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Could Pool Party 2020 be the next League of Legends event?

Published: 10/Jun/2020 4:12 Updated: 10/Jun/2020 4:14

by Andrew Amos

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Summer’s here, and that means a new set of Pool Party skins for League of Legends. However, could an event also be on its way? While nothing is confirmed yet, all fingers point towards a big in-game event coming soon.

New content always brings hype to League of Legends. Players have gotten accustomed to the almost monthly events, new skins every patch, and the odd champion here or there.

However, with Pool Party around the corner, we might be getting an event on a scale like no other. While nothing is confirmed yet, the imminent release of two new champions, five new Pool Party skins, and a perfectly timed date in the calendar has gotten hopes high.

New Pool Party skins for Heimerdinger, Jarvan IV, Orianna, Syndra, Taliyah

Riot have shown off five new Pool Party skins on Patch 10.13. Heimerdinger, Jarvan IV, Orianna, Syndra, and Taliyah are all set to get skins in the line. 22 of the game’s 148 champions now have a cosmetic in the popular line.

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Syndra, Heimerdinger, and Jarvan IV (L-R) are all getting Pool Party skins in Patch 10.13.

While the Pool Party skins are a yearly occurrence, a Pool Party event is not. There was a “Team Up & Pool Party” event in 2015 which gave players bonus IP and icons, but since then, it’s been a purely standalone thing.

2020 could be different though. Riot have been talking up a massive summer event, and what better opportunity to do so than with five new skins. Pulsefire 2020 is wrapping up on June 15, before the Pool Party skins go live on Patch 10.13, so the timing is just right.

Two new champions being released in “summer event”

On top of the skin releases, players are expecting two champions to be revealed just around the corner. Both a masked assassin and a dreamy new jungler are on their way in a summer event in July.

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Riot has been teasing these two new champions for months.

This was further teased in the latest champion roadmap, where we got the first look at the jungler, although it was only a slight glimpse. The July timing does indicate that the Pool Party skins might come a bit early, but Riot has released event content halfway through before.

Combining Pool Party with these champion releases sounds like the perfect opportunity to generate a ton of hype around League. Recent events have been a massive success, and building on that with champion releases will only please the community.

If Pool Party isn’t the event though, Riot must have something cooking up. One thing is for sure ⁠— the next in-game event is just around the corner, and it’s set to be massive.

You still have a few days to grind out Pulsefire 2020, the current active event. You can earn tokens up until June 15, so mount your final push if you want to grab that Prestige Lucian.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: Perkz’s debut for Cloud9 goes awry

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 2:52

by Andrew Amos

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The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.


  • 100 Thieves, Liquid, Evil Geniuses, Dignitas open up LCS Lock In with wins.
  • Perkz’s Cloud9 debut goes awry with 4/7/2 statline on Yone.
  • Golden Guardians vs CLG next at 7pm PT / 10pm ET.

LCS Lock In: Stream

The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.

They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.

LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups

As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.

Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.

The 10 teams will be split into groups of two, with the top four from each group making it to the single-elimination playoffs.

Group A Group B
TSM FlyQuest
100 Thieves Cloud9
CLG Dignitas
Golden Guardians Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid Immortals

LCS Lock In 2021: Schedule

Groups Day 1: Friday, January 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A 100 Thieves 1 – 0 TSM 3pm 6pm 11pm
CLG 0 – 1 Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 0 – 1 Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas 1 – 0 FlyQuest 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 16)
Group A Golden Guardians vs CLG 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 16)

Groups Day 2: Saturday, January 16

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Evil Geniuses 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs TSM 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Cloud9 vs FlyQuest 3pm 6pm 11pm
Immortals vs Dignitas 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 17)
Group A CLG vs 100 Thieves 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 17)

Groups Day 3: Sunday, January 17

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Immortals vs Cloud9 1pm 4pm 9pm
Group A Liquid vs 100 Thieves 2pm 5pm 10pm
Group B Dignitas vs Evil Geniuses 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A CLG vs TSM 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 18)
Golden Guardians vs Liquid 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 18)

Groups Day 4: Friday, January 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Dignitas vs Cloud9 3pm 6pm 11pm
Group A Golden Guardians vs 100 Thieves 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 23)
Group B Evil Geniuses vs FlyQuest 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 23)
Group A Liquid vs TSM 6pm 9pm 2am (Jan 23)
Group B Immortals vs FlyQuest 7pm 10pm 3am (Jan 23)

Quarterfinals Day 1: Saturday, January 23

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Quarterfinals Day 2: Sunday, January 24

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm
TBD vs TBD 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 24)

Semifinals Day 1: Friday, January 29

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 3pm 6pm 11pm

Semifinals Day 2: Saturday, January 30

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm

Grand Finals: Sunday, January 31

Match PT ET GMT
TBD vs TBD 1pm 4pm 9pm