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Welcome back to another week of Upcomer’s League of Legends Global Power Rankings. As the road to Iceland and the Mid-Season Invitational peeks over the horizon, the Chinese League of Legends Pro League maintains its status as the gold standard. While DWG KIA are on the verge of starting their own dynasty in South Korea, the LPL has six world-class squads squaring off in an explosive battle royale to see which will get the first class ticket to Reykjavík for MSI.

Over in the West, teams are fighting a war of attrition, with Cloud9 separating themselves from the pack in North America and MAD Lions striking down four-time (in a row) European champions G2 Esports on their quest for an inaugural domestic crown. 

1. RNG

Record: 14-2 (29-8)

Results this week:

Movement this week: +1

With DWG KIA dropping down a couple of slots after their series against Hanwha Life Esports, Royal Never Give Up have found themselves in the top spot without even playing a match. Their regular season placement earned them a triple playoff bye, so they’ll play their first post season match against FPX in Round 4 of the LPL playoffs on Wednesday. They’ll be the favorites, but FPX is already climbing this list. So if RNG want to hold their top spot and continue with their season, they’ll need to be free from rust and match their Spring Split form.

Parkes Ousley

2. EDG

Record: 13-3 (28-8)

Results this week: — 

Movement this week: +1

Like RNG, EDward Gaming also slotted up one position on the ranking without having played since last week. They earned a triple bye of their own for their second place finish in the regular season and will play Thursday against the winner of Top Esports and Suning. And with Suning’s current 6-0 playoff run, EDG will have a strong opponent guaranteed. 

Ousley

3. DWG KIA

Record: 17-2 (36-10)

Results this week: 3-0 win against Hanwha Life Esports

Movement this week: -2

DWG KIA dropped two spots this week as their 3-0 series against Hanwha Life Esports looked less than inspiring. The League of Legends Champions Korea regular season champions were slow out of the gate in the playoffs and, barring a few fights toward the end of each game, might’ve had a five-game series on their hands. DWG had the lowest early game rating in the playoffs at 29.3 and were down an average of 1600 gold in their first series, according to Oracle’s Elixir.

The team may have been testing new champions against an inferior opponent, though. Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun played two new bot lane picks, and Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee one-upped his lane partner with three. Regardless, the dip in form was noticeable and prompts a drop in the global rankings.

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4. Top Esports 

Record: 12-4 (25-10)

Results:

Movement: +1

Top Esports are the last of the teams to receive enough LPL playoff byes to have played zero matches since last week’s ranking. Though they’ve only lost one series since the beginning of February, TES have to face a battering ram in Suning, who have just finished two clean sweeps in their last series. If Top manage to beat SN, they will have another match just 48 hours later against EDG. This is an important week for the region, but especially for Top who still have something to prove after being knocked out by Suning at Worlds just six months ago. 

Ousley

5. Gen.G

Record: 14-5 (32-15)

Results: 3-0 against T1

Movement: +3

Gen.G are looking hotter than ever after a satisfying playoff win against rivals T1, which knocked them out of the postseason and our League of Legends power rankings for the week. The matchup was expected to be much closer as T1 ramped up toward the end of the season, but Gen.G made quick work of the lineup in a 3-0 sweep.

As the team’s most powerful and consistent weapon, it’s no surprise that ADC Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk put on a show, and his 11/1/14 kill/death/assist record speaks to that. This weekend, Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong was the star of the show, and it’s about time. Last week, we called out that the mid laner’s play was looking lackluster in comparison to what we’ve come to expect from him. He crucially neutralized Faker in lane with safe, reliable control mage picks and clutched out neutral objective plays throughout the series. 

Bdd now has the highest KDA out of all mids in playoffs at 13.5 and the second highest kill participation of all mids in playoffs at 81.8%, according to Oracle’s Elixir. If Bdd and Gen.G continue to build off of the controlled play they showed against T1, they could pose a legitimate threat to DK in the finals. 

— Nick Ray

6. FPX

After a deep run into the LPL playoffs that included a 3-1 win against JD Gaming, Funplus Phoenix made the biggest climb of any teams in this week’s power rankings. Photo via Twitter @FPX_Esports.

Record: 13-5 (30-13)

Results: 3-1 win against Rare Atom, 3-1 win against JD Gaming

Movement: +4

Funplus Phoenix made a significant jump in our League of Legends power rankings after defeating JD Gaming 3-1 in the LPL playoffs. FPX entered the match warm after their series against Rare Atom in the second round of playoffs. That extra stage time seemingly paid off against JDG, who hadn’t played an official match since March 23 before last night.

