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Howdy y’all! Ransom aka Aria’s squeeze here, back with a vengeance! We’re planning on picking the site back up full steam ahead to bring YOU the coverage you deserve of the newest and hottest news in gaming! Of course we’ll have our fair share of throwback pieces to keep even the most jaded gamer happy as well!  With us expecting Baby Arsom into the ranks soon, naturally we’re keeping ourselves busy, but are planning on keeping you all up to date!  So buckle up kiddies, it’s gonna be a WILD RIDE.

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Nov 12

KitsuneKyon

OGN Teases Next Season of Champions Winter

With SKT T1 being crowned Season 3 World Champions and taking the Summoner’s Cup home, the Korean scene is already gearing up for it’s annual season of Champions Winter. Fans of League won’t have to wait long for the next season of professional play (that being Season 4), Champions Winter as tradition is played within the same season. Of course, things will change when Champions Spring comes and the rest of the world officially begins Season 4 of League of Legends. That being said, OGN released a tease trailer to what looks like another of their highly anticipated openings!

 


Champions Winter will begin November 15th at the usual 3AM PDT starting time on OGN’s channel.

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Oct 28

KitsuneKyon

The Hype Begins With Champions Winter

With the hype officially over from Worlds, the entirety of the League of Legends scene is looking forward to what Season 4 has in store for us. Already we’ve been given glimpses to some of the changes, not only in how our favorite teams change, but within the game itself. While everyone else is preparing for said changes and even taking a much deserved vacation, Korea’s Champions will be holding its annual season of Champions Winter before moving onto the next season.

As you all know, the top eight teams that made it into the Round of 8 are locked in for this season while the other half will have to go through the qualifiers. After a rather exciting week of League in watching both Korean amateurs and former professional teams duke it out, we have our eight teams who’ll join the elite. They’ll battle not only to be crowned Winter Champions, but score some all important Circuit Points to determine who’ll get the first spot to represent Korea into Season 4′s Worlds. The teams and grouping are as followed:

 

Group A

SKT T1 #1

SKT T1 #2 (S3 World Champions)

CJ Entus Blaze

Team NB

 

Group B

KT Bullets

Samsung Blue

Najin Black Sword

Incredible Miracle #2

 

Group C

SamSung Galaxy Ozone

AlienWare Andromeda

Najin White Shield

Team Dark

 

Group D

CJ Entus Frost

Jin Air Stealths

Jin Air Falcons

Xenics Storm

 

 

With the 16 teams confirmed, the format as per usual will be four groups of four teams. They’ll compete in a Best of 2 where a 2-0 sweep rewards 3 points and if you split you get 1-1 in points. The top two teams in each group will move onto the Round of 8 and also secure their spot in Champions Spring. Get hyped as Champions Winter begins November 14th at the usual start time of 3AM PDT on OGN!

 

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Oct 24

KitsuneKyon

Nintendo’s Road to the Sochi Olympics

It doesn’t seem like Nintendo is slowing down anytime soon with its partying. After the rather successful Pokemon X/Y launch party, the House of Mario got some fancy invitations by the United States Olympic Community to help kickoff the nationwide Sochi Tour. It’s an event where the pair will celebrate a 100 days while counting down to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games! Joining them will be the usual pals of Mario and Sonic as well as Jamie Anderson, slopestyle snowboarder and six-time X game medalist to help promote both the new Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the actual thing itself.

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On October 29th in New York’s famous Times Square, fans will be able to witness athletic demonstrations on a ski, snowboard ramp, curling, figure skating, speedskating and ice hockey. For those who wish it can be more interactive, Nintendo will be letting fans try out the latest edition of the Mario and Sonic series which comes out November 15th on the Wii U. Nothing says or even promotes competition more than longtime rivals Mario and Sonic who caught the Olympics fever!

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Oct 12

KitsuneKyon

Party With Nintendo Pokemon Style Photos!

A few days ago, we mentioned Nintendo was throwing another one of its infamous launch parties for a gigantic release of one of its historic franchises. The party this time was gonna be for the worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Y. Fans that attended were able to experience how Nintendo parties Pokemon style and be among the first to get their hands or in some cases, paws on the game before the worldwide launch! That being said, we got a few shots from the House of Mario itself on what went down and how jelly we should be that we couldn’t attend.

