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Following the Alpha test phase from a couple of months back, League of Legends: Wild Rift will now enter its regional closed beta phase starting September 16, with the Philippines scheduled to go live on September 18.

The announcement by Riot Games has the regional closed beta kicking off on September 16 and will extend to early October before accounts are reset. You can check out the full schedule below:

  • September 16 – Indonesia (testing with a very small number of invites)
  • September 18 – Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
  • Early October – Closed Beta pauses for a few days, and accounts are fully reset

The regional closed beta will be primarily for Android devices but for iOS-based players, you can head on over to the Wild Rift website to sign up for a chance at a closed beta invite.

6 new champions are also being added to the closed beta:

For phone specs, please check out the recommended spec below:

Android
CPU: 4-core, 1.5 Ghz and above (32-Bit or 64-bit)
RAM: 1.5G
Resolution: 1280×720

iOS
iPhone 7

For more information, you can also check out the Wild Rift dev diary below.

Riot Games and AAPE BY A Bathing APE have announced their collaboration on an apparel collection named AAPE BY A BATHING APE x League of Legends collection. The collaboration will also have an upcoming Prestige Edition skin in League of Legends for True Damage Yasuo.

The True Damage Yasuo skin was originally developed with modern-day streetwear and lifestyle design implications in mind. This made it easy to adapt the silhouette to feature AAPE BY A BATHING APE apparel.

The Prestige Edition of the True Damage Yasuo will be available to all players for the rest of 2020 for 100 in-game Prestige Points.

AAPE BY A BATHING APE X LEAGUE OF LEGENDS is a unisex limited apparel collection, featuring an outerwear jacket, t-shirt, a pullover hoodie, a cargo pant, a pair of sneakers, and a hat, all available on AAPE.jp and in select stores globally. An exclusive t-shirt of True Damage Yasuo Prestige Edition will be available globally on both the Riot Games’ merch website and part of the full collection.

More details on the collection will be revealed on the AAPE website on September 18, 2020.

List of cities with select in-store availability:

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Guangzhou
  • Hangzhou
  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Chengdu
  • Dalian
  • Nanning
  • Xiamen
  • Shenzhen
  • Xi’an
  • Changsha
  • Qingdao
  • Ha’erbin
  • Shenyang
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Taipei
  • Taichung
  • Kaohsiung
  • Hsinchu
  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Los Angeles

League of Legends’ Pacific Championship Series 2020 Summer Split has just recently come to a close with the Taiwanese team Machi Esports (MCX) being crowned champions.

Machi Esports battled it out with Hong Kong squad PSG Talon (PSG) in the Finals. The two teams had played each other 16 times on stage in this calendar year and split the matches between themselves. The two teams have established their rivalry as an “El Clasico” of the PCS.

The two teams went the distance in an exciting five-game Upper Bracket Finals with PSG inching out a victory. The loss dropped MCX to the Lower Bracket where they faced and swept fellow Taiwanese squad J Team, forcing a rematch of the Spring Split Finals between MCX and PSG.

This time around, MCX were ready for revenge from the Upper Bracket Finals and the Spring Split Finals as they swept their rivals to claim the Summer Split title.

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Photo: PCS Twitter

This is the first championship for Machi Esports after seven years competing in the Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau League of Legends Master Series and now in the Pacific Championship Series. In addition to the title and Worlds 2020 spot, the team also took home USD 30,000.

Despite the loss, PSG Talon will still be representing the region alongside Machi Esports at the 2020 World Championship in Shanghai, China.

The first Act in Valorant is about to come to an end. Come next week, Act II will begin and with it, some much needed changes to the competitive system but also the debut of a brand new agent that goes by the name of Killjoy.

Check out the reveal trailer below:

Not much is known about Killjoy, except that she is a genius inventor that deploys her killer tech for some potent defensive impact. As seen in the trailer, she can use her bots as turrets or to set tripwires across the map, signalling the approach of an enemy before they can get the jump on you. With the right setup, breaking a defensive team anchored on Killjoy’s abilities will probably be a hard case to crack.

As with other agents, a Spotify playlist dedicated to Killjoy can be streamed in full HERE.

For more info on the latest patch notes and updates, check out the official Valorant website.

Riot Games is going full anime with Spirit Blossom, a month-long thematic experience that will span across League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, and Teamfight Tactics. The festival is scheduled to run from July 22 to August 24, 2020 with new features, including a temporarily returning game mode in Nexus Blitz, a brand new narrative experience called Spirit Bonds, and much more.      

League of Legends

In addition to the brand new skins, the return of Nexus Blitz, and Lillia, the newest champion to join the full roster, League of Legends will unveil a brand new narrative experience called Spirit Bonds which allows players will forge deeper relationships with champions from the Spirit Blossom skinline, earning special rewards through various missions.

New Spirit Blossom skins will be available for the following League champions:

  • Lillia
  • Thresh
  • Ahri
  • Teemo
  • Yasuo
  • Vayne
  • Riven
  • Cassiopeia
  • Kindred

Legends of Runeterra

Players will have access to a series of limited-time items that can be unlocked just by playing as well an an Event Pass that adds even more rewards to unlock along the way.

