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League of Legends Patch 7.1: Clear-Cutting the Jungle

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After a near month of waiting and probably a bunch of hungover employee meetings, Riot has finally resumed its patch cycle with the release of Patch 7.1, the first of 2017. In short: 'ADC in 2017' is still an...
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ADC Is Dead: Botlane Paradigm Shift

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I haven't dug into Riot's data through the API. I haven't even looked at the patch notes. I'm speaking mostly from anecdote and information collected from memes when I say this: ADC is dead. As if it weren't enough that the...
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Uncontested Creeps: You’re Missing Too Many Last Hits

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In a game with as much depth as League of Legends, there's always value in identifying your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes that means going back to fundamentals, and today we're going to focus on the most basic of all of them:...
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Ezreal Best ADC: Metrosexual Marksman Tops the Charts

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As 2016 comes to a close, one man has stayed relevant throughout the entire year: Ezreal. Currently, he is the most played marksman at any relevant skill rating, despite countless changes since the start of the season. The never-falling-out-of-form...
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What Do Placement Games Tell Us?

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My name is Joseph Schmidt, I'm a League of Legends enthusiast, and I'm excited to be joining the Esports Edition team! I got my very own Super Nintendo Entertainment System when I turned six, and I've basically been playing games ever...
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Jung’s Wednesday Rant: Don’t Game with Music

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You know what they don't tell you? That you shouldn't listen to music while you game. Maybe in FPS titles this is a little more obvious, given the importance of hearing footsteps and even the direction from which bullets are...
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And This Patch’s Most Popular Champion Is…

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Despite the 'League of Farm Junglers' that we're supposed to be operating in, the most popular champion this week is the blind monk, Lee Sin. Even the second paradigmatic option to describe the current metagame, 'League of Tanks,' doesn't...

Jung’s Wednesday Rant: No Plants in My Jungle!

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Featured image by MSRoka via DeviantArt. I love change - I really do. It keeps the game exciting and fresh. It forces people to be adaptive and constantly creative. But sometimes, it's just too damn much. And this season, League of...
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Shyvana Reborn as Dragonslayer: Patch 6.23 Preview

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As the League of Legends preseason continues, Patch 6.23 demonstrates Riot's continually incremental approach to balance. In it are a bunch of insignificant bugfixes, slight bruiser buffs, and the resurrection of the Dragonborn. We'll go over the key changes...
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Singed Support Banned: Screw Your Meta

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The biggest barrier to innovation in League of Legends is Riot itself. From introducing patches in the middle of important stretches of competitive LoL, to completely re-making the jungle from season to season, players are almost never able to...

Riot Was Right to Remove Normal Draft

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Every time something gets taken away from the community, an incredibly vocal minority starts crying out, usually exaggerating facts and ignoring the objective. Last season, it was solo queue. Before that, the reaction had surrounded things like Mana Potions...

Scouting Grounds Final List: Not Too Impressive

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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...