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Riot promises more crossover events after League Spirit Blossom success

Published: 11/Sep/2020 7:19

by Andrew Amos

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Riot tried something different earlier in 2020 ⁠— a huge crossover Spirit Blossom event between League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, and even a bit of love for Valorant. It was a raving success across all titles, and the developers are already looking into the next one.

To say Riot have stepped up their game with events in 2020 is an understatement. It’s seemingly like one event ends, then the next one starts. New skins, new challenges, prestige rewards ⁠— the list goes on.

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While there might not be unique game modes like Odyssey anymore, there’s still a lot of new content to consume. They have even put in rotating game modes like URF, One For All, and Nexus Blitz in lieu of the missing unique modes.

Spirit Bonds in League of Legends
Riot Games
The visual novel-style Spirit Bonds section of the Spirit Blossom event was a massive hit with players.

Spirit Blossom was the peak of this. The month-long event didn’t just give League players something to look forward to, but players across all Riot IP. There was a Spirit Blossom event for Legends of Runeterra, and even Valorant players got the Sakura skin set.

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It also showed, to Riot, that they didn’t need to do in-game experiences to please the player base. Out of game moments where players can get to know their favorite champions deeper were also loved.

“We also created an out of game experience, Spirit Bonds, that allowed you to engage deeply with the narrative of your favorite champs. Whether it was getting to know Lamb and Wolf better, or ‘silently’ hoping that Cassiopeia would crush your bones, we saw a huge positive response to this system,” events product lead ‘Bellissimoh’ said in a September 10 dev post.

These major events obviously take time. Riot admitted that Spirit Blossom took nearly a full year to produce, utilizing all arms of the development team.

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Span this across games, and it’s almost impossible to replicate this every time. However, they are committed to doing more crossover events with League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Valorant, and Legends of Runeterra.

“While it’s clear that players would like more events of this caliber, the reality is that Spirit Blossom took almost a full year to produce, and coordinating such a massive event across not only League, but other game teams (like Legends of Runeterra) can’t be done for every event.

“We’re already planning and plotting on how we can deliver another cross-game event of this size, so stay tuned for more details as they become available.”

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The average event “won’t be able to reach the same bar” as Spirit Blossom, but Riot is making sure they don’t go backwards. They are also committing to a full restructure of the event pass system in 2021 to make content more accessible.

“We are looking to make significant adjustments to the way you earn content from events next year. Our goals for this redesign are to reduce the complexity of the system and create a more guided and rewarding experience without completely removing your ability to make choices.”

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LoL Worlds 2020

Wunder praises Caps “1v9 carry” as G2 3-0 Gen.G at Worlds 2020

Published: 18/Oct/2020 15:07

by Luke Edwards

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G2 Esports smashed Gen.G to reach the League of Legends Worlds 2020 semifinals with a punishing 3-0 victory, as the West’s only hope continues to battle on.

It was this G2 roster that put the nail into the SKT and LCK dynasty’s coffin as they extended their perfect record with a near-flawless victory.

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As the final representatives of the LEC at Worlds, the pressure was on for G2 to perform. And, despite a late game three fightback from Gen.G, the Europeans’ victory was never really in doubt.

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Caps was the star of the show, channeling his Claps form with two dominating Sylas performances and fully stacking his Mejai’s Soulstealer in game two. Perkz was equally exceptional on Jhin, perfectly timing his curtain calls and hitting a beautifully timed QSS on a Twisted Fate gold card in game three.

While Gen.G often came out of the laning phase either even or ahead, G2 destroyed them in teamfights and small skirmishes with better mechanical play and punishing even the slightest Gen.G mispositioning.

Even though Rascal’s Volibear won Gen.G a lone game three teamfight to give them hope, G2 completely outclassed the LCK hopefuls.

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The closest G2 came to throwing actually came after the game, when Wunder and Perkz threatened to catapult Caps off the stage.

G2’s performance provides a timely reminder that the west can match anyone in pursuit of the Summoners Cup this year.

Post-game reactions

In each game, G2 managed to force a level one flash out of a Gen.G player. So, despite his exceptional performances on Pantheon and Rakan, support Mikyx was quick to credit G2 analyst Duffman for their “broken” level one success.

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Wunder gave his full reaction to the match in a video interview after they closed out the 3-0, praising Caps’ incredible individual performance.

G2 botlane substitute P1noy showed us a picture of a thrilled Mikyx:

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And, while they lost, Gen.G appeared upbeat and issued this heartwarming message to their supporters:

G2 faces LCK champions DAMWON Gaming in the semifinals on Saturday, October 24.