League of Legends

How to get free “Eldritch Horror-style” Volibear VGU LoL skin

Published: 15/Jan/2020 16:23

by Joe O'Brien

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League of Legends players will be able to get a free ‘Eldritch Horror’-style skin for Volibear with his upcoming Visual and Gameplay Update (VGU).

Volibear is currently undergoing a complete overhaul which will not only give him a new set of abilities, but also a new character model and visual design.

Riot recently gave fans a preview of the new look, and while the update has been positively received, many fans were hoping for it to go in a slightly different direction.

After recent lore such as the ‘Silence for the Damned’ story described a more demonic side to Volibear, some players were anticipating that the VGU could take the character in that direction, and some of Riot’s concept art for the redesign even explored what that might look like.

Volibear VGU concept designs
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Some of Volibear’s concept designs explored a more demonic look for the character.

Unfortunately for fans of this look, Riot ultimately decided that this design, which has been compared to the aesthetic of tabletop strategy game Eldritch Horror, was too great a departure from the existing live version of Volibear.

There is a silver lining, though. While Volibear’s new default look won’t lean into the demonic or horrific elements of the character, Riot will be making a skin that does – and what’s more, players will be able to get their hands on it for free.

First look at Volibear VGU in-game
Riot Games
Riot recently showed off a first look at what the default model for the Volibear VGU will look like in-game.

How to get the ‘Eldritch Horror’-style Volibear skin

Getting your hands on the skin is incredibly simple: you just need to own the champion. Anybody who already has Volibear when his VGU goes live, or purchases him during the patch he is released in, will receive the skin. If you don’t already have the champion, you can unlock him for 4800 Blue Essence or 880 RP.

While Riot Games haven’t yet announced exactly when the Volibear will be released, there are typically two weeks between each League of Legends patch, so players can expect to have roughly that much time after his arrival to grab him while the skin is still free.

It also means that those who don’t already own the champion will be able to wait and see how much they like the new design and rework before deciding whether to pick up Volibear, without risking missing out on the free skin.

After the free period, the skin will become a purchasable look like any other. While Riot state that they don’t plan to offer free skins with VGUs in future, in this case they “felt like it was the right decision.”

Esports

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

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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
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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.