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League fans set up $20m crowdfund to start LCK franchise team

Published: 30/Jun/2020 14:47

by Jacob Hale

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A group of League of Legends fans have set up a crowdfunding campaign to help create a fan-owned team in Korea’s LCK franchise league – and they’re asking for $20 million.

The LCK is one of the most popular and prestigious esports leagues in the world, with the region developing world champions at a rate of knots in Riot Games’ hit MOBA title.

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As such, the league is looking to follow a route similar to that of Europe’s LEC and North America’s LCS, with teams buying in to become franchise partners of the LCK.

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Esports icon Faker might be welcoming a brand new group of people into his league if this goes ahead.

NA organizations NRG and FaZe Clan allegedly recently pulled out of discussions to own teams in the league, whereas LCK mainstays such as T1, Gen.G and KT Rolster are looking to maintain their spots.

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One company that is looking to book their place in LCK, though, is Gamer Republic, Inc., who are calling on fans to help them reach new heights and do something never-before-seen in esports.

Gamer Republic have set up an ambitious kickstarter, appealing to LCK fans to help them crowdfund up to $20m. To break this down, it would be $10m for franchise fees and another $10m to keep the team competitive over the years.

The fundraiser aims to “create a team of the fans, by the fans, for the fans,” giving those involved unprecedented levels of control in the operations of said franchise team.

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Gamer Republic have set their sights high with this kickstarter campaign.

The kickstarter offers contributors a lot of power over the functionality of the team, including:

  • The team’s five-year operating rights (there’s also a two-year operating rights option).
  • From the 2021 season, all decisions of the team are made by your vote.
  • Exclusively exercise the team’s control over the next two years.
  • Player selection, manager/coach selection, player appearance/replacement, ban/pick draft phase are all decided by your vote.
  • If the team performs well, you will be given a bigger reward for your good judgment.
  • World Championship prize money will be distributed equally to those who have the right to operate.

The campaign is ambitious to say the least, as Gamer Republic and their backers go up against some of the most prolific names in South Korean League of Legends.

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised over $21,000 of their minimum $10m goal.

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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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