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For a long time, League of Legends has had a consistent metagame. But the competitive environment and the individual and team strategies that result have recently changed at a rapid pace, leading to earlier fights, faster games, and a wild shift in the way players try to out-pick and out-play each other.

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Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok is recuperating from his heartbreaking loss at this year's world championships by crushing lesser opponents. After tepidly accepting the 2017 Game Award for Best Esports Player, he faced off against poor Álvaro "VVvert" Miguel Martins in a one-on-one League of Legends All-Star match.

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Yesterday was the final clash of the 2017 League of Legends World Championships, a climactic rematch between Samsung Galaxy and SKT T1. Before the games started, Riot Games put on a massive opening ceremony including a giant trophy, a live performance of Worlds theme "Legends Never Die," and a freaking dragon.

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Last weekend marked the final week of playoffs for every region in the League Championship Series, and in South Korea, a classic rivalry played out in grandiose fashion. KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 have been locked in a heated rivalry for years -- their parent companies even feuded prior to League's competitive inception -- and the production of their final spring match paid homage to that legacy.

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Riot Games has the right to issue Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices for any League of Legends footage that appears without their permission online. But thus far, Riot's been relatively hesitant to do so. This week, one YouTuber in particular has seen some League of Legends videos go up on the chopping block, and Riot Games has yet to weigh in about the ultimate fate of these videos.

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If you're a popular League of Legends eSports player, who actually owns streams of your matches? That's a complicated question, but in the case of ultra-popular pro Sanghyuk "Faker" Lee, the answer seems clear cut. A streamer, however, found a loophole that's thrown it all into question. And controversy.