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Riot Games face backlash over neglected League of Legends champion skins

Published: 1/May/2019 15:14 Updated: 1/May/2019 15:25

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games is facing community backlash over their prioritization of League of Legends champions for new skins.

It was recently revealed that the next new line of hero skins will be the anime-inspired “Battle Academia” set, which will include new skins for Ezreal, Lux, Katarina, Graves, Jayce, and the as-yet unreleased Yuumi.

While the reaction to the new skins themselves, which are now on the Public Beta Environment (PBE), has been largely positive, many fans have criticized Riot’s selection of champions to include in the new collection.

In particular, the likes of Lux and Ezreal, who now have 11 and 13 skins respectively, have been highlighted for apparently being favored by Riot over other champions. Both featured in the “Pajama Guardian” collection that was released in November 2018.

Riot GamesEzreal’s new “Battle Academia” skin.

Meanwhile, there are many champions that have gone years without a new skin to choose from. As it stands, 15 different champions haven’t had a new skin in over 1000 days, with the longest wait being for Udyr, whose last new skin was released in March of 2015.

As a result, players whose preferred champions are among those less favored for new cosmetics have criticized Riot for a seemingly imbalanced approach to creating new skins.

Some fans have taken a more understanding line, however, arguing that Riot have little choice but to focus on skins for the champions with a larger player-base. As u/emojiexpert argues, while criticism from players who main niche heroes might be loud collectively, there are significantly less people that want a new skin for each individual hero specifically.

Riot is in an impossible position when it comes to skins. from r/leagueoflegends

With League of Legends being a free-to-play game, the bulk of Riot’s revenue coming directly from players is in the form of in-game cosmetics, with the most significant and popular cosmetics being champion skins.

As a result, it’s not too surprising to see the developers focus on those champions that are most popular with players and for which players are most likely to buy new skins. Unfortunately, fans of less popular champions will likely never get quite the same treatment for their go-to characters.

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LIVE: LCS Lock In 2021 Day 1: 100 Thieves start on top

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:00 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 23:49

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.


  • LCS Lock In 2021 is a new pre-season tournament for all 10 teams.
  • 100 Thieves smash TSM to open up their 2021 campaign.
  • CLG face Liquid next at 4pm PT / 7pm 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 vs Liquid 4pm 7pm 12am (Jan 16)
Group B Cloud9 vs Evil Geniuses 5pm 8pm 1am (Jan 16)
Dignitas vs 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