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Over the past week, three of the four major regions in the League of Legends global power rankings have locked in their representatives for the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, leaving China’s League of Legends Pro League to follow suit on April 18.

DWG KIA of South Korea’s League of Legends Champions Korea have earned their spot as favorites entering into the tournament. With the League of Legends Championship Series’ Cloud9 punching their ticket to Iceland for North America and MAD Lions wearing the League of Legends European Championship crown for the first time, the stage is set for the first international tournament of 2021.

Here’s a look at the top teams around the globe as we prepare for MSI and the Summer Split beyond it.

10. Cloud9

Record: 19-8

Results this week: 3-2 against Team Liquid

Movement this week: New

After missing out on the chance to attend MSI after winning the LCS 2020 Spring Split, Cloud9 have earned a shot at international glory.

Their hard-fought 3-2 victory over Team Liquid in the LCS 2021 Mid-Season Showdown grand final has earned them a spot at the 2021 MSI (and on our rankings) for the first time in the organization’s history.

It’s clear that Cloud9 are the best team in North America after this series. Across the board, the team stepped up and showcased some of the highest-level individual play the LCS has seen all year. Superstar mid laner Luka “Perkz” Perković was an X factor for the team. His playmaking and fearlessness them team from the brink of elimination at multiple points throughout the series, and he averaged a staggering 80.7% kill participation throughout all five games, according to Oracle’s Elixir.

In addition to an impressive showing from Perkz, the team showcased their strategic creativity in Game 5, where they initiated a lane-swap in the early game to counter the effective roaming of Team Liquid support Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in.

If the resilience and real time problem-solving Cloud9 displayed in finals is any indicator of what we’ll see in Iceland, LCS fans can be proud to have them represent the region overseas in May.

— Nick Ray

9. MAD Lions

As the first LEC team other than G2 or Fnatic to win a European title since 2014, MAD Lions earned their way onto this week’s power rankings. Photo by Michael Konkol for Riot Games

Record: 16-10

Results this week: 3-2 against Rogue

Movement this week: New

MAD Lions showed their perseverance in a five-game series by taking advantage of small windows of opportunity and showing excellent teamwork against LEC final opponent Rogue. The first two games favored Rogue, with MAD struggling to close the 1.5K gold gap in the second match. In Game 3, however, MAD Lions top laner İrfan “Armut” Tükek started dominating team fights, going 6-1 as MAD gained momentum, took down Baron and denied Rogue the 3-0.

MAD then pushed it to Game 5, where Javier “Elyoya” Prades’ overall shot-calling and Armut’s bravery in the final teamfight led the squad to their first LEC title and made them the first team other than Fnatic or G2 Esports to win an LEC title since 2014.

Now, they’ll have a chance to prove that European teams other than those two dynasties can shine on an international stage, too.

— Carolynn Soba

8. Suning Gaming

Record: 14-7 (34-15 game record)

Results this week: 3-0 against LNG Esports, 3-0 against Team WE, 1-3 against Top Esports

Movement this week:

Suning Gaming had an explosive start to their playoff run, slamming LNG in a 3-0, winning their third game in just 17 minutes in a nearly perfect manner. That was to be expected, though, since Suning had just beaten them 2-0 two weeks before during the regular season.

Suning then faced Team WE in Round 2, sweeping them as well with another near-perfect game despite a 2-0 loss a few weeks prior. Unfortunately for Suning, the momentum of their 6-0 start to the playoffs wasn’t enough to ram through the fresh Top Esports, who matched Suning’s pace and rivaled Lê “SofM” Quang Duy’s creativity in the jungle.

After multiple 40-minute bangers, Top Esports came online to smack down Suning and end their hot streak. Suning may not have advanced to MSI, but they concluded with a 7-3 run in the playoffs to take them into their break before summer.

— Parkes Ousley

7. Gen.G

Despite sweeping T1, Gen.G continue to fall in the wake of DWG KIA. Photo courtesy of League of Legends Champions Korea.

Record: 14-6 (32-18)

Results this week: 0-3 DWG KIA

Movement this week: -2

After thrashing T1 in a 3-0 series, Gen.G went up against the behemoth that is DWG KIA. Gen.G put up a valiant fight, especially in Game 2 as AD carry Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk posted a 14/2/8 kill/death/assist performance. Still, the No. 2 team in the LCK went down to the League of Legends Champions Korea regular season and playoff champions in a sweep.

Gen.G were a solid second-place team in the LCK this spring. They split their matches against DWG in the regular season and defeated most of the lower-placed teams with ease. If given the opportunity to play internationally, Gen.G may match up well against other top teams. However, fans will have to wait for the summer to see the squad test their metal against the rest of the world.

— Declan McLaughlin

6. JD Gaming

Record: 12-5 (25-12)

Results this week:

Movement this week: +1

The beneficiaries of a Gen.G loss, JD Gaming have moved up a spot since their loss to FunPlus Phoenix a week ago. The team was a victim of FPX’s deep playoff run but still have the chops to claim a top 10 rank.

Jungler Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok remains a bright spot for the team’s future. The 2020 regular season MVP is still a focal point for the squad, with his 72% average kill participation and early objective control sense. When he gets his team a lead, they tend to win out, as JDG won 86% of their matches when they are ahead in gold at 15 minutes this spring.

— McLaughlin

5. Top Esports

Record: 12-4 (25-10)

Results this week: 3-1 vs. Suning, 2-3 vs. RNG

Movement this week: -1

If you needed any more confirmation that China’s LPL is currently the most competitive region in the world, look no further than Top Esports finishing outside of the top three for the spring split after a dramatic 3-2 loss to RNG.

TES are arguably an upgraded side from last year’s team that won the summer domestic title and finished top-four at Worlds with the inclusion of new starting support Wang “Zhuo” Xu-Zhuo. While the solo lanes for TES seemed to have fallen into a spring slumber, the silver lining for the former Chinese champions is that their star jungler, Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan, is playing some of the best League of Legends in his career.

It wasn’t the spring split TES were hoping for, but there should be little worry that Zhuo “Knight” Ding will rediscover his world-class form come the summer. TES are still one of the most talented teams in the world individually and proved that with their win over Suning, but unlike previous seasons, the LPL is too deep to rely on just one or two players having a career split. To win the LPL this spring, the champion needs to bring their A-game every night.

— Tyler Erzberger

4. Royal Never Give Up

Record: 15-3 (32-13)

Results this week: 0-3 against FPX, 3-2 against TES

Movement this week: -3

Before Royal Never Give Up’s matches last week, they had a week and a half to watch the other teams battle through the playoffs to reach them in their triple round bye. But when it was finally their turn, they were caught off guard.

FPX used their playoff momentum to steamroll RNG and won 3-0, with each game clocking in under 30 minutes. Luckily for RNG, that loss was enough of a wakeup call for them to find a victory in their first loser’s bracket series against Top Esports. After a full five-game set with the last game going 43 minutes, RNG found themselves at the top and advanced to the losers final against EDward Gaming.

— Ousley

3. EDward Gaming

Record: 14-4 (33-11)

Results this week: 3-0 against TES, 2-3 against FPX

Movement this week: -1

EDward Gaming looked poised to take over RNG’s top spot after they rolled over against FPX, especially since they had just knocked off Top Esports. However, the LPL squad suffered a similar fate as RNG when they finally ran into FPX.

EDG did a lot of things right in the series and actually reached match point after a dominant Game 3 win saw Zhao “JieJie” Li-Jie outclass FPX’s Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang. That, in turn, enabled first-team All LPL players Lee “Scout” Ye-chan and Park “Viper” Do-hyeon to do the rest of the lifting, giving them an opportunity to close out the series.

However, after some poor fights from EDG the middle of Game 4, FPX took over, and in Game 5, EDG were simply out drafted and outclassed by Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang’s pocket Akali pick.

It was a heartbreaking turn of events for EDG fans after the team got so close to their first LPL finals in three years. However, EDG proved they have have the tools to beat FPX in a rematch — they just have to beat RNG in the losers final for a shot at redemption.

— Warren Younger

2. FPX

Record: 15-5 (36-15)

Results this week: 3-1 against JDG, 3-0 against RNG, 3-2 against EDG

Movement this week: +4

FunPlus Phoenix continue to make a shocking tear through the LPL playoff bracket, but their biggest test to date was against EDG. After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series, FPX turned it around in Game 4 off the backs of Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon and Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang and stomped EDG in 25 minutes to force a decisive game.

Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang brought out yet another of his endless supply of pocket picks in Akali for the second time in the series. It ended the series with its second win. Doinb never died during the two games he played Akali, putting him en-route to a 10/0/10 KDA. More importantly, he was the MVP in the deciding game of the series that sent FPX to their second-ever LPL grand final.

FPX now have wins against the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 teams in the LPL, all back-to-back, and stand atop the region until another team proves otherwise.

— Younger

1. DWG KIA

DWG KIA are poised as the favorites to win the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational after securing the LCK Spring Split title. Photo courtesy of League of Legends Champions Korea.

Record: 18-2 (39-10)

Results this week: 3-0 against Gen.G

Movement this week: +2

With DWG KIA’s demolition of a strong Gen.G roster in the LCK Spring Split final, their unrivaled supremacy continues. While they may not have played exceptionally well against Hanwha Life Esports, DWG KIA certainly showed they were only testing their limits with that series. They showed no mercy to Gen.G with a 3-0 clean sweep that let them lift the LCK Spring Split trophy.

The LCK champions began the series with a dominant showing in Game 1. Their Hermeirdinger and Senna champion combination perfectly answered all of Gen.G’s challenges, and Kim “Khan” Dong-ha’s flanks on the Sion proved instrumental, leaving Gen.G without a chance even before the fights began.

DAMWON mid laner Heo “ShowMaker” Su stole the show in Game 2 on Renekton, which allowed his team to stave off Gen.G once again. DWG KIA finally closed out Game 3 in under 28 minutes with just one tower lost.

DWG KIA’s read on the meta makes them a scary team to play against in any competition. According to Oracle’s Elixir, they had a mid-late game rating of 53.5 in the LCK 2021 Spring Playoffs, with the closest other playoff competitor, Gen.G, having a rating of 5.9.

Any team hoping to get the most out of MSI will have to find a way to dismantle the DWG KIA machine. Right now, it doesn’t look possible.

— Rashidat Jimoh

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/league-of-legends-global-power-rankings-for-april-12/

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Leona Heidern cuts into the King of Fighters XV lineup

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As many fans predicted, The SIlent Soldier Leona Heidern is joining the King of Fighters XV roster, bringing her combat-centric personality to the ring. 

She was featured in the original announcement trailer for the game, so it was only a matter of time before she was shown cutting away at the competition. Despite this, she is technically the 20th fighter joining the game’s roster. 

Leona is an explosive and direct fighter that mixes fast motions with her claw-like form, which allows her to optimize her slashing-style that pairs well with her acrobatic movements. 

Many of her moves involve coating her attacks or body parts with a blade-like aura. This lets her pierce her opponents with her strikes, and even extend the blades to her energy attacks, such as with her Cutting Ball. 

Since Leona was not shown to have a team, we might be seeing the return of the Ikari Warriors in the near future. That would mean both Ralf Jones and Clark Still will be joining the roster, unless SNK decides to really shake things up with some of Leona’s normal supporting cast.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/fgc/news/leona-heidern-cuts-into-the-king-of-fighters-xv-lineup

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The 6 best VALORANT Agents to use for Replication game mode

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VALORANT’s Patch 2.09 dropped yesterday with a bunch of minor balance changes and map tweaks. Though competitive players may need to spend a decent amount of time to see if anything in the meta has changed, a new limited-time game mode will be available for fans to enjoy.

In the Replication game mode, teams will get to play with a single agent. When a Replication match begins, you’ll be able to vote on an agent. Once the agent is selected, all of the members of your team will play as the chosen character.

If you’re already having evil thoughts about perma-flashing your enemies, Riot may be one step ahead of you on that one since the developer also included a “flashguard” to help VALORANT players maintain their eye health.

The Replication game mode will only be available for two weeks, and these are the agents that you should try playing in the mode before it rotates out.

Raze

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When you know the enemy team is rushing through a corridor, there won’t be enough grenades in the world to cut them off. That may not be an issue at all, if you have a team of Razes, however.

A full Raze team can open the door to a world of opportunities both in terms of defense and offense. You can try flying into a bomb-site with Raze’s Blast Packs or set your Boom Bots toward the same direction for a robot uprising.

