League of Legends Anime Trailer Stars Professional eSports Players

League of Legends Anime Trailer Stars Professional eSports Players

The "Road to the Cup" clip features anime versions of famous professional League of Legends players.

Here's a new one. When I saw "League of Legends anime trailer", I was expecting something along the lines of the previously released Twist of Fate cinematic but in anime form. Instead, the trailer stars anime versions of famous professional League of Legends players, taking on aspects of their characters of choice.

"As the World Championship final draws near, we showcase the biggest heroes in esports from around the world that have wowed us all throughout Season 3. Many teams fell by the wayside in epic battles and now only two remain. Who will rise?"

It's certainly a unique way to promote eSports for the game. The trailer starts off with members from the teams participating in the 2013 League of Legends World Championships showing off some cool moves from each of their characters, before engaging in a literal "fight for the cup" as they try to scale a massive golden pillar holding the championship trophy. The animation is really superb, and if you follow LoL eSports at all, seeing your favorite players like this is really cool.

If this video has gotten you pumped for eSports, be sure to tune in to the World Championship grand final, when Korea's SK TELECOM T1 will square off against China's Royal Club this Saturday at noon.

Source: Riot Games

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Ah, of course, "show off awesome moves"... or in other words faff around waving your arms around needlessly. Reminds me of element bending in the movie adaption of The Last Airbender. Still, I have to agree that it looks pretty damn cool.

This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

Well no one is preventing them from competing, so I'm guessing many female gamers are just not interested in participating in the pro scene?

Shockolate:
I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

Because it was most likely a western animation studio/team that did it, doesn't look very eastern anime-ish to me at least.

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

You remember Team Siren and all that drama?
That's why you don't see females.

You call it anime but it's clearly western animation techniques and art style. Not that I care that much, it's just stupid to use the word anime for western animations. You'd normally just call it a cartoon.

I'd watch a LoL cartoon if it was starring the actual in game characters like Twist of Fate and Annie and Lux. There are some real cool stuff they could do with that. Oh well.

Shockolate:
I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

Vaccine:

Shockolate:
I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

Because it was most likely a western animation studio/team that did it, doesn't look very eastern anime-ish to me at least.

The animation was done by people in Studio Mir, and yes they did The Legend of Korra, thats why so similar. I quess thats what Riot wanted.

Pfft, whoever had Twisted Fate powers just threw the game entirely. Just teleport to the top of the tower you idiot.

I really don't know what the pro players look like but if that guy with the Vayne crossbow was not Doublelift I will be disappoint. Maybe Doublelift was the Ezreal since he got an Ezreal penta a little while ago?

I suppose Saint Vicious wasn't in it since there were no easy Barons stolen from him in that animation.

WAAAAAYYY!

I would really like a full fleshed out League anime, not gonna happen though. Over 100 characters in the game now and that's hard to balance screen time for. Ezreal would look really cool in an anime though. Just think about it, he's already one step away from an anime character (that character design yo') is super mobile, fires lasers and charges a super laser for his ult. Fucking DBZ powerup waiting to happen.

TF would be the best Deus Ex Machina plot device ever. Just appearing in the nick of time to save the day every other episode.

carnege4:

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

You remember Team Siren and all that drama?
That's why you don't see females.

What they lasted a month and a half tops? TYPICAL WOMEN!

I don't even know what that means

Shockolate:
I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

You're not the only one (some of the fighting style movement remind of the otehr nation bendings).

OT-
Heh, I bet that what some of the LoL view themselves when playing the game. Either way it still doesn't changed my opinion toward their community.

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

There was an all female pro LoL team. For about three weeks. They didn't do very well.

Edit: This just makes me want a LoL based anime.

maxy3d:

Shockolate:
I can't be the only one who thought the animation was very similiar to Avatar: the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra...

Can I?

The animation was done by people in Studio Mir, and yes they did The Legend of Korra, thats why so similar. I quess thats what Riot wanted.

I thought I was getting a Boondocks vibe from this.

I'll agree with some other people who have said there was a bit too much "faffing about," but I'm guessing that's mostly because they wanted to give more or less equal screen time to everyone represented. This clip may have been loaded with anime tropes but this is still some quality animation, as to be expected from Studio Mir.

The Wykydtron:

carnege4:

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

You remember Team Siren and all that drama?
That's why you don't see females.

What they lasted a month and a half tops? TYPICAL WOMEN!

I don't even know what that means

Well that video certainly presents an insightful, nuanced critique of the Team Sirens situation, and wasn't at all contributing to latent gender bullshit in gaming culture.

