Ahead of the upcoming EU vs NA Rift Rivals, League of Legends commentators from the respective regions faced off in a rap battle.
Rift Rivals is due to take place on June 27-29, and will pit Europe’s LEC against North America’s LCS. Each region will be represented by their top three teams from the Spring splits, meaning G2 Esports, Origen and Fnatic will face Team Liquid, TSM, and Cloud9.
Before the teams themselves meet, however, commentators from the two regions went head-to-head in a rap battle music video with a classic hip hop feel, even using some deliberately grainy footage in places to maximize the effect.
This isn’t the first time that League of Legends casters have faced off in a rap battle prior to a big match. Ahead of the LEC Spring finals, members of the LEC talent team squared off in a showdown in which Daniel ‘Drakos’ Drakos and Andrew ‘Vedius’ Day battled over whether G2 Esports or Origen would win the title.
This time around Drakos and Vedius are on the same side, however, with Vedius backing up his LEC comrade as Drakos sounds off on North America’s LCS, attacking the league’s tendency to import foreign players, and taking aim at the LCS Rift Rivals teams with lines like “Sneaky better in a dress than in a bot lane” and “more TSM chants than international chances.”
On the flip side, it’s Clayton ‘CaptainFlowers’ Raines who championed the LCS, hitting back with shots like “The times have changed, Fnatic rearranged, their relationship with winning is a little bit estranged.”
Rift Rivals is being hosted by the LCS for a second year running due to the LEC focusing on preparations for the upcoming 2019 World Championship which is taking place in Europe.
The event will kick off with two days of the “Group Stage” in which each team will play every side from their opposing region once, followed by a “Relay Race” best-of-five finals on June 29 in which every team must play at least once.