League of Legends

Faker trolls teammate in Rick Fox’s Charity LoL match

Published: 5/Dec/2019 12:30

by Kamil Malinowski

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League of Legends superstar Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok had some fun as he trolled a teammate during a charity match with Rick Fox. 

Faker is one of the most famous LoL players in the world, known for his incredible mechanics that helped his team secure back-to-back World Championship titles in 2015 and 2016.  

He has always remained cool and polite, even after a tough defeat, but couldn’t help himself after he noticed a teammate wasn’t moving in a charity match with Rick Fox and decided to subtly take a dig at them.

InvenGlobalFaker is one of LoL’s most popular players.

The SKT star was one of many special guests on Rick Fox’s 24-hour Champions for Charity stream – a broadcast aimed at raising money for the Bahamas relief Foundation.

They were playing a duo queue game and things were getting down to the wire with just a handful of inhibitors remaining, meaning the next fight would decide it all. Faker was attempting to organize the troops and pull off a quick Baron kill, but his jungler didn’t seem interested.

As the Canadian and Korean duo made their way to the topside river they noticed that their jungler, playing Nocturne, had stopped in his tracks. The usually calm and collect Faker was not impressed and had an unexpected reaction.

He panned back to the Nocturne and his face turned into a strange mix of amusement and disappointment, as he zoomed in on him and just watched for a moment. He didn’t say anything, but the intent was clear.

The chat erupted in laughter and question marks, dubbing the move as Faker’s polite way of flaming, which seemed very much like it could be.

They ended up losing the match, likely due to the fact it was a 4v5, but had at that point raised over $8000 for charity and showed off a new side of Faker, so really, it can be counted as a win.

League of Legends

League Worlds 2021 returns to China with Shenzhen final, multi-city tour

Published: 8/Jan/2021 16:03 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 16:06

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends World Championship is returning to China for the second year running in 2021, with Shenzhen announced as the host of the Grand Final. Riot also plans on bringing back the multi-city tour, depending on the current global crisis.

Riot has unveiled their esports plans for League of Legends in 2021, with the World Championship set to return to China. It’s the third time it’s been held in the country, and the second in as many years.

North America was previously expected to host the 2021 World Championship. However, Riot pushed the region’s fourth run as host until 2022 back in July.

Shenzhen skyline
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Shenzhen will be the host of the League of Legends Worlds 2020 Grand Final. The other touring cities are yet to be revealed.

Riot promised Chinese fans they would get a second crack at attending the World Championship after players were forced into a “bubble” until the Grand Final in 2020, which was held in Shanghai’s Pudong Football Stadium in front of 6,000 people.

Shenzhen will be the host of the Grand Finals of Worlds 2021 ⁠— the hallmark match of the tournament. The city on China’s south coast has never hosted any leg of the big dance before. It’s also home to LPL team Victory Five.

With travel restrictions pending, the League of Legends World Championship will return to a “grand multi-city tour” this year as well. Usually there’s four stops on the tour, but Riot are yet to release details on where Play-Ins, Groups, and Knockouts will be played.

After Korea’s DAMWON Gaming took home the Summoner’s Cup in 2020, there could be changes to the seeding for the World Championship too.

Damwon lift Summoners Cup at Worlds 2020
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DAMWON took home the Summoner’s Cup in 2020.

Historically, regions have been given seeds based on recent performances, and DAMWON’s win could secure Korea a fourth spot.

24 teams are still expected to attend the World Championship. Dates for the World Championship are yet to be confirmed. Traditionally, the event is held in October and November.