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LCS Lock In Begins on January 14
LCS, NEW ISLAND

LCS Lock In Begins on January 14

LCS Lock In is back! Over the next three weeks, all ten LCS teams will battle through this exciting winner-take-all tournament with prize money, bragging rights and early season momentum on the line. Reigning LCS Champions 100 Thieves must defend its throne from revamped challengers eager to showcase new talent. Can 100T live up to its first-seed billing, or will a new team wear the crown?Ahead of this weekend’s action, here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 LCS Lock In Tournament.TOURNAMENT OVERVIEWLike last year, the 2022 LCS Lock In Tournament format will include a Group Stage and a Knockout Stage. During the Group Stage, each of the two groups of five will participate in a single round robin, plus any potential tiebreakers. The top four teams of each group will advance to th...
SwordArt Returns to Weibo Gaming for 2022
LPL, NEW ISLAND

SwordArt Returns to Weibo Gaming for 2022

Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh has just pulled off what can only be described as the “heist of the century;” this venerable support will once again return to the LPL and compete for Weibo Gaming (formerly known as Suning). His one-year stint in LCS, therefore, has netted him millions upon millions of dollars and, one could argue, didn’t affect his stock in any negative way.You gotta give it to the guy: he made the perfect series of career moves and is now bearing the fruits of his labor. He didn’t exactly blow anyone’s mind during his time with TSM, but that certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying — he simply didn’t mesh all that well with the way the boys in black and white wanted to play the game. He’s an aggressive playmaker at heart, whereas TSM gravitated towards a more reserved style of play...
LPL Legend Uzi Returns to Pro Play, Signs With Bilibili Gaming
LPL, NEW ISLAND

LPL Legend Uzi Returns to Pro Play, Signs With Bilibili Gaming

Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, one of the most revered players in the history of competitive League, has decided to return to pro play and sign with Bilibili Gaming for the 2022 competitive season. If you’ve ever watched this bonafide legend in action, you know that this is about as big of a deal as it gets.Uzi is a member of the LoL pantheon, and the news of him retiring definitely came as a crushing blow. Fortunately, it seems that his health issues are now a thing of the past which is why he has decided to start a new chapter of his (already illustrious) career under the Bilibili Gaming banner.And, needless to say, we can’t wait for this seasoned veteran to step foot on stage and once again style over his opposition! Now, before we delve any deeper into what the future might hold, we first need to ...
2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb Strikes Again, LvMao to LNG, Xiye Back to WE, Tian to TES
LPL, NEW ISLAND

2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb Strikes Again, LvMao to LNG, Xiye Back to WE, Tian to TES

The 2021 LPL off-season has been incredibly exciting and is slowly but surely coming to its end. Legendary mid laner Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang is back with another batch of roster leaks — a frequent occurrence, one that we’ve all become accustomed to! Fortunately, we also have numerous official signings to report on, so it’s a fairly varied “mix” this time around!Not that anyone’s complaining: we’ve witnessed many massive twists and turns and could use a breather right about now! In any case, we have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s begin! /*! elementor - v3.5.3 - 28-12-2021 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading ...
LPL FREE AGENCY BREAKDOWN – 2021/22 LPL ROSTER UPDATES
LPL, NEW ISLAND

LPL FREE AGENCY BREAKDOWN – 2021/22 LPL ROSTER UPDATES

To round off our off-season Roster Tracker and Updates, we have the LPL, with yet another explosive transfer window. Plenty of teams are still holding the cards close to their chest, but from what we’ve seen thus far, we are in for a hectic off-season roster re-shuffle.LPL OFF-SEASON ROSTER CHANGES 2021A lot of players became Free Agents at the end of the season, thus spicing things up in the most competitive league in LoL Esports. Here are all the important LPL roster transfers for this off-season. Let’s go through the key transfers spicing up this off-season.DOINB, LVMAO TO LNGAfter a disappointing Worlds 2021 run, Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang left FunPlus Phoenix. The mid laner played for the organization in the last three years, and won the 2019 Worlds Championship with the team. Doinb earned ...
2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb to LNG, TheShy to Weibo, Xiaohu Swaps Back to Mid
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2021 LPL Off-Season: Doinb to LNG, TheShy to Weibo, Xiaohu Swaps Back to Mid

