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Popular League of Legends champions recreated by Nickelodeon animator

Published: 11/Jul/2020 22:16

by Alan Bernal

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Former Nickelodeon artist and creator of beloved shows like The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, Butch Hartman, gave his take on League of Legends champions going by only small snippets of description for each character.

The longtime animator isn’t quite familiar with the characters in Riot Games’ MOBA. He challenged himself to recreate the likes of Lux, Teemo, and more while going with a few lines of description from his crew.

As expected, this gave the League characters a brand new style that plenty of nostalgic fans could come to appreciate.

Starting off the endeavor, Hartman took on the crocodilian champ Renekton which the artist basically got down pat. The Ascended’s aggressive and hostile look was still intact during the process, but the charm of Hartman’s style gave him a much more approachable look.

Up next was Lux, who can be easily recognized by most of the League community. His take gave the mage a much more warrior-inspired design, something he likened to how she would look if she was a little bit older.

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The artist for Fairly OddParents gave his own unique take to vicious characters like League’s Renekton.

Going with the information given to him, Yasuo came out looking like a traditional samurai that didn’t entirely miss the original design.

Hartman gave him a much more traditional take and it could have been almost on point if it wasn’t for the omission of his giant ponytail that expands to at least three times the size of the swordsman’s head.

If anything it looked much more like a young version of Yasuo before he became the renowned warrior that the League players are familiar with.

Finally, Hartman was tasked to recreate one of the game’s most popular Legends, Teemo. The iconic character was likened to Rocket Racoon from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy mixed with a “badger boy scout.”

Much to his credit, the animator perfectly sketched the idea given to him into existence although it needed a lot more “puffy” fur to start looking like the toxic yordle.

While some of the designs didn’t match up with the original League designs, his distinct style breathed new life into the classic look for the champions.

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Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot for €20m

Published: 24/Feb/2021 19:50 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Lauren Bergin

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League of Legends has become a household name for gamers and esports fans everywhere. German football club, Schalke 04, have been in the league for almost 5 years, but are considering selling their place in the LEC for €20m ($24.3m). 

When it comes to esports, League of Legends is arguably the biggest, with major tournaments in countries all over the world, as well as prize pools that boggle the mind.

The European leg of competitive LoL, the LEC, is one of the game’s most dominant Leagues. With the Spring Split well underway, teams like G2 Esports and Rogue sit at the top of the pack, but others aren’t doing so well.

One of these is Schalke 04 team, who have attained a meagre sixth place over the past few weeks. Now, the team has announced that selling its LEC spot could be in consideration as the larger football club is looking for a way to stay afloat during the global health crisis.

Schalke 04 considering selling LEC slot

As first reported by Paul Arrivé of French news outlet L’Equipe, the club are considering selling their LEC slot for a supposed €20 million.

This has likely been prompted by a poor performance by the soccer team in the German Bundesliga, who currently are in last place with only nine points from 22 games. Coupled with financial difficulties associated with the current global crisis and the departure of ex-president Clemens Tönnes after a wave of controversy, it seems like Schalke are in a pretty bad spot.

During a Q&A on Twitch, Schalke confirmed “there is an opportunity that we have to look into selling the (LEC) slot because the slot has big value.” The club later revealed that a decision might come in late May or June.

Selling on their LEC slot will net them over 100% profit. Dropping the team would save the organization the costs involved in running a pro esports team, as well as the staggering €8 ($9) million LEC entry fees.

Considering that Schalke are a soccer team at their core, this money could easily flow back into the sports side of the business to attempt to rebuild their somewhat tarnished reputation.

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Schalke 04 have been staples in the LEC since 2019.

If the sale takes place, the 2021 Schalke Miracle Run to Worlds might be over before it begins. Only time will tell whether or not we see the Royal Blue squad in the LEC again, or whether or not it’ll be another LoL team battling for center stage.