Last month, League of Legends developers Riot Games announced the release of Patch 6.17, just in time for the 2016 World Championships, which begin with the group stages at the end of September.
The main purpose of Patch 6.17 was to fix the problems with the Turret AI, allowing it to respond quicker to enemy attacks. The patch also fixes some bugs and features a few tweaks to the gameplay.
Riot Games also said that a further patch will be released before the start of the tournament, but they have assured participants that both new patches aren’t technically complex. So hopefully, we won’t see a repeat of the issues which disrupted last year’s quarterfinal between EDward Gaming and Fnatic.
This technical problem aside, the 2015 edition of the LoL World Championships was a huge success, drawing in some large and fanatical crowds, as the tournament worked its way across Europe. This year’s Championships will be touring across North America, visiting famous venues like Maddison Square Garden and the Staples Centre along the way, illustrating what a huge spectacle eSporting events have become in recent years.
Bookmakers like TonyBet have expanded their markets to include some of eSports biggest tournaments with the League of Legends World Championships ranked as the most popular market of all. And a recent article published on the BWIN Blog discusses the popularity of LoL within the betting community, revealing that 69% of betting turnover for all eSports games came from wagers placed on League of Legends alone.
Two-time Champions SK Telecom T1, along with the best teams from all over the world, will begin battling it out at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on September 29th. Tickets can still be purchased for all stages of the competition, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be able to attend the event in person, full coverage of the League of Legends World Championships can easily be found online.
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