With the League of Legends All-Star event less than a month away, fans are beginning to feel the excitement of the end-of-year celebration to commemorate the competitive season.
The All-Star event will include a total of 64 players. Half of the participants will be professional players, with 28 voted on by viewers and four invited by Riot Games. Two to three streamers and prominent community members from each of the 14 competitive regions will comprise the rest of the player pool.
The rookie top laner for Cloud9 Eric ”Licorice” Ritchie announced he would be attending the League of Legends All-Star event following an invitation from Riot Games. The top laner quickly became popular following his debut into the professional scene when he displayed his mastery over a large range of champions. Licorice almost had enough support to secure the fan vote for one of two positions from the North American region but fell short by only one percent.
Likewise, both Han ”Peanut” Wang-ho and Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro received invites to participate in the event earlier in the off-season. Peanut currently plays as a jungler for one of the top Korean teams, Kingzone DragonX, while Jiizuke plays for the European team, Team Vitality. Jizuke had a short, while undeniably impressive, performance at this year’s World Championship, where his team fell in the group stage despite defeating the former world champions.
Licorice, Peanut, and Jiizuke will participate alongside Song “Rookie” Eui-jin, the mid laner for this year’s World Champion team Invictus Gaming, as the four members elected by Riot Games to play in the event.
The All-Star event will see these players participate in a number of unique game modes, including Regional Rivalry show matches, an Eastern vs. Western showdown, and a 2v2 charity tournament.
The activities will take place Dec. 6-8 at the Esports Arena in Las Vegas, so fans best be sure to mark their calendars for the final event of the year.