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Riot gives insight into Gwen’s origin and gameplay design process for League of Legends

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Riot Games released the latest installment of its “Champion Insights” series today, discussing the origins of League of Legends’ newest champion, Gwen. Riot dove deep into the creation process behind the scissor-wielding skirmisher, mentioning how the champion’s story and gameplay elements came together throughout her development process. 

“To help make her feel less modern and more high-fantasy Runeterra, we borrowed from the shape language found in Camavor,” said Gem “Lonewingy” Lim, Riot’s concept art lead. Camavor is another region found in the universe of League, much like Runterra.

“Camavor’s culture is a hybrid of conquistador-era Spain and Victorian England,” according to Lonewingy. “The style of that time is very baroque with emphasis on embellishments and attention to detail. We wanted to make sure that that style came through in Gwen, both as a doll and human.”

Riot also mentioned how important it was for Gwen’s source of power to be obvious to the naked eye. Riot has said in the past that every champion in League should have some sort of iconic silhouette to them that defines their character. Whether it’s Senna’s gun or Ivern’s brittle, long legs, there should always be a defining characteristic for a League champion. For Gwen, it’s a monstrously large pair of scissors. 

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As far as gameplay goes, Riot ran into trouble when designing Gwen’s Hallowed Mist (W). 

“The problem was that her enemies could just leave her zone. No one wants to fight the enemy when they’re at their strongest, so the answer to Gwen’s ‘welcome to my thunderdome’ spell was to just leave,” Riot said. “And that’s when the team realized that they needed to give Gwen the tools to actually force enemies to play her game.”

The champion’s designers eventually came to the point of allowing Gwen to move her zone of spooky mist one time so that she can efficiently chase down enemies and force her targets to play by her rules. 

Riot also mentioned how it heavily experimented with Gwen’s ultimate before landing on Needlework’s current iteration.

“Her ult was always needle-and-thread themed, so we used that to yank her enemies back into her zone.” said game designer Stash “Stashu” Chelluck. “It was really fun to play as, because your victim’s teammates couldn’t do anything to help. There was another iteration where she’d spear two enemies with needles and then swap their locations.”

But abilities such as these ultimately created a problem for Gwen since her kit became quickly overloaded with a ton of high-damage abilities, as well as strong crowd control tools. Riot came to the conclusion that instead of focusing on utility, Gwen’s strengths would come from the ability to run absolutely rampant on the enemy team, dealing high burst damage in a skirmishing scenario as opposed to locking down opponents and dealing damage by way of a thousand cuts. 

Gwen should reach League’s live servers with Patch 11.8 on April 14, according to the official patch schedule.


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Three takeaways from the SWT Europe Ultimate Online Qualifier

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The Smash World Tour made its way to Europe this past weekend for one of its most stacked qualifier tournaments yet. Here are some of the major takeaways from the upset-filled bracket at the SWT Europe Ultimate Online Qualifier.

Bloom4Eva excels with rarely used characters

Going into the SWT Europe Ultimate Online Qualifier, Oliver “Bloom4Eva” Alexander was a plausible pick for first place. He is the highest-ranked of only two Europeans who appear on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6. Still, he would have to deal with a plethora of offline threats looking to qualify for the in-person Regional Finals. Additionally, Bloom4Eva would have to wrestle with the inconsistencies of his own character, Bayonetta.

Despite the high-level competition and his not-so-high-level character, Bloom4Eva managed to claim first place. In doing so, he cemented his status as Europe’s current best online player. Bloom4Eva defeated players like James “Lucretio” Ekeocha, Valentin “Tomberry” B., Favro “Freetox_” Quentin, David “Vidad” Álvarez Pérez and Pau “sisqui” Caire.

Interestingly, Bloom4Eva and sisqui both opted to switch to secondary characters for their grand finals set. So, while sisqui tried to fight with Donkey Kong and King K. Rool, Bloom4Eva secured a 3-1 victory with his Corrin, another rarely used character.

Currently, it is unclear whether Bloom4Eva will actually be able to compete in the Europe Ultimate Regional Finals. The Smash World Tour rules state that competitors must be 16 years of age to be eligible for the Europe Regional Finals. However, Bloom4Eva will not turn 16 until November and his Regional Finals are scheduled for July. The Smash World Tour has not responded to a request for clarification on Bloom4Eva’s eligibility as of the publication of this article.

Glutonny makes do with a nerfed Wario

Though he is Europe’s best offline player, qualifying was no easy feat for William “Glutonny” Belaid. His character, Wario, was heavily nerfed in the most recent patch, making it harder for him to combo into his Wario Waft kill move.

Despite this setback, Glutonny was able to make a run to third place at the SWT Europe Ultimate Online Qualifier. He fell into losers early, suffering a 3-0 loss to Vidad. However, he quickly reached top 12 with 3-0 wins of his own against Sem “Supahsemmie” J. and “Noxumbra.”

