Sep 122013
 

Missed out on the latest happenings in the League of Legends scene in August? Here’s our round-up of headlines, roster changes, interviews and tournament results for League of Legends.

August League of Legends Headlines

 

League of Legends Balance - Patch 3.10a

With the World Championships coming up, Riot wants to keep patches small to avoid upsetting the pro scene splitting the patch into parts the first being 3.10a. Here is a look at the nerfs, buffs and balance in August:

 

Champions Nerfed 

Master Yi receives a nerf to his Alpha Strike cooldown but a slight buff to meditation for late game. The idea is Master Yi shouldn’t be able to chain Alpha Strikes and is now forced to auto attack or meditate during the cooldown.

Zac and his opponents will now have a harder time picking up or denying blobs as the hit box has been reduced from 100 to 25. Zac also has a nerf to his ultimate where it no longer gives tenacity allowing him to be more easily stunned and slowed as he bounces around.

Shen takes two nerfs in this patch one to his shield hp the other too his ultimate where if rooted will cancel his teleport.

Twitch loses early game damage his Expunge now does half the base damage. The damage does pick back up as it levels and the final level 4 Expunge has the same 80 damage base.

 

Champions Buffed

LeBlanc receives a minor buff to base health and attack damage to make early game laning a bit easier.

Riven is able to leap over walls only on the third hit of broken wings. The third hit of broken wings now knocks targets in the air instead of knocking them back.

 

Item Changes

The most notable item changes are to Phage, Frozen Mallet and Trinity Force. The Phage while keeping the same items will no longer be an icy slow item it provides 20 movement speed on hit for minions, monsters and champions with kills granting 60 movement speed for 2 seconds. The Phage also received a combined price reduction of  215 gold.

Trinity Force will also lose icy slow but pick up the same movement speed attributes as the Phage. With the reduction in Phage price Trinity Force is also reduced by 215 gold. There was also a buff to Spellblade increasing the base attack damage from 150% to 200%.

Frozen Mallet will no long include Phage in the item build but will keep its icy slow. The new item build for Frozen Mallet is: Giant’s Belt + Pickaxe + Ruby Crystal + 950 gold costing a total of 3,300 gold to build.

Full patch 3.10a analysis and notes here.

 

Lucian Released

You can learn more about the new champion from the spotlight video below:

Since Lucian was released LoLKing has given him the following scores:

  • Pick rate 8.04%
  • Win rate: 47.73%
  • Bans: 0.68%

Lucian is a balanced champion and may become more popular as players gain experience with him but for now he isn’t worth a ban.

 

League of Legends Balance eSports

With LCS Summer EU and NA just finished lets take a look at who were the most picked and banned Champions of the summer playoffs starting with North America:

 

North America Summer Playoffs

Most popular champion

  • Elise with 11 picks 1 ban, 8 wins and 3 losses for a 72.7% win rate.

Most successful champion (100% win rate with most picks)

  • Rumble was undefeated in all games he was used in with 6 picks, 1 ban, 6 wins and a 100% win rate.

Least successful champion

  • A tie between Cho’Gath and Yorick with both champions picked 4 times and with 4 losses giving them both a 0% win rate.

Most overrated champion

  • Ezreal  who was banned 10 times with 2 picks but out of the 2 games played only 1 win with 1 loss giving Ezreal  a win rate of 50% making him the most overrated champion in LCS NA summer playoffs.

For all LCS NA scores for the playoff and season visit Leaguepedia.

 

Europe Summer Playoffs

Most popular champion

  • Shen with 4 picks 14 bans, 2 wins and 2 losses for a 50% win rate.

Most successful champion (100% win rate with most picks)

  • Tie between Lulu, Vayne and Evelynn each with 2 picks and 2 wins for 100% win rate.

Least successful champion

  • Tie between Ezreal and Amumu both with 2 picks and 2 losses giving them both 0% win rates.

Most overrated champion

  • Shen who was banned 14 times with 4 picks but out of the 4 games played only 2 wins with 2 losses giving Shen a win rate of 50% making him the most overrated champion in LCS Europe summer playoffs.

For all LCS EUscores for the playoff and season visit Leaguepedia.

 

Rumble Ballz

The one champion really standing out from the LCS Summer playoffs is Rumble who was played by Cloud 9 Ballz in 6 games and each of the 6 games resulted in a win. Throughout the North American playoffs, not one team was able to find a counter that worked. You can learn more about Ballz in the amateur to pro YouTube video created by Leaguepedia:

Unstoppable in the LCS NA playoff and much of the league Rumble when played by Ballz has proven to be unstoppable and is our recommended champion of the month. For top lane brawlers learning Rumble for solo queue and team play is a worthy investment. Learn from the best Rumble player in the world and show your appreciation by making #RumbleBallz a trend on Twitter!

