The League of Legends All-Stars kicked off last night in Las Vegas, bringing many of the scene’s most famous pro players and content creators together for an event that was as much a competition as a celebration of all things LoL.
The show, which was held at the Las Vegas Esports Arena, launched with the iconic NA vs EU grudge match. North America featured Eric “Licorice” Ritchie top, Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek jungle, Zachary “Sneaky” Scuderi mid, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng ADC and Michael “Imaqtpie” Santana support. Europe answered with Mike “Wickd” Petersen top, Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen jungle, Daniele “Jiizuke” di Mauro mid, Rasmus “Caps” Winther ADC and Frederik “NoWay” Hinteregger support. The North American team showed some creative picks, flexing a Lucian top and busting out the Neeko jungle, and initially, it would work as Licorice dominated the early game vs Wickd’s Jax (Irelia was, naturally, banned) while Sneaky’s Leblanc quickly acquired multiple kills. However, the changes to the bounty system were showcased in EU’s return, as they collected several bounties and from 2K gold behind came to the lead before the 15-minute mark. The teams traded advantages, with NA eventually punishing an EU baron call and while they lost the baron, the ace they got more than made up for it. Around Minute 33, NA took a baron and ace in an extended fight that Europe started 4v5, and took the game before their opponents could respawn to mount a defense.
The 2v2 charity tournament was next, with pairs of a pro gamer and a personality from each region competing for the right to direct a $100,000 donation to a charity of their choice. Europe’s duo of Caps and Alejandro “Alexelcapo” Fernández executed a nasty Zyra/Neeko combo to get to the semifinals, while Korea’s duo of Kang “Cpt Jack” Hyung-woo and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok came back from a bad start to win the game on kills seconds before the Brazilian pair would win on CS. They were soon joined by the League of Legends Master Series, whose pair defeated the SEA representatives on CS in a one-sided game. The Vietnamese pair took down Tukey’s team in a what ended up being a fairly close fight. The CIS team seemed to struggle early on, but then they turned it up at Level 6, and quickly took down the Japanese pair. NA’s duo of Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani and Doublelift inched ahead of Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao and Huang “Guan Zong” Cheng-Cheng to win on farm. The LoL Pro League had their vengeance with their second team of Song “Rookie” Eui-jin and Luo Yun-Xi won after a close game. The final game of the series also yielded the first win by tower destruction, as Danny “Shiphtur” Le and Licorice controlled their enemies and pushed them back to eventually take the first turrets.
The fun modes marked the arrival of Tyler1 to the casting desk. The first game was a Nexus Blitz 5v5 won by the blue team after they absolutely massacred their opponents, winning both events and amassing huge gold and kill leads. The red team came back in a bloody Pro Tandem game that gave us a hundred kills in under 33 minutes and showed us Sneaky and Bae “Bang” Jun-sik, both in their Xayah cosplay, playing side by side. Finally, the blue team rallied and made it a 2-1 by taking the ARURF game.
The day ended with the first round of the 1v1 championship, where Uzi sought to defend his crown from 2017. The first eight matches saw the famous Chinese ADC go past the first round, where he is joined by Danil “Diamondprox” Reshetnikov, Diego “Arce” Arce Chang, Phạm “Zeros” Minh Lộc, Faker, Jiizuke, Édgar “Seiya” Ali Bracamontes Munguía and Bang. Four of the players – Diamondprox and Uzi and Jiizuke and Faker – are already set to face one another in the round of 16.
The first day already presented a grand spectacle. The show continues on Friday evening, with the 2v2 and 1v1 tournaments continuing and more Tandem and Blitz games.