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Pokemon X and Y releases worldwide today for the Nintendo 3DS. In celebration of the launch, Nintendo is holding a special event where you can grab a Mega Evolution-able Torchic holding Blazekinite via Mystery Gift. While there’s no rush, there is a cutoff date next year January 15th.

Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter on what two starters you chose and/or thoughts on the game as you play through.

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Oct 08

KitsuneKyon

Party With Nintendo Pokemon Style!

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It isn’t a party without Nintendo as they say. This has come to be the case throughout the years when the House of Mario gears up for a gigantic release of one of their historic franchises. That being said, Nintendo will be hosting a party this Friday from 8PM-1AM at Nintendo World in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza to celebrate the worldwide release. Some of the festivities include a live stage with a costume showcase, taking photos with Pokemon mascot Pikachu, a gaming lounge to play with other fellow trainers, and of course, being able to purchase the game! Get ready to catch em all again, this time in style!

The sixth generation of Pokemon will take place within the France inspired Kalos region where you’ll catch, train and battle both new and familiar Pokemon. And as the new fashion capital in the Pokemon world, trainers for the first time will be able to be fully customizable with a variety of clothes, accessories and even haircuts! You’ll also be able to explore the rolling meadows, high cliffs, deep caves and unique towns and cities of the Kalos region all upon your new rollerskates/blades.

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As per the course,  trainers will be able to choose from one of three starters of Fire, Water and Grass in the forms of Fennekin, Froakie and Chespin. But that isn’t the only difficult choice you have to make. Trainers will also be able to choose from the original starters of Charmander Bulbasaur or Squirtle to accompany them on their journey! The choice to build your perfect team only gets harder with the debut of the new Fairy type, a new typing since the second generation of Gold/Silver/Crystal.

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Besides new animation and beautiful visuals, Pokemon X and Y will debut a variety of new features. One such feature is the much hyped Mega Evolutions where a Pokemon can go Super Saiyan so to speak. Another is the new Horde Encounters which pits you against multiple Pokemon, an upgrade from the dual wild battles of the previous generation. The next two known features are Pokemon Amie in where you can pet, feed and play games with your Pokemon to forge a stronger bond with. The other is the new Player Search System or PSS where it makes it even easier for players to connect, battle and trade with others across the globe!

 

Pokemon X and Y will be debuting worldwide October 12th for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Oct 05

KitsuneKyon

Ladies and Gentlemen Your Season 3 World Champions!

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Today is the day you either put up or shut up. One team will go on to become the Best in the World with a cool sum of a million dollars. The other tasting bitter defeat knowing if they had just played a little better it’d be them in the spotlight. Fans have been hyped, moreso this year for this moment with the start of a professional league that feeds into Worlds. While it may not be the team they rooted/envisioned for, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the apex of our version of the Super Bowl is here!

 

Coming from Group Stage and representing Korea and it’s league Champions will be SK Telecom T1

300px-SKT1 Top: Jung “Impact” Eon-yeoung

Jungle: Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung

Mid: Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok

ADC: Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin

Support: Lee “Poohmandu” Jeong-hyeon

 

 

Coming from Quarterfinals and representing China and it’s league League Pro League will be Royal Club

 

300px-Royal_ClubTop: Xiao “Godlike” Wang

Jungle: Liu “Lucky” Jun-Jie

Mid: Pun “Wh1t3zz” Wai Lo

ADC: Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao

Support: Pak-Kan “Tabe” Wong

 

 

Before we head into tonight’s epic best of five series to crown the Season 3 World Champions, Riot had some big news to announce! Starting in 2014, Season 4 will feature the long requested Challenger Series, (name pending) that will strengthen not only the scene, but will feed into the NA and EU LCS respectively, much like Korea’s NLB. By partnering up with Coke Zero, 32 teams will participate in this new series which will feed into the LCS broadcasts. The top three teams that win in the Challenger Series will go on to face the LCS teams in Promotion/Relegation for their spot to go pro.

While we got a significant reason to be hyped for Season 4, Season 3 isn’t over just yet! With hyping of the match tonight from other professional players, video packages, music performances and what-have-you. With a full week of preparation for both teams and fans around the world, we can finally say let the games begin!

Game one will feature SKT T1 on the red side and Royal Club on blue after the Koreans won the coin toss. From there, Picks and Bans were fast and furious with SKT banning out Zed, Annie and Renekton. Royal Club in response would ban Vi, Shen and Lee Sin. The pick to watch here was Royal picking up White’s devastating Orianna in what many believed would be the deciding champion in this series. The rest of the team for game one would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 Royal Club

Orianna

Elise

Sona

Vayne

Malphite

 

SKT T1 

Corki

Jarvan 4th

Jax

Thresh

Gragas

 

Unlike the semi final match of Royal and Fnatic, level 1 went relatively tame. SKT had a near scare of Impact face-checking the tri-brush of bot lane, but with nothing gained or spent. Royal enacted the strategy of keeping Impact down with his hyper scaling Jax taking first turret blood and drawing Bengi up to help support.

While the strategy did work for a while, with the turret down, Impact was free to freeze the lane and farm and allow Bengi to aid his fellow teammates. The perceived disadvantage of being down a turret turned into a gank on White and rewarding Faker with first blood. Bengi made another trip to mid, this time with an unexpected Flash+Cataclysm rewarding yet another kill. Godlike would respond with his teleport, only to wind up wasting it, but with all the attention at mid, Uzi was able to pick up two kills for nothing in bot lane.

If there anything SKT does well, it’s the fabled Korean vision control and lane rotation into objectives. With Impact defending mid, it allowed the rest of the team to four man dive Uzi and Tabe for a kill, the bot turret and the first dragon. It seemed like SKT did their homework on how to completely counter China’s famous aggressive meta and the team that performs it so well.

Desperate to get rolling and stop the snowball that is SKT, Royal made a choice to dive straight through mid after securing a kill on Faker. However, they crucially used nearly all their initiation ults to get him with the shutdown gold going to Tabe unfortunately. What resulted from that hastily crafted play was a massacre with SKT taking out nearly everyone while Impact was happily farming and taking the inner top turret.

From here, SKT took complete control of the map in their typical dominating fashion. The icing on the cake was a sneaky 25 minute Baron, but with the cost of Impact and Bengi after trying to bait them in with their facechecking. The Korean squad got a little too trigger happy, but they did crucially save Baron on the most important members evening out the kills with Lucky and Tabe in return. It didn’t take long for SKT to pick up the first game in 30 minutes after a deciding team fight in the bot lane.

If there was anything for Royal Club to learn from this game, it’s warding more and keeping in mind of the universal law: Show SKT something once, shame on you, show SKT something twice, they’ll beat you with it. Hopefully, with that in mind they came to play with more than one practiced strategy as we head into game two.

SKT stayed with the same banning strategy only swapping out Zed for Corki. Royal did essentially the same swapping out Lee Sin for Orianna. Thus, the world knew that Royal Club made the biggest mistake of their professional careers which was giving Faker Zed. Though, to be fair, they did have a strategy in mind with at least keeping up with Faker’s roaming with teleport Kassassin. The rest of the team for game two would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 

SKT T1

Zed

Zyra

Jax

Ezreal

Lee Sin

 

Royal Club

Vayne

Jarvan 4th

Sona

Rumble

Kassadin

 

Once again we had a relatively safe level one, albeit with more wards being put down safely. With virtually no pressure on Impact, Bengi was free to jungle and aid anyone he pleased. Magic was going to happen with Faker having Zed and Impact Lee Sin, immediately picking up first blood on White. Not to be outdone, Royal answered with two kills in bot lane with that teleport Kassadin going to work after Uzi died to Piglet.

Time and again Impact would try to gank Godlike and each time he would live with barely a sliver of health. Even though it wasn’t a kill it forced him to go back and allowed two things to happen. The first being Impact’s Jax getting stronger and denying Godlike’s Rumble. And two, SKT turning it into first turret blood. From there, they snowballed it into another with mid lane and dragon once again reminiscent of their first game.

Again SKT exerted their dominance and kept the aggressive nature of Royal in check. With the Korean Squad roaming down to the extended pair of Uzi and Tabe, the pair realized what was coming and tried to back right away. A cheeky ult from Piglet would stop Uzi from backing successfully and allowed Bengi to pick up another kill.

The game seem perpetually over until Tabe man’d up so to speak with a Flash+Crescendo and get his team back in the game with an eventual ace. From there, SKT respected the disastrous team fight power of Royal and were content in farming up for the next big fight. While Royal tried to make plays happen in mid lane, they would hesitate every time they saw Impact’s Jax nearly whacking away at their inner turret. In uncharacteristic fashion, they would back off to deal with him only to try and go back to their aggressive nature effectively wasting time.

