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League of Legends crossover reimagines popular champs as Pokemon trainers

Published: 4/Dec/2019 1:56

by Alan Bernal


Popular champs from League of Legends were redone with a Pokemon twist in an epic crossover design that’s already proving to be a fan favorite.

LoL fans have long paid their tributes to Riot Game’s popular MOBA with everything ranging from cosplays to lengthy productions, and even imaginative crossovers with other legendary franchises.

While there’s been a ton of these creations throughout the years, longtime Summoner and artist ‘vmat’ was able to perfectly integrate the spirit of Pokemon’s trainers with the champions of Runeterra.

Vmat ArtStationThe artist managed took some creative liberties with champs like Sona and Teemo, but Akali and Ahri naturally translate to the Pokemon aesthetic.

In all, the massive spread covers 15 champions all redesigned to look like Pokemon trainers, professors, officers and even a reimagining of the nefarious gang Team Rocket.

While some characters are artistically created to mesh the different styles of the games, others look like they were natural matches to take on; like the Nine-Tailed Fox champion Ahri who was remade as a Pokemon Maniac donning a onesie of Ninetails, the Fox Pokemon.

Other mashups include Akali as Officer Jenny, Sona as Nurse Joy and Teemo as a Scout trainer.

Vmat ArtStationAny one of these would be easy skins for Riot to make in their MOBA.

But it’s in the renditions for the cast of Pokemon Trainers where vmat’s creativity really shines. Players will instantly recognize Jinx, Lux, Ezreal and Zoe even though they’re in wardrobes that look as if they were taken directly from an entry in the mainline of games.

Neeko, however, has a slightly different aesthetic to her. She’s shown with flowers in her hair and patterned throughout her outfit, perfect for someone found in the Alola region.

Vmat ArtStationEven though mashing up the franchises are a challenge on their own, the artist found a balance between the LoL champs’ distinct look with the flair of Pokemon’s style.

Caitlyn can be seen with a smaller version of her tophat from her default LoL skin, meanwhile, Annie is seen wearing her trademark bandana with ears as Tibbers makes an appearance on her shirt.

Vmat ArtStationTeam Baron would be an epic set of skins to have in League of Legends.

Vmat had other plans for Vayne, as the Night Hunter traded in her wrist-mounted crossbow to become a Pokemon Professor.

But one of the best elements in vmat’s ode to the franchises was in the creation of Team Baron – shown here as a nod to Team Rocket’s Jessie, James and Meowth represented by Kayn, Katarina and Yuumi, respectively.

While the styles for LoL and Pokemon vastly differ, vmat was able to blend them together to create something that stands out on its own.

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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.