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Shadow: Taming the inner MAD Lion to lead the LEC

Published: 27/Jun/2020 22:10 Updated: 28/Jun/2020 15:56

by Alan Bernal

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The most impressive surprise of the Summer 2020 LEC split has been the MAD Lions, in-part due to young jungler Zhiqiang ‘Shad0w’ Zhao, who discussed how the team is controlling the hype of their momentum.

After rebranding from Splyce to the newly-formed MAD Lions, the org surrounded Marek ‘Humanoid’ Brázdawith with a bunch of rookies. They ended Spring 2020 with a respectable fourth-place finish in the regular season, but came out even stronger to start the Summer split.

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“We just came in last split and right now we’re already one of the best teams in the LEC,” Shadow said.

But the team still has plenty of areas to improve upon, chief among them: their eagerness to fight.

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The MAD Lions are fine-tuning how they play and its paying off with the top spot in the LEC.

“I think sometimes all of us get too hyped and go in without any reason,” Shadow said. “Sometimes we go a little bit too aggressive and we throw the game. I think recently we got better at controlling the inner lion in our hearts.”

This has been something the 19-year-old jungler has been focusing on. As one of the more proactive players in that role, there have been times when he’s noticed an untimely attempt to make a play has backfired.

For Shadow, being more consistent in his performances on the Rift is going to be a key to improve upon as they try to preserve their top-tier standing.

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There’s going to be a target on the Lions as they go into Week 4, but will look to pad their record against the winless ⁠FC Schalke 04 on Friday July 3 at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6:00 PM BST.

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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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