The LPL off-season is far from over; there’s a surprising number of teams that still haven’t finalized their rosters, although we’re pretty sure they’ll announce their last signings over the next few days. This time around, we have a batch of exciting new leaks, most of which come from very accurate sources and, believe it or not, mid lane legend Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang — a venerable behemoth who has just signed with LNG Esports.Doinb has leaked so many roster changes and player signings this off-season he might as well be considered an esports reporter — one with incredible accuracy and the best possible sources: the players themselves. The fashion in which he leaks things also warrants a mention: he’s as relaxed and mellow as possible, talking about these things with the utmost informality....
TSM FTX 2022 Roster Finalized With Keaiduo and Shenyi
LCS, NEW ISLAND

TSM FTX 2022 Roster Finalized With Keaiduo and Shenyi

TSM FTX have finalized their roster for the 2022 competitive LoL season and, well, it’s not what people had expected. We’re talking about a very different line-up than the ones we’ve seen from TSM in the past. Whether that’s a good or bad thing still remains to be seen, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air. It’s also a pretty big gamble and things could, by all means, go awry in a wide variety of different ways.The folks in charge are confident, but it’s hard to discern whether that’s just standard PR or, conversely, genuine excitement for what’s to come. We know for a fact that TSM has money to spare, so they could’ve gone for basically any free agent on the market. The ones they’ve ended up with weren’t anyone’s first choice (to put it mildly), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing...
Fnatic Finalize 2022 LEC Roster With Wunder, Razork, and Humanoid
LEC, NEW ISLAND

Fnatic Finalize 2022 LEC Roster With Wunder, Razork, and Humanoid

After weeks of wild rumors and unverified leaks, Fnatic have finally decided to make their 2022 LEC roster official! And, needless to say, there aren’t any surprises whatsoever. This phenomenal line-up has been leaked weeks ago, but it’s still nice to get official confirmation from the folks in charge as one can never be too certain these days.The former “Kings of Europe” have made three changes to their starting line-up and, frankly, all three of them are flat-out amazing. We have a top lane behemoth who’s been competing at the highest of levels for years, one of the most promising junglers in all of Europe, and arguably the best-performing mid laner in the LEC.What more could you ask for? Fnatic have knocked it out of the park! There’s just no other way to put it. In fact, we’d argue tha...
Team Vitality Makes It Official: Perkz, Alphari, and Carzzy All Confirmed for 2022
LEC, NEW ISLAND

Team Vitality Makes It Official: Perkz, Alphari, and Carzzy All Confirmed for 2022

The 2022 Team Vitality line-up has finally been unveiled and, needless to say, there aren’t any surprises! Barney “Alphari” Morris, Luka “Perkz” Perković, and Matyáš “Carzzy” Orság will all be joining Oskar “Selfmade” Boderek and Labros “Labrov” Papoutsakis for the forthcoming competitive season.It goes without saying, but this is undoubtedly one of the best and most stacked line-ups in LEC history! Whether it’ll succeed and leave a mark still remains to be seen, though; superteams rarely panned out in the past and there’s a very good reason why: it’s less about having five of the best players you can find and more about striking a fine balance between seasoned veterans who are still at the peak of their powers and relatively inexperienced (but mighty promising) rookies.Having five legends...
2022 LoL Off-Season | Cryin, TheShy, and Maple Are All Free Agents
LPL, NEW ISLAND

2022 LoL Off-Season | Cryin, TheShy, and Maple Are All Free Agents

Huang “Maple” Yi-Tang, Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok, and Yuan “Cryin” Cheng-Wei have all parted with their former teams and are currently free agents exploring their options for 2022. We’re talking about three exceptional players here, individuals who would no doubt serve as a boon to any team they might sign for. And, well, that is precisely why we can’t wait to see where they’ll end up next! Out of the three, Maple is arguably the best performer at this current time; TheShy has regressed a fair bit since his golden days and Cryin, while undoubtedly talented, has shown a myriad of weaknesses that — at the highest of levels — can be easily exploited by the competition in the 2022 season. Be that as it may, both TheShy and Cryin have accomplished great things both in the LPL and on the internati...