Following the departure of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng from Team SoloMid, League of Legends fans everywhere were wondering who would take his place in the AD carry role. Would they import someone from outside of NA? Would they be looking to other top teams at home? Would it be Kim “PraY” Jong-in? Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou?
Getting teams to go to Intel Extreme Masters Oakland has been a struggle. Whether it’s NA teams like Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, or Team SoloMid stating that they wouldn’t attend (and then reneging on that in the TSM’s case) or only mid-tier teams from other major regions making their way to the tournament, most fans are disappointed by the lineup at the premier offseason tournament. In the past, IEM tournaments have been big deals.
Jason “WildTurtle” Tran will be returning to his old home of Team SoloMid to play at IEM Oakland, the team announced on Twitter. WildTurtle was the starting AD carry for TSM from 2013 through 2015, when he was replaced by Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. WildTurtle’s return comes on the heels of Doublelift’s decision to step down from the TSM roster in order to take a break.
Despite qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 2016 League of Legends World Championships, Royal Never Give Up had a tough week. For a team with two former World Champions and Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao on the roster, the 3-3 group stage finish was something of a disappointment.
Hometown favorites Team SoloMid have been knocked out of the 2016 League of Legends World Championships. Advancing to the quarterfinals in their place will be Royal Never Give Up and Samsung Galaxy. For North American fans, this is a massive disappointment.
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 games left to be played at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships today, but the teams in Group D are all done for the week. Here’s what TSM, RNG, and SSG need to fix before they can make a run at the top spot of Group D.
Judging by the beating Team SoloMid handed to Samsung Galaxy on the second day of the League of Legends World Championship 2016, the North American team wasn’t happy about their loss to Royal Never Give Up. Coming into champion select against the third seed Korean team, TSM aimed to take over the early game, picking up Lee Sin for Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, Syndra for Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, and Kennen for Kevin “Hauntzer” Yarnell. The planned strategy paid off, with Svenskeren handing his solo lanes massive early leads with mechanically incredible plays.
Group D at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships has always been one of the most difficult to call. The sheer amount of talent on RNG should be able to bring down just about any other team in the world. After the game and champion select were remade entirely thanks to yet another Aurelion Sol bug (and subsequent temporary ban from the tournament), RNG had to switch their strategy entirely.
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.
Let esports historian Buddy Hutton regale you with the tale of how CLG Doublelift became TSM Doublelift. For more in-depth coverage of competitive gaming, visit Yahoo Esports .
Taylor Cocke distills just what it's going to take for TSM to compete on an international stage at the League of Legends World Championships. For more in-depth coverage of competitive gaming, visit Yahoo Esports .
Travis interviews Jensen from Cloud9 after Cloud9's victory over Immortals in the LCS Gauntlet at the end of the Summer 2016 regular season.
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.