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League High Noon 2020 event guide: skins, missions, rewards

Published: 19/Jun/2020 3:26

by Andrew Amos

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High Noon 2020 has arrived ⁠— and while it’s not the big Summer event Riot has been going on about since January, it’s a taster for what League of Legends fans should expect in July when it finally comes.

We originally predicted Pool Party would get the next event. We were wrong ⁠— for now ⁠— with players now getting a chance to dive into some High Noon content to whet their appetite for a big summer event just around the corner.

This event is smaller than previous events players have gotten in the last couple of years, with no battle pass. However, there’s still plenty of great rewards on offer if you complete the missions.

High Noon 2020 skins for Senna, Irelia

Two new skins are arriving onto the scene for High Noon 2020. Irelia and Senna are joining the popular skin line, with the latter getting a special Legendary skin to match with her partner in Lucian.

As you’d expect from the High Noon skin theme, the skins have a lot of orange in them. From a slight glow on Irelia’s blades, to a lava-like cannon in Senna’s hands, they definitely fit the bill.

Plus, if you were on the fence about the Senna skin and needed a reason to buy this one ⁠— she runs out of base, with homeguards, on a horse. That’s one of the best base animations we’ve seen in quite some time.

If you want to pick up any of the other High Noon skins, you’re in luck. From June 16 to 23, the Darius, Hecarim, Jhin, Thresh, and Urgot skins are 50% off in the in-game shop.

High Noon Irelia splash art for League of Legends
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High Noon Irelia and Senna are joining the party.

Is there a pass for High Noon 2020?

For the first time in over a year, there isn’t an event pass to pick up for High Noon 2020. Instead, it’s a return to the old event system, where everyone would have access to the same rewards and missions.

You’ll have to pick up your borders, chromas, special summoner icons, and more for a little bit of RP in the in-game store. You won’t be able to earn points to buy them in a special High Noon in-game shop.

High Noon Lucian splash art in League of Legends
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There won’t be a battle pass for the High Noon 2020 event.

League High Noon 2020 missions

There aren’t many missions rolled into the High Noon event. It might have something to do with the fact that the event is only going to be active for two weeks, and there’s no pass to play through.

Nevertheless, you should still do them if you want to get some sweet in game rewards, including an emote, blue essence, and a Hextech chest. You can find all the details you need below:

Mission Objective Reward
Lady Luck is Smiling Earn 77,777 gold, and get 77 takedowns, and win a game with 7 or fewer deaths Nothing Personal Emote
Rift Ain’t Big Enough As a team kill 500 minions, or play 5 games 250 BE
One for Each Chamber Win a game with fewer than 6 deaths, or play 5 games 250 BE
Dust and Cinders Destroy 10 towers as a team, or play 5 games 250 BE
Meanest Gun in Town Get 30 takedowns, or play 5 games 250 BE
Wanted: Dead Win a game where your team killed Baron, or play 5 games 250 BE
There’s a New Gun in Town Complete all High Noon missions Hextech Chest & Key

League High Noon 2020 rewards

Like we said at the top, no pass means you won’t really be passively earning rewards by playing in the League High Noon event. However, you will still get access to 1250 Blue Essence, the Nothing Personal emote, and a Hextech Chest and Key for free.

Outside of that, you’ll have to cough up a bit of RP to get the rest of the content. A host of new chromas are coming for High Noon skins ⁠— young and old ⁠— for 290 RP each.

On top of that, borders and icons for Senna and Irelia, usually on sale in an event shop, will only be available bundled together with the skins ⁠— similar to the FPX Worlds skins just a couple of months ago.

If you want to open special event capsules, you’ll also need to buy those in the shop. You’ll get four prestige points for every High Noon 2020 capsule you buy, which will set you back 750 RP each.

High Noon 2020 event capsules
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The High Noon capsules are your only way of getting Prestige Points in the event.

When does the High Noon 2020 event end?

The High Noon 2020 event will only run for two weeks, shorter than the requisite four weeks players have gotten used to. It’ll close up on July 9 at 1pm PT ⁠— presumably to make way for the big summer event.

Riot are set to launch two new champions and a host of new content during the July in-game event, which has been touted as the game’s biggest to date. We will just have to wait and see as to what Riot have in store for players then.

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Dardoch has faith in young DIG roster: “We can beat everybody, if we play our best”

Published: 20/Jan/2021 6:51 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 6:37

by Alan Bernal

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Dignitas is young this year. There’s a lot of new faces, even for the most dedicated LCS fans. That hasn’t phased star jungler Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett, however: he’s still confident this team can make an impact in a highly competitive field in 2021.

Dardoch, 22, has been around the league for five years now. Alongside the semi-veteran jungler, Dignitas is fielding 28-year-old mastermind Zaqueri ‘aphromoo’ Black. So, as far as experience goes, they’re going to be the louder voices in the room.

They’ll be mentoring and shotcalling for Aaron ‘FakeGod’ Lee, Toàn ‘Neo’ Trần and 23-year-old Max ‘Soligo’ Soong who’s had a brief appearance in the LCS before. There’s talent on this team, but a lot of fresh faces with not much experience.

That means for DIG, this year, it’s all about unlocking that rising talent.

“It’s just about finding consistency in practice and putting it forth on stage,” Dardoch told Dexerto after the first week of the LCS Lock In.

“I think if we have showings similar to what we had playing FlyQuest, then I think there’s not many teams that will be able to handle that kind of play.”

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Dardoch will be leading Dignitas in the LCS alongside veteran aphromoo.

Dardoch was candid about the standard expectations for Dignitas as an org of winning the split and going to Worlds, something every LCS team rep abides by every season.

What he was more focused on were the realistic expectations his team can carry going into every match. Based on what he saw early in the first Lock In weekend, there was a refreshingly optimistic view from the jungler’s perspective.

“We obviously want to win the split and make Worlds; it is what it is,” Dardoch said, “Even though that’s not, maybe, the expectation of the community or whatever. We don’t care. We only look at ourselves and we compare ourselves to who we see playing.

“There’s no way, with what we see right now, that we can reasonably say we can’t beat everybody in the league if we’re playing our best.”

dignitas lcs 2021 team
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The 2021 Dignitas LCS Roster with a mix of talent.

Now, there’s scary teams in the LCS. Cloud9 seems to have won the offseason picking up Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Ibrahim ‘Fudge’ Allami; Evil Geniuses seems to have cracked the Jizuke conundrum and looked fantastic in Week 1; 100 Thieves are finally forming an identity and it’s working; and Team Liquid are bankrolled to succeed.

So what’s got Dardoch so confident?

Well on an individual level, LCS fans know Dardoch is never short of confidence. But Dignitas are openly leaning on him like few others have before.

“I think [Dardoch] hit that point of maturity where he’s ready to become an exponentially better player,” Dignitas and New Meta Entertainment CEO Michael Prindiville said. “Dardoch, the way his mind thinks, the way he’s articulate and honest, that’s the reason Dardoch is going to be in a leadership position going into next year.”

It’s hard to ignore Dardoch’s troubled past, and it shouldn’t be. Prindiville even said they “took a chance” on the jungler even in light of the TSM debacle in 2020, but it sounds like the player is slipping in nicely to his newfound position.

“I just try my best to keep everybody focused on what options there are left in the game, if there are any,” the NA jungler said. “If we make some mistakes, then obviously we’re not going to have as many options in the game. But there’s still some way to come back.”

He was talking about his team and how he looks to empower them in the face of defeat. But that outlook could double as an allegory for where Dardoch’s personal career is now.

The jungler is still looking to be a part of a successful LCS team. The mistakes he’s made in his career has left him with the options he has left in the game, and he’s still looking for a way to make a comeback. And he could be worse off.

FakeGod has already shown brilliant signs of Top lane dominance with solid fundamentals against lane and draft pressure; Soligo looked stellar in his Lock In debut; and ADC Neo looked good – the exact kind of player that we’ve seen Aphromoo make into something great.

Dardoch sees more in his team. He loves how inquisitive his laners are, particularly FakeGod, who has no problem asking about more insights into the next play during a Lock in match – as the game is playing out.

He described the goal for the team environment as a “family” where it feels “like a cohesive unit.” It sounds like Dignitas is setting itself up for success.

dardoch tsm lcs
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Dardoch’s career has highs and lows, what happens next with Dignitas is up to him.

This is where some might expect this LCS project to implode with enough time and poor results. But also, maybe this is where the game turns for Dardoch. Or at least he has faith in as much.

“I think that’s the most important part of being a leader,” Dardoch said.

“It’s showing your teammates that you can back up what you say. So I try my best to be the best guy on the Rift… I hope that [mentality is] infectious to my younger guys who need to find that individual confidence to perform at a higher level.

“I think as long as we keep the mentality that we’ll be able to play whatever style is necessary for the meta and not one person is going to be the star or focal point in the team at all times, is what’s going to make a difference later in the season.”