Halloween: The End of Travel

It’s been one hell of a month. I’ve taken six plane rides, countless subway trains, two lyfts, walked dozens of miles, visited new places, met long-time friends for the first time, spoke with players from around the world, and produced a handful of interviews. It’s been a lot to process, and I’ve slacked on producing […]

November 1, 2016

A Westerner in New York

Sitting in the back of the taxi on the way into the city, I remember being shocked at the sight of the graves. There were rolling fields, large enough to accommodate a small suburb, saturated with endless rows of headstones. That alone was a striking visual, but what pushed it into the realm of audacity […]

October 26, 2016

My brief argument for ROX Tigers

I wanted to quickly sketch my thoughts on Friday’s semifinal between SK Telecom T1 and ROX Tigers. It’s a rivalry I’ve followed since it started, and one I hope to see a Tigers victory for. That said, let me set my own feelings aside. This should be a close series. SKT has shown that it […]

October 18, 2016

The anticipation of traveling

Every couple of hours, no matter what I am doing, I take a pause. My ever-processing brain is always laying out plans: get this done, then move on to that. In that state of mind, I recoil from one realization. “I’m going to New York in a few days.” It’s a silly thing to be […]

October 18, 2016

Fighting RNG does not equal skill

Let’s talk about plants. If you were around Reddit or Twitter yesterday as a League of Legends fan, you were probably exposed to some of the backlash against Riot Games’ initial plans for the jungle in 2017. You can read the details here, but the tl;dr is that Riot is thinking of introducing plants into […]

October 13, 2016

Thoughts on worlds Group D

It’s a dark, yet glorious day. When it comes to Team SoloMid, I’m quite torn on the matter. On one hand, I have a lot of respect for the individual players. They’ve sacrificed a lot in order to try and push NA’s competitive achievements to new heights, and I genuinely enjoy the personalities and stories […]

October 9, 2016

Thoughts on worlds Group C

Europe has something to be proud of. H2K rallied in a monstrous run in week 2, winning every game including the tiebreaker to take first place in the group over EDward Gaming. Everyone’s eyes are on Konstantinos-Napoleon “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou’s teamfighting on Caitlyn or Yoo “Ryu” Sang-ook’s Ryze ultimates, but I think H2K’s unsung hero is Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. […]

October 8, 2016

Thoughts on worlds Group A

History was made yesterday as Albus NoX Luna, the wildcard team from the CIS region, advanced from the group stages in second, narrowly missing out from first place after losing the tiebreaker to ROX Tigers. What was considered to be a straightforward group suddenly became a three-way death group as Albus and CLG stepped up, […]

October 7, 2016

The person behind the idol

SK Telecom T1 crushed Cloud9 in its worlds debut game for 2016. As the winner, it agreed to let the players do press interviews. On the fourth floor of the Bill Graham Civic auditorium, in a room where curtains were drawn up to small sections for a journalist and player to duck into for a […]

October 5, 2016

Worlds Day 1: Chaos

I woke up in the stiff bunk bed of the hostel. Well, maybe “woke up” isn’t the correct term; I had that sleep where you’re aware of your efforts to sleep without actually resting. Still, it was some shut eye. After scrambling around the hostel, trying to find a bathroom with a working outlet for […]

October 1, 2016