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LoL commentator Raz thinks LEC teams won’t live up to Worlds hype

Published: 26/Sep/2019 1:28 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 2:23

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends World Championship in 2019, and why he thinks LEC’s representatives won’t live up to the hype.

Razleplasm, who casts the Chinese LPL competition, has backed eastern representatives Royal Never Give Up, FunPlus Phoenix, and Invictus Gaming as favorites to all make it out of their groups, mainly at the expense of Western darlings Fnatic and Team Liquid.


According to the Riot personality, the international interest building around Europe’s three teams has been misplaced, with most of the hype coming from G2 Esports’ positive run at the Mid-Season Invitational, and not from overall regional strength.

Riot GamesRNG’s Uzi is still chasing his first World Championship title after five attempts.

“My big thing for Europe is a lot of the discussion around which region is the best is based on G2’s current strength, but historically it’s been who has the strongest depth of talent in their region,” the caster said on the September 25 episode of Travis Gafford’s Hotline League.


“The problem with Europe is I look at G2 and they’re fantastic, they’re the best team in the world, then I look at Fnatic and while they’re a great looking team, there’s a lot of regional familiarity that you saw in the finals.

“Then you go to the next team, and people are talking about Splyce for good reason, and then there’s Schalke, and then who are we talking about?” What teams exist? Watching the LEC this split is watching the top three teams, and then the rest has just been sad.”

Riot GamesRazleplasm believes LEC teams Fnatic and Splyce will struggle to make it out of groups in Berlin.

According to Raz, the dominance of the three Chinese representatives – all of whom are hitting their straps right before Riot’s major tournament – will see them all qualify into the top eight at Worlds, and potentially move on to claim the title for a second straight year too.


“All LPL teams will make it to knockout stage, easiest shit in the world,” he declared.

“FPX first seed in their group, RNG second seed because I think SKT are incredible at this point and certainly a top-two team, and Fnatic doesn’t make it out. IG second seed (in Group D) because deep down my gut’s telling me DAMWON is going into that group.”

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For many North American fans, the Chinese region only matters for one reason – can TL repeat their 3-1 semi-final upset from MSI earlier this year and defeat IG? In Raz’s opinion, the LCS champions will struggle to break out of Group D.

“Team Liquid looks like the better team going into the tournament, but if you look at every Worlds series except maybe Season 3, second seed and third seeds have often done better,” he said of TL’s top-eight hopes.


“For me, it’s all about recency. I think consistency matters, but when I look at IG I see a team that has consistently grown after having issues with synergy. The reason why I’m pretty high on them [to qualify to quarterfinals over TL] is that iG is looking better and better.”

Riot GamesWith DAMWON potentially entering Group D, Team Liquid is facing a tricky start to Worlds.

Not everyone agrees with Raz’s assessment of the ‘group of death’ battle brewing in Group C, however, with some players expressing major confidence ahead of the group stage.

Fnatic’s star mid laner Tim ‘Nemesis’ Lipovšek has said he expects his team to finally beat RNG when they come face to face in Berlin, while NA superstar Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng already issued a victory message relating to TL’s success in the fourth group.

Worlds begins from October 2 with the Play-In Stage at the LEC Studio. Follow all the action in our live tournament hub, and don’t forget to submit your 2019 Pick’ems.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!