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Riot pay homage to Faker with new League of Legends Zed skin

Published: 4/Apr/2019 10:56 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 11:43

by Joe O'Brien

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One of the greatest plays in League of Legends history, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s Zed outplay, has been immortalized in Zed’s new Galaxy Slayer skin.

The latest skin for Zed includes a reference to the champion’s most iconic moment, one of the greatest plays by League of Legends’ greatest player.

What is the Faker Zed Outplay?

There are a few plays in League of Legends that stand out as the most iconic and recognizable moments in the game’s history, but perhaps none is more legendary than Faker’s Zed-on-Zed outplay against Ryu ‘Ryu’ Sang-wook.

Faker’s SK Telecom T1 was playing against KT Bullets in the finals of OGN’s Champions 2013 Summer, and the series went to a deciding fifth game. At this time, Champions used blind pick, rather than draft, in game fives, which meant the possibility of mirror match-ups. In this case, Faker and Ryu both locked in Zed.

Towards the end of the game, Faker found himself being chased down by Ryu, hit down to barely a third of his health before pulling off one of the most spectacular outplays of all time.

Faker was still in his breakout year, still looking for his first championship title, and the sheer skill of this play, combined with the significance of the moment in which he pulled it off and the legacy he would go on to build, have made it what many consider the most iconic moment in League of Legends. 

An homage to Faker’s play in-game

Now, nearly six years after the play occurred, it’s been immortalized in-game in the form of the latest Zed skin, Galaxy Slayer. One of the skin’s “special interactions” sees him recite an homage to Erik ‘DoA’ Lonnquist’s iconic commentary of the moment.

Unfortunately, for the man whose words are inexorably linked with Faker’s play, seeing them appear in-game is apparently bittersweet.

Riot GamesZed’s new Galaxy Slayer skin.

DoA and long-time casting duo Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles departed League of Legends for the Overwatch League after several disputes with Riot Games. 

Despite DoA’s commentary now being honored in-game, it seems during his time working with the game his were rarely valued so highly.

The Galaxy Slayer Zed skin is currently on the League of Legends Public Beta Environment (PBE), but no official release date for the live game has yet been announced.

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Riot “very open” to releasing Wild Rift champions that aren’t in League of Legends

Published: 6/Jan/2021 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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Wild Rift is currently host to over 50 League of Legends champions. Riot’s mobile MOBA clone of their hit PC title is slowly filling out its catalogue with old favorites, but exclusive champions to Wild Rift itself could be on the way with the developers being “very open” to the idea.

League of Legends: Wild Rift has hit it off in the mobile market in South East Asia, Europe, and beyond.

While it hasn’t hit American shores yet, the game has already peaked at number one on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store, with over 10 million downloads on the latter alone. The U.S. and Latin America release, penned for later in 2021, could see it spike again.

It’s basically just League of Legends on mobile for now ⁠— with a limited selection of champions and different gameplay mechanics to make it friendly for new players. However, there’s a chance that Wild Rift could deviate drastically from its predecessor.

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League’s diverse cast is making their way into Wild Rift, but Riot aren’t afraid of experimenting outside of the traditional universe.

Much like how Legends of Runeterra has deviated from the set of 153 champions currently in League of Legends, as well as Valorant being spawned in an entirely different universe, Riot are making sure Wild Rift can stand alone ⁠— not in the shadow of League of Legends.

One way of doing that is with exclusive champion releases and events. They’ve already fulfilled the latter through in-game promotions like Noxian Brotherhood. However, they’re working on the former, bringing unique experiences to Wild Rift.

“We’re very open to releasing new exclusive Wild Rift champions. It is something that has always been on the table,” lead developer Brian ‘FeralPony’ Feeney said in an interview with Areajugones.

“There’s a lot to the world of Runeterra, it’s not just the champions you see on PC. There are different places, stories to tell, there are many characters almost anywhere that the [League of Legends] universe could expand with.”

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Wild Rift is a clean slate for Riot to build off and bring innovation to the MOBA genre.

However, there’s a catch. Riot want to release more of the old favorites before they look towards developing entirely new champions exclusive to Wild Rift.

“The little trick here is that we know we don’t have enough League of Legends champions right now so our first priority is to make sure we offer a lot of champions that we think are missing ⁠— in particular those that cover certain styles of play,” he added.

They’re not slacking through the 100-odd backlog either. Riot have just dropped five new champions in patch 2.0, and are looking at keeping them coming throughout the beta. There’s a sense of urgency, but not a rush to try and fill out the roster.

“It’s not going to be as fast as a champion per week because that would be crazy. It’s not going to be the cadence of a champion every few months either. We are a bit in the middle there.

“Our plan is to release champions for years and years and years so in a sense we want to release more champions but on the other hand we have a lot of time.”