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The SKLAN Tournament Schedule.

The day is finally here! We here at SKL are announcing the full SKLAN tournament schedule after teasing games for the last two weeks.

You may be wondering what the hour-long break sections consist of. Those are a mix of three things:

  • Need a break? Use the break time to sit back, relax, get some fresh air.
  • Did a tournament block go a bit longer than we wanted it to? We’ll use part of the break time.
  • Want to play a game in the casual area with other people at the LAN that isn’t on the schedule? Use the break time.

As for the other things on the schedule, we will be asking for the community’s feedback on what to do during each of these sections. Below are some of the ideas that we have come up with.

Reminder that SKLAN is on August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B.

Fortnite

Duo’s Tournament (Bring a duo partner or we’ll find you one!)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

1v1v1v1 Tournament in the Playground

DOTA 2

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Build-Your-Hero Mode

Pick up teams (Just play normal/random games with your friends!)

League of Legends

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

ARAM’s

1v1 Tournament

Teach a “noob” how to play League!

Nexus Blitz! Try the Alpha of the new game mode!

Pick up Normal Games (Bring a team or we’ll help you find one!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

A bracket will be formed using the in-game bracket system.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

Tournament with a local server (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Hearthstone

Tournament

Casual/friendly matches

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Custom server lobbies (Solos, Duos or Squads)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

Rocket League

3v3 Fun matches

Pick-up ladder play

Starcraft 2

To be discussed at the event.

Overwatch

6v6 Mixed Teams (Sign up and we’ll match players together randomly on teams based on roles!)

Heroes of the Storm

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Rainbow 6: Siege

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Minecraft

Although there isn’t a Minecraft tournament, a Minecraft server will be available through the full LAN event. Details to the server will be available at the event.

Community Voted

We have, and will continue to ask for player’s votes for our Community Voted section. This can be a game that has been played earlier in the night that we want more time for, or a game no one has ever heard of, or a game that we accidentally missed! You want it? Suggest and VOTE for it on our Discord (discord.gg/sklesports)!

While a lot of these events might seem “hardcore”, we assure you, this LAN is whatever you make it to be. Want to play one game the entire night with your friends? You can do that! Want to play in as many tournaments as possible to try and prove your stuff against other people in Western Canada? You can do that too! Want to grab random people and play other LAN favourites such as Warcraft 3, Gary’s Mod, Jackbox Games or Quake? You can absolutely do that too!

If you have not signed up for the LAN already, our early bird pricing of $30 ($10 off the door price) ends August 19th, 2018. You can register by clicking here. If that wasn’t incentive enough, signing up before August 19th, 2018 also enters you to win both an MSI Interceptor Mouse and Keyboard!

For anyone attending the Warhammer ITC or SKL Smashkatoon, remember: if you decide to come to the LAN afterwards, you receive $10 off your LAN ticket. So if you sign up for Smashkatoon or the ITC before August 19th, entry to the LAN will only be $20!

What should I bring to SKLAN?

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Headset
  • Ethernet cable. The longer the better. We recommend 20+ feet.
  • Power bar (we can’t provide one for everyone)
  • Extra cash. There will be a snack concession, bar, and restaurant on the premises.

What should I not bring to SKLAN?

  • Absolutely no USB drives, external hard drives, etc. that contain illegal/pirated software.
  • No outside food, drinks, or snacks.

How do I prepare for SKLAN?

  • Download and update all of your games beforehand. Internet bandwidth may be limited.
  • If you are using Steam, make sure to set it to offline mode before attending.
  • There will be lots of people in and out and we’re in for a long event, so make sure you’re being courteous and practicing proper hygiene before the event to make sure we all have the best time possible.

SKLAN, Saskatchewan’s Largest LAN Party.

SKL eSports is proud to partner with Airline Hotels to present SKLAN! SKLAN is Saskatchewan’s newest, biggest LAN party which will be held August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B! That’s right, 24 hours of gaming in one amazing venue!

Pre-registration for SKLAN will be $30 and signups at the door will be $40. Bring your own computer/equipment will be in effect. This includes power cables for your computer and monitor(s), a power bar, an Ethernet cable (longer the better), and any other equipment needed for your computer. There will be an assortment of door prizes given out throughout the night. What would a LAN event be without some energy drinks? Red Bull was kind enough to provide us with some free Red Bull to SKLAN participants!

Tournaments for various games will be held over the entire 24 hour period, and SKL will be creating a game list to ensure you have everything downloaded, updated and ready to play before the event happens! Tournaments and events at the LAN will include (so far):

League of Legends
Hearthstone
Fortnite
Overwatch
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Minecraft

Games that we are looking for feedback/interest from the community include:

Rocket League
Heroes of the Storm
DOTA2
Rainbow Six: Siege
Starcraft 2
Warcraft 3
Gary’s Mod
Gang Beasts

If you have a game you want to try and have a tournament/event for, join our Discord channel and add your suggestion to the game-suggestions channel under the SKLAN category.

Don’t want to play in any tournaments? That’s okay! There will be plenty of casual gamers hanging out enjoying the classic LAN atmosphere. Come and just game with other gaming/eSport fans!

On top of the LAN event, SKL will be hosting SKL Smashkatoon 31 from 10AM to 10PM on August 25th, 2018 in the Viscount room. We will also be hosting one of the largest Warhammer 40k events in Western Canada from 10AM to 7PM August 25th, 2018 and August 26th, 2018 in the Delta/Concord room. Registration from these events will be separate from the LAN event.

You can read our FAQ here or click the Get started! button below.

Registration for the Second Recreational League has Opened!

The first split of the SKL League of Legends Rec League officially concluded a couple weeks ago, with Anything Deemed Inappropriate coming out victorious over White or Wong. We would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to both teams. Now, onto the next split!

Registration for the next Rec League split will be opening on February 6th! With that being said, there are a few changes we are going to make for this upcoming split. First of all, and most prominently, we will be splitting the league into two divisions: Competitive and Relaxed. This decision was made in order to ensure that everyone can still join the Rec League, while also improving league parity.

Competitive Division

Competitive will be geared towards higher ranked players looking for a more competitive atmosphere, while still maintaining the relaxed tone of the Rec League. The Competitive division will feature playoffs and a grand final at the end of the regular season.  We will also place more of an emphasis on streaming these matches. However, unlike last Rec League split, games in this division will be scheduled by SKL Admins based on pre-provided availability of teams. This division will also feature a to be determined prize pool. Team registration fees for this division will be $10 per player.

Relaxed Division

Relaxed will be geared more towards players who are just looking to chill and have a good time playing games with friends. There will be no prize pool for this division, and they will not be guaranteed streamed games. However, they will be guaranteed fun. The scheduling of games for this division during the week is up to the two teams. If a scheduled time cannot be agreed between two teams for that week, a scheduled time will be chosen by the SKL Admin Team for early the following week. Team registration fees for this division will be $4 per player.

Free agents will be put into a general pool and available to sub for either division, to ensure maximum availability of subs. Free agent registration is $5.

For the most part, the rest of the protocols from last season will remain in place. Teams will be matched up with another team once per week to play a best of two series. After a scheduled game time has been agreed upon by two teams, or before the SKL-scheduled game time, a tournament code can be generated in Battlefy for the match. However, it is important to not generate the tournament code too far ahead of time, as the generated codes expire after twenty-four hours. Battlefy will track all of the stats for the matches, as well as reporting the outcome of the match, through proper use of the tournament code.

As always, if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page or on our Discord channel. And remember, let’s keep it light, fun, and recreational out there. ?

Your closest friend,

Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

The Recreation Rundown

Registration for our inaugural League of Legends Rec League has finally closed! With that happening, there is some housekeeping we need to do, in order to ensure that everyone knows how this league will work, as the format will be different from our usual competitive splits.

Scheduled matches are available for viewing on the SKL website by clicking on “Tournament” under the “SKLeague” tab, or by going to the following link: https://battlefy.com/skl-esports/skl-esports-lol-rec-league/59d6644aec08220342928fa1/stage/59d664b4ec08220342928fa4/bracket/1. Teams will be scheduled to play one game per week, with the teams being responsible for the exact scheduling of their games with their opponent for each week. Scheduling between teams can be done through Discord or the LoL client. For ease of communication between teams on these platforms, team captains will be clearly labelled in Discord, as well as all team captains being added to the SKLe Club in the LoL client. If a scheduled time cannot be agreed between two teams for that week, a scheduled time will be chosen by the SKL Admin Team for early the following week.

After a scheduled game time has been agreed upon by two teams, a tournament code can be generated in Battlefy for their match. However, it is important to not generate the tournament code too far ahead of time, as the generated codes expire after twenty-four hours. Battlefy will track all of the stats for the matches, as well as reporting the outcome of the match, through proper use of the tournament code.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on our Discord channel! And remember, it’s a rec league, so try to have some fun out there. ?

 

Warm regards,

Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

SKL | League 2017 Fall Season

The time has come yet again! The 2017 SKL League of Legends Fall Season is upon us, and registration is now OPEN!

For those who don’t know, SKL-LoL is a seven week League of Legends league that pits amateur teams against each-other in a highly competitive atmosphere. Every game of the regular season is streamed and cast live on Twitch.tv with the top four teams invited to a live finals event in Saskatchewan! The winners take home a cash prize and the title of Champions.

For ALL the details check out the registration page here.

League of Legends Recreational

Good day summoners!

Over the past few season’s we’ve noticed a large skill gap form in our League of Legend’s Competitive League. As such, many teams and players who were interested in competing in a fun local league have gotten frustrated with the highly skilled teams they encountered. Our goal is still to provide the best competitive atmosphere we can for our high Elo players, but we also want to create a more recreational and fun atmosphere for everyone else. We’ve been contemplating how best to do this for quite some time, and think we can solve a lot of the logistical issues associated, but would really like to hear what the community thinks, since it’ll be for you guys.

We’d love for you to fill out a survey to best understand how we go about implementing a recreational setting. Within the survey are questions about prizing, format, skill divides, smurfing etc. Tell us what YOU think. We are really excited about this idea, and hope everyone else is too.

Fill out the survey below!

/Remake Before It’s Too Late!

Have you ever sat through an entire champion select phase, then waited through the loading screen only to find out that your jungler – who just a few minutes ago was bragging about his mad skills on Rengar – will not actually be joining you? Of course you have. It may have not been (or could have very well been) this exact scenario, but we have all experienced that one guy that decides to go AFK right when the game starts. Seriously, what was he thinking joining the queue in the first place if he is not even able to start the game? Now your team will try their best to win this game, and maybe even start to pull ahead in some cases, but overall this player has just wasted your – and everyone else’s – time. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to stop the game as soon as this issue is noticed by your team by simply typing “/Remake” to start a vote? Oh wait, Riot has just added this feature to the PBE.

Soon, grumbling about those miserable loading screen poopers, cooks, and dog walkers will be a thing of the past and we can finally start a game confident that we will be able to blame the inevitable loss on the lack of ganks instead of the lack of a jungler. In the first three minutes of the game, if someone has been AFK for at least 90 seconds, you may type “/Remake” into your chat bar and a magical voting box will pop up on your screen similar to that of the surrender vote box. Your team may then vote to remake the game and both teams will be sent to the end-game lobby so that you may start a new game with new players that you may force a rage-quit in your toxicity. All players in the previous game face no consequences except for the AFK, who suffers a loss in their match history, and in LP if it is ranked. This is a great new feature, so be sure to double-check if you have a full team before doing anything too rash in the first three minutes, because after first blood, you may no longer remake the game.

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4v5 games do no happen too often, but we have all experienced them in one way or another and they feel awful when they do. The losing team feels worse than they really are – most of the time causing conflict within themselves — and the winning team either does not feel like they have won fairly, or they start trolling the other team in light of their conflict. Everyone loses (figuratively) in these situations so it is great that even though these games do not happen all the time, Riot is still looking to fix the problem for when the odd AFK does happen in the first three minutes. League of Legends has become a lot more aggressive towards AFKs and Leavers recently, so be sure that both you and your dog have pooped before entering your next queue.

Be Different this One For All

First introduced in November of 2013, One for All is a game mode in which every member of a team plays the same champion after a vote in champion select. Champions like Zilean, who with all the other Zileans around him achieves immortality, like Garen, who simply spins to win, and Blitzcrank who if successful may chain pull the enemies are very popular in this game mode and are seen very often. This can get very boring however, always seeing the same champions over and over, so I am here to encourage you to try new things and recommend some champions that you must try at least once this time around.

Heimerdinger
Heimerdinger and his three turrets are already an annoying combination to play against anywhere on Summoner’s Rift, but imagine playing bottom lane with two Heimerdinger and six of his turrets. Now imagine past laning phase, facing five Heimerdinger and 15 of his turrets. No one is going to get near him, nevermind his Nexus. The key to playing Heimerdinger is patience – Don’t go for the kills, let the kills come to you. If your team does happen to get caught out and into a team fight, don’t fear. Be sure to buy a Zhonya’s, charge up all of your ultimates, place all five of your empowered turrets down at the same time, pop your Zhonya’s, and watch the enemy team drop in helplessness.

Zyra
We just got a Mage Update, so why not try some of the updated mages? Zyra is the first updated mage that comes to mind because of her new passive, which now randomly spawns seeds around her. These seeds may be used by both you and all ally Zyra, so there will never be a shortage of deadly plants. Once laning phase is over, the enemy team will have a hell of a time navigating through your plants, similar to Heimerdinger’s turrets. Zyra is also full of CC, so you should never fear being chased down or your enemy getting away, and if you find yourself in a teamfight, simply root the enemy team and place all of your ultimates down, over their whole team. Now watch your enemies fly into the air; if they’re not dead already, just root them again and unleash your beautifully living Hell once more.

Akali
I chose Akali mostly out of imagining creating a line Twilight Shrouds so that your enemies have no idea which one you are inside. Each Akali may use their teammate’s Shroud and walk among them, so that they may all come out of one Shroud at once, assassinating their terrified victim. With some Akali building straight AP, and some building a bit tankier, your enemies will never know who to focus (as long as you don’t do something silly like wear a skin to make you stand out), which gives you another advantage. Akali is very hit and miss, as she is easily countered, but is definitely worth trying at least once, so use careful strategy when choosing this team.

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Anivia
The list so far has consisted of only middle lane characters, but I promise this is the last one. The main reason for Anivia being a must try on One for All is because of her Flash Frost (Q) + Frostbite (E) combination – Once hit with Flash Frost, Anivia’s enemy is chilled, and if Frostbite hits this chilled target, its damage is doubled. This effect counts towards any Anivia’s E on your team, so you may cast Frostbite on a target chilled by one of your teammates and still get the bonus damage. This allows your team to drop enemies rapidly and effectively. Though this combo is the main reason you should try out Anivia in One For All, that doesn’t mean it’s the only reason you should try her. Her Crystallize ability also offers great advantage, as at least one Anivia is bound to have it up when you need it to either escape, or chase an enemy down; Additionally, your ultimates may now cover a much larger area, slowing and damaging your enemies until they can either finally manage to escape it or die before they have a chance.

Pantheon
Do not get caught out against a Pantheon team. Do not even let the enemy Pantheon team have sight of you when you are alone, because the moment you let this happen, you will find yourself having five of them diving from the sky and landing right on top of you. Once this happens, there is no escape. If the initial slow from Grand Skyfall isn’t great enough for the team of Pantheon to kill you, then the chain of stuns will be. Stunning you for one second each, not many champions are able to survive this five seconds of helplessness. Pantheon is also difficult to manage in team fights, as he can be built both tank and full damage. Not knowing which Pantheon to attack, your team is sure to be overwhelmed before you have time to figure out. You better try Pantheon in One For All, because it is much more fun being on the giving side rather than the receiving in this situation.

Tahm Kench
Since his release, Tahm has grown to be one of my favourite champions and I also believe he would do great in One For All. With a combination of all of the Tahm Kench passives, your enemies will be stunned and devoured in no time since every Tahm Kench will add stacks of Acquired Taste to the others. Additionally, Tahm Kench may eat his allies. This means that Tahm Kench may eat another Tahm Kench that has already eaten another Tahm Kench that has already eaten ANOTHER Tahm Kench, eventually creating League of Legends’ version of a Matryoshka Doll (I would love to see Riot actually release this as merchandise). With Tahm Kench’s ultimate, the team will always have control of the map. If one lane needs help, an ally Tahm Kench may teleport in and help, and then the other Tahm Kench that has not used his ultimate yet may teleport back either with or without the other. This team sounds like a lot of fun and is definitely in need of some testing!

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Udyr
Udyr is the master of all elements. He is versatile and may be built in any way your team needs. If you need a tank, he may be build tanky. Full damage? He’s got you covered. Need more ability power? Even that will work. With Udyr, you may play in various different ways. Have a designated split pusher that pushes the whole game; run as a group, chase down, and perma stun any lone wanderers; or team up and fight their team with yours. The versatility may be used in multiple ways and I recommend trying him not once, not twice, but as many times as you can without playing the same type of Udyr twice

Illaoi
Illaoi is another newbie to One For All, and another great one at that. Just imagine every Illaoi ultimating simultaneously: Chaos and destruction, especially if you can hit the entire enemy team at once and find a nice place in the jungle with lots of walls around you… I have already lost count of the tentacles. With Illaoi’s E, Test of Spirit, there will be even more tentacles everywhere and with every ally Illaoi having a different target, this depletes the enemy’s ability to team fight effectively, giving you a great chance to push as a team and win.

I encourage you to try out all of these teams (and other unpopular teams) and not be limited to the popular few. This way, your games will not get boring and repetitive and you will overall have more fun. With all of the updates and new champions since the last One For All, you should have lots of new variations to try. You don’t have to be the same as everyone else: Be different this One For All.

Join the Client Alpha!

Earlier in the season, Riot announced that they would be updating the League of Legends client by re-building it from the ground up. The client has been updated various times in the past, but the team was very limited. With this brand new client, Riot will now be able to build exactly what they want without any limitations of the past; what’s more is that they will now be able to deliver future features to the client much easier, thus giving us updates much faster than before.
It has been a while since announcing this feature, and we finally have an update: we have all been invited to sign up for the alpha. Riot has never opened up a feature to us this early ever before, so the purpose of the alpha is for us to break the new client in as many ways as we can to ensure that it is flawless when the time comes to bring it to live. But you better hurry: there are only a limited number of spots available in the alpha, so if you want to help test it, you should sign up right away. But what exactly is new to the client? Well, let’s find out!

New Champion Select
The new champion select beautifully matches the new style of the client – which has a Hextech inspiration. Though the new champion select has already been implemented into the current client through ranked queues, it is now being added to every game mode and is worth noting to give you a feel of what the new client will look like throughout. It has a clean design, and is much more user friendly than the old client, which was due for some change. But not only is the last screen you see before entering a game being completely re-hauled, but also the first screen you see when coming out of your game: The game overview screen. Now with a much more eye friendly design, the game’s statistics are laid out as beautifully as the rest of the client.

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Pop Out Chat Window
The pop out chat window being implemented into the new client is a great idea. Riot had recently created a chat app for smart phones, but they definitely needed one for desktop as well. Now without even having the full League of Legends client open, you may talk to your friends and see what they are doing in the game. If while talking to a friend you decide to start playing the game, it is as easy as clicking a button inside of this chat window and you are now in queue for a game without even having the full client open. This was a great move from Riot, as I always have my client open even while not playing in case a friend messages me. Now if only there were a way to merge this with Battle.net and other standalone game chats so that we only need one program open to talk to all of our friends, but I guess Curse Voice will do in that respect for now.

Overall, League of Legends was definitely in need of this brand new client. Now with a much cleaner design, as well as a lot of flexibility for future updates, both we and the Riot team will have a greater time and experience.
Are you interested in joining the Alpha to try out these new features, as well as any other features that you will find out about ahead of anyone else? Go sign up now before Riot runs out of room!

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