This series win gave us a glimpse of what a world class FPX should look like. When it came down to the wire, FPX’s wins against JDG were off the back of superior team fighting and individual performances. Jungler Gao “Tian” Tian-Liang had a stellar series overall; mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang and bot laner Lin “Lwx” Wei-Xiang put in the work as well, boasting score lines of 13/5/35 and 23/6/18 respectively across the team’s victories. 

We’ll find out whether or not this FPX lineup is the real deal next week when they face their biggest test yet: RNG.

— Ray

7. JD Gaming

Record: 12-5 (25-12)

Results: 3-1 loss to FunPlus Phoenix

Movement: -3

JDG tumbled down the rankings this week after a decisive playoff loss against FPX, but they remain in our top 10 for the week. Their split may have ended, bu reigning MVP jungler Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok remains a consistent beacon of hope for JDG and was a key player in their Game 3 victory over FunPlus. Even in the final game, his drake control, which allowed the team to secure Mountain Soul, was the reason why they were able to stall out for as long as they did.

We won’t be seeing JDG until summer, but their loss loss against FPX was more due to their opponent’s rapid improvement; they didn’t just become a terrible team overnight.

Ray

8. Suning Gaming

Record: 12-6 (27-12)

Results: 3-0 against LNG, 3-0 against WE

Movement: New

Suning, one of the two new teams in this week’s League of Legends power rankings, have been on the cusp of greatness for weeks. Thanks to the way they dismantled former top ten team WE, they have finally put the world back on notice. The 2020 Worlds finalists are in good form even without their star support player Hu “Swordart” Shuo-Chieh, who went to TSM this offseason.

His replacement, Luo “ON” Wen-Jun, has looked fantastic so far, especially in the playoffs. The 17-year-old rookie put on a masterful display in Suning’s last series against WE where, across the three games, he had 29 assists to only three deaths to earn Player of the Game honors in their first match of the series. The other four members of the team are the same ones who stood on the World finals stage just a few months ago, and they are peaking at the right time. 

So far, Suning have 3-0’d both of their playoff opponents, and every member on the team has picked up player of the game honors at least once (Xiang “Angel” Tao is the only member to earn it twice). With no weakness and every player in good form, their next series against TES is looking to be a good one. 

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9. MAD Lions

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MAD Lions jumped into the No. 9 spot in the League of Legends global power rankings with an upset of European favorite G2 Esports. Photo by Michal Konkol/Provided by Riot Games.

Record: 16-10

Results: 3-1 against G2

Movement: New

MAD Lions matched up against one of the leading League of Legends European Championship teams and completely dominated them to earn a spot in the top 10. Although G2 bot laner Martin “Rekkles” Larsson has been a boon for his team so far this season, he underperformed in this crucial series and ultimately gave MAD Lions a chance to come out on top. 

Javier “Elyola” Prades outperformed G2 in the jungle, especially in Game 2, where he quickly gained control of the map and earned eight kills as Udyr. Norman “Kaiser” Kaiser also contributed to this week’s victory with his use of engage supports in lane and throughout teamfights. MAD worked together to initiate effective combos and secure a spot in the LEC final. The team ended with an impressive gold lead of 12.4K as they closed out the final game of the series 20-8 with four dragons at 32 minutes.

If MAD maintain this momentum, they’ll pose a challenge to whichever team ends up in the other LEC finals spot on April 10.

— Carolynn Soba

10. G2 Esports

Record: 18-9

Results: 1-3 against MAD Lions

Movement: -3

G2 Esports’ loss to MAD Lions sees them drop to the bottom of the list. Their performance against MAD in the semifinals of the LEC playoffs was one to forget, as their opponents outclassed and, in some cases, out drafted them. Both G2’s Martin “Wunder” Hansen and Mihael “Mikyx” Mehle found it hard to fully impact any game in the series as they struggled to match the pace of their MAD counterparts.

Even though Rasmus “Caps” Winther dealt triple the damage of anyone on his team in most fights and tried to carry the team, his performance was not enough. All of the MAD Lions beat G2 at their own proactive style of League, and it was simply too late by the time G2 woke up. 

While G2 fell at the hands of MAD Lions, they still have a chance to redeem themselves next week, as they must now defeat Rogue to qualify for the finals. Going by LEC history, you can never rule out G2, as they always adapt and come back looking better. Although they faced defeat this weekend, they still remain the kings of Europe and it will take more than just one series to write them off. 

