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How Invictus Gaming personalized their League of Legends World Championship skins

Published: 29/Apr/2019 10:16 Updated: 29/Apr/2019 13:06

by Joe O'Brien


Riot Games have revealed what went into the making of the Invictus Gaming 2018 World Championship skins.

As well as the lion’s share of the prize pool and the opportunity to lift the Summoner’s Cup, League of Legends World Champions are also immortalized in the game itself with a set of skins representing their victory.

The championship skins for Worlds 2018 are now available for purchase in-game, and Riot Games have also released a look into the process of their creation.

Riot GamesInvictus Gaming won the 2018 World Championship in emphatic fashion.

Invictus Gaming’s World Championship skins

In 2018, Invictus Gaming made history by becoming the first team from China’s LPL to win the World Championship, sweeping aside Fnatic in the grand finals.

Shortly after their victory, the team were asked to select the champions they wanted their skins for, one for each of the six players on the victorious squad. The team opted for the following champions.

  • Fiora – TheShy
  • Irelia – Duke
  • Camille – Ning
  • LeBlanc – Rookie
  • Kai’Sa – JackeyLove
  • Rakan – Baolan

As well as being able to choose the champions, however, Invictus were also asked for input on the style of their skins.

Riot GamesThe poster for iG’s World Championship skins.

Apparently, the Invictus Gaming squad had two primary requirements for their skins’ themes – they wanted a “dark and edgy” aesthetic, and for the skins to follow a “fallen angel” theme.

The players also gave feedback at various stages of the creation process, weighing in on the color scheme and also requesting that the champions’ wings – which were a feature the players wanted for all of their champions, despite most not typically having wings – be more prominent.

The players were also able to ensure some personal touches were included in their skins. For TheShy’s Fiora skin, for instance, the recall animation sees her trying unsuccessfully to pull Riven’s sword from a stone, a nod to TheShy’s favorite champion that he has unfortunately rarely been able to play in professional matches.

The Invictus Gaming championship skins are now available on the League of Legends store for 1350 RP each. They can also be purchased in “Signature Edition” sets for around 2700 RP each, which also come with an icon signed by the player whose skin it is.

Those fans wishing to get the full set can also purchase the entire Invictus Gaming signature edition collection, currently available for a massive 16,176 RP – more than $100 worth.

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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


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.

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.