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League of Legends Eternals system revamped after mass community criticism

Published: 16/Jan/2020 16:28

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have revealed new details regarding the upcoming release of premium stat-tracking feature ‘Eternals’ for League of Legends.

Eternals are a new achievement-tracking feature that would give players the ability to showcase personal accomplishments on particular heroes, including unique achievements and general gameplay milestones.

While players might have been enthusiastic about more stat and achievement tracking, though, there was a catch: not only would players have to pay for the feature, they’d have to do so on a per-champion basis. As a result, Riot faced heavy backlash from fans for locking Eternals behind a paywall, and not a particularly small one at that.

In response to the criticism, Riot delayed the feature’s release so that they could decide how to address the concerns, and have now given an update on how Eternals will work going forward.

League of Legends Eternals stat cards
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Eternals will show stats on the back of champion cards during the loading screen for those that own them.

Eternals will no longer be exclusively purchasable with RP – the in-game currency that can be bought with real money – but also Blue Essence, which players can earn for free by playing the game.

The ‘Starter Series’ Eternals will be permanently available for Blue Essence or RP, and track basic stats like takedowns, structures destroyed, and epic monsters slain for each champion you pick them up for. Based on the video, it appears these will cost 225 RP or 2500 BE each, and 1000 RP or 25,000 BE to unlock all of them. It’s possible these numbers may be subject to change before the feature is released, however.

Riot also state that in a post-launch update they’ll be adding Eternals that can be earned via ranked splits, such that all Eternals should eventually be acquirable without having to spend any real money.

Eternals discussion starts at 5:13 for mobile viewers.

The developers have also worked on unique eternals, which track stats and achievements that are specific to each particular champion. Following feedback from players during PBE testing, unique Eternals have been adjusted to track more complex and interesting stats, such as the number of skill-shots dodged by using Vladimir’s Sanguine Pool.

Finally, Riot have also confirmed that those who aren’t interested in Eternals and don’t want to be able to see those being used by other players will be able to mute the feature.

So far, Riot haven’t given a specific release date for Eternals, stating only that the feature will be coming out “early this year.”

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Doublelift announces League of Legends retirement after storied LCS career

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:49

by Alan Bernal

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has retired from professional play after nearly a decade, ending one of the most storied careers in North American League of Legends.

The star ADC of Team SoloMid and notably Team Liquid, among others, announced his retirement while reflecting on the embattled beginnings of his career to becoming a highly decorated player in NA’s professional scene.

“When I was 17, I qualified for the Season 1 World Championship in Sweden. It was my very first tournament… When I sat down to play my first match, I felt a fire in my heart that drove me to chase the dream of becoming a pro player and being the best,” Doublelift wrote of his humble beginnings.

DL was one of the last few legacy members of League of Legends esports. He’s played in all 10 premier seasons since the days of Intel Extreme Masters and Major League Gaming before the NA LCS even formed.

TSM trophy LCS doublelift retires
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In his near 10-year career, Doublelift ends his career with a case filled with LCS Trophies and MVPs.

Even in the modern era of the LCS, after the highs and lows of his time on Team Liquid and TSM, DL capped off his domestic run with a five-year domination of the league into retirement.

“I was mocked about being better on the analyst desk than in-game. My play style would never work, they said I was too greedy in a game that demands teamwork. For 5 years, I practiced 14 hours a day and lost every important match.

“Then I finally won my first LCS championship. Today, I’ve won 8 of the last 11 splits. Hard work and determination paid off. I’m fully aware of the irony of saying that in my retirement post.”

Doublelift expressed regret for his lack of international success at Worlds, which the LCS as a whole has struggled to leave its impression on throughout the years.

doublelift tsm team liquid lcs finals
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Doublelift and Bjergsen both retired in the 2020 off-season after historical LCS careers.

“I’d like to have been able to say I won Worlds (or even just made it to quarters), but let’s just have the rookies take up the torch on that one,” he said, looking forward to the future of the LCS.

Still, some of the most prolific LCS showings on the international stage have come under teams with Doublelift on the roster. Notably in the semifinals of the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) 2019 and showing off NA pride at multiple Rift Rivals.

Doublelift ended his career as the first member of the LCS’s 1000-Kill Club with eight LCS Championships, an LCS MVP for Summer 2018, the LCS Finals MVP for Spring 2019, and was nominated to the LCS All-Pro 1st Team five times.