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


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.


— 1350 RP

Riot Games

Ekko — 1820 RP

Riot Games

Qiyana — 1350 RP

Riot Games

Senna — 1350 RP

Riot Games

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.


BBC creating LEC documentary following EXCEL, narrated by Cillian Murphy

Published: 2/Dec/2020 11:02 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 11:06

by Adam Fitch


Major British broadcasting company BBC are set to release a five-part documentary following UK esports organization EXCEL ESPORTS.

The series, named ‘Fight for First: EXCEL ESPORTS,’ follows the org’s team in the European League of Legends competition LEC throughout the 2020 Spring Split.

The documentary is narrated by Cillian Murphy, an actor who’s been nominated for awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer in early 2021.

In 2020’s Spring Split, EXCEL finished in seventh place — narrowly missing out on a spot in the playoffs with a record of seven wins and 11 losses.

Dele Alli Excel esports
Dele Alli recently joined the growing list of footballers getting involved in the esports scene by partnering with EXCEL.

The description for the upcoming documentary will shed light on the “deep-rooted” reasons that the players compete as they are “navigating the growing pains of adulting, living away from home, love, new friendships, and fame.”

November 2020 was a busy month for the organization, not only changing their logo and ethos to represent “The Power of Better” but announcing that Tottenham Hotspur and England national footballer Dele Alli had joined as their first global ambassador.

Dexerto spoke with CEO Wouter Sleijffers at the time of the announcements to understand the need for change and what the future of EXCEL looks like.

“My sons love gaming,” said Cillian Murphy. “When I showed them the trailer for this, they said I had to do it. Being involved in Fight For First has been a great experience and there is so much more to professional gaming than I ever thought. It has opened up a whole new world to me and this series provides a proper insight into a fascinating, global industry.”

BBC picked up more esports programming just in November, acquiring the rights to broadcast Counter-Strike competition BLAST Premier for the remainder of the 2020 season. In 2020 alone, the media giant has also shown Rocket League and sim racing.