Wednesday, February 29, 2012

IP Price reductions on LoL Champions

While League of Legends players such as ourselves are used to RP sale promotions from time to time, IP price reductions are more of a rarity.

Today, however, Riot Games announced that not just one but two champions are having their IP prices reduced. These changes will allow for significant savings, as they are both from 6300 to 4800. All of us League of Legends players just got an added incentive to check out Irelia and Miss Fortune.

Champion 1: Irelia

Previous price: 6300 IP
Current permanent price: 4800 IP

  • Irelia is a great champion that sees high-level play frequently. This reduction provides a great opportunity for any solo-top fans to finally grab her as part of their arsenal. 

Fiora Champion Spotlight and Updated Patch Notes!

With the brand new Fiora patch rolled out on the League of Legends client, Riot was quick to post the new champion spotlight on their main site. Check out the Fiora Champion Spotlight below:

A couple of thoughts on the video:

  • Blade Waltz benefits from lifesteal and hits its initial target last. I take this to mean that Fiora, with her additional survivability from Riposte, will be able to re-join teamfights to help her team even if focused early. It also seems very effective at targeting and sticking to squishy champions.
  • Fiora is a great duelist. Although she was featured against Nasus, who she obviously hard-counters with Riposte, it's easy to see how effective her abilities synergize to make her a great 1v1 champion. Riposte is great for melee poking without risking damage by opposing physical damage.

In addition to our shiny new champion spotlight, we also get finalized patch notes! Changes from the original PBE patch notes are highlighted in red

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Riot Announces New free Champions

Beware free Veigar week!

As we near the release of the Fiora patch tonight, Riot has given us a fresh list of free champions for us all to dabble with this week.

Season 2, Week 14:

There isn't much that stands out this week. As usual, we get to try out the last new champion (Nautilus) as well as a mix of champions in all different roles. The champions, from top right to bottom left:

  • Ashe - AD Carry
  • Cho'Gath - Solo Tank
  • Corki - AD Carry
  • Fiddlesticks - Jungler/AP Carry
  • Morgana - AP Carry
  • Veigar - AP Carry
  • Garen - Solo Tank
  • Jarvan - Solo Tank/Jungle
  • Riven - Solo Tank
  • Nautilus - Jungle

Monday, February 27, 2012

New LoL Art: Fiora spotlight & More

Today is shaping up to be a great day for lovers of League of Legends artwork.

First up, we have the new Fiora Art Spotlight, fresh from the main page:

"There comes a time when every artist must step up and meet a challenge. So when Katie De Sousa told us that she had the perfect idea for the splash art for Fiora, the Grand Duelist, we had to consider her gauntlet thrown. We think you’ll agree that she really was ready to rise to the occasion!
Please enjoy this high-speed rendition of Katie deftly rendering the artwork for Fiora, the Grand Duelist!"

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Latest PBE Patch Notes Available

RiotLykaeus recently graced us with the most recent patch notes on the beta forums. Without further ado:

Triumphant Roar mana cost increased to 28/41/54/67/80 from 20/35/50/65/80
Unbreakable Will mana cost reduced to 100 from 150
Trample damage increased to 10-27 per second from 10-23

Base damage increased to 56 from 54
Armor per level increased to 3.4 from 3.1
Churn the Waters mana cost reduced to 100 from 150

Idol of Durand damage range increased to 600 from 575

Fixed a bug where Grandmaster's Might passive attack canceled if the buff ran out during the attack animation

Go4LoL #78 - Full Coverage

Today we're covering the 78th Go4LoL cup on Europe West. Games are just starting in round 1 as we speak. We'll be focusing on TSM's games in the early rounds and we'll transition to covering some other teams later in the day!

You can check out the full tournament bracket here.

Stay tuned for live updates as we go through the tournament round by round!

Round 1: TSM vs. WLIIA

TSM was able to turn this game into a pretty straight-up stomp, taking an 8-1 kill lead early and using the advantage to methodically push their opponents back to their base turrets. A 21 minute Baron allowed TSM to make the final push, winning at the 25 minute mark. TSM now goes on to play dLgaming in the second round.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

IP Bargains - Ryze and Sivir

Today we're starting a new featured article series, IP Bargains, in which we feature two champions 1350 IP or under who can face up to the 6300's any day of the week. This segment is meant for players who are either just starting or who don't play enough to be able to afford the more expensive counterparts to our featured champions. Today, we'll be featuring Ryze and Sivir.

