On the eve of the League of Legends World Championship, Riot Games has just released a new trailer which pays tribute to some of this seasons most impactful esport heroes. Unlike other traditional trailers of this sort, which usually feature action shots of the players in tournaments or having a staring content with a camera while posing menacingly; Riot’s new trailer takes a different approach. A distinctively anime approach:
If the trailer looks a little “The Last Airbender”, it’s because Riot enlisted the help of StudioMir, one of the studios responsible for the series animation. Admittedly, Airbending looks less silly compared to Esports players performing martial arts maneuvers with giant mantis arms, though I did particularly enjoy the Gragas ballet.
League of Legend’s World Championship is set to begin tomorrow at 8pm PDT between SK Telecom T1 and Royal Club. You can watch it all play out Live on Riot’s official Esports site.