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A Case for Collegiate Esports

The announcement by Riot Games to broadcast the revamped uLoL Campus Series was met with a fair amount of criticism on social media. Both fans and professionals alike expressed a number of concerns- most notably that the broadcast would be pulling much needed resources away from the Challenger scene. The move comes at a time …


LPL Off-Season Summary: Where Crazy Spending Meets Illogical Decisions

Qiao Gu: Reapers From Left to Right: OOZEYE, the Silver Surfer, A$VP Vee, Dada888, Maokai Bot, Defective WeiXiao Clone #4372, Dade's seat warmer Qiao Gu Wild Hunt started the off-season by removing Spiritual Coach Hiro after a shameful IEM, which saw them drop a single game to Team Dignitas. Qiao Gu Exorcists began dating Newbee, a …


2016 LMS Spring Primer: State of the Teams

2016 LMS Spring is coming. The LMS has come off of a big 2015 where they finally made it out of groups at Worlds and did not bottom out at any international event. Some speculated that the star talent would be leaving the region following the international success, but players like Karsa, Maple, and Ziv …


“The earnings of European players have increased phenomenally” – An interview with Inspire Jungler Maxlore

With the next split of the European Challenger Series kicking off in less than 3 weeks, more and more rosters are being unveiled. One of the most discussed has to be Inspire Esports. The team took some of the best former Denial players and reclaimed their spot with new and promising faces being added. One …


uLol Collegiate Preview – Robert Morris University

With the announcement of the uLol Campus Series, Riot Games has raised the stakes for the newest evolution of the North American Collegiate Championship (NACC.) Students all across North America have battled for the opportunity to represent their school in the upcoming tournament. Four conferences- North, South, East and West- will divide North America’s top …


Interview with Machi 17"e;s Support and Team Captain, Dreamer

Hi Dreamer. Firstly, would you please introduce yourself for the Western fans that may not be familiar with you? Hi everyone, I am from Taiwan's LMS Team Machi17. I am the support for the team.     You have been with Machi17 for a while now, sticking through all bad times. How would you describe …


New and improved; the Chemistry of Team SoloMid

Change is a necessity that has eluded North America for some time. This is particularly true for Team SoloMid (TSM), a team that has dominated the region since the birth of competitive League of Legends. Despite their international struggles, the organisation boasts one of the most dominant domestic records in the world. However, TSM have …


Team Dignitas: A Story of Uncalibrated Talent Scouting

If Season 1 was the birth of competitive League of Legends then Season 2 was its coming of age ceremony. In Season 2 there was an unbreakable triangle of power in North America between Team SoloMid, CLG and Team Dignitas. While TSM stood at the front, Team Dignitas and CLG were both domestically respected teams …


The Volatile Nature of Esports Fan Bases

As TSM and CLG loaded onto the rift, the sold out audience at Madison Square Garden roared louder than any Knicks crowd in recent history. The surge of TSM chants overpowered the minority that dared root for the opposing team. TSM had an overwhelming home-field advantage that would have brought the Seattle Seahawks’ ‘12th man’ …


The 16 rules of Domestic Korean League of Legends

When I started watching LCK it was drastically different from the current version. For example: – It wasn't called LCK, it was called OGN Champions. – Montecristo and Doa didn't cast it, the first English cast was headlined by a guy called 'TorcH'. – It wasn't broadcast on twitch.tv, I watched it through some awful …


 

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