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League of Legends devs detail why they don’t add new game modes

Published: 22/May/2020 11:20

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games developers have revealed why there has not been many alternative game modes, such as Odyssey: Extraction, added to League of Legends during its recent in-game events.

The core gameplay that Summoner’s Rift provides has attracted many players to League of Legends, however, Riot has previously added alternative modes with some of their events to keep players entertained.

While certain limited-time modes like ARURF have remained popular over the years, Riot revealed why they’ve been slow to any new alternative modes to the MOBA, during their latest Ask Riot blog post on May 21.

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League of Legends fans have been calling for alternative modes such as Odyssey: Extraction

One of the major questions that they had received was around the lack of new game modes such as Odyssey: Extraction or Star Guardian: Invasion, which provides players with a completely different experience to the base gameplay.

The League of Legends devs explained that their approach to these unique modes has changed over time and that some of the modes they added would not hold a consistent player base after the first few weeks.

“Modes like this put a really unique twist on League’s core gameplay, but they didn’t hold your attention for long,” they admitted, “players were excited to try the modes but would quickly return to Summoner’s Rift after the novelty wore off.

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Riot released a look at the total hours played on some of the game modes.

The post also explained that creating new modes that feature PvE elements such as Extraction can take a while to balance correctly and make it enjoyable enough for players to replay.

“Ultimately, we want to make sure that the amount of time we spend in development is worth the amount of time y’all get enjoying it,” they revealed.

Riot later admitted that they were aware of some concerns fans had around the quality of recent in-game events and that they were also working on ways to address them, with some changes already planned for later in the year, “We’re still working on other improvements to things like the Event Pass system and mission variety. We hope to slowly make positive changes throughout the course of 2020.”

For now, League of Legends fans will seemingly have to wait a little while longer before seeing any new modes in-games, although with the ongoing Pulsefire 2020 event, the popular ARURF LTM will still be available until June 15.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 – Undefeated Evil Geniuses shape as early favorites

Published: 18/Jan/2021 10:04 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 10:12

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends’ LCS is underway with the 2021’s Lock In. North America’s 10 best teams lock horns for bragging rights ahead of the Spring Split. Here’s the LCS Lock In standings, schedule, results & more to stay in the loop!


  • Evil Geniuses stay undefeated with win over Dignitas
  • CLG eliminated from Lock In playoff contention on Day 2
  • 100 Thieves bounce back with Liquid upset

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Standings

Group A

Placements Team Games
1 100 Thieves 2 – 1
1 Team Liquid 2 – 1
1 TSM 2 – 1
4 Golden Guardians 1 – 2
5 CLG 1 – 3

Group B

Placements Team Games
1 Evil Geniuses 3 – 0
2 Cloud9 2 – 1
3 Dignitas 1 – 2
3 Immortals 1 – 2
5 FlyQuest 0 – 2

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule & results

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians 1 – 0 CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Perkz’s Cloud9 debut doesn’t go as planned

The first day of LCK Lock In action didn’t go as planned for Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Cloud9, losing their first match of 2021 to Evil Geniuses. His 4/7/2 performance on Yone disappointed many, as Deftly shone on Kai’Sa.

100 Thieves’ new roster got off to a strong start against a new-look TSM, while CLG are 0-2 in 2021, losing to both Liquid and the rookie Golden Guardians lineup. Although they are without Broxah and Finn, the team failed to live up to their legacy.

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians 0 – 1 TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 1 – 0 FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals 1 – 0 Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG 1 – 0 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Evil Geniuses last undefeated team at Lock In

After 100 Thieves fell down to a weakened CLG, Evil Geniuses remain the only undefeated team at Lock In. Their win against Immortals was dominant off the back of another great performance from Deftly and IgNar in bot.

Cloud9 came back strong after their disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses against FlyQuest with a near-perfect game, only losing one tower. TSM (against Golden Guardians) and Immortals (against Dignitas) also posted wins.

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals 0 – 1 Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid 0 – 1 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG 0 – 1 TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians – 1 Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Evil Geniuses overtake Liquid to claim ‘favorites’ mantle

Evil Geniuses have extended their undefeated streak to the end of the opening weekend, defeating Dignitas to secure a 3-0 record. Their lead was helped along by a 100 Thieves upset win over Liquid, with Can ‘Closer’ Çelik and Victor ‘FBI’ Huang dictating the mid-game in their team’s second win.

On the other end of the spectrum, Counter Logic Gaming has become the first team eliminated from playoff contention early on Day 2.

The roster — which is missing Finn ‘Finn’ Wiestål and Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen due to visa issues — were punted after losing to arch-rivals TSM in a back and forth battle. Their 1-3 record leaves them without a chance to make finals.

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm