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.”

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm