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Riot reveals their original inspiration behind LoL K-pop band K/DA

Published: 22/Oct/2019 5:49 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 6:16

by Isaac McIntyre

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League of Legends music group K/DA, and how the K-pop-styled four-piece first came into being ahead of the 2018 World Championship.

K/DA is a music group featuring League of Legends champions Ahri, Akali, Kai’sa, and Evelynn, with vocals provided by real-life performers Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, Jaira Burns, and Madison Beer respectively. The Riot-backed virtual group first made their debut ahead of 2018’s Worlds with the single release of POP/STARS.

Now, the original minds by Riot’s K-pop sensation have lifted the lid on how K/DA first popped into existence, and what first inspired the team of four to found their very own four-piece performance group with characters from Runeterra.

Riot GamesRiot’s K/DA quickly exploded in popularity following their debut track POP/STARS.

“When we were looking at K/DA could be a bit of a challenge, because we knew nothing about making K-pop music, but at the same time we thought this was a great opportunity to surprise players as far as what we could make for people,” Head of Riot Music Toa ‘Iceburg’ Dunn said.

According to the development team, Riot’s K-pop group came from the inspiration of the virtual Elder Dragon that soared around the Bird’s Nest ahead of the 2017 Worlds final showdown between SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy in China.


The shock and awe of that the CGI dragon, and how positively fans had responded to the major surprise, drove the team to create that same kind of response with fans in a new way, and K/DA’s research and development origin story was born. 

Twitch: Riot GamesThe virtual Elder Dragon that descended on the Bird’s Nest in 2017 inspired the creation of K/DA.

“That (dragon) really struck a chord with people at Riot. When a lot of our team came back, we found out Worlds 2018 was in Korea, and that a bunch of Rioters were kind of these hidden K-pop fans,” lead developer PMO said.

“The problem was we knew nothing about it, in terms of how to make K-pop music… so the research was like living and breathing it, going down a YouTube portal and see what’s going on in that industry. K-pop is such a weird genre of music, it goes from ballads to hip-hop.”


K/DA brand manager Laura ‘Nusliful’ Die explained that the band quickly took on a blend of some of the more popular Korean sounds, and they rolled on from there. However, the team hit a snag when they realized the original band members were too “bubblegum.”

“If you’re looking at K-pop artists currently, you see a trend in empowered women that all feel really strong,” Die said, and revealed that this was the direction the Riot Music group wanted to take with their upcoming release, and the personalities to go with it.

The team tried different tempos and vibes, before settling on the hip-hop/melodic blend that permeates through the POP/STARS track. When they found the hip-hop backing to the “power ballad,” everything clicked, composer Sebastien ‘ChemicalSeb’ Najand said


From there, the K-pop themed group, and their debut song, exploded in popularity in the LoL community, and across the world. POP/STARS went viral soon after its release on November 3, and hit a high point after peaking in the number one spot on the World Digital Songs chart.

While K/DA may not be releasing another track any time soon — Riot even had to deny rumors that the four-piece group was preparing to drop a new release titled ‘GAME/OVER’ — it seems like the League of Legends creators have other music in store for fans.

The new band, called True Damage according to early leaks, appears to be a spin-off group with K/DA member Akali, alongside Yasuo, Ekko, Qiyana and the yet-to-be-released Senna. This new music group is expected to debut ahead of the 2019 Worlds final.

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LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-0 wins for WE and Victory 5

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 15:21

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 17 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • Beishang starred as WE went top with a 2-0 win over LNG.
  • Victory 5 demolished Rogue Warriors in a clean 2-0 sweep.
  • EDward Gaming remains second after a 2-0 win against JDG.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 4 schedule (January 25 – January 31)

Date Match PST EST GMT
January 25 EDward Gaming vs SinDragon 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming vs Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG vs Bilibili Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 27 eStar vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs Rogue Warriors 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 28 LGD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
OMG vs SN Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 29 eStar vs LNG 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Royal Never Give Up 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 30 SinoDragon vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 31 Rare Atom vs Rogue Warriors 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports vs JD Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 results (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports 2-0 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors 0-2 Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 0-2 Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up, Team WE and EDward Gaming all yet to drop a series.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 Team WE 5-0 10-2
2 EDward Gaming 4-0 8-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 3-0 6-1
4 FunPlus Phoenix 3-1 7-2
5 Victory Five 3-1 7-4
6 LNG Esports 2-1 4-3
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
Top Esports 2-2 5-4
9 Billibili Gaming 2-2 5-5
eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
11 JD Gaming 1-2 2-4
Rare Atom 1-2 2-4
 13 Suning 1-3 3-6
14 Rogue Warriors 1-4 2-9
15 LGD Gaming 0-3 1-6
ThunderTalk Gaming 0-3 1-6
17 Oh My God 0-4 2-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod