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League of Legends to Offer Official Fantasy LCS Beta

The newly announced Fantasy LCS game is symbol of progress for both League of Legends and eSports as a whole.

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As eSports as a whole moves forward, they begin to resemble "normal" sports such as baseball and football more and more. YouTube even recognized some League of Legends videos under the sports section recently. Unexpected, though, was the announcement made yesterday that lolesports.com would host a fantasy LCS game.

The page claims that this feature is "coming soon" which makes it unclear of whether it will be ready to go with the upcoming Summer Split of the LCS about to begin. Riot employee "DanielZKlein" said that "we tested this internally over the spring split" and that there were dozens of leagues played within Riot. This is encouraging to see as far as getting access to the fantasy LCS as soon as possible.

 

EDIT: Fantasy LCS is ONLINE!

The game

Participants will be able to draft players from both the NA and EU LCS squads, offering 80 starting players in all to choose from to start with. Each team will include:

  • 1 top laner
  • 1 mid laner
  • 1 jungle
  • 1 ADC
  • 1 support
  • 1 "flex" player which is any position
  • 3 substitutes
  • one team as a whole (ie: picking CLG).

Each league will be able to have a maximum of 8 teams. The draft will happen in real-time, offering a 1 minute window between picks, meaning that you'd better do your homework beforehand! The interface looks amazing sleek, as you can see below:

http://riot-web-static.s3.amazonaws.com/fantasy/content/3-create-team.jpg

In the introductory webpage, there is nothing to indicate trading between fantasy teams, but there will be free agents that you can add/drop for players already on your team. The season will play out like many other fantasy sports games, matching up against other teams each week with an easy to understand starting lineup page set before each week of the LCS.

Scoring

The scoring system seems to heavily favor KDA stats as opposed to objectives. This needs to be taken into account when drafting your players. A player, or perhaps players on a specific team, who gets more kills as opposed to objective control will be more highly valued. The scoring outline is as follows:

Players:

  • Kills: +2 points
  • Deaths: -.5 points
  • Assists: +1.5 points
  • CS: 0.01 points (200 CS = 1 kill)
  • Triple Kill: +2 points
  • Quadra Kill: +5 points
  • Penta Kill: +10 points
  • 10+ Kills/ Assist: +2 points

Teams:

  • First blood: +2 points
  • Dragons: +1 point
  • Barons: +2 points
  • Towers: +1 point
  • Victory: +2 Points

While this announcement of a fantasy LCS game is absolutely amazing to avid League of Legends fans, it also shows how far eSports have come, and how far we plan to take them. ESports are rapidly increasing in popularity and more and more being considered to actual, real sports.

Originally Published May. 15th 2014

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Vesthis is a 19-year old sophomore college student in Philadelphia, PA, an avid League of Legends player, and a Diamond mid lane main player.

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  • 1
    eSports Unlimited 5 months ago
    A bit late to the party, but we're also running fantasy leagues for the summer split in an alternative format (with prizes!). Check them out at: https://esportsunlimited.com/news/2014/05/22/summer-split-alternative-fantasy-lcs
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    Danielle DeNicola 5 months ago
    Featured Columnist
    It could be my computer, but I think your image is broken :c
  • 16
    Vesthis_lol 5 months ago
    Featured Correspondent
    Yeah you're right, I think it's something wrong with lolesports right now. I'll fix it when it's back up. Thanks!