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League of Legends fans slam Dade Award after controversial winner

Published: 29/Oct/2019 16:13 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 17:06

by Kamil Malinowski


League of Legends players around the world have criticized this year’s Dade Award after a controversial winner was announced.

The Dade Award is an annual community created label that is given to a player who failed to live up to hype and expectations at the World Championships.

It began in 2013 with Korean player Bae ‘dade’ Eo-jin, who was widely regarded as one of the best in the world but completely failed to perform on the biggest stage as his team unexpectedly fell in the group stage.

Riot GamesNuguri played a key role for Damwon Gaming at Worlds 2019.

Since then many players have been unfortunate winners of the Dade Award with the community largely agreeing with the results. However, this time fans feel that the choice could not be more wrong.

Damwon Gaming top laner Jang ‘Nuguri’ Ha-gwon was crowned this year’s Dade, which immediately sparked discussion in the community, with LoL experts Mark Zimmerman and Kelsey Moser some of the first to disagree with the decision.

“Kind of strange from my perspective to give Nuguri the Dade Award since I thought of him as someone super young, prone to over-extending and mismanagement of his wave, but promising,” said Kelsey.

Meanwhile, Mark went one step further and even suggested that the award should be scrapped altogether and that it has “lost its purpose” as no player played bad enough compared to expectations to deserve it.

He then went on to explain that Nuguri definitely didn’t deserve it, as not only did the Korean’s team come top of their group, but they only ended up losing to one of the tournament favorites, which “does not compare to people who got dunked on and knocked out of groups.”

These sentiments were echoed by many fans on Reddit, with some even stating that they were “f****** sad for Nuguri” and that “he doesn’t deserve this award.”

Some fans went on to suggest that the award doesn’t need to be scrapped, but it does need some adjustments, such as not making it an annual requirement but only handing it out when it is well and truly deserved.

Nothing has been confirmed about the Dade so far, but with so much backlash, it may be in for an overhaul.

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TSM Spica leaks major changes to LCS 2021 format

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:40

by Luke Edwards


TSM jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu appeared to leak major changes to the format of the LCS 2021 season on his livestream. With LCS bosses keen to rejuvenate the competition, the future of the Spring Split could be down the drain.

Since 2015, the LCS season has been defined by two splits: spring and summer. Each split has a double round-robin, where every team plays each other twice, and the top 6 go through to a play-off series. Simple.

However, major changes to the LCS structure have been rumored to be in the works. Travis Gafford reported LCS powers were considering binning off the spring split altogether, with the season being changed instead to one long split.

The format would mean every team would play a total of 45 regular-season games, up by nine from the current amount of 36. There would also be a small play-off tournament midway through to determine the region’s representatives at the Mid-Season Invitational.

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After a huge shake-up in rosters, including Cloud9’s signing of Perkz from G2, could the next major change be the format?

TSM Spica leaks changes to LCS 2021 format

Live on stream, Spica appeared to suggest the rumored changes to the LCS format were indeed true. He said:

“There’s 45 games next split and I’ll probably be on Jarvan all 45 games.”

TSM’s ex-coach Parth seemed to back up Spica, as he wrote in Twitch chat: “spring = 18 games, summer = 27 games.”

Spica then lightly suggested there might be some bad consequences for Parth, as he joked: “Yo Parth, you can’t leak, man. You know, I might need to take you on a walk.”

Spica’s suggestion of there being 45 games “next split”, partially backed up by Parth, means Gafford’s sources are likely spot on.

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Despite winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 failed to qualify for Worlds.

The changes to the format come as little surprise. When the original Worlds Qualification system – where teams could earn ‘circuit points’ in spring to boost their chances of qualifying – was scrapped, Spring Split became redundant for anyone bar the winner.

This was punctuated by the 2020 Spring champions Cloud9 ultimately failing to reach Worlds. Making the LCS a streamlined, season-long affair would mean teams would be judged on their achievements across the year, rather than just over a few months.

Whether the other rumoured changes, such as the mid-season play-off for MSI, a reduced academy season, and a pre-season tournament, will also materialize remains to be seen.

Regardless, the merging of the spring and summer splits would be one of the biggest shakeups in the history of the LCS.