Paint Shells, on the other hand, can be a nightmare to deal with for your opponents. Throwing a couple of them from different directions to corner the enemy team can be enough to secure around by itself. When you all have your ultimates available, you may as well queue up the song Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas. 

Cypher

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In most VALORANT games, the information flow within a team is often the deciding factor between securing a round or going bust. The level of communication can increase drastically if you’re a team of Cyphers.

With carefully placed Spycams around the map, you can have eyes on almost anywhere important on the map. Trapwires will work wonderfully to secure objectives, and once all Cyphers start using their ultimates, your enemies will have nowhere to hide on the map.

Omen

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No matter the map or the composition you’re running, Omen can always be a crucial part of any lineup. Considering the number of mobility tools he has, dealing with him can prove itself to be a difficult task.

While one decent Omen is already a trouble for most teams, dealing with five of them can make anyone dizzy. As five Omens, you can surround the enemy team from all angles, but it can also be a double-edged sword. If you get separated around the map, you can also get picked off one by one, which is never good.

Viper

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Having less space to work with while you’re covering a site can make it impossible to withstand enemy fire. Once you block an exit, you can just expect your enemies to show up from the other side.

With a team of Vipers you can lay down multiple Toxic Screen and trap your opponents in a box. To stay one step ahead of your opponents, you may want to get up-to-date with all the smoke and wall locations for Viper.

Brimstone

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Brimstone has multiple abilities that make him a great pick for the Replication game mode. It’s his ultimate that lets him really shine, however, and your enemies will need to think not twice but thrice after you occupy a bombsite with multiple Orbital Strikes.

Aside from his ultimate, Incendiary will also be another great tool that can make it relatively easier to defend our push hotspots on any map.

Killjoy

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If you liked the idea of starting a robot uprising with Raze, you might also want to give it a try with Killjoy as well. Killjoy is equipped with multiple automated tools that make her one of the best agents to try out in the Replication mode.

Setting up multiple Alarmbots and Turrets at the same time can be quite difficult to deal with for your opponents, and you’ll be able to get creating with all the extra Lockdown charges on your team.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/valorant/news/the-6-best-valorant-agents-to-use-for-replication-game-mode

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Renekton, Scorched Earth skin now available on Wild Rift

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The latest champion to join the Wild Rift as part of Patch 2.2c is none other than the butcher of the sands, Renekton.

Now available to purchase in-game, Renekton offers players a powerful yet simple champion for their top lane needs. Those who are familiar with the champion from League of Legends will have no trouble picking up Renekton in Wild Rift as his kit is mostly unchanged between the games.

Alongside the champion, you can also score yourself the Scorched Earth skin to spice up Renekton’s appearance on the Rift. Introduced in patch 2.2b, Renekton is one of four champions that can partake in nemesis duels and this can occur when he comes face to face with Nasus during a match.

There is criteria that must be met for this unique battle feature to occur and you can check those out on Riot’s website. The champion who emerges victorious in combat will score themselves a buff for the rest of the game.

Later in Patch 2.2c, you can expect to see plenty of new skins added including a selection from the Blood Moon range, and a new Pride event on May 24. A full list of everything including in this latest update can be found here.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/news/renekton-scorched-earth-skin-now-available-on-wild-rift

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Konami reveals 2021 Lost Art Promotion, includes second run of Dark Magician Girl

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Over the last several weeks, Konami has slowly been revealing all of the new promotional cards that will be featured at Official Tournament Stores for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG for upcoming physical releases. 

Now, the Lost Art Promotion list has been fully detailed and will include a second run of the special Lost Art variant of Dark Magician Girl from last year, along with 11 other cards. 

These Lost Art promos will be handed out at participating OTS stores when customers purchase $30 or more in sealed Yu-Gi-Oh! product. These packs will be refreshed and released in the middle of every month and will only be available while supplies last. 

Many of these cards will be released with artwork that has never been officially released outside of the OCG. Here are the confirmed cards that will be featured in this promotion. 

  • Dark Magician Girl
    • Will return to promo packs later this year
  • Raging Eria
  • Blazing Hiita
  • VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon
  • Vampire Vamp
  • Celestia, Lightsworn Angel

The remaining cards will be revealed later this year, so it is likely that the Dark Magician Girl promo will run at some point during the late Summer months. You can reach out to your local OTS locations for more details on the promotion and if they will be participating in it.

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