused on hip-hop.
As the story goes, after K/DA, Akali made it her mission to recruit a new hip-hop group. That group is True Damage and in addition to her, includes Yasuo as DJ, and Ekko, Senna and Qiyana as the featured artists.
Riot has just rolled out an animated music video for True Damage’s first song Giants, and it’s pretty damn good. The actual artists performing it are Becky G, Keke Palmer, (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon, Duckwrth, and Thutmose, and the song will be featured ahead of the League of Legends World Championship Finals which will be later today.
All five members of True Damage each have their own skins for purchase, similar to what Riot did with K/DA previously. In case you missed that whole thing, it’s definitely worth checking out K/DA’s POP/STARS video from a year ago:
Different animation style, same concept. I suppose it’s up for debate which group/song/video is better, though I’m leaning toward K/DA. To say Riot’s idea to turn its characters into music stars is a success is an understatement. The POP/STARS video has 279 million views, and it’s anyone’s guess how many copies of the track Riot sold. As of right now, the Giants video has 350,000 views and it only came out a few hours ago.
It stands to reason that Riot is going to keep doing this every year around Worlds, and we should see a new musical group with a new style form next year. League of Legends bluegrass band, anyone?
The finals are in a few more hours, and the True Damage skins are available in League of Legends itself right now, which naturally are going to cost you a pretty penny.
Riot Games Marks ‘League of Legends’ Worlds 2019 With New Music Collective, True Damage
To celebrate the League of Legends World Championship 2019, Riot Games introduced their new music collective, True Damage. Serving as the follow-up to K/DA, the latest virtual group consisting of themed versions of League of Legends characters Qiyana, Senna, Akali, Ekko and Yasuo voiced by Becky G, Keke Palmer, SOYEON of (G)I-DLE, Thutmose and Duckwrth.
Aside from releasing an animated video for their debut track, the hip-hop group took to the stage at the 2019 League of Legends World Championship Final Opening Ceremony. Both the in-game characters and real talent treated fans to a riveting performance assisted by striking holographic effects. Riot Games is also planning to release a 15 piece capsule centered around True Damage December 5 with additional limited drops scheduled through 2020.
Catch True Damage’s “GIANTS” music video and Worlds 2019 performance below and above. Also, head over to truedamage.com to exclusively pick up the first item of the True Damage merch line available only until November 15.
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Since Riot Games announced True Damage as the 2019 League of Legends World Championship’s answer to 2018’s K/DA, the League of Legends community has waited in anticipation for League of Legend’s newest music troupe’s debut. True Damage debuted its first single, ‘Giants’ with a live performance to open the Worlds 2019 Finals in Paris. The accompanying animated music video was released shortly after the performance on the official League of Legends Youtube channel.
The song also revealed the artists who would join SOYEON’s Akali: Duckwrth as Yasuo, THUTMOSE as Ekko, Keke Palmer as Senna, and Becky G. as Qiyana. The artists took to the stage in Paris during the opening ceremony to perform a full live rendition of the song, complete with AR and holographics as has become the standard with Riot Games production at the World Championship.
The style of Giants is much more hip-hop influenced than K/DA’s ‘POP/STARS’, but consists of similar quality in deft wordplay and an anthemic chorus. POP/STARS was a massive hit immediately after its debut at the 2018 Worlds Finals, and currently sits at 279 million views on YouTube.
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Not even seven hours after True Damage’s debut at the opening ceremony for the League of Legends Worlds 2019 finals, the official music video for the song “GIANTS” has reached 1.5 million views.
League’s new supergroup debuted with “GIANTS” as a live performance for the fans, performed both by augmented reality versions of band members and the singers voicing the characters.
Riot Games music group True Damage debuts “GIANTS” at Worlds 2019
Get hyped up for League of Legends’ just-released music video “GIANTS,” debuted during Worlds 2019. Uploaded on YouTube this morning, the video already has over one and a half million views. This intense animated collaboration “fuses the raw vocal talents of Ekko (Thutmose, Duckwrth), Senna (Keke Palmer), and Qiyana (Becky G) with Yasuo’s signature production.” Including a previously used artist, Soyeon from (G)I-DLE as Akali, this virtual music group named “True Damage” is making fans yell with excitement and emotion.
Looking deeper into the collaboration, it seems that Riot Games steered towards a different style with this new feature. Comparisons to their incredibly successful K/DA “POP/STARS” music video, which released in November 2018, are unavoidable though. With enthusiastic vibes, different languages, and numerous themes, this music video may be just as popular, if not more, than “POP/STARS.”
What’s featured in the video?
“GIANTS” starts off with a shot overlooking the view of a futuristic metropolitan city. Through different opening scenes, images of Yasuo, Ekko, and Akali appear. Ekko starts his rap with fast-paced animations and dark color schemes while Yasuo DJs from a distance. Introducing Quiyana is a completely different scene, where she is in the middle of a bright pink mansion. League of Legends‘ newest champion, Senna, is also shown before the first minute of the video. To the surprise of some viewers, we hear Akali speak in Korean and Quiyana in Spanish. This video was also mostly directed at rapping, unlike K-pop-inspired “POP/STARS.”
Towards the end of the video, the team is placed in front of a background showing the Eiffel Tower, reflecting the city of Paris, France, where the League of Legends World Championship Finals are taking place.
The IRL performance
True Damage’s live performance is also incredibly fun and exciting, with the way Riot’s production team sets up glitchy, colorful animations around the main stage. The crowd seemed to love the overall execution. For anyone who wants to listen to “GIANTS” on repeat for the next few months, it’s now available for download on Spotify.