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Cloud9 Makes Stunning Announcement About NA LCS Starting Roster

Published: 14/Jun/2018 2:34 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Joe O'Brien

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Cloud9 has announced a major shake-up to their NA LCS starting squad just days before the summer split begins.

The team has announced that three veteran starters will be replaced by players from the Cloud9 Academy team for the first week of matches in the NA LCS Summer Split.

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Mid-laner Nicolaj ‘Jensen’ Jensen, AD Carry Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi, and Support Andy ‘Smoothie’ Ta will be replaced by Greyson ‘Goldenglue’ Gilmer, Yuri ‘Keith’ Jew, and Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam respectively. The former trio will be moved to the Academy squad in the meantime.

In a video announcing the change, Cloud9 owner Jack Etienne and head coach Bok ‘Reapered’ Han-gyu revealed that the decision was made based on the drive and passion displayed by the Academy players during the preseason – implying that the same drive might be lacking in the now-former starters. They believe this line-up gives the team the best chance at success right now.

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Etienne also stated that the team still valued the players being moved to the Academy squad, and that they would have the opportunity to work their way back into the LCS starting squad. He didn’t give any sort of timeline for further movement, confirming only that the new starting squad would play in the first week.

The move is about as significant a change to the shape of the Cloud9 team as possible without replacing the entire squad. The three longest-standing members of the squad will be absent, with the swapping out of Sneaky perhaps the most notable – as a player for Cloud9 he holds the record for the most consecutive games as a starter on any team in League of Legends, at 289. He is also the only member of the original Cloud9 squad still with the organization.

Cloud9’s opening match of the summer split will be against Clutch Gaming on June 16th, followed by a match against OpTic Gaming on June 17th.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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