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Thorin Shares his Thoughts on the LoL World Championship’s Budget Cuts

Published: 28/Aug/2018 17:45 Updated: 28/Aug/2018 17:50

by Virginia Glaze


The 2018 LoL World Championships saw a major budget cut that has resulted in a unique situation for the event’s English casters – and Thorin had a lot to say about it.

Due to major budget cuts, English casters won’t be on location for the LoL World Championships. Instead, they’ll be in a Los Angeles studio – a long way from the event’s finals South Korea.


Esports historian and event caster Thorin disagreed with this development, citing the difficulties of casting remotely for such a large event in a fifty-two minute YouTube video.

“This means the talent won’t be as involved with the event as they would if they were on-site.”

He also had more direct words for the upcoming situation, referencing the need for casters to feel the crowd’s energy.


“I can tell you right now, as someone who’s commentated events, and as someone who’s been an analyst of events, that ain’t the same. Sure, you can hear all that, but it ain’t the same as feeling it. It’s not the same as being there.”

Riot games has cut its 2018 esports budget in an effort to “break even.” According to Riot’s global esports lead, Derrick “FearGorm” Asiedu, Riot has spent over $100 million on their esports initiative, and is now looking for ways to make the program more “financially sustainable.”

“…we don’t want to continue to be in startup mode – we’re now a mature business and costs need to be more in line with revenue in the future: Now that we’ve built something awesome, we’re going to start exercising more discipline around holding ourselves to financial constraints as revenue continues to pick up.”

With this development came the news that LoL’s English casters wouldn’t be on site for the World Championships in Korea. Instead, the crew will work out of a studio in Los Angeles, streaming the event remotely.

Whether or not this development will affect the casters’ performance remains to be seen.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


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.


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.


“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.


“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!