Before he finally fell to sisqui in losers finals, Glutonny looked dominant in the losers bracket. He swept every opponent in his path without dropping a game. Glutonny still managed to find setups into his Wario Waft; while also attacking with extended combos and mixing aggressive offstage edgeguarding with precise onstage ledgetrapping. As a result, Glutonny eliminated Arsenio “PurpleDebo” J., Tomberry, Vidad and Freetox_.

SuperStriker makes a deep losers run to win the Last Chance Qualifier

As the only WWR-ranked player besides Bloom4Eva, Clement “SuperStriker” Madison was another fairly safe pick to do well at the SWT Europe Ultimate Online Qualifier. However, he suffered an early upset to “Raphy” in phase two of pools. Then, he lost to Supahsemmie, who had been upset in phase one of pools.

In the Last Chance Qualifier, SuperStriker once again found himself in the losers bracket thanks to Tiago “Thank” Gomes. But, SuperStriker took his Sonic to new speeds from there. He won 13 straight sets to claim first place in the Last Chance Qualifier.

In phase three, SuperStriker eliminated several offline threats in a row. These included Khang “Tru4” Tran, Dennis “iStudying” Kwarteng, Hugo Lancelot Hujala and Supahsemmie. Then, in top eight, he overcame Gia “Longo” Long Hoang, James “Peli” H., Noxumbra and Mertcan “Snormanda” Irdem, along with double-eliminating Lucretio.

SuperStriker made use of Sonic’s strengths, patiently waiting for opportunities to quickly approach with Sonic’s Spin Dash or Spin Charge, racking up little bits of damage at a time before resetting the neutral. In addition, he showcased his ability to edgeguard with back-air and the spring from Sonic’s Up-B, while employing forward smash both as a ledgetrapping tool and a raw punish option.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/three-takeaways-from-the-swt-europe-ultimate-online-qualifier/

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CadiaN wraps up ESL Pro League with a memorable clutch against Gambit

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ESL Pro League Season 13 finally culminates with Heroic coming out as the winners. The Danish in-game leader Casper “⁠cadiaN⁠ Møller capped off the series in a historic clutch that has blown away the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans. 

In a seven-hour-long series of five maps, Heroic’s performance remained top-notch. The Danes won their map picks and finally thrashed Gambit on the final map Mirage. Everyone had expected a brutal battle between the Danes and CIS dark horses, and the two teams delivered just that. However, it was CadiaN’s impeccable clutch that added the finishing touch to ESL Pro league’s final game.

Heroic looked good in Mirage performance-wise, but an eco-round on the terrorist side pointed towards another round. The Danish skipper had plans of his own. With his entire team dead and just a sorry p250 on him, CadiaN stepped into the battlefield with a purpose. The IGL snuck into the jungle and held off his primary fire after spotting an AWPer on stairs. His patience earned him a knife kill on Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov, who was caught unawares with a Sniper. With sh1ro’s AWP on him, CadiaN became invincible. 

The IGL turned the jungle area into a lion’s den, scouting enemies one by one. CadiaN brought the situtation down to one versus two after punishing Vladislav “nafany” Gorshkov for walking in his crosshair. Next, The AWPer started spamming triple and ultimately got an insane kill through the boxes against Timofey “interz” Yakushin. CadiaN was now weak with 2 HP, which meant that the round was still very much in Gambit’s favour. However, he was eager to win as he pushed in towards Tetris, adding a fourth kill to his scoreboard and another trophy to Heroic’s showcase. 

CadiaN finishes off Gambit in a historic clutch 

CadiaN’s clutch against Gambit definitely goes in CSGO history books as one of the unique clutches. Not only did he secure a major tournament win for Heroic, but he did it with a p250 against fully armed enemies. His incredible play earned him applause from CSGO fans, casters, and viewers from all over the world, making it one of the most memorable plays in CSGO. 

Thanks to CadiaN’s shot-calling, Gambit lost to Heroic in a 2-3 fashion after a tight-knit fight. While the long series was rather exhausting for both teams, CadiaN’s clutch featuring a spicy knife surely adds a nice touch to EPL Season 13 wrap-up. CadiaN finished the series of five maps with a 1.14 rating. 

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Esports venue in Warsaw renamed ‘ESPOT powered by Mercedes-Benz’

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The Polish branch of automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has inked a partnership with Polish esports org Illuminar Gaming, and is now the title sponsor of esports and gaming venue ESPOT Gaming Concept in Warsaw, Poland.

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Jarosław Śmietana, CEO & Founder ESPOT Gaming Concept, told Esports Insider that “Mercedes-Benz will have permanent branding in the [ESPOT] venue, and a series of gaming/esports events around League of Legends and digital motorsport content will be produced either live or online, depending on lockdown restrictions.”

