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Riot release new remixes for League of Legends Worlds song Phoenix

Published: 31/Oct/2019 8:56 Updated: 31/Oct/2019 9:24

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games have released two remixes of this year’s League of Legends World Championship song, Phoenix.

The World Championship song has become one of the highlights of the League of Legends calendar in its own right, with fans eagerly anticipating the release of each year’s track designed to both celebrate and build anticipation for the biggest tournament of the year.

2018’s ‘RISE’ set the bar incredibly high, both with the track itself and the music video, which told the story of the previous World Championship by showing Samsung Galaxy’s ‘Ambition’ climbing to the top of a mountain, defeating various opponents along the way.

By contrast, however, some fans were a little underwhelmed by this year’s release, ‘Phoenix’, feeling that the song didn’t quite capture the hype and energy of the build-up to the event in the same way.

Riot GamesPhoenix is the 2019 World Championship song, featuring Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza.

Riot have traditionally offered an alternative to the original version of the Worlds song with an official remix, however, but this year they’ve gone one step further and produced two different takes on Phoenix.

The first remix, by Australian DJ Blanke, changes the tone of the track completely, softer and brighter than the original. While it may not satisfy those looking for a more intense anthem for the World Championship, it certainly offers an entirely different take on the song.

The second remix is by French artist Carpenter Brut, and takes a much heavier approach to the song, opening with an intense intro below softening a little for the verse and building back up for the chorus.

Fans of Riot’s music still have more to look forward to from this World Championship, however, as they’ve teased the upcoming release of “True Damage”, a group of League of Legends champions set to act as the sequel to last year’s enormously successful K/DA. The new music is expected to debut on November 10.

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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

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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.

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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.