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The playoff bracket has been drawn for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship

Published: 17/Oct/2018 14:20 Updated: 17/Oct/2018 15:57

by Joe O'Brien

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The playoff bracket has been drawn for the 2018 League of Legends World Championship.

This year’s event has seen one of the most exciting group stages in the event’s history, with the final standings in three of the four groups ultimately coming down to tie-breakers.

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It’s also been the most evenly-matched year since the ascent of the South Korean squads. For the first time since the introduction of the four-group format, an LCK team failed to make it out of the group stage – defending World Champions Gen.G Esports no less.

When the dust settled, it was China’s LPL that secured the most playoff spots, with all three representatives – Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming, and EDward Gaming – reaching the quarterfinals. Both South Korean teams that got through however, KT Rolster and Afreeca Freecs, secured the top spots in their respective groups.

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The playoff bracket was drawn in a live show, with the first seeded teams being drawn first and the second seeds filled in afterwards. Crucially, though teams from the same region could meet in the first round, teams that played in the same group could not be on the same side of the bracket.

The result is a bracket that sees tournament favorites KT Rolster and Royal Never Give Up on a collision course for the semi-finals – although KT will have to go through Invictus Gaming to get there, no small challenge.

Meanwhile, a Fnatic that have been cited by many as the strongest Western team to ever play at Worlds have a route clear of either team. They now have a very realistic shot at becoming the first Western team to reach the final since Season One, especially after their spectacular group stage showing.

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Meanwhile, Fnatic and G2 Esports from the EU LCS both made it to the playoffs, with Fnatic locking in a first seed after an epic performance against Invictus Gaming in Group D. Finally, NALCS third seed Cloud9 fought from play-ins to claim the second spot in Group B.

The bracket will play best-of-five matches and be as follows, with the top two matches leading to the first semi-final, and the bottom two leading to the second: 

  • KT Rolster vs Invictus Gaming – Saturday October 20, 05:00 BST
  • Royal Never Give Up vs G2 Esports – Saturday October 20, 09:00 BST
  • Afreeca Freecs vs Cloud9 – Sunday October 21, 05:00 BST
  • Fnatic vs EDward Gaming – Sunday October 21, 09:00 BST
Cosplay

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.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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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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