The Mercedes-Benz logotype will be featured on Illuminar Gaming’s League of Legends teams’ jerseys, including the Ultraliga and academy teams as well as the org’s LoL streamers.

RELATED: League of Legends Esports taps Mercedes-Benz as global partner

Śmietana said to expect a documentary series, entertainment and educational shows, and a special Illuminar custom-made car project to be be announced later this year — revolving around the main Illuminar Gaming League of Legends team. ‘ESPOT powered by Mercedes-Benz’ — the venue’s new name — will serve as the primary production location, where Illuminar Gaming will be frequent guests.

Founded in late 2015, Illuminar Gaming is one of Poland’s oldest esports organisations, currently competing in CS:GO, League of Legends, Rocket League and Hearthstone.

“ESPOT Gaming Concept is the first esports venue in Warsaw, which started its operations in October 2020,” Śmietana said. ESPOT operated as an online B2B studio due to COVID restrictions, after its opening was delayed. 

From the press release, Fryderyk ‘Veggie’ Kozioł, Head of Esports at Illuminar Gaming commented: “The cooperation between Mercedes-Benz Poland and the Illuminar Gaming esports organisation is a signal to the entire market that the Poland industry is mature and ready for premium brands.

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“Through this cooperation, Mercedes-Benz implements its global policy of communication to young generations, being present at the centre of their entertainment world. The brand has been supporting sport in Poland for years — now it’s time for esports.”

Esports Insider says: With Mercedes-Benz’s dedication to League of Legends apparent as the exclusive automotive partner of all global LoL Esports events and as an exclusive partner of the LoL World Championship’s trophy ceremony, partnering with the hybrid B2B/B2C esports arena/production studio and esports team will likely result in well-produced content promoting the brand to the country’s esports fans.

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World of Warcraft teams clash in AWC Shadowlands Circuit

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The top World of Warcraft teams clashed in the Arena World Championship (AWC) Shadowlands Circuit for the event’s third week. Only the top four teams will get a place in the Season 1 Finals.

Creed and Skill Capped dominate Shadowlands Circuit

Day 2 of the third week began with Reload Esports versus Ad Hoc Gaming in the Nagrand Arena. The latter team took the first win of the day.

The team bested its opponents on game two as well. However, Reload Esports brought it back in the third match and the proceeding one, tying the score 2-2. When it all came down to Tol’viron Arena, Reload Esports did a reverse sweep and won 3-2.

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Reload Esports versus Ad Hoc Gaming. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

The second series of the day consisted of matches between Cowana Gaming and Creed. The Nagrand Arena went to Creed and it didn’t stop there. Following that victory, the team dominated in Hook Point and Black Rook Hold in the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit. This earned the team a score of 3-0.

Up next, Tegridy Damp went against Skill Capped with the latter team obtaining victory in the first game. Although Tegridy Damp put up a fight in both Empyrean Domain and Tol’viron Arena, Skill Capped closed out the region by going 3-0.

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Method NA went up against Cloud9 in the first matches of the next region. The team fought in the Nagrand Arena, Hook Point and Black Rook Hold. Cloud9 achieved victory in the first and second arenas.

Method had to do a reverse sweep, starting with Black Rook Hold, but the players of Cloud9 were at the top of their game and took the third game 3-0.

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Method NA versus Cloud9 Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit teams, Unitas and the Golden Guardians, were up next. The latter team won the first game in the Nagrand Arena. However, Unitas tied the score 1-1 in Ashamane’s Fall. The team continued to fight in Dalaran Sewers and Hook Point but the Golden Guardians came out on top.

Hamsters & Hares then duked it out against Spacestation Gaming. After claiming victory in the Nagrand Arena, Hamsters & Hares also took Ashamane’s Fall.

However, it was not over for Spacestation Gaming, as the players took out their opponents in Tiger’s Peak and Hook Point. When both teams battled in the decider match in the Ruins of Lordaeron, Hamsters & Hares achieved victory with a score of 3-2.

Hamsters & Hares versus Spacestation Gaming. Image via Blizzard Entertainment.

The final games of the day came down to OTK versus Charlotte Phoenix. OTK took the first arena and Tiger’s Peak, but Charlotte Phoenix put up a fight to win in Ashamane’s Fall. When it all came down to Black Rook Hold, OTK snatched victory and closed out week three of the Arena World Championship Shadowlands Circuit with a score of 3-1.

The remaining weekend of matches are scheduled to occur between April 17 and 18. Fans can catch the action over on YouTube. Once a total of four weekends of matches are finished, each region’s top four World of Warcraft teams will head into the Season 1 Finals.

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Source: https://www.dailyesports.gg/world-of-warcraft-teams-clash-in-awc-shadowlands-circuit/

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