— Rashidat Jimoh

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/league-of-legends-global-power-rankings-for-april-5/

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Levi’s Finds Partnership With NRG Esports is a Good Fit

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Levi’s is taking its biggest step into gaming yet after signing a new deal with NRG Esports that marks its first esports partnership in the U.S. 

The deal was announced on Friday, with terms unreleased, and will center on the iconic jeans brand outfitting NRG players and streamers with its garb, as well as co-branded content projects. 

Levi’s will have a presence at NRG’s Hot Pockets Castle gaming headquarters in L..A., where there will now be a style lounge that incorporates the jeans brand and lets visitors personalize their apparel. NRG will also create a content series showing NRG influencers living out a typical day in their life (presumably while wearing Levi’s products). The co-branded content will appear across NRG’s YouTube and Twitch channels among other platforms.

Levi’s, the American brand that was founded in 1873, has had limited involvement with esports partnerships to this point, with only a couple international deals. Those include one with the DACH Prime League of Legends competition in Europe and one with the U.K.-based university esports organizer The NUEL. Levi’s also did a collaboration with Nintendo around its famous video game characters.

Levi’s VP/Marketing Stacy Doren in a prepared statement noted esports “have become such an important part of today’s youth culture, and with NRG being one of the biggest players in that space, they were an ideal partner to help bring Levi’s into the world of gaming.”

NRG President Brett Lautenbach added that company execs “wanted to work with Levi’s for a long time.”

NRG owns the San Francisco Shock of the Overwatch League, Optic Chicago of the Call of Duty League and also competes in Valorant and Rocket League. Other partners of NRG include Hot Pockets, Popeye’s, T-Mobile, Turtle Beach, and Mountain Dew Game Fuel

The organization has also been in the market trying to find a title sponsor for its Rocket League team.

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Lakeland University Partners With Bucks Gaming for the 2021 NBA 2K League Season

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Lakeland University, the Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, private liberal arts university, is now the official partner of Bucks Gaming for the 2021 NBA 2K League season. Lakeland’s esports program is headed up by former Green Bay Packer Ahman Green.

While financial details of the partnership were not released, the partnership will include a “Strive for Success” digital program that is focused on driving awareness and supporting recruitment to Lakeland’s esports program.

Additionally, each month, Bucks Gaming and Lakeland University will get together to promote the school’s esports program in a variety of ways, which include live streams on the Bucks Gaming’s Twitch channel with Green and members of the Lakeland esports program, and appearances by Bucks Gaming players and staff on The Ahman Green Show podcast.

The two have already seen the partnership come together as Bucks Gaming helped prepare Lakeland’s NBA 2K teams for the Eastern College Athletic Conference playoffs.

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Gamers Club and Riot Games Organize Women’s Valorant Circuit in Latin America

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 Immortals Gaming Club-owned gaming platform Gamers Club and Riot Games (through its Game Changers initiative) are organizing the Gamers Club Circuit: Gêneses Protocol, a women’s tournament in Brazil and Latin America. The competition will be divided into four splits which will qualify one team for the Valorant Game Changers Series.

Each of the splits will have a $20K BRL (roughly $3.6K USD) prize pool, making a total of $80K BRL (roughly $14.3K) invested in prizes. The tournament is open to teams to register, as the Game Changers initiative seeks to create opportunities for women to enter the professional esports scene. Some of the main local organizations competing in the circuit are Gamelanders, INTZ, and Vivo Keyd.

Gamers Club is one of the main investments from IGC in the region and one of the main competitive gaming platforms for various esports in Brazil and Latin America. The platform is also part of the Brazilian Circuit for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CBCS).

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How to play League of Legends’ newest champion Gwen

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Gwen has finally made her entrance in League of Legends as the newest champion and players are hungry to play her on Summoner’s Rift. 

The Hallowed Seamstress was revealed only a few weeks back and since then, players have had the chance to test her out on the Public Beta Environment (PBE). Now that she has made it to the live servers, players will have to figure out the best way to play the new skirmisher and start to climb the ladder. Right from the start, it looks like Gwen will be strongest in the top lane but that might change as Gwen and her kit is explored further. 

While the perfect way to play Gwen is still getting figured out, there is no doubt that she will be able to cut through opponents on Summoner’s Rift and potentially be a new headache for top lane players to go up against. Here’s a look at how to play Gwen. 