1. Ryze- 450 IP


  • Lots of survivability - good for new players with few runes and masteries
  • Carries games
  • Easy to play
Ryze should be one of the first buys for any player. At 450 IP, Ryze will get you plenty of wins, arguably more effective at carrying games than most champions far more expensive than him. Considered a solo-mid AP bruiser, Ryze is one of the best champions for newer players to practice playing AP carry.

Played by top ladder players such as Alex Ich, Bigfatlp and TeddyRO, Ryze has lasting value, allowing you to stick with him as one of your only APs without losing effectiveness as a ranked player. 

Fiora Patch: Gameplay Changes

Riot has just given out more details on what we can expect in the next patch. In addition to getting Fiora, we'll be getting some significant changes to a few champions.


  • Lucent Singularity: Base cooldown increased, but cooldown will start to refresh upon spellcast, rather than after spell is activated.
  • Lucent Singularity and ultimate now both give vision during cast.

New champion revealed: Fiora

We've finally got the details on Fiora straight from Riot, and it seems the information that was leaked earlier this week was accurate. Riot is billing this champion as a "melee carry", what I'm guessing is a different iteration of Master Yi or Talon.


Duelist (passive) - Fiora regenerates health over 6 seconds each time she deals damage. Striking champions will cause this effect to stack up to 4 times.

Lunge (Q) - Fiora dashes forward to strike her target, dealing physical damage. Fiora can perform the dash a second time within a couple seconds at no mana cost.

Riposte (W) - Fiora's Attack Damage is increased. When activated, Fiora parries the next basic attack and reflects magic damage back to the attacker. Works against champions, monsters, and large minions.

Burst of Speed (E) - Fiora temporarily gains additional Attack Speed. Each basic attack or Lunge she lands during this time increases her Movement Speed. Killing a champion refreshes the cooldown on Burst of Speed.

Blade Waltz (R) - Fiora dashes around the battlefield to deal physical damage to enemy champions. Successive strikes against the same target deal less damage.

You can read Riot's entire write-up on Fiora here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

$10,000 Tournament to begin in March

Corsair has recently announced a new tournament to begin in March with a huge $10,000 prize pool. This marks Corsair's first sponsored LoL tournament.

This is a great opportunity, not just for large gaming organizations, but for all 256 teams who are up to the challenge. That's right, the opening round of the tournament begins at 256 teams on March 12th on the European West server.

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Skin: Dark Crystal Ryze now available

Everyone's favorite AP tank just got a sweet new skin courtesy of Riot. Say hello to the new and improved Dark Crystal Ryze:

From looking at the Riot store, the new skin is priced the same as any high-quality non-legendary skin, at 975 RP.  From the looks of things they've certainly outdone themselves this time.

New free week champions revealed

For all you LoL noobs out there, Riot has just released the list of the next 10 champions that will be available to all the week:

We'll list the champions and their roles after the break. My heart goes out to everyone affected by free Master Yi week.

Possible new champion info leaked

After some scouring of Youtube, I managed to find some video of the different skins for what appears to be the next new champion, Fiora. This is from OccupyMid's Youtube:

The video reveals what appears to be a pirate skin, which is good news for all-pirate teams. The recent update to the test server also included the Fiora files, which reveal her abilities:

New Guides page added to the site

With the release of our Shen and Yorick guides, we've recently added a new page dedicated to original Dojo champion builds.

You can access our list of guides here or by following the link in our navigation bar. Be sure to check out our guides, and leave feedback to tell us what you think!

Champion Guide: Jungle Shen, the Global Threat

Today we are releasing our second guide, this time for Shen, Eye of Twilight. This guide goes over how to play Shen in the jungle, constantly surprising your enemy with ganks and well-timed ultimates.

Here's an excerpt from the guide:

This build will lay out how to play Shen in an aggressive way, allowing you to be a threat across the map, even in multiple places at once. Due to the utility of his ultimate, Shen is probably the only jungler who can gank once and then immediately assist in another situation across the map. This allows you to give your team supreme map control, and will make you an essential part of carrying most teams to victory. 

You can check out our Shen guide in its entirety here. Enjoy!

Poll results: Dojo visitors want a new support champ!

A whopping 60% of dojo visitors who voted in this week's poll want Riot to release a new support champion.

AD carry came in as the distant second choice at 15%, while AP carry and Solo top tied at 8% each. Only 6% of site visitors want a new jungle champion in the next patch.

The last new support champion to be released was Leona. Of the last 5 champions released, 2 have been AP carries, while 3 have been either jungle or top bruisers. We should get a sneak peek of the next new champion later this week, so stay tuned!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

IPL 4 Qualifiers: Ongoing Coverage

Today the closing matches will be played to determine who will go on to play the winner of IPL 3.

Click here to see the bracket as it updates.

Click here to watch the stream. Matches begin at 12 pm EST and will be best of 3.

We will be updating this page with live coverage when the matches begin. Click "read more" for updates!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Champion Review: Nautilus

Today we are reviewing the newest addition to Riot's champion lineup: Nautilus, the Titan of the Depths

Class: Solo Top / Jungle
Role: Tank, Ganking Jungle, Crowd Control
Staggering Blow (Passive): Initial basic attack immobilizes enemy champion and deals bonus damage. Effect can only trigger once every few seconds per champion. 

Dredge Line (Q): Line skillshot. If it hits a champion, Nautilus pulls the champion towards him, moving forward to meet the target halfway. If it hits terrain, Nautilus is pulled forward to the area it hits.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Champion Guide: Yorick, the Lane Bully

The LoL Dojo has just released its first champion guide on Yorick, the Gravedigger. Our guide centers around an extremely aggressive style, meant to shut down your lane opponent and give you an edge into the late game. 

Here's an excerpt from the guide:

Have you ever had a bad day?  Bad enough that you wanted to not just win top lane but completely smack the other guy around to the point where he can't get a single minion kill without dying? This is the guide for you.  
In this guide, I'll be going over how to play Yorick in a style designed to stay in lane for extended periods of time, constantly denying your opponent from getting experience and gold.

You can check out our Yorick guide in its entirety here. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

More Nautilus art released

For those of you eagerly awaiting more information on Riot's next champion, we just saw a glimpse of what will likely pop up on thousands of loading screens next week: the Nautilus splash art. You can view the art spotlight here:

Nautilus is looking like quite the badarse diver so far. I'm going to stick with my AD bruiser prediction for now. Check out Riot's full post on the art spotlight here.

New champion sneak peek: Nautilus

On their site, Riot has just teased the next champion to be released, Nautilus.

To go along with our tradition of predicting what the champion will be before it gets revealed, I would guess Nautilus turns out to be a tanky, top-lane champion focused around crowd control with some type of rooting- or slowing-related abilities.

If Nautilus follows the normal Riot timetable, we should expect more information in a full reveal within a few days, and for Nautilus to be released in a patch next Tuesday.

You can check out Riot's Nautilus sneak peak for yourself here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Champion Review: Ziggs

Today we are analyzing Riot's newest champion: Ziggs, the Hexplosives Expert.

Class: AP Mid
Role: Burst Damage, AoE Damage
Short Fuse (Passive): Every 12 seconds, Ziggs' next basic attack deals bonus magic damage. Cooldown reduced whenever Ziggs uses an ability.

Bouncing Bomb (Q): Long ranged skillshot with a small AoE radius upon explosion. The bomb will bounce forward from its initial landing spot. The farther the bomb is initially thrown, the faster and further it will bounce.

Satchel Charge (W): Ziggs lays an explosive trap on the ground that explodes after 4 seconds, or after Ziggs reactivates the ability. Enemies take damage and are knocked back. If Ziggs is within the explosion radius, he will be knocked away, but will not take damage.

Hexplosive Minefield (E): Ziggs scatters a cluster of proximity mines on the ground, exploding upon enemy contact. When exploded, the mines will damage and slow affected enemies.