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Riot announces new League of Legends Ultimate skin coming in 2020

Published: 11/Sep/2020 1:57

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games have announced new cosmetics for League of Legends as their 2020 lineup will now include an Ultimate skin along with designs for Singed, Aurelion Sol, Zac and Legendary Lee Sin.

The last time the Shop had a new Ultimate skin was in 2016 when Riot debuted Elementalist Lux that in itself included 10 different designs for the champion. However, Product Lead for Personalization and Events, Jonathan ‘Bellissimoh’ Belliss, has paved the way for a new entry in four years to the prestigious line.

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The devs notified League fans that production goals for 2020 have been moving along well enough to create room for more designs for either neglected champs or characters with high pick-rates.

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Aurelion Sol is also getting a new skin in the Dragonmancer theme. It looks a lot like Ao Shin, one of the original designs for the Star Forger.

Lee Sin figures into the latter, which will result in the legendary “Dragonmancer” skin apart from the Ultimate skin that Riot hopes to deliver before the year is done.

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“Ultimate skins will always require extra development time to craft, create, and ship,” Bellissimoh said of the premium cosmetics. “And most importantly, all of this effort should translate to an experience that you think is best-in-class for the champion.

“With all this said, we’re happy to announce that we’re currently working on an ultimate skin that we hope to ship later this year.”

Riot didn’t say which champion would be getting the next Ultimate skin. Of their 150 characters, there’s only five who have been blessed with them, including Firepulse Ezreal, Spirit Guard Udyr, DJ Sona, Gun Goddess Misfortune, and Elementalist Lux.

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Legendary Dragonmancer Lee Sin skin

Riot revealed the splash art for the next Legendary skin. Although not officially named, Riot described this character skin’s history as: “having returned from the summit as a Legendary Dragonmancer, Lee Sin now doles out thunderous punishment to villains everywhere.”

The Blind Monk will get his second Legendary skin to accompany God Fist Lee Sin that came out in 2017.

Instead of the red and gold themes of his other skin, Dragonmancer Lee Sin will don white and black along with lightning from the blue Storm Dragon

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Lee Sin’s new Legendary skin in the upcoming Dragonmancer line.

New skins for neglected champs Singed, Zac, and more

Bellissimoh also revealed that the work Riot completed so far has given them the chance to create designs for “eight more champs who haven’t gotten skins in a while.”

This means that Anivia, Aurelion Sol, Azir, Illaoi, Ivern, Singed, Yorick, and Zac are now in line to get skins along with the rest of 2020’s slate.

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Zac’s new League of Legends skin described as “Viktor’s latest innovation… zoophagus assault constructs (Zac).”
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Singed’s new skin that could come to League in 2020.

The company included the splash art for Zac, Aurelion Sol, and Singed. A-Sol looks to be the Storm Dragon referred to in the upcoming Dragonmancer skin line, while Zac and Singed appear to be new entries in the Battlecast universe.

Those designs are going to contribute to Riot’s ambitions of debuting nearly “140 skin releases by the end of 2020,” capped off with the much-anticipated launch of a new Ultimate cosmetic.

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Mac on MAD Lions failing at Worlds: “We’re not the same team from Summer”

Published: 1/Oct/2020 9:02

by Isaac McIntyre

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MAD Lions may have stunned the League of Legends community after the LEC youngsters failed to escape the Worlds 2020 Play-In Stage, but it wasn’t a huge shock for coach James ‘Mac’ MacCormack: issues had been brewing behind the scenes for a while ahead of crunch time in Shanghai.

The surprise pack in Europe this year was MAD Lions, a young LEC team built around Marek “Humanoid” Brázda. The team, who had rebranded from Splyce ahead of the 2020 season, made the rest of Europe sit up and take notice.

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First, they ousted giants G2 Esports in the Spring finals upper bracket, before going on a tear through the Summer regular season. Unfortunately, their run ran out of steam at the playoffs hurdle, and they barely scraped into Worlds as Europe’s fourth seed.

Once in Shanghai, however, LEC fans felt MAD Lions had a second chance.

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Instead, in one final twist of cruel fate for the LEC stars, they were handed the ignominious title of the first-ever EU team to be eliminated in Play-Ins. It was just the second time ever a major region team had failed to advance to Worlds groups.

MAD Lions became just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in the Worlds Play-In stage.
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MAD Lions is just the second team from a major region to be eliminated in Play-Ins.

The result, Mac told Dexerto after their SuperMassive loss, was “embarrassing.”

“Obviously we’re extremely disappointed. We’re all a bit embarrassed, to be honest… we’re the first European team to drop out in Play-Ins. It sucks,” he said.

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“Frankly though, my initial thought is that we didn’t deserve to win. We were not the better team, and we haven’t been the better team for most of Play-Ins. We haven’t been the same MAD Lions everyone saw in Summer for a while now either.”

The issue, Mac explained, was two-fold. The team’s scrims had “ironically, been really good” in the build-up. That led to them collecting “a lot of bad information,” and having to re-adapt on the fly as the Worlds qualifying stage played out.

Add to that, the young MAD Lions roster hadn’t played a stage game since late Spring Split, and the nerves rolled in “hard.” The squad was nearly consumed by it, Mac said, and it showed in their games.

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“I don’t want to use any of that as an excuse, but yeah there were definitely a lot of nerves as we came into the Play-In stage,” he said.

“We had a lot of problems that should have been solved earlier too. We had to re-adapt… a lot of the stuff we’d practiced fell apart. That’s a failure from me, and the coaching staff; we couldn’t adapt quick enough, and it cost us in the end.”

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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.
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MAD Lions had a misread on the meta in Shanghai, coach Mac admitted.

MAD Lions’ short Shanghai journey was not a complete failure by any means, however. Mac admitted the team had already learned “so, so much” just from scrimming other international teams, and warned the LEC, “we’re bringing back what we learned.”

“I think these events, Worlds and the like, they’re so valuable for teams. You can get caught in your own little bubble, like us in Europe, and you don’t know where you stand with the meta and talent and everything like that,” the English coach said.

“Every region is different, right? You never get punished for your best aspects. When we scrimmed good international teams here we got punished a lot. That was a real, good thing for us, and that’s what we’re all looking to take away.”

MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.
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MAD Lions finished 19th/20th, and will receive 0.75% of the Worlds prize pool.

There was also a shining light from the roster itself; Mac believes Humanoid was given a chance to “show the world just how good he can be,” and did just that, despite MAD’s struggles at the championship.

“There was, what, fifteen, maybe twenty mid lane bans against him? To be able to come out of that and have good performances, that’s something really quite special… Marek has definitely proven himself this Worlds.”

Worlds continues with groups on Saturday, Oct. 3. Chinese champs Top Esports will open the main event against Group D rivals FlyQuest at 4pm local time (GMT+8).