How to play Gwen in LoL

Gwen is a champion that relies on quick combos and correct positioning. As an ability-power skirmisher, Gwen isn’t the beefiest champion out there and will be vulnerable to burst combos or crowd control. This means that Gwen has to choose her fights carefully and only jump in when the timing is perfect.

Playing Gwen in big team fights can be difficult and will often require patience to find the right spot to enter the fight. If Gwen gets a good flank onto the enemy backline or waits until big cooldowns are blown, she can enter a fight and turn it around on its head. 

Starting from the early laning phase, Gwen doesn’t want to play scared. Gwen wants to engage in skirmishes and be a bully in the lane, but not without considering potential ganks or bad trades. When moving in for a trade on Gwen, make sure to have Snip Snip! (Q) fully stacked. If this ability is stacked up and hits the opponent in the center, Gwen is almost guaranteed to win out on the trade. 

After gaining a few levels, Gwen can start to pull out quick combos that many tanks or bruisers can’t keep up with. Start out by using Skip’n Slash to get in range of the opponent and start dishing out damage with its empowered attacks and Q. While completing the combo, Gwen can pop Hallowed Mist (W) to gain extra armor and magic resist to win the trade. Hallowed Mist will also enable Gwen to get away while dodging attacks, especially against ranged champions. 

When hitting level 6, Gwen will gain access to Needlework (R) and be a real threat in skirmishes and even team fights. When using Needlework, Gwen wants to auto-attack the champions in between casts to get maximum damage output. Needlework applies Thousand Cuts (P) and will help Gwen chunk through enemies with bonus on-hit magic damage.   

How to build Gwen

Gwen is an ability-power champion that relies a lot on auto-attacks. This is fairly unusual for an AP champion, so Gwen’s build will likely include items that many players aren’t used to. 

For the first item, Gwen wants to get a mythic item. The best option so far will be Riftmaker, which provides Gwen with ability power, ability haste, and omnivamp to empower her kit. The Void Corruption passive on Riftmaker is also a great fit for Gwen, as she will build up extra damage the longer she damages an enemy champion. This has great synergy with her Snip Snip!, which also needs time and continuous attacks to stack up. 

For boots, get Sorcerer’s Shoes for extra penetration. Right after, Gwen wants to go for her second item where Nashor’s Tooth is a great option. As mentioned earlier, Gwen relies a lot on auto attacks and on-hit damage and Nashor’s helps with both of that. Gwen can also go for more aggressive burst-heavy items such as Hextech Rocketbelt and Luden’s Tempest, but those choices will likely require a lead to pay off.  

Later on in the game, Gwen can go for Lich Bane to get even bigger empowered auto attacks. With Lich Bane as a third item, Gwen will be very squishy and easier to focus down so it is with high risk. For a safer route, Zhonya’s Hourglass is the way to go with a potential follow-up of Banshee’s Veil as a fourth item. To round out the build, go for either Rabadon’s Deathcap or Void Staff. 

Runes to use on Gwen

The rune options for Gwen aren’t as straightforward as with many other champions. So far, there are a few options for viable keystones when playing Gwen. This gives Gwen players even more flexibility depending on which lane Gwen is played. 

It’s expected that Gwen will be seen in the top lane most often, where the Conqueror keystone is the most logical choice. With Conqueror, Gwen will be able to take part in skirmishes as she is designed to do. Against beefy opponents, Conqueror will help Gwen chunk through resistances while sustaining. 

In more aggressive matchups, it’s also viable for Gwen to pick Press the Attack. With this keystone, Gwen will be able to trade effectively with quick auto-attack combos. For the secondary rune tree, Gwen can go a defensive route with Revolve or be even more aggressive and take the Domination tree.  

Space Groove Gwen 

What role is Gwen? 

Right from the first reveal of Gwen, it was clear that Riot Games wants to work with Gwen as a top laner. As Gwen hit the PBE, it was also clear that she fits perfectly in the top lane as an ability-power skirmisher. Gwen’s damage and mobility make her a nuisance against tanks and even bruisers. There is a chance that Gwen can work in the jungle or mid lane in certain matchups, but she will likely need more time on the live servers for players to figure out the best fit.  

Is Gwen out in LoL?

Gwen was released to the League of Legends live servers on April 15, only a few days after Riot introduced patch 11.8. Gwen arrived with a Space Groove skin and a special Space Groove Gwen icon. The newest champion can be bought for 7800 Blue Essence or 975 RP.

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