The 2019 League of Legends All-Star event has something for everyone to watch and enjoy. Professional players, streamers and Teamfight Tactics players gather to compete in a variety of different game modes. Fans voted for two players from each region to attend the event, six pro players were hand-selected by Riot Games and popular streamers were chosen from the League Partner Program. The event took place from December 5-7 in Las Vegas. The VODs for the All-Star event can found here.
32 of the best players in the world faced off in a 1v1 tournament on the Snowdown Showdown game mode. The three ways to win in this game mode are killing the opponent twice before seven minutes, killing the opponent after the seven minute mark, known as “sudden death” or destroying the opponent’s turret. The top laner for Fnatic, Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau, took down the bottom laner for Royal Never Give Up, Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, in the finals of the tournament. This tournament is incredibly fun to watch, and it would be interesting to add this game mode to the client.
Challenger Teamfight Tactics and League of Legends players competed against each other to raise money for charity. The League of Legends pros, known as “Littles”, faced off in a separate bracket from the challenger Teamfight Tactics players, known as “Legends”. “Kongmen” won the Legends bracket and donated his $100,000 winnings to the China Youth Development Foundation. The foundation provides social advocacy and aid for young people in China. Bwipo also won in the Littles bracket, in addition to his victory in the 1v1 tournament, and he donated his $50,000 winnings towards protecting tigers and their habitats.
5v5 Summoner’s Rift
Streamers and Professional players from each region squared off against each other on Summoner’s Rift. Europe took down North America in a 25 minute game, and added to the regional rivalry. North America held an early lead after a successful invade, but were overcome by the power of Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski playing Ziggs. The LCK team absolutely dominated the LPL team ending the game with 37 kills to 12. Korean influencer “NaRaKyle” put on an impressive performance, and ended the game with 19 kills and no deaths on Cassiopeia.
The show matches consisted of unique game modes that brought a new twist to existing game modes. Tandem mode involves two players playing the same champion, with one player controlling the mouse and the other controlling the keyboard. This involves heavy coordination and communication between players, and is much more difficult than it looks. Assassin mode is another interesting game mode that was played. Each player must pick an assassin champion in a 5v5 match on Summoner’s Rift. Blind pick URF mode was also featured at the event.
This event is perfect for fans that want to watch quality League of Legends content during the off-season. Not only is the event entertaining, all of the winnings go to a charitable cause. It also gives streamers the opportunity to play against some of the best professional players in the world and prove their skills.
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