I don't know why, but I found the otherwise normal looking guys making use of their champions' abilities really funny for some reason. Especially that guy who spawned blitz's hands, or the guy using lux's lazer as a means of boosting himself to the top. Just so odd and silly seeing normal people doing such things.

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

Lol I was gonna make a joke about it, that we should make this a discussion about sexism in e-sports...
Funny though, in anime form that disparity really shows a lot more.

when Korea's SK TELECOM T1 will square off against China's Royal Club this Saturday at noon.

4 AM on saturday morning for us europeans. Q_Q

At the risk of getting punished for this post, I just want to go on record that I think this is the stupidest fucking idea I've ever heard of. It reminds me of Sonic X or the Transformers movies. You have a genuinely interesting property with its own lore that you could make very good stories out of with their "interesting" characters. But instead, we're going to focus on these human characters that few people really give a shit about. This seems like a joke and a waste.

Is there potential for something good? Sure. I've seen anime based off stupid or bizarre concepts that have actually been entertaining. But just taken at face-value, this seems like a really dumb and boring idea that I can't imagine turning out well.

SilverUchiha:
At the risk of getting punished for this post, I just want to go on record that I think this is the stupidest fucking idea I've ever heard of. It reminds me of Sonic X or the Transformers movies. You have a genuinely interesting property with its own lore that you could make very good stories out of with their "interesting" characters. But instead, we're going to focus on these human characters that few people really give a shit about. This seems like a joke and a waste.

Is there potential for something good? Sure. I've seen anime based off stupid or bizarre concepts that have actually been entertaining. But just taken at face-value, this seems like a really dumb and boring idea that I can't imagine turning out well.

It's meant to build up hype for the finals, they aren't actually going to make an anime about this.

Why didn't I see Faker... WHERE WAS FAKER?

I mean, they put Scarra in there, as well as Flame and Madlife, and they didn't even make it to worlds. Faker is on one of the two top teams at worlds, and is the top player on that team if not every team.

Still, it was really neat.

You know, I was really disappointed.

If they ever do any sort of anime of League there is clearly one character who it should focus on. He is the deepest of all the champions and by far the most interesting:

Teemo

Why you ask: First he's cute as all hell.

Second, it could be call the 'Scout's Code: Teemo's Quest'

Third, his back-story basically says that he does have different sides to his personality. He is an extremely friendly Yordle who anyone could sit back with and have a beer with, but when he goes into scout mode, watch out. He gets super-ceriol guys.

He basically becomes a cold-blooded scouting machine. He is known to go into the most dangerous places of the world and always comes back alive. COULD YOU IMAGINE SEEING THAT? It would be badass as hell.

Of course, the ending would always have to have him finishing his opponent with 50 well placed mushrooms, but that would be awesome.

This is only 1/2 kidding by the way. I think an anime about teemo could actually be amazing if done by the right people.

BrainWalker:

maxy3d:

The Wykydtron:

You remember Team Siren and all that drama?
That's why you don't see females.

What they lasted a month and a half tops? TYPICAL WOMEN!

I don't even know what that means

Well that video certainly presents an insightful, nuanced critique of the Team Sirens situation, and wasn't at all contributing to latent gender bullshit in gaming culture.

Did you ever watch the original Sirens intro video? Honestly? Did you? The Dunkey version makes more sense XD

Putting aside the whole "first" female team (because let's be honest, there must be loads out there but these were the first ones who thought they could make a big deal of it) they were fuckin' shit. They were like high Gold and trying to compare themselves to people like TSM. They practically brought all the videos taking the piss out of them on themselves

They got absolutely stomped by TSM by the way. As in zero effort required.

Regardless of gender, put your money where your mouth is. Female teams can feed as hard as male teams y'know?

It will be a cool anime just because it will have ugly characters. That`s pretty neat.

You know, it is really rather funny, they really seem to capture what foul mouthed assholes the player can be when they play that game without them really saying a word, just look at their sour expressions!

carnege4:

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

You remember Team Siren and all that drama?
That's why you don't see females.

Never heard of them but that comment ya.. kinda sexist. I'm sure male teams have plenty of drama too that is just the nature of the beast.

As far as the actually anime goes, the animation is great but I don't like their decision to have the players take on aspects of what ever characters they are playing. As someone who doesn't play LOL and has only recently started playing Dota 2 I have no idea what or who each person was suppose to embody.

If someone asked me to do an anime about a professional E-sports team I'd do something like have an out of game world/drama with a few times a season showing them in some match but have their in game characters be voiced by them and perhaps take on some noticeable aspect of their actual players but not the other way around.

The moment I saw this video I shed a slight tear knowing it was Studio Mir that animated it from the animators of the Legend of korra.

