With the 2017 League of Legends season right around the corner, teams are locking in their rosters to take onto the Rift. You absolutely cannot talk about roster swaps in the 2017 offseason without talking about KT Rolster. League of Legends’ new super team looks to be one of the most impressive rosters ever put together.
The 2016 League of Legends World Championship was one for the books. Not only did we enjoy two of the best series of all time played by SK Telecom T1 against ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy, there were a ton of records broken at the tournament. No players outside of SK Telecom T1 have won two World Championships.
For the first time ever, League of Legends has a three-time World Champion. SK Telecom T1 completed their impressive 2016 League of Legends Worlds run by bringing down Samsung Galaxy in a thrilling 3-2 victory. SKT will take home the multi-million dollar lion’s share of a record-setting Worlds prize pool, their third championship in four years, and their second in a row. The first game made the sold-out Staples Center crowd believe that Samsung could actually compete with the world-beating SKT roster.
Finally, a North American team has made it out of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship group stage. Defending champions SK Telecom T1 finished the stage with a 5-1 record and moved on as the first seed from the group.
There are no undefeated teams at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships. Worlds 2016 may be the tournament of legendary AD carries, but the position to watch in Group B is decidedly the mid lane: Yi Tang “Maple” Huang on Flash Wolves, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen on Cloud9, Kang “Athena” Ha-woon and Kang “Baeme” Yang-hyun on I May, and, of course, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on SK Telecom T1.
There are officially no more undefeated teams at the 2016 League of Legends World Championship. With Flash Wolves’ win over SK Telecom T1, every Korean team at Worlds has lost in the opening week of groups for the first time in League of Legends Worlds history. This is quite possibly the most chaotic and intense week in League of Legends competitive history.
Well, SK Telecom T1 is still SK Telecom T1. SKT’s first game of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship got off to a quick start with Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok outright abusing Cloud9’s Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, killing him repeatedly in lane with jungler Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung and support Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan helping him out. Despite their struggles towards the end of LCK Summer, SK Telecom’s roster always has the potential to absolutely pop off.
If last year’s League of Legends World Championship was the tournament of mid laners, 2016 will certainly be remembered tournament of AD carries. With that focus on the laning phase, let’s take a look at the top AD carries headed to the 2016 World Championship.
What happens when great teams collide? Mark Zimmerman works out what we might see (or not see) at Worlds this year, all based on a single scrim. For more in-depth coverage of competitive gaming, visit Yahoo Esports .
For the third time in four years, the greatest League of Legends player of all time, mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, is heading to Worlds. First, though, let’s take a look at exactly why Faker is so good. Faker is unquestionably the best League of Legends player to ever play the game.
Travis Gafford catches up with commentator Eefje 'sjokz' Depoortere to discuss all things League of Legends at MSI Shanghai.
SKT's Lee "Wolf" Jae-wan has a frank talk with Travis Gafford about all things League of Legends at MSI, including uneven play, hot pot, casters, and mouse mix-ups.
SKT's Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok discusses his shortcomings at MSI Shanghai with Travis Gafford.
How do you say clown fiesta in Korean? Travis Gafford talks to SKT's Lee "Wolf" Jae-Wan after the first day of MSI Shanghai.
Team Liquid is ramping up their League of Legends coaching staff, picking up both Josh “Jarge” Smith and Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco. Jarge will be the team’s new head analyst, while Saintvicious will be taking on the role of strategic coach. The pair will be joining head coach David “Dlim” Lim, as well as analysts Kevin “TeeKHay” Bracken, and Keith “Snowspots” Torres.
Following the announcement of the partnership between NBA team Miami Heat and esports organization Misfits, executives from both organizations have revealed some details regarding how the two teams will cross-promote each other. Speaking in an interview with Yahoo Esports, Misfits CEO and founder Ben Spoont and Miami Heat executive vice president and chief marketing officer Michael McCullough talked about how the partnership came about, how the two teams will work together, and more. “We’ve already incorporated the Heat colors into the Misfits to welcome them into the brand in kind of a seamless sort of way” McCullough said.
The European League of Legends Championship Series group draft and schedule have been revealed for the coming 2017 Spring split, starting January 19.
After Warwick’s cinematic reveal Monday, Riot Games has released the full ability kit for the reworked League of Legends champion.
Since the beginning of the 2017 season, AD carry players in League of Legends have been on the receiving end of a meta seemingly designed to tear them down at every turn. The relative weakness of Lethality and the rise of tanks meant they could shoot their beefy brethren in the face forever and never seem to get anywhere. What’s more, assassins and burst mages lurked around every corner
Travis Gafford breaks down why Team Liquid's acquisition of Austin "Link" Shin is the most exciting move of the NA LCS offseason.
Travis Gafford discusses Riot's scheduling practices and how it affects fans and industry insiders.
After weeks of speculation and leaks, Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens has officially confirmed the rebranding of League of Legends team Cloud9 Challenger to FlyQuest. Due to the rule against a single organization owning two pro-level rosters simultaneously, Cloud9 was forced to sell off the roster that qualified for the NA LCS during the 2017 Spring Split Promotion Tournament.