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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.

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
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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.

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.

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.”

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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Rekkles believes he and G2 Esports are “made for each other”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 4:17 Updated: 30/Nov/2020 4:18

by Isaac McIntyre

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Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson has admitted he and his former rivals turned new organization G2 Esports are basically “made for each other,” as the Swede makes the biggest roster swap of the LEC offseason in his bid to finally win Worlds.

On Nov. 22, Fnatic figurehead and captain Rekkles shocked the League of Legends world; he had accepted a multi-year deal with his team’s arch-rivals G2 Esports.

The switch ended Rekkles’ seven-year tenure with Fnatic, excluding a six-month swap to Europe’s then superteam Elements. The shock move sent ripples through the LEC, and raised another question; could Rekkles actually succeed away from the orange and black?

According to the Swede, who spoke to his fans on his YouTube channel after the huge move was announced, everything will work out just fine. He and G2 are “made for each other,” in more ways than one, and that’s all that matters.

Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.
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Rekkles officially joined G2 Esports earlier this month.

“I want to be the best,” says Rekkles

“I started doing this because I wanted to be the best, and that means winning Worlds,” Rekkles explained. “G2 Esports, and the roster, has a very similar mindset. In that way, we’re made for each other; the team really wants to win Worlds.”

Between Rekkles and his new org, they have each contested ⁠— and lost ⁠— a Worlds final recently. Fnatic was battered by Invictus Gaming in 2018’s decider, then watched from the sidelines a year later as G2 suffered the same fate against FPX.

The losses were rough, Rekkles agrees, but they’ve given him something else too: hope that the LEC can repeat their long-forgotten 2011 feats, and claim the Summoner’s Cup.

“Ever since 2018, I believe that it’s possible… so it lines up nicely with how G2 feels about it all as well,” he said. “I’ve realized I have a lot more to give than being a participation guy, that goes to every event and every Worlds, but never wins.”

G2's newest signing has suffered plenty of defeats at Worlds in his career.
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The Swede has come close to Worlds triumph multiple times, but never got over the line.

G2’s new star worried about “being serious”

There is one thing worrying Rekkles though. He’s always been a driven, emotional player, and some of his most iconic moments, for better or worse, have come with passion and tears.

G2, and the roster stacked full of jokers like Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski, Caps, and Martin ‘Wunder’ Hansen, have built a name as Europe’s pranksters. They sing in champ select, play strange comps, and have ‘happy games.’

“Obviously there’s a little bit of worry in terms of how we fit in socially with the team or culturally,” the Swede admitted with a straight face. “When it comes to games I know we’re gonna be fine, but I am worried about being a more serious guy.”

“I’m maybe not the leader you’d expect… I’m not Perkz,” he added.

The related segment begins at 8:42 in the video below.

Of course, that didn’t dissuade him from trading orange for black and white heading into the new LEC season. Rekkles believes he’s made the right decision, absolutely no question.

“I have this dream of being a player everyone remembers when they look back through time… so I always try to make choices based off that,” he said.

“I [did this] because I believe it will give me the highest chance of succeeding. It wasn’t to do with money. I have always sought victory. I want to play for a team with the highest chances of doing damage at Worlds. Right now, that’s G2.”