I don't really like League let alone know who the champs or players are but this was a great move by LoL for getting Studio Mir to animated their latest info ad.

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

That's not just in the pro gaming scene. There are very little female LoL players compared to male players in general.(wasn't the statistic like "only" 10% or so before? Not sure..)

kyonshee77:

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

That's not just in the pro gaming scene. There are very little female LoL players compared to male players in general.(wasn't the statistic like "only" 10% or so before? Not sure..)

I wasn't just referring to LoL. There are many other games played competitively such as Starcraft, Warcraft 3, CS, etc. Admittedly, I'm not up to date on most e-sport tournaments, but I've never heard of any female team, or players. Even the Siren team mentioned above was my first time hearing about them.

ex951753:

I wasn't just referring to LoL. There are many other games played competitively such as Starcraft, Warcraft 3, CS, etc. Admittedly, I'm not up to date on most e-sport tournaments, but I've never heard of any female team, or players. Even the Siren team mentioned above was my first time hearing about them.

Well true, but this was the case in atlethic sports as well. I think we'll see more female players rise to the top over time.

Now this is how you promo a tourney! And I get to watch this in the morning with breakfast. Great way to start the day.

The Wykydtron:

BrainWalker:

maxy3d:

What they lasted a month and a half tops? TYPICAL WOMEN!

I don't even know what that means

Well that video certainly presents an insightful, nuanced critique of the Team Sirens situation, and wasn't at all contributing to latent gender bullshit in gaming culture.

Did you ever watch the original Sirens intro video? Honestly? Did you? The Dunkey version makes more sense XD

Putting aside the whole "first" female team (because let's be honest, there must be loads out there but these were the first ones who thought they could make a big deal of it) they were fuckin' shit. They were like high Gold and trying to compare themselves to people like TSM. They practically brought all the videos taking the piss out of them on themselves

They got absolutely stomped by TSM by the way. As in zero effort required.

Regardless of gender, put your money where your mouth is. Female teams can feed as hard as male teams y'know?

Was the original video a little ridiculous? Yeah. Were Team Siren great players? Not really. Should they be mocked? I suppose that's a point of contention but this is the gaming community and if there's anything we love it's trash talking. My problem with this video isn't that it calls them out for acting like hot shit when they were lukewarm at best. That much is legit, but it goes beyond that. My problem with this video is that it overdubs them with moronic childlike voices and they're mocked for daring to suggest that the incredibly disproportionate gender balance in the LoL community might be something that women in the community should perhaps be concerned about and rally around. This sort of thing happens to women ALL THE TIME, especially in geek circles: They say something and they're dismissed and treated like stupid children. And of course this mocking video was made by a guy who equates examining those aforementioned disproportionate gender statistics with virulent man-hatred. Fuck that shit.

BrainWalker:

The Wykydtron:

BrainWalker:

Well that video certainly presents an insightful, nuanced critique of the Team Sirens situation, and wasn't at all contributing to latent gender bullshit in gaming culture.

Did you ever watch the original Sirens intro video? Honestly? Did you? The Dunkey version makes more sense XD

Putting aside the whole "first" female team (because let's be honest, there must be loads out there but these were the first ones who thought they could make a big deal of it) they were fuckin' shit. They were like high Gold and trying to compare themselves to people like TSM. They practically brought all the videos taking the piss out of them on themselves

They got absolutely stomped by TSM by the way. As in zero effort required.

Regardless of gender, put your money where your mouth is. Female teams can feed as hard as male teams y'know?

Was the original video a little ridiculous? Yeah. Were Team Siren great players? Not really. Should they be mocked? I suppose that's a point of contention but this is the gaming community and if there's anything we love it's trash talking. My problem with this video isn't that it calls them out for acting like hot shit when they were lukewarm at best. That much is legit, but it goes beyond that. My problem with this video is that it overdubs them with moronic childlike voices and they're mocked for daring to suggest that the incredibly disproportionate gender balance in the LoL community might be something that women in the community should perhaps be concerned about and rally around. This sort of thing happens to women ALL THE TIME, especially in geek circles: They say something and they're dismissed and treated like stupid children. And of course this mocking video was made by a guy who equates examining those aforementioned disproportionate gender statistics with virulent man-hatred. Fuck that shit.

Putting aside people putting too much weight into funny Internet videos

I really don't get the vibe that Team Siren was trying to make a positive statement about women being underrepresented in League, I mean they did a little bit but they primarily used that fact selfishly as a crutch to throw themselves into the spotlight, rather than constructively. They used the sole reason that they were women to get attention and get stream views. That's a little bit wrong don't you think? Even, dare I say... Sexist? >.> <.<

There is a gender balance issue yes, but Team Siren did not help in the slightest, if anything I feel they hurt the image of women in League. Especially how they lasted about a month, they made themselves the representatives of all women then fucked it up entirely.

