Ten Bans: More Depth, Diversity, and Strategy

In a measure to increase champion diversity in professional play, Riot announced this January that teams will now ban a total of 10 champions during champion select. In addition to increasing overall champion diversity, the change presents teams with...
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It’s Almost LCS Time: Five Important Questions

There’s still plenty of dust to settle as the offseason comes to a close, but the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) is right around the corner. At the tail end of an offseason headlined by high...
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Quas Headlines Tempo Storm’s NA CS Lineup

Tempo Storm rounded out their inaugural lineup Sunday, acquiring former Team Liquid top laner Diego "Quas" Ruiz, Phoenix1 jungler Kevin "Zentinel" Pires, and recently unretired support player Jamie "Sheep" Gallagher. The organization's newest recruits will join the European duo of...
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Team EnVyUs Picks Up Apollo, LirA

North America's Team EnVyUs has announced their League of Legends lineup for the 2017 Season, acquiring former Team Dignitas AD carry Apollo “Apollo” Price and jungler Nam "LirA" Tae-yoo, the organization announced Sunday. The pair will join the trio of...
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Liquid Finishes 4th at IEM Gyeonggi: First Impressions

Going into IEM Gyeonggi with mere days of practice, Team Liquid's League of Legends squad was surrounded with question marks. With Matt "Matt" Elento being the only returning player from the playoff squad they fielded last year, the roster...
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Esports Roster Building: Shiny Things to Dull Problems

The offseason is a fantastic time to analyze the strategic approaches of the owners of esports teams. And, for the purposes of this piece, let's look at teams, not organizations. This means we are emphasizing the building of a...
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ROX Tigers Roster Splits after Contract Negotiations Fail

Perhaps the only glue that could have kept the ROX Tigers intact was a World Championship. The Korean regional champions have likely seen their Cinderella story come to an anti-climatic and surprising close, just after taking the KeSPA Cup in...

Scouting Grounds Final List: Not Too Impressive

As Season 6 comes to a close, and the offseason begins for League of Legends, a fantastic talent scouting opportunity is about to transpire. The list of participants for the North American Scouting Grounds has finally been narrowed down to...
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How Do We Measure Success in Esports?

It's a big question, and there's four (and more) lenses by which we can evaluate the success of an esports team: Results, Marketability, Consistency, and Potential.

Don’t Watch Worlds 2016 Finals: It’ll Be a 3-0

If you want to see the best match of Worlds 2016, don't bother looking towards the grand finals. Instead, tune in on October 21 to see the top bracket semifinals; it'll feature two of the top four teams at Worlds (unless you had...

Cinderella Story: North America’s Hope Alive

The season-ending Worlds tournament taking place in North America during a time in which multiple analysts have North American teams ranked above many of their international counterparts seemed almost too good to be true. The potential for not just powerhouse...
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Getting Back on Track: Worlds 2016 Day 2 Recap

Worlds Day 2 Recap After one of the craziest opening days in League of Legends World Championship history, Day 2 carried much calmer notes. There was no Brazilian victory, and the other wildcard team didn't even have a chance...