After a lull in the action, things picked up once again with the spawning of dragon. SKT lost the team fight at first, but Royal would chase and overextend. Piglet crucially was able to re-position himself behind the team for a two kill cleanup from a low health Royal squad.

The game seemed reminiscent for Royal in their series against Fnatic. For every kill Fnatic got, Royal would take an objective. In this series, the positions were reversed with Royal getting the kills, but SKT picking up the bounties and objectives. SKT would pick up a 32 minute Baron and Royal once again appearing caught with their pants down. The Korean Hype Train that is SKT cracked into Royal’s base and almost took game two if it wasn’t for the unfortunate fact of being low health. However, it didn’t take long for them to brute force their way in and scumbag Bengi denying Piglet his pentakill in securing game two.

While the first game is usually a feeling out process, the second game showed a much better adaption for the Chinese squad. However, Royal Club now found themselves with the hard climb of having to win the next three games consecutively. If Royal were to take anything from this game: Don’t. Give. Faker. Zed.

That being said, game was underway with its Pick and Ban phase. SKT kept the same strategy of banning Annie and Renekton and swapping out Corki for Zed. Royal kept the same strategy as well of Orianna, Shen and Vi. Once again, Impact was allowed to have Jax which has been a constant thorn in Royal’s side. While it was curious to not see them ban him, it did question if they had a solid plan after two games of being wrecked by him. The rest of the team for the potential final game three would shape up to be and in order of being picked:

 

SKT T1

Jax

Zyra

Corki

Gragas

Jarvan 4th

 

Royal Club

 Sona

Caitlyn

Lee Sin

Kennen

Fizz

 

Being the potential last game they play, Royal wasn’t going to chance a dangerous level one. However, because of what many felt like overly cautious behavior, Godlike nearly died to a surprise 2v1 by the Hundred Acre Lane. Exhaust for Flash which meant Piglet and Pooh had their way with the 2v1 scenario of just bullying out Godlike’s Kennen every chance they got.

This would force Royal to adapt and send the level 3 Kennen down to face what was a level 6 Jax while they tried to stop the bleeding by the Hundred Acre Lane. However, this proved to be a terrible strategy with Bengi and Impact waiting for Kennen to get down and secure an easy first blood.

The bleeding persisted for the Royal squad, once again desperate to make any sort of aggressive play. They would almost die to Impact’s Jax in a 3v1 dive on the outer bot turret wasting quite a lot of their time. It was enough for the rest of SKT to secure the outer top turret although Royal pushing just enough to secure the outer bot turret and turn it into a slight advantage.

Impact looked confident throughout his games with Jax and wandered alone into the enemy jungle to find White, Tabe and Godlike waiting for him. They would nearly secure the kill on him, but Impact simply outplayed each. He was able to pick up a kill on Tabe and get out with the help of his fellow teammates who turned it into more kills and another objective in the form of a turret.

Every time Royal tried to play their aggressive style, SKT would always be a step ahead waiting to secure another kill or two along with an objective if it was possible at the time. The Chinese squad just seemed lost throughout the game making mistakes they typically wouldn’t make. Their indecisiveness so to speak would come to haunt them with their inner mid turret gone and another kill after desperatly trying to make another move to get themselves back into the game.

Fastforward a minute or two, Faker went up to distract the team in top lane by shoving up the wave/poking them down while his team secured a sneaky 19 minute Baron. From here, it was only just a matter of time until SKT cracked open the base. It only took a minute for them to completely demolish Royal in a last team fight and become the Season 3 World Champions in just 20 minutes.

To put perspective on how huge this win is for SKT, they were a team where three of their members had no prior professional experience. Not only that, they’ve only been together for six months since April taking third place in Champions Spring in their debut and a few months later winning Champions Summer. Not to mention they did what Azubu Frost (now CJ Entus Frost) couldn’t do and bring the Summoner’s Cup to Korea.

Unfortunately for Royal Club, they were unable to overcome the mighty Korean Hype Train despite an impressive showing throughout their time in Worlds. Perhaps more disappointing is the retirement of Royal Club’s captain and support player Tabe win or lose. However, none of the team, especially Tabe should feel ashamed after their performance in getting to the finals. We do wish Tabe the best in his future endeavors and enjoys his retirement from professional League of Legends.

That being said, SK Telecom go home a million dollars richer and the right to call themselves the Best in the World. We also like to extend our congratulations to all of SK Telecom T1 for their amazing performance throughout Worlds. We can’t wait to see what they bring to Champions Winter in OGN as World Champions.

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