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Thanks For The Nightmares, Riot Thanks For The Nightmares, Riot

The old “Lollipoppy” skin was, hands-down, the creepiest thing that Riot ever made for League of Legends. The new enhanced version of Lollipoppy that launched yesterday with the champion’s massive overhaul carries on that fine tradition of haunting your dreams.

Blaming Lag Is The 'My Dog Ate My Homework' Of Video Games Blaming Lag Is The 'My Dog Ate My Homework' Of Video Games

A short story. Last night I was playing a game of league of legends and losing really, really badly. One opponent was boasting in /all chat about winning. Suddenly we rebounded. He immediately responded “OMFG LAGG.”

The new and (hopefully improved) Poppy is finally live in League of Legends. Now let the click-racing of champion select commence!

Riot’s making a big change to the League of Legends Championship Series format. Starting next summer, North American games will be best-of-3. European games will be best-of-2. The stated purpose of the two different formats is that they want to try both out and see which is better. Read the whole explanation here.

Heroes Of The Storm Finally Releases Elusive Vulture Mount...For A High Price Heroes Of The Storm Finally Releases Elusive Vulture Mount...For A High Price

There’s been a running joke among Heroes of the Storm players about what happened to the snazzy-looking Vulture mount. Blizzard announced it in September, but never released it. Did it disappear? We wondered. Was it incurably bugged? Today Blizzard confirmed the mount does still exist, but getting it will cost you.

Here’s an interesting League of Legends statistic: Riot’s lead social systems designer Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin told Polygon in a story posted today that games that had a “role conflict or a position conflict in champion select” were 15% more toxic “no matter what happened in the game itself.” Glad they’re addressing that!

Heads up: that cool-sounding Sims 4 expansion that was supposed to come out last month finally released today. “Get Together” adds a new European-style setting to the game as well as nifty new features like a “clubs” system for you and your Sims’ friends. It costs $39.99.

Riot Delays League Of Legends Statue Because Fans Hate Its Face Riot Delays League Of Legends Statue Because Fans Hate Its Face

Three days after unveiling a sizable new figurine based on the popular League of Legends character, Riot Games decided to cancel the statue’s release in the face of strong criticism from fans. The problem? People were upset by the statue’s face, which barely resembles the character it’s meant to portray.

Nova’s free week in Heroes of the Storm has come to an end! That means we can finally say goodbye to embarrassing deaths like this one. Ok: not really.

Far Cry Primal Could Be Exactly What The Series Needs Right Now Far Cry Primal Could Be Exactly What The Series Needs Right Now

At face value, Far Cry Primal looks like an easy diversion for Ubisoft to take from its main line of militaristic shooters—a side project full of vicious animals instead of rifles and rocket launchers. I’d argue it’s something more than that. Primal is the apotheosis of the series’ post-Far Cry 2 design trends.

Out with the old, in with the new. Riot’s released a champion spotlight for Poppy 2.0, the long-awaited rework of one of League of Legends’ oldest and most outdated playable characters. She looks really neat! This probably means she’s coming into the main game in the next week or two, too.

Saving Someone's Butt In League of Legends Feels Damn Good Saving Someone's Butt In League of Legends Feels Damn Good

Permit me to brag for a moment. There are so, so few opportunities for me to show off when it comes to League of Legends, that I want to relish this one.

Overwatch is going to release new characters and maps as free updates, rather than paid DLC, game director Jeff Kaplan said in a developer update today. Previously nobody knew for certain how Blizzard would monetize this aspect of their game. Phew! via Polygon.

Quinn's New Bird Form In League Of Legends Looks Kinda Silly Quinn's New Bird Form In League Of Legends Looks Kinda Silly

This is the new Quinn, a ranged archer character in League of Legends who fights with a giant vicious eagle named “Valor” perched on her shoulder. She’s a lot like the old Quinn, only she’s become much more...intimate with her bird friend.

Suspended League Of Legends Pro Says He's Leaving eSports Due To Depression Suspended League Of Legends Pro Says He's Leaving eSports Due To Depression

At the end of last week, longtime League of Legends pro Diego “Quas” Ruiz was suspended from Team Liquid after “an incident occurred [...] at the Team Liquid HQ in Los Angeles.” His sudden departure confused and upset many fans. Today, Quas said that his lifelong “depression and anxiety issues” are the root cause.

Killing Nova When She’s Invisible Is The Most Satisfying Thing In Heroes Of The Storm Killing Nova When She’s Invisible Is The Most Satisfying Thing In Heroes Of The Storm

The StarCraft assassin Nova is free to play for everyone in Heroes of the Storm this week. Some call the prospect of playing every HOTS match against a perma-stealthed long-range sniper assassin “annoying.” I call it open season.

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Speaking of dramatic shake-ups in League of Legends eSports, top European player Yellowstar just said he’s leaving Fnatic to go play in another region. The entire EU region is susceptible to a talent-drain this year as investment in eSports increases in the U.S. and China and teams there offer greater opportunities.

Flash, The 'God Of StarCraft,' Retires At Ripe Old Age Of 23 Flash, The 'God Of StarCraft,' Retires At Ripe Old Age Of 23

One of the very first, and very best, pro StarCraft players called it quits this week, ending his nine-year run in the game’s eSports circuit. And while he’s still only 23 years old, he’s been competing in StarCraft tournaments since he was fourteen.

Korea's Top League Of Legends Teams Are Getting Some Big Roster Changes Korea's Top League Of Legends Teams Are Getting Some Big Roster Changes

The League of Legends eSports scene has been abuzz for the past day and a half about pre-2016-season changes coming to Korea—historically the strongest region for the game’s pro scene. The Daily Dot and The Score both report roster shuffles impacting major teams including SKT, this year’s World Champions.

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