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LPL reveals League of Legends return date after Coronavirus hiatus

Published: 28/Feb/2020 6:20 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:22

by Andrew Amos

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The League of Legends Pro League (LPL) in China will be getting underway again in a matter of days after matches were halted due to the Coronavirus outbreak, putting an end to the six-week hiatus.

China’s LPL will be returning from its long hiatus in the coming weeks after the league has implemented a contingency plan for the rest of the season.

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The LPL organizers tweeted out on February 27 the plan for the rest of the season while most of China remains in lockdown after the coronavirus outbreak.

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2019 World Champions FunPlux Phoenix will be returning to action in March as the LPL resumes play.

Matches will resume on March 9, six weeks after play was delayed after only one week of action back in January. However, after a “comprehensive review of the situation,” the LPL will run online play “until [the league] can safely resume using the esport venues.”

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Although the matches are being played online, all players will have to complete a “14-day monitored quarantine period and meet all local health requirements” before they can start.

Players will also have to play matches from their team’s headquarters with on-site referees in attendance, unless they are currently in a quarantined province and unable to leave.

While games will resume on March 9, English coverage of the Chinese league will not return until March 15. Until then, fans will be able to watch untranslated matches on the LPL Chinese YouTube stream.

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“There will likely be some unforeseen technical difficulties, but we will try our best to deal with them in a timely fashion,” they said in a statement. “We expect to continue to bring everyone the exciting and action-packed gameplay that the LPL has been known for.”

Coronavirus has affected esports events around the globe. Overwatch League homestands in China and South Korea have been cancelled for the first half of the year, while the LCK, LJL, and PCS League of Legends tournaments have all faced disruptions.

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Five Overwatch League teams, including the Shanghai Dragons, have had their homestands cancelled.

Earlier on February 27, ESL announced the prestigious IEM Katowice will not be open to the public, leaving CS:GO and Starcraft II fans stranded in Poland hours before doors opened.

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JD Gaming currently sits atop of the LPL ladder after two series with a flawless 4-0 game record, while three other teams, including 2018 World Champion Invictus Gaming, sit in second with a 4-1 record.

Cosplay

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.

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.

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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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