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Hafu explains why being recognized as #1 Teamfight Tactics player is so important to her

Published: 26/Jun/2019 14:22 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 15:08

by Joe O'Brien

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Twitch streamer and esports pro Rumay ‘Hafu’ Wang has explained why it means so much to her to be recognized as the number one player in League of Legends’ Teamfight Tactics.

Teamfight Tactics is Riot Games’ take on the autobattler genre which was popularized by Auto Chess, and players on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment (PBE) have been able to try out the game since June 18.

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Hafu is a streamer and pro player with experience competing at the top in World of Warcraft arena, most notably claiming two MLG titles, and is now best known for her skill in Hearthstone.

As Teamfight Tactics came to an end on the PBE ahead of its full release, Riot Games revealed the hidden rankings of the top game’s top players so far, which showed that Hafu had the highest MMR of any player.

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Riot GamesThe top-ranked Teamfight Tactics players during the PBE.

In the wake of the rankings being revealed, Hafu took a moment on stream to express how much it means to her to be recognized for her skill.

“It’s kind of hard for girls to get respect in gaming in general, and I’ve always had my accomplishments kind of squandered. Like when I won tournaments, people would say ‘oh you got carried’ or whatever – two different games, with multiple tournaments! And it always felt so bad, people are just never giving me any credit.”

Hafu also revealed that this isn’t the first time she’s achieved a notable ranking in a game, but the previous time she didn’t get any recognition for it.

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When she was streaming Hearthstone, she states that Blizzard checked the rankings and informed her that she was ranked 8 in the arena, significantly higher than popular players like Octavian ‘Kripparrian’ Morosan and Jeffrey ‘Trump’ Shih, but wouldn’t make the information public, despite Hafu feeling that many viewers unfairly considered her to be an inferior player.

“Blizzard went and checked at the headquarters, and they’re like ‘oh yeah, you’re actually 8th’. And Kripp and Trump were like 400th and 1000th, and they wouldn’t post it, and they wouldn’t tell anyone! And for the longest time everyone thought I was just worse than them.”

With Teamfight Tactics launching in North America on June 26, Hafu will undoubtedly look to defend her position as the game’s top-ranked player.

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Despite essentially being an entirely new game, Teamfight Tactics can be played from the League of Legends client as a mode, rather than requiring a different account or launcher.

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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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