League of Legends drama: "The Death of Gangplank"

Under the campaign Bilgewater: Burning Tides, Riot Games has killed off Gangplank, spurring reaction theories.

League of Legends has been doing a bunch of storyline material over the past few weeks surrounding their pirate characters with the addition of Bilgewater: Burning Tides. Last night they announced that for the first time in the game's history, a Champion will be killed, and the first in the series is Gangplank.

The Drama Ensues

“Gangplank is dead and has been disabled in all queues.”

While Riot Games has added tons of new content including new skins, re-made maps, and a game mode through the campaign Bilgewater: Burning Tides, it also brought along the Lore-Death of Gangplank. His death is during Act III of the story's progression this week, by the hands of his nemesis Miss Fortune. If you were to currently open League of Legends, an alert would appear in the top bar saying: Gangplank is dead and has been disabled in all queues,” which not only significantly shows his death, lore-wise, but also as a playable character.

Although League of Legends has quite an intricate story, when it comes to gameplay the story has never taken such precedence, which has lead this action to make many gamers feel a bit distraught. While he is the first Champion to be eliminated, Gangplank has quite a fan base behind him with many conspiracy theories.

Gangplank Conspiracy Theories

Many people believe Gangplank isn't gone for good, and will eventually re-appear within the game.

It's very suspect that Gangplank is removed from gameplay right when his character and kit just got redone in the Bilgewater: Burning Tides campaign. The addition to this theory is that Riot Games has been telling their customers to remain calm for a few days while they assess the issue, and that refunds are not being addressed.

"Champion death is unprecedented in League of Legends, and we do not take it lightly. We encourage all Gangplank fans to remain calm for a few days until we can fully assess the situation. At this time, we are not addressing refund requests for him or his skins but please know that over the next several days we’ll do our best to make things right for everyone." - League of Legends Forum

There is a full FAQ going around for the Bilgewater: Burning Tides campaign and the Act III information regarding Gangplank's death. For the full details it can be found on the League of Legend's forum.

Information regarding the campaign Bilgewater: Burning Tides, GameSkinny has an article on the release and more details on the maps and storyline. Look for the article "Yarr Mateys, League of Legends gets a Pirate Transformation for Seasonal Campaign 'Bilgewater: Burning Tides'."

What do you think of this elimination of the Champion Gangplank? Do you believe he will have some epic resurrection back into game-play as maybe Ghost or Zombie Gangplank?

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Published Jul. 30th 2015
  • Durinn McFurren
    I don't actually play LoL - but the fact that they're not addressing refund requests seems kind of fishy to me. If you buy a character or a skin, you do so generally with the understanding that it will be available to you permanently, not something that gets snatched away sometime later. So this makes it that much less likely that I would play LoL at some point in the future.
  • Courtney Gamache
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    I think their point of not addressing it, is to make it seem Gangplank is coming back, otherwise the new skins people bought based on his upgrade are completely useless. I just hope they don't ruin themselves business-wise.

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