By Victoria Navarro
As the month of October progresses, League of Legends (LoL) slowly reaches the end of its season. LoL is a multiplayer online battle arena and strategy game that was published by Riot Games in October 27, 2009.
In a span of 6 years, it has grown to become one of the most-played online games worldwide with about 27 million daily players.
The game is played internationally with pro teams from different regions, such as North America, Europe, South Korea, and China, compete to determine who qualifies for the largest tournament of the year, the World Championship (Worlds).
A total of 16 teams will be participating to become the winner and recipient of 1 million dollars along with the pride of being the top team in LoL.
For months, these groups have been practicing for several hours everyday in order to perform well at the competition and they are finally revealing their improvements during the competition. These teams are expected to surprise the audience with their improvements due to new team compositions and teamwork, rather than relying on individual skills. No one can even know what to expect in Worlds since the players constantly go beyond the meta.
At most, viewers can guess who will win each game and make their way to finals. Certain teams, such as SK Telecom T1 and Fnatic, continue to shock the audience with their outstanding performance.
They have been demolishing their opponents, which makes them some of the top contenders for the first place prize. Meanwhile, teams who previously dominated in their region, like ahq e-Sports Club, were on the verge of being eliminated due to their weak performance compared to the other strong teams.
As of now, these teams are competing all across Europe. However, half the teams, including Counter Logic Gaming, paiN Gaming, Cloud9, Invictus Gaming, H2K, Bangkok Titans, LGD Gaming, and Team SoloMid, were disqualified from the rest of the competition since they were at the lowest standings at the Group Stage.
Last season, Riot’s live stream of the competition that took place in Asia reached a total of 32 million viewers. Additionally, Riot collaborated with the band, Imagine Dragons to create the song “Warriors” specifically for the 2014 World Championship.
This year, however, Riot has teamed up with Nicki Taylor, to create the new single “Worlds Collide.” Taylor has been cooperating with Riot since 2012 when she sang “Here Comes Vi.”
Worlds may be the most hyped event since it wraps up the current LoL season with the top teams brought together to compete along with thousands, if not millions, of spectators who show up at stadiums to provide support for their favorite players with cheers that fill the stadium.
Throughout the games, some teams have demonstrated their lack of teamwork while others seem to be growing better. Each mistake they make in-game helps them improve in order to become a stronger team.Yet, in Worlds, there is no room for mistakes as it can easily cost them their victory. Teams have to put up their best performance if they wish to become the Season 5 World Championship victor.