Ugh what am I doing? I'm partaking in sexism debates on 'Scapist. That's breaking one of my posting rules, it never ends well.

The Wykydtron:

BrainWalker:

The Wykydtron:

Did you ever watch the original Sirens intro video? Honestly? Did you? The Dunkey version makes more sense XD

Putting aside the whole "first" female team (because let's be honest, there must be loads out there but these were the first ones who thought they could make a big deal of it) they were fuckin' shit. They were like high Gold and trying to compare themselves to people like TSM. They practically brought all the videos taking the piss out of them on themselves

They got absolutely stomped by TSM by the way. As in zero effort required.

Regardless of gender, put your money where your mouth is. Female teams can feed as hard as male teams y'know?

Was the original video a little ridiculous? Yeah. Were Team Siren great players? Not really. Should they be mocked? I suppose that's a point of contention but this is the gaming community and if there's anything we love it's trash talking. My problem with this video isn't that it calls them out for acting like hot shit when they were lukewarm at best. That much is legit, but it goes beyond that. My problem with this video is that it overdubs them with moronic childlike voices and they're mocked for daring to suggest that the incredibly disproportionate gender balance in the LoL community might be something that women in the community should perhaps be concerned about and rally around. This sort of thing happens to women ALL THE TIME, especially in geek circles: They say something and they're dismissed and treated like stupid children. And of course this mocking video was made by a guy who equates examining those aforementioned disproportionate gender statistics with virulent man-hatred. Fuck that shit.

Putting aside people putting too much weight into funny Internet videos

I really don't get the vibe that Team Siren was trying to make a positive statement about women being underrepresented in League, I mean they did a little bit but they primarily used that fact selfishly as a crutch to throw themselves into the spotlight, rather than constructively. They used the sole reason that they were women to get attention and get stream views. That's a little bit wrong don't you think? Even, dare I say... Sexist? >.> <.<

There is a gender balance issue yes, but Team Siren did not help in the slightest, if anything I feel they hurt the image of women in League. Especially how they lasted about a month, they made themselves the representatives of all women then fucked it up entirely.

Ugh what am I doing? I'm partaking in sexism debates on 'Scapist. That's breaking one of my posting rules, it never ends well.

I really need to learn how to collapse these nested quotations without just deleting them altogether.

Anyway, debates on anything in gamer culture, or indeed the culture at large, if current government shenanigans are any indication, tend to be pointless because everyone's so entrenched in their own positions they're not even willing to listen to what other people have to say. I try not to do that, but I'm human and sometimes it happens. But that's not what I'm doing here.

I'll admit I don't really follow LoL or its community or its drama or really even play it. I did some research on the whole "Team Siren" thing, but that means I got a condensed version and I wasn't really a part of it while it was happening. I don't think that "girl power" is necessarily a bad thing, especially in a male-dominated culture, and it's something that guys have trouble understanding. But I'm also not a time-traveling mind-reader so I can't really say what they were trying to do. Clearly whatever it was, they didn't do it very well. I'm just saying, with some distance from the fiasco, I'm not really fond of the dismissive infantilizing tone of the mock video. That's really my only point of contention here.

Also, I'm not a fan of the "it's just a joke" defense. I'm a big fan of comedy, and humor is as valid a method to deliver a message as any other form of expression. You post a cute cat video, you're probably not saying much other than that cats are adorable. You post a video where you take away a woman's voice, replace it with incoherent childish babbling, you're saying more than "these guys acted unprofessionally." When you translate "90% of LoL players are men" to "men are shitty," you're making a statement even if it is just a joke. Basically what this video is doing is meeting sexism with sexism, and two wrongs don't make a right, or a good joke.

Is it sexist to come in on your high horse saying "We are women, hear us roar," and draw attention to yourself based on being female? Yeah, probably, in the same way that "cracker" and "nigger" are both technically racist epithets. Ideally they would have simply existed and played the game and that would have been that, but, you know, I can't believe anyone is surprised that League of Legends players acted obnoxiously.

ex951753:
This video made me realize for the very first time how there's little to no females on the pro gaming scene (at least to my knowledge). I'm not saying there has to be, and I realize statistically, there are lesser female gamers compared to male gamers. I just found it interesting that it's never occurred to me before.

VP and a few others teams have DOTA girl teams, if I remember correctly they even played at Starladder last year.

Dunno bout LoL though, there was Team Siren but apparently they got flamed to high hell and I haven't heard about them since. Not that I really followed the whole thing.

OT: Cringe.

 

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