 

Season 3 World Championship

The popularity of League of Legends keeps growing with the Season 3 World Championships selling out in two hours. The championship is taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here are the teams attending the Season 3 World Championship:

Group A

  1. OMG
  2. LEMONDOGS
  3. T1 SK TELECOM
  4.  TSM SNAPDRAGON
  5. GAMINGGEAR.EU

Group B

  1. MVP OZONE
  2. TEAM MINESKI
  3. GAMBIT BENQ
  4. FNATIC
  5. VULCUN TECHBARGAINS

Seeded Teams

Royal Club


Cloud 9 HyperX


Gamania Bears


NaJin Black Sword

For more information on the Season 3 World Championships visit lolesports.

 

LCS EU and NA Popularity

The LCS NA and EU regional playoffs each had over 150,000 concurrent Twitch.TV viewers throughout the bracket. The North America grand finals between Cloud 9 and Team Solo Mid reached over 250,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch.TV an incredible amount for a single region.

 

League of Legends Still the Most Watched Game

League of Legends is the most popular eSport in the world and still holds the record from its Season 2 finals which had 1,100,000 concurrent Twitch.TV viewers about 100,000 more than the recent International 3 DotA 2 tournament despite it having $800,000 more in prize pool.

 

Riot Announces Season 3 Rewards

Here is an excerpt from Riot’s announcement with the Season 3 tier rewards:

With less than three months to go until the end of Season 3, we know anticipation is growing around this year’s rewards. It’s time to reveal what you can earn for Season 3 ranked play.

We’re dishing out the rewards based on the tier you reach at the end of Season 3 ranked play. You’ll earn rewards by playing ranked in any game mode (solo, duo, 5v5 or 3v3), and you’ll nab the reward corresponding to the highest tier you hit across all modes. Keep in mind that for 5v5 and 3v3 tier rewards, you need to have won at least 10 games with the team to qualify.

Enough with the exposition, let’s show off the rewards!

Tier Rewards

(Based on the tier you’re in at the end of Season 3)

Bronze or higher: Season 3 Summoner Icon
You’ll earn a Summoner Icon that displays your accomplishments. There is a different icon for each tier.

Silver or higher: Profile banner trim, Loading screen border, and Victorious Ward Skin
From your profile banner to your loading screen, reach Silver or higher to earn the corresponding trim. Each tier has a different colored trim. At Silver tier, you’ll also pick up a new permanent Victorious Ward skin to light up the jungle your way.

Gold or higher: Season 3 medal for Buddy and Team invitations and Victorious Champion Skin
Should you climb to the highest ranks of competitive play, you’ll greet new friends and teammates with a personalized invitation badge that shows off your success in shiny style (unique to your tier). You’ll also earn the permanent Victorious Ward skin and a unique Victorious skin.”

You can read the full announcement on the LoL site or check out the Season 3 rewards FAQ.

 

Ward Skins Coming to League of Legends

Darius Ward Skin

darius ward skin

Lux Ward Skin

lux-ward

Soraka Ward Skin

starcall-ward

Currently on the PBE ward skins will be permanent and cost 640RP you can read more at in2lol.com.

 

Roster Changes

 

Stanely Joins HK eSports

Ex-TPA Stanley Joins Hong Kong Esports Limited. The announcement was made on Stanley’s Facebook page:

Finally I need to thank hk gaming sport company, because of them I’m back to here, but this isn’t a bad thing, because this means my heart couldn’t leave e-sport and I don’t want to give up whether I am a player or a coach or any role as long as I can continue this will fill my dream, also being able to stay in tw finding more talented players and bring the people who has the same dream as me along.”  (Source – Stanley’s Facegbook, translated from Chinese)

 

Locodoco leaves Najin Shield

The information is still in Korean below is the Tweet announcing his departure:

 

League of Legends August Tournaments

13 total tournaments with over $619,000 USD cash prizes. This number excludes weekly and monthly tournaments under $1,000 and excludes the Champions Summer individual player awards for performance. The regularity of League of Legends tournaments and viewer ship is what makes it the most popular eSport in the world.

The team that earned the most in August was SK Telecom T1 the Chinese team that took first place in the Champions Summer Season 2013 winning $70,000 USD.

 

Season 3 EU Summer Championships – $100,000

Games Won
Rank Prize Team League Bracket
1st $50,000 Fnatic 15 7
2nd $25,000 Lemondogs 18 5
3rd $15,000 Gambit Gaming 15 4
4th $10,000 EG 15 3
5th $0 Team ALTERNATE 13 1
6th $0 NiP 15 0

Full LCS EU Summer information at Leaguepedia.

 

Season 3 NA Summer Championships – $100,000

Games Won
Rank Prize Team League Bracket
1st $50,000 Cloud 9 25 7
2nd $25,000 Team SoloMid 14 4
3rd $15,000 Vulcun 20 4
4th $10,000 Dignitas 13 2
5th $0 CLG 13 0
6th $0 Curse 13 1

Full LCS EU Summer information at Leaguepedia.

 

Champions Summer 2013 ~$190,250

Games Won
Rank Prize Team Group Bracket
1st $70,000 SK Telecom T1 6 9
2nd $35,000 KT Bullets 4 8
3rd $20,500 MVP Ozone 5 7
4th $15,750 CJ Frost 5 5
5th-8th $8,750 CTU 3 0
5th-8th $8,750 NaJin White Shield 1 0
5th-8th $8,750 CJ Blaze 3 2
5th-8th $8,750 JAG Falcons 4 0
9th-16th $1,750 NaJin Black Sword 3 -
9th-16th $1,750 MiG Blitz 2 -
9th-16th $1,750 Xenics Storm 2 -
9th-16th $1,750 MVP Blue 2 -
9th-16th $1,750 Incredible Miracle 2 1 -
9th-16th $1,750 Incredible Miracle 1 -
9th-16th $1,750 JAG Stealths - -
9th-16th $1,750 Xenics Blast 1 -

Full Champions Summer 2013 information at Leaguepedia.

 

Garena Premier League 2013 – $100,000

Place Prize Team
 1st $ 50,000  ahq e-Sports Club
 2nd $ 25,000  Singapore Sentinels
 3rd $ 10,000  Taipei Assassins
 4th $ 5,000  Saigon Jokers
5th $ 2,500  Kuala Lumpur Hunters
6th $ 2,500  Bangkok Titans
7th $ 2,500  Manila Eagles
8th $ 2,500  Saigon Fantastic Five

Full GPL 2013 Details at Leaguepedia.

 

Gamescom 2013 Season 4 Spring Promotion Qualifier  - $30,000

Place Prize (USD) Team
 1st $ 15,000
S4 LCS Spring Promotion Seed
 Copenhagen Wolves
 2nd $ 7,500  Kiedyś Miałem Team
3rd/4th $ 3,750  AT Gaming
 TCM-Gaming

Gamescom 2013 S4 Spring Qualifiers full information at Leaguepedia.

 

Season 3 Southeast Asia Regional Finals ~$18,900

Place Prize (VND) ≈Prize (USD) ≈Prize (EUR) Team
1st ₫ 200,000,000
S3WC Seed
$ 9,490 € 7,121  Mineski
2nd ₫ 100,000,000 $ 4,745 € 3,561  Singapore Sentinels
3rd ₫ 60,000,000 $ 2,847 € 2,136  Saigon Jokers
4th ₫ 20,000,000 $ 949 € 712  Kuala Lumpur Hunters
5th-6th ₫ 10,000,000 $ 475 € 356  Bangkok Titans
 XGame

S3 SEA Regional finals information at Leaguepedia.

 

Season 3 Latin American Championship – $20,000

Place Prize (USD) Team
 1st $ 15,000  Lyon Gaming
 2nd $ 5,000  Team LoL Cave

More details at Leaguepedia.

 

GIGABYTE NLB Summer 2013 ~$17,752

Place Prize (KRW) Circuit Points Team
 1st ₩ 5,000,000 100  NaJin Black Sword
 2nd ₩ 2,000,000 70  Incredible Miracle 2
 3rd ₩ 1,500,000 50  NaJin White Shield
 4th ₩ 1,000,000 40  Jin Air Greenwings Falcons
5th-8th ₩ 500,000 20  CJ Entus Blaze
 Jin Air Greenwings Stealths
 Incredible Miracle
 Chunnam Techno University
9th-12th 10  Must Study Hard
 Xenics Storm
 MVP Blue
 Maximum impact Gaming Blitz

More details at Leaguepedia.

 

Insomnia49 Summer 2013 ~$18,690

Prize Pool Games Won
Rank Prize Team Group Bracket
1st $7,800 Millenium - 11
2nd $3,900 Reason Gaming - 13
3rd $2,650 Animate 8 7
4th $1,240 Dignitas - 7
5th-6th $775 LowLandLions - 6
5th-6th $775 Perilous Gaming - 4
7th-8th $775 Leaf vs Claw - 3
7th-8th $775 Team Infused - 3

Full Insomnia 49 Summer 2013 details on the tournament page.

 

TECHLABS Cup UA 2013 ~$12,000

Place ≈Prize (USD) ≈Prize (EUR) Team
 1st $ 6,000 € 4,500  GamingGear.eu
 2nd $ 3,000 € 2,250  Ray of Deads
 3rd $ 1,500 € 1,125  Enjoy Lose
 4th $ 500 € 375  Die for Dethklok
5th-6th $ 300 € 225  mi za bablom
 Ancient of War
7th-8th $ 200 € 150  TITANS ESPORTS
 DieForTeam

More details at Leaguepedia.

Latin American North Qualifiers – $10,000

Place Prize (USD) Team
Gold.png 1st $ 5,000  Lyon Gaming
Silver.png 2nd $ 3,000  Arenales Net Games
Bronze.png 3rd $ 1,000  Dash9 Gaming
Copper.png 4th $ 1,000  Tico Gamers

More details at Leaguepedia.

 

SK Trophy July ~$1,330

Place Prize Team
1st €750 Europe SK Gaming
2nd €250 Russia Moscow Five

More details at Leaguepedia.

 

ggLA Challenger Arena #2 – $1,000

Place Prize (USD) Team
 1st $ 500  To Be Determined
 2nd $ 350  COGnitive Gaming
 3rd $ 150  Curse Academy

More details at Leaguepedia.

 

That is it for August League of Legends recap! Everyone should be looking forward to the Season 3 Championships which will surely break even more viewership records and perhaps Riot’s new prize pool records.