League of Rumors
So its that time of the year again.
Everyone is sitting at the edge of their seats reading the League of Legends forums or refreshing the League of Legends subreddit. Is Deft replacing Doublelift? Is Mata going to TSM? Is Xpecial turning into a hamster? No one knows for sure, but hey... at least we can say we know for sure.
Rumors are fickle creatures. One day, everyone says one thing, and the next day they are saying everyone who believed it was a moron. The word “confirmed” becomes “maybe slight one day possibly true” and the word “resigned” becomes the crucifix of all E-sports journalists. Despite this, people continue to spread rumors like wildfire and swear that they are true. If there is something we can learn from this is that unless theres an official statement, its still up in the air. Organizations can still change the player at the last second unless the player has signed a contract. Many times pros and other E-sport journalists are usually right in their predictions, but its still a gamble and by spreading what they say one can hurt the organization and the player. League of Legends has revolutionized esports yet, relative to other sports, its barely a toddler. Rumors exist in all sports but in League of Legends, due to the size of the competitive scene, they can be quite damaging.
Nevertheless, drama can be fun and it adds a little spice in life. I can’t say I completely condemn rumours for they make the off-season interesting but lessening the use of “confirmed” can be only be a net good for both parties. Another matter that can be quite annoying but can be fixed is the berating of both players and organizations for the truth. The organization will make a public statement of the roster movement or the player addition when its ready. By being pushy and impatient, the matter won’t be resolved any quicker. (Also as an aside, if the player claims the rumour is wrong, don’t take it as fact, theres still a possibility the rumour is true and the player just wants to keep people quiet.)
To be fair, the majority of this criticism is to rumors involving League of Legends esports. On the other hand, we have rumours of League of Legends new champions or skins. Now these rumours, even though repetitive at times, are fine and even enjoyable to read of. Is Alistair really Annie’s mother? Is Shen the father of Zed’s dentist? The only ones who can answer these questions are the League of Legends lore team. Sometimes they hide cryptic messages in the official website, or even in the champion art. So instead of playing “Where's Waldo?” we play “Where's that little tiny pixel sized reference to a champion we have never read or heard of?”. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
TL;DR Rumors are enjoyable yet one has to be wary of what one reads. Don’t trust all the sources, and try to not spread them yourself.
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