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LoL Worlds 2020 reportedly going ahead on LAN with “bubble hub” format

Published: 10/Jul/2020 2:11 Updated: 10/Jul/2020 4:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Riot Games is reportedly planning to host the 2020 League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) in a single-city, bubble hub format this year, after China’s top sports body confirmed almost all remaining international sporting events would be canceled or suspended.

The League of Legends developers are reportedly already in discussions to hold this year’s top international event in a “bubble hub” format, similar to other major sporting leagues like the NBA, Premier League, and Formula 1.

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Riot would bring all 24 qualified teams to Shanghai, where the final was originally set to be hosted this year, weeks prior to the tournament start date, ESPN has suggested. All participating players would be quarantined in the same hotel for the duration of the event, close to the contained matchday venue.

The move comes after The Associated Press initially reported China had made the decision to not stage any international sports events for the rest of 2020. While LoL is not technically included in this ruling, Riot will still follow the same procedures.

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Paris’ AccorHotels Arena hit its 20,000 spectator capacity as FunPlus Phoenix dismantled G2 Esports in three at last year’s Worlds final.

The localized plans are certainly a smaller scale model than the six-city event Riot originally had planned to celebrate their MOBA title’s 10th competitive anniversary. The format has had major success in other domestic codes, however.

Formula 1 kick-started their 2020 championship last weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Austria with a crowdless race. Only the 20 grid race drivers, essential operating staff, and Sky Sports media were permitted in the event’s paddock.

The English Premier League adopted a similar “bubble hub” format to facilitate its return in the UK last month. Liverpool were crowned champions for the first time in 30 years in front of an empty stadium. The NBA will also re-start on July 30 under similar circumstances, with all games to be played at Walt Disney World.

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The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will have to cut crowds to manage the
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The 2020 League of Legends World Championship will have to cut crowds to manage the “bubble hub” format.

Reports are also suggesting China would be handed the 2021 World Championship, to make up for their stripped-down event this year. That would mean the 2022 edition would be hosted by North America, who are currently in line for next year’s event.

At this time, no League teams have qualified for Worlds 2020. The LPL and LEC will send four representatives. Other major leagues, including LCK ⁠— who, as a region, have won five times in nine events ⁠— and LCS, will send three.

Riot has yet to officially comment on the changing format for the 2020 World Championship circumstances. The League developers are expected to confirm new plans before the end of the domestic Summer season in September.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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!

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