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League of Legends pro Jankos to become Poland’s next Olympic javelin star

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It appears that the Polish Olympic team is set to add another Marcin to its javelin-throwing ranks. In a move absolutely no one predicted, national record holder Marcin Krukowski is, according to The Loadout, soon to be joined by Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski of League of Legends team G2 Esports.

Jankos first caught the eyes of national scouts during his LEC performances this past split. Renowned for his impressive Nidalee spears, it was only a matter of time before the cerebral jungler got the call. “We always knew that League of Legends wasn’t really for Jankos,” an anonymous G2 superfan tells The Loadout. “He just kept throwing spears without them hitting. It looked more like he was practicing throwing them as far as he could.”

But just how far can the League veteran throw? Well, according to professional Reddit mathematician, u/GaleHarvest, Teemo – a 100 unit champion – comes in at 0.9 meters tall. Nidalee’s spear range is 1,500 units, aka, 15 Teemos. This makes for a total throwing distance of just 13.5 meters. Now, this doesn’t sound impressive by itself, but when you account for Berlin internet, as well as the fact Jankos is throwing spears with one finger’s worth of strength, we estimate that the esports athlete’s average throw at stable ping and full power is actually 98.49 meters – this just so happens to be .01 meters greater than the world record held by the legendary Jan Železný.

Other notable throws aside from Železný’s include Andreas Thorkildsen’s 90.57 meter Olympic record at the 2008 Beijing games, Steven Backley’s 91.46 meter British record, and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson’s performance against Immortals during the Worlds 2017 group stage.

Of course, this is a new challenge for Jankos. While he’s certainly proved himself online, Jankos finally has the chance to become a world champion – something G2 has failed to achieve multiple times in the League of Legends world.

With Jankos’ departure, G2 will now surely be looking to its academy team, Fnatic, for a replacement jungler heading into the 2021 LEC Summer Split.

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Source: https://www.theloadout.com/tournaments/lec/jankos-polish-olympic-javelin-team

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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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