League of Legends

Riot exploring possibility of TFT Galaxies return in future sets

Published: 25/Aug/2020 3:29

by Andrew Amos


TFT Galaxies has arguably been the best set in the history of Teamfight Tactics. It was a breath of fresh air after Rise of the Elements. Now, with Fates and Set 4 on the horizon, Riot aren’t quite done with Galaxies yet, exploring a potential return in some capacity.

TFT Galaxies breathed fresh life into the League of Legends-inspired autobattler that Rise of the Elements failed to do.

The Galaxies mechanic was more interesting than the elemental hex system in Set 2. Champions and traits were fun, interesting, and more balanced ⁠— for the most part. The game felt better than ever.

Star Guardian Ahri, Soraka, and Ezreal in TFT
Riot Games
TFT Galaxies has been a hit with players.

Riot want to expand on that feeling for Set 4 ⁠— Fates. While they’ve promised a bunch of quality of life changes to carousels, combat, agent pool sizes, items, and more, the galaxies mechanic is a bit more unique. It was meant to be a Set 3 special, but given its success, it could return down the line.

“The Galaxies Mechanic was one of our more ambitious system mechanics because it allowed us to learn more about the game, how all the systems work together, and which mechanics players preferred,” the devs explained in an August 24 blog post.

The Galaxies experiment was more than just providing different boards for players to do battle on. It gave Riot insight in mechanics that might potentially make it into future sets. It was experimentative, without feeling too intrusive on how the game was played.

Some galaxies, like Binary Star or Dwarf Planet, were universally disliked. Tropes like those will likely not make a return in the future. However, others like Plunder Planet, Trade Sector, and Super Dense were hits with the community. Riot don’t want to remove them completely, and are looking at integrating them into future sets.

“Grabbing the extra item components from Galactic Armory, raking in the extra income from Plunder Planet or Treasure Trove, and getting a free reroll from Trade Sector all changed the game in really fun ways. Super Dense also opened up a bunch of new composition possibilities.

“All of these got players super excited and added to the life of Galaxies. It would be a shame to throw all that away. Sometime in the future, we will be exploring the idea of bringing back some of these variants back to TFT as a permanent part of the game.”

While Riot have only alluded to bringing back certain variants of Galaxies back, there is still a possibility the whole set could return. Riot are looking at introducing a new game mode in early 2021 to Teamfight Tactics.

This could be an arcade mode, mashing together exciting elements from past sets. It could even potentially be a rotating roster of old sets. The details are unknown, but Riot could incorporate it into the new game mode as the permanent addition, while letting each set shine on the main stage.

TFT Set 4, titled Fates, will be dropping on Patch 10.19 on September 16. A handful of champions have been revealed, with plenty more on the way in the coming days.

League of Legends

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Intense series see wins for Hanwha Life and DRX

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:35 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 15:37

by Lauren Bergin


League of Legends’ LCK 2021 Spring Split is underway! Ten Korean teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs. Here’s the stream, schedule & standings to keep you in the loop!

  • Hanwha Life defeat KT Rolser 2-1.
  • After an intense series DRX defeat Liiv SANDBOX 2-1.
  • Gen.G still undefeated.

As the region currently holding the Summoner’s Cup, the LCK is brimming with talent in 2021. Throughout the course of the ten-week season (January 13 – March 28), teams will be battling for their place in the Spring Playoffs on March 31.

Over $3.6 million is up for grabs in 2021’s Spring Split, as reigning world champs DAMWON Kia look to stamp authority on their region. Here’s everything you need to stay up-to-date.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LCK streams live on its official Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. Missed some of the action? Catch-up on both platforms within 24 hours of the game’s conclusion.

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule.

Week 1 results (January 13 – January 17)

Date Match  PT ET GMT 
January 13 Gen.G 2 – 0 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
T1 2 – 1 Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 14 Nongshim RedForce 2 – 1 Liiv SANDBOX 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2 – 1 Afreeca Freecs 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 15 Fredit BRION 0 – 2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 2 – 1 T1 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 16 Liiv SANDBOX 0-2 KT Rolster 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 DRX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 17 Nongshim RedForce 0-2 DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Afreeca Freecs 2-0 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

Week 2 schedule (January 20 – January 24)

Date Match PT ET GMT
January 20 Liiv SANDBOX 2-0 Afreeca Freecs 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 21 T1 1-2 Gen.G 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DWG Kia 0-2 Fredit BRION 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 22 KT Rolster 1-2 Hanwha Life Esports 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
DRX 2-1 Liiv SANDBOX 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 23 Afreeca Freecs vs DWG Kia 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Fredit BRION vs Nongshim RedForce 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM
January 24 KT Rolster vs T1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 8:00 AM
Gen.G vs Hanwha Life Esports 3:00 AM 6:00 AM 11:00 AM

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, as Gen.G Esports lead the pack with a flawless record.

Placements Team Series  Games
1 Gen.G Esports 3-0 6-1
2 DRX 3-1 7-5
3 Hanwha Life Esports 2-1 5-4
4 DWN Kia 2-1 4-3
5 T1 1-2 4-5
6 Afreeca Freecs 1-2 3-4
7 KT Rolster 1-2 3-4
8 Nongshim RedForce 1-2 3-5
9 Fredit BRION 1-2 2-4
10 Liiv SANDBOX 1-3 4-6

LCK 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Afreeca Freecs Kiin Dread Fly Bang Lehends
DWG Kia Khan Canyon ShowMaker Ghost BeryL
DRX Kingen Pyosik SOLKA Bao Becca
Fredit BRION Hoya UmTi Lava Hena Delight
Gen.G Rascal Clid Bdd Ruler Life
Hanwha Life Esports Morgan Arthur Chovy Deft Vsta
KT Rolster Doran Bonnie Ucal HyBriD Zzus
Liiv SANDBOX Summit Croco FATE Route Effort
Nongshim RedForce Rich Peanut Bay deokdam Kellin
T1 Canna Ellim Faker, Clozer Gumayusi Keria