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League of Legends new cinematic trailer could be its best yet

Riot Games released its latest League of Legends cinematic trailer to its official YouTube page today, featuring a lineup of familiar champions, with a cast ranging from Ahri to Zyra. Coming in at just over six minutes long, "A New Dawn" sees "day [breaking] over a landscape consecrated by blood and steel," according to the official video blurb. In other words, it's a lot of combat. "I think we wanted players to come away with this feeling a stronger connection to the characters they play as," said Riot animator Rylan Davies in a behind-the-scenes talk. "I play Jax a lot and seeing him in cinematic form gives you a lot more of an attachment to the character." "I think it's just about fleshing things out," he continues. "Who are these characters? What is the world really like that...

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This is what happens when a LoL champion moves into a house of Dota 2 heroes

"What's the different between League of Legends and Dota?" According to above video, one is populated with catty Champions while the other just really needs a roof over its head. Erick Wright's latest YouTube video tackles the hard-hitting question everyone is asking as The International Dota 2 championship approaches: will League of Legends and Dota 2 characters get along if they lived together? There's some brief scuffling with in-jokes that only players of the games may get — a crack about character skins and the ability to deny handshakes, for one — but it's still kind of funny to see these two worlds collide. Stick to the end for some good laughs. To bring you up to speed on Dota, check out our look at the game leading up to TI4.

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Here's a visual tour of League of Legends' Summoner's Rift update

League of Legends' most common map, Summoner's Rift, is getting an update — here's a new video from developer Riot Games walking players through the new changes. According to the above video, Riot's goal with the map's overhaul is to make all information available to players more readable on-screen, the goal being to have players drawn to the most important information at the moment it is important — like breakout fights and special particle effects. Color, lighting and saturation effects have been balanced to avoid situations like monsters unknowingly creeping up on players. Players should be focusing on attacking their enemies, not trying to see around obscuring objects in the environment. Flashable walls have been added to allow players to better see what's behind them, such as...

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League of Legends' most common map gets update

The Summoner's Rift in League of Legends will be remodeled with the game's upcoming Public Beta Environment patch, Riot announced today via the game's site. The update is part of Riot's goal to improve the game while still preserving the spirit of Summoner's Rift. The "fundamental structure" of the map, however, will remain untouched. "Flashable walls, turret ranges, lane sizes, brush interaction and ward placements are exactly as they are on the current map," the announcement reads. "The intention is to keep moment-to-moment League of Legends the same while improving gameplay through additional clarity." The map should now do a better job of drawing the player's view to whatever information is most important at the moment, such as breakout fights, particle effects and more. "Beyond...

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Is Heroes of the Storm just a ripoff of DOTA and LoL?

If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Executive Producer Russ Frushtick and Senior Reporter Emily Gera ask: Is Heroes of the Storm just a ripoff of DOTA and LoL? Or you can watch the previous episode: Is Call of Duty struggling to stay relevant? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.

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Pokémon Honedge created by Man at Arms

Master swordsmith Man at Arms is back, and this time he has turned his talents to creating a real life Honedge from Pokémon X / Y. Unlike many of his previous efforts, including League of Legends' Zenith Blade and Halo's Energy Sword, much of the work that went into Honedge concerns its distinctive hilt and pommel, rather than the blade. Honedge looks like a medieval sword, with an eye-like hilt centerpiece and a leather attachment.

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League of Legends' Showdown event is live until Jan. 2

League of Legends' wintertime Showdown event went live this week, according to a post on the game's official site. The event will last until Jan. 2, and allow for 1v1 and 2v2 duels on the single-lane Howling Abyss map. Players can win three ways: By scoring first blood (in 1v1) or two kills (in 2v2), clearing waves to 100 CS or taking down an enemy turret before they destroy yours. Check out the video above to see Showdown in action and Showdown's official promo page to learn more about the skins and other items present for the event.

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HBO's 'Real Sports' debates the merits of eSports

During a debate on whether eSports is a sport on last night's end-of-2013 round-up episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the panelists didn't just say no — they laughed eSports, its fans and gamers altogether out of the studio entirely. The discussion followed a feature story on League of Legends and its Season 3 World Championship by Real Sports correspondent Soledad O'Brien, a segment that aired in the monthly show's October 2013 episode. (HBO Go subscribers can watch the full episode here.) O'Brien's story was respectful of eSports as a fast-growing field in the gaming sphere. But the roundtable segment last night dismissed eSports, with panelists including Mary Carillo, Frank Deford and Bernard Goldberg cracking jokes about Star Trek conventions and the millions of fans...

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Here's what you need to know for Wednesday, Nov. 20

Super Mario 3D World review: silly symphony Super Mario 3D World just might be the best platformer reviewer Danielle Riendeau has played this generation: "Super Mario 3D World doesn't reinvent the Mario formula ... [but] it gets the balance right between nostalgic touches and clever new twists, and never once let me down with a boring boss or too-familiar retread." League of Legends Season 3 finals drew 32M total viewers The League of Legends finals shattered previous viewing records with more than 32 million viewers worldwide. During the finals last year, a total of 8.2 million viewers tuned in to watch teams hit the field. Xbox One won't let you livestream gameplay at launch Xbox One owners won't be able to livestream via Twitch when the console launches. Microsoft plans to...

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League of Legends' newest champion gets her own music video

Jinx, the Loose Cannon, Riot Games' newest addition to the League of Legends champion lineup, gets her own official music video today, featuring the song "Get Jinxed." The animated clip show's off Jinx's personal set of abilities, from riding on oversized death rockets Major Kong-style to firing her Pow Pow minigun to lobbing Flame Chompers grenades at groups of enemies. The rest is mostly Jinx enjoying some manic, destructive behavior set to high-speed electronic music and the vocals of Norwegian singer Agnete Kjølsrud from the band Djerv. The song can be downloaded from Soundcloud if you don't already have access to Jinx and her theme song.

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    • Released 10/27/2009
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