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Riot roasts Overwatch League in absurd LoL comedy sketch

Published: 20/Mar/2020 22:38

by Michael Gwilliam

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Riot Games fired a few shots at Blizzard and the Overwatch League during a skit “explaining” how the League of Legends European Championship playoff format will work.

During the skit, Andrew ‘Vedius’ Day took on the role of ‘Explanius’ to detail how the playoffs would function, albeit with some comedic flare.

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“We start our playoffs with the first and fourth seed fighting in a cooking competition,” Vedius explained, while Christy ‘Ender’ Frierson added a picture of chefs to whiteboard behind them.

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The Overwatch League’s third season has been plagued by issues.

This opening segment set the tone of the whole skit, which was all performed in good fun – until the 2:41 mark, where Riot started blasting the Overwatch League for how it handled season one.

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“Last yea,r there were many complaints about our final. Increasing the amount of players from five to six, having a wide array of game modes such as assault, control and escort, and inviting a washed-up DJ who shouts his own name for a live concert.”

This was clearly a shot at Overwatch, as the game is played with six players and features all of the game modes mentioned by ‘Explainius.’

Their comments about a washed-up DJ were aimed at DJ Khaled, whose performance at the Overwatch League Grand Finals in New York City was widely panned by critics and fans.

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Even those who don’t normally follow the Overwatch League, such as h3h3’s Ethan Klein, mocked the performance on his podcast.

“There were too many changes,” Vedius continued. “And it resulted in a significant decline in engagement, interest, and overall viewership. This of course meant that we could no longer afford to fund the paid actors that came to our live events.”

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In the Overwatch esports community, many memes and inside jokes were created about over-enthusiastic fans being “paid actors” who had been hired by Blizzard.

While Riot and Blizzard have been rivals of sorts for some time, things are going to get even more heated once Valorant is released and competes directly with Overwatch for hero shooter supremacy.

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Perhaps this skit is just a warning shot of what’s to come in the future.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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