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Riot reveals how many League of Legends comics are planned for 2020

Published: 23/Sep/2019 5:00 Updated: 23/Sep/2019 5:51

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends comic book series in the same vein as the short-run Ashe and Lux stories, to be released across 2020.

Comic writer Odin ‘WAAARGHbobo’ Shafer has confirmed there will be more stories from the League of Legends and Marvel Comics partnership, following on from the well-received Ashe and Lux releases earlier this year.


Shafer, who is helming the upcoming Zed series expected to be released later this year, revealed in the Lux issue #5 thread on the LoL forums that there were currently plans in place for at least another three character-focused entries in 2020.

“I believe it is only three series next year,” the Riot writer said. He also added that he isn’t heavily involved in the comic team anymore, so he wasn’t totally sure due to “out of the loop.”


WAAARGHbobo went on to confirm he would be one of the lead writers on the previously announced Zed narrative, which is expected to focus around the Master of Shadows hunting another Ionian assassin through a number of issues.

Riot GamesA comic series telling the story of dark assassin Zed is set to release later this year.

Shafer, who made the jump into Riot’s writing division after a handful of years developing the game’s champions, also confirmed Marvel and other third-party comic teams were taking a hands-on approach for much of the development process of the books.

“Actually, the Zed book is being done mostly outside our comic team,” the writer said when asked by fans in the forum thread about his specific role for the upcoming release.


Riot has already had two major releases in the Marvel collaboration, with both Ashe and Lux’s stories being generally well-received by fans of the expansive LoL lore.

Riot GamesThe five-issue comic series based on Lux’s origin story just finished it’s publishing run.

Ashe: Warmother focused on the bow-wielding Iceborn warrior stepping into her role as a commander and queen of the Freljord, while League of Legends: Lux retold the sorceress’ origin story as a spellcaster in Demacia, where magic is outlawed and illegal.

The trio of 2019 series was first announced in a Riot developer diary earlier this year, where they revealed they would be aiming to keep a steady flow of Marvel comics coming out in the future.


Comic book releases may not be multi-book series, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe style blockbusters that fans have demanded for more than a decade, but they’re certainly great vehicles for lore and, by the sounds of it, they aren’t slowing down any time soon.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson


Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”


The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

Origen LoL team
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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.