Teamfight Tactics

Players will be able to unlock new Little Legends variants for Featherknight, Hushtail, and Melisma, inspired by Spirit Blossom, with an all new pricing model that allows players to directly purchase one-star versions of them.

The Valorant SEA Invitational has come and gone and after the dust has settled, Team Tempest from Taiwan are your champions, winning a total of $3,200 as well as a customised rig powered by Intel 10th Gen Gaming CPUs (Core i7-10700K).

Team Tempest, consisting of Hehe, Crazyface, Xargon, KMoMo and Zonda, defeated Thailand’s Team Titanium in the finals for a match score of 2-0.

For those that missed out on the action, you can view the whole invitational below:

Sadly, our very own Team Panorama, consisting of Maggiekarp, Justin Weaver, Gloco, Lionqueen, and Ashley Gosiengfiao, failed to make it to the finals but still took home $1,200 for their efforts.

The Valorant SEA Invitational also played out for a good cause as Riot Games Southeast Asia donated $10,000 to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to benefit projects working on the stop and prevention of the pandemic’s spread.

Valorant’s first Ultra Edition skin line, Elderflame, will turn your weapons into dragons. They look totally bomb and will literally toast the opposition. They’re fantastic and extremely worthy of being the first UI skinline out there, complete with custom animations and sound effects.

They also cost around $100 for the whole set.

These Ultra Edition skins will be available in the game on July 10 and individual skins will cost 2475 VP or Valorant Points. Joe Lee, Valorant’s revenue lead, posted the price tiers, indicating that the whole bundle will set you back 9900 VP is you want to get everything.

Valorant has VP bundles ranging from $5 to $100 and for the whole set that costs 9900 VP, you’ll want to get the $100 bundle of 11,000 points (around PHP5,000) for maximum value.

That’s not exactly cheap, when you think about it, but these are completely cosmetic so it’s nothing to get fussy about. If you’ve got the extra cash to spare, you can wreck your opponents and look good while doing it.

Dracarys?

Following the global launch nearly a month ago, Valorant has found a thriving community, and with it, players who will always ask questions on what’s next for the game in terms of updates and content.

Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon shares their plans for the players and what they have in store for everybody post-launch:

Ranked mode is now available and some quality of life improvements like early surrender, remake matches, and timeouts, which are all highly requested features from the players themselves.

The next topic talks about “Episodes and Acts”, outlining that Episodes are meant to last 6 months while there will ideally be 3 Acts per episode, lasting about 2 months each. Each act will introduce a new agent and every year, a total of 6 agents will be added to the roster pool. Expect a major feature to be released like a new map or a new game mode during the start of episodes.

Some of the story developments will also be done through these episodes and acts, as well as a new battle pass per act, all in the aim of keeping the players occupied with content to grind for.

Disruptive behavior will also be a top focus for the team to make Valorant a better place to play. Keep reporting any untoward behavior and you can be assured that the team will bring the hammer down.

Valorant is off to a good start and it helps that the team is being transparent and receptive to player feedback and comments. Expect more updates soon!

The League of Legends Pacific Championship Series 2020 Summer Split kicked-off in the best way possible – a match between the reigning champions PSG Talon (formerly Talon Esports) and Machi Esports (MCX). The Spring Split finals rematch was a much talked about encounter as it was the debut of PSG’s new mid laner, PSG Tank, debuting in place of the regular starter, PSG Candy.

PSG Talon rose up the ranks to take the top spot as they defeated MCX, Nova Esports (NOV), and Liyab Esports (LYB) on the opening weekend.

Despite losing the opening match against PSG, MCX bounced back strong in their following two games against Southeast Asian opponents Resurgence (RSG) and Berjaya Dragons (BJD).

On the other side of the spectrum, Southeast Asian teams did not have the best of starts as BJD (0-3) and LYB (0-2) both failed to register a win in five attempts. However, NOV showed signs of improvement with the addition of NOV Coldenfeet as their new ADC who was also the MVP in the match against RSG.

You can relive all the action here as we check out the top 5 plays of the week:

After what seems like forever (the lockdown really messed up our body clocks), Valorant will finally go worldwide on June 2, with the game being free to download from the official website.

Peep the announcement video below from the Valorant Youtube Channel:

Right now, the game is on CBT or closed beta testing and Riot will be using this period to gain information about the game, fixing what’s needed before the game goes live for everyone. CBT will end on May 28 and it is important to note that if you’re one of the lucky players to have gained access during this phase, all progress will be reset so everyone starts off fresh.

Upon launch, a new agent and map will be added along with a beta game mode, skins, and a battle pass. Players from North America, Europe, South Korea, Japan and much more will be the first to hop into the game with everyone else following shortly after.

As with all worldwide releases, expect extremely high server traffic, which is why Riot will be deploying new servers in Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw to handle the load.