First look at LoL True Damage skins: Yasuo, Senna, Qiyana, Ekko, Akali - Dexerto
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First look at LoL True Damage skins: Yasuo, Senna, Qiyana, Ekko, Akali

Published: 29/Oct/2019 23:54 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 0:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends’ newest virtual hip-hop group True Damage has finally stepped out into the global limelight, with Riot Games revealing splash arts and teaser images for band members Yasuo, Senna, Qiyana, Ekko, and K/DA superstar Akali.

True Damage has long been rumored to be Riot’s next musical project, and on October 28 it was officially confirmed the hip-hop group existed, and would be helmed behind-the-scenes by Becky G, Keke Palmer, Thutmose, DUCKWRTH and returning K-Pop star Soyeon of (G)l-DLE.

Now fans have been given their first peek at what the five members of the group in a new teaser video, along with a short snippet of the band’s debut track “GIANTS,” as well as an in-universe explanation for how the rising stars first joined into the five-piece act.

Riot GamesNew hip-hop group True Damage will be releasing their debut track early next month.

“Virtual hip-hop group True Damage was born when K/DA’s lead rapper Akali sought to bring together the distinct talents of Ekko, Senna, Qiyana, and Yasuo in an ambitious, genre-defying collaboration,” the teaser video’s description read.

K/DA superstar Akali, whose character was a massive hit in the POP/STARS music video for her bold and bright costumes, lyrics, and spray paint, also commented on the formation of the group, and her own personal projects.

“So a lot of people have been asking where I’ve been since POP/STARS. I’ve kept it quiet so far but I’ve been working on a side project with some new giants,” Akali said after taking over League of Legends’ social media accounts. “Don’t sleep on us.”

Alongside the teaser video, which re-confirmed the group’s debut track would be premiering two days before the 2019 World Championship grand final in Paris on November 10, Riot released details and splash arts for the upcoming skins.


Riot also confirmed the expected release price points for the five upcoming band skins. Akali, Qiyana, Yasuo, and Senna’s new in-game looks will cost players 1350 RP, while Ekko’s Legendary skin, a first for the Boy Who Shattered Time, will be a little pricier at 1820 RP.

Akali

— 1350 RP

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Ekko — 1820 RP

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Qiyana — 1350 RP

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Senna — 1350 RP

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Yasuo — 1350 RP

True Damage follows Riot’s global success with K-Pop-flavored virtual group K/DA, which remains one of the developers’ biggest musical successes. The track’s YouTube video already boasts more than 275 million views since its November 2018 release.


The new hip-hop group is also expected to make at least a virtual appearance at the Worlds grand final, which will feature two of defending champions Invictus Gaming, hometown favorites G2 Esports, three-time victors SK Telecom T1, and FunPlus Phoenix.

SKT and G2 face-off for their MSI semifinal rematch on November 3, while IG and FPX will contest their all-Chinese final-four decider on November 2. Keep up with all the action and results in our dedicated World Championship tracker.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.