League of Legends might have taken the spotlight when The Simpsons decided to include the game in their long-awaited ‘E my Sports’ episode, but the reasons for showcasing esports in the iconic TV show have now been revealed.
The episode, which finally aired on March 17, was centred around Bart Simpson and his trainer dad Homer, as the pair tried to come together to dominate the game’s competitive scene.
While many fans will have enjoyed the episode surrounding League of Legends and the satirical take on gaming, others might be wondering how the crossover came about.
This was the first time League of Legends has appeared on The Simpsons.
During an interview with The Verge, The Simpsons co-executive producer Rob LaZebnik revealed that it was him that made the first move.
“I remember reading that something like eighty million people viewed the 2017 Season League of Legends World Championship, which is more than the NBA finals,” he said. “It all felt ripe for Simpsonification.”
Showmakers were given 100% control over the way that they would like to portray esports and the Riot Games title, the developer’s Director of esports Whalen Rozelle told The Verge after watching the episode premiere.
“As the show is a satirical comedy, we knew they would present their own take,” the esports chief said. “While we were heavily involved as consultants, we were comfortable giving The Simpsons team full control over how they wanted to present e-sports in the show, given their tradition of excellence.”
The episode joked about some gaming stereotypes and even showed Bart playing in the shower at one point. We’re not sure if every kid does that, but there definitely have been a few who have tried it.
The jungle has had a shake-up in League Season 11 yet again. The item rework means no more jungle items, but a whole load of Mythics to choose from. We’ve got the lowdown on the best items for your jungler right here.
The League of Legends item rework is here in Season 11. The shop looks drastically different, no matter if you’re a new player, old player, or a veteran returning for the first time in a while.
The biggest change in the jungle is two things: jungle items are gone for the most part, being replaced with cheap starter items you have temporarily until you smite enough camps. The second is the Mythic system, which boasts ultra-powerful items you want to buy first.
There’s plenty of different jungle styles, which means finding the right Mythic can be a bit complicated. If you’re confused, or looking to really optimize your build, we’ve got the lowdown right here on the best Mythics to pick up on junglers in League Season 11.
Look, tank junglers are back in fashion. The Season 11 item update has heavily buffed the utility junglers who look to hold back foes, rather than the carry junglers we got accustomed to in Season 10. A big proponent of that meta change is the new Sunfire Aegis.
First it was just an aura. Then there was the CC “explosion” added in Season 10. Now, all of your basic attacks will burn. Sunfire Aegis sets tank champions’ auto attacks alight when at max Immolate stacks, which is pretty easy to hit in a fight.
There’s also bonus scaling against monsters in the jungle — 200% is not something to scoff at — which makes tank junglers’ clears some of the fastest in the game with Sunfire Aegis. If you’re going down the tank path on any jungler, Sunfire Aegis is a must-pick.
Any other tank jungler
When to buy: If you are even considering going a tank build on any jungler — not just the ones listed above — you need Sunfire Aegis to make sure your clear is up-to-par.
Duskblade of Draktharr
We’ve spoken extensively about the powers of Eclipse in our other Mythic guides, but in the jungle, Duskblade of Draktharr shines as the must-have lethality item.
The slow on Duskblade makes executing ganks so much easier. Not only that, but if there’s a teamfight in the river or on an invade, you can get the reset. The ability haste also makes some champions’ clears, like Kha’Zix, Kayn, and Rengar, just that little bit faster.
Duskblade, in combination with Youmuu’s Ghostblade, is the go-to lethality item combination for junglers in Season 11. It has big teamfight and 1v1 potential, and the Nightstalker passive is just too good to look past.
Most assassin junglers
When to buy: If your goal in fights is to one shot the enemy backline and get out safely, there’s no better item than Duskblade for that.
Trinity Force has always been a pretty staple jungle item for a few junglers in particular: Hecarim, Vi, Jax, and Xin Zhao. In Season 11, that’s not changing. Trinity Force is still the way to go on these champions who can use Spellblade effectively.
Although Sheen doesn’t grant mana anymore, picking it up early is a surefire way to clear up your speed while spamming your abilities. The rest of the components are also very handy — Kindlegem gives some much needed Ability Haste, while Hearthbound Axe has both attack speed and movement speed for sticking power.
The attack speed mythic passive is also very powerful on these champions, given they rely heavily on auto attacks to get through a fight. However, there’s also room to pick up Trinity Force on other junglers if you see yourself dueling a lot in the early game.
When to buy: Trinity Force is a good aggressive option for trading junglers who weave auto attacks in between their abilities. It’s a bit of a build-a-bear, but each stat it gives is super handy in the late game.
We spoke about tank junglers being the big winner of the Season 11 item rework. Well, AP junglers are probably the big losers. However, there is hope for them in Night Harvester.
While it’s classified as an AP assassin item for the most part, it actually works splendidly on most AP junglers. The extra health on the item makes it a lot less risky to clear the jungle — you know you’ll make it out alive. Also, the extra movement speed for attacking a champion makes ganks quite easy to execute, even without crowd control.
It does feel like a compromise, given there is no clear identity for AP junglers right now. There’s no real perfect go-to item for them like Sunfire Aegis for tanks, or Eclipse for duelists. However, Night Harvester still goes alright if you do go down this path.
Most other AP junglers
When to buy: If you play an AP jungler, Night Harvester is pretty much your only option right now.
Goredrinker (Lee Sin, Olaf): Goredrinker is a very strong bruiser item, but only two junglers can use it effectively. The Goredrinker passive of bonus AD synergises amazingly with Olaf’s passive, while the active is helpful for clearing big camps like Raptors.
Eclipse (Graves, Nocturne): Eclipse doesn’t get a mention in the must-buys, but it’s definitely worth taking a look at. It’s the perfect item for early game duelists who want to invade and take 1v1 fights, and can help snowball your own lead better than Duskblade.
Turbo Chemtank (Skarner): Turbo Chemtank was made with one champion in mind: Skarner. It’s basically the old Righteous Glory, but with Immolate added on top to help with clears.
The new Turbo Chemtank is an item built for Skarner, but you can grab it on other engage junglers.
Luden’s Tempest (Lillia): If you don’t want to take Night Harvester on AP junglers, you can take Luden’s Tempest. It’s very effective on picks like Lillia, but you do lose a lot of your survivability without the bonus health.
Prowler’s Claw (Rek’Sai): Prowler’s Claw is often overlooked for the other lethality items, but it’s very effective for getting on top of an enemy and one-shotting them. That’s what Rek’Sai does best, making it her perfect item.
Kraken Slayer (Master Yi, Kindred, other AA-based junglers): Kraken Slayer isn’t ultra powerful right now, but it’s a must-have for on-hit and crit based junglers. If you take Guinsoo’s, you can get a lot of effectiveness out of its tank shredding ability.