League of Legends is now officially 11 years old, and it’s still complicated as hell. Trying to explain how the MOBA works to both new players and viewers is pretty difficult, especially given the complex nature of the game and its competitive meta. However, with the LoL Worlds finals kicking off tomorrow, a group of prominent broadcasters have joined forces with Red Bull to do what many have tried to do before – make League of Legends simple.
Through the Red Bull Worlds Simplified stream, Marc ‘Caedrel’ Lamont, Ciernan ‘Excoundrel’ Lowe, Joseph ‘Munchables’ Fenny, and Luciana ‘AngelArcher’ Nadrag will be teaming up together with esports hosts Frankie Ward and Tom Deacon to break down the action between DAMWON Gaming and Suning as it happens.
“It’s going to be beginner-friendly,” Excoundrel tells The Loadout. “There is going to be a lot of really basic content, some explaining the game at a basic level, some explanation segments, and interview with League of Legends personalities. I think most people, by the end of the broadcast, will have a basic grasp of what’s going on in the game.”
While the game itself is by far the biggest barrier for newcomers to grasp, Excoundrel says he and the team will be diving into the backstory of the two teams involved to really sell the investment of time to viewers.
“The whole concept of the game is the hardest thing to explain,” Excoundrel says. “You have to play hours and hours to fully grasp it, but one of the things I think newer viewers will relate to is the backstories of these teams.
“You’ve got DAMWON, the Korean team, who started out in 2017 and were sharing a one-bedroom apartment in Seoul. They were begging PC bank owners to let them play for free and one owner took pity on them and put them in contact with DAMWON, the monitor supplier. Now they’re playing in the World finals in 2020.
“There’s such an incredible, rich, and emotional backstory to these teams and players that I think most will connect with much more than the game itself.”
However, backstories don’t win trophies. While they may help sell the relevance of the tournament to some, the biggest challenge for the Red Bull Simplified team will be explaining what happens in real time on the server – something Excoundrel admits is going to be tough.
“I’ll be calling the action as it happens,” he explains. “Then we’ll have Caedral, a pro player, who will be there for more of a high level explanation, and I’ll attempt to distill it. We’re not going to get too technical or bogged down on the analytical details.
“I think I’ll be pretty comfortable with it, but I think Caedral might struggle because he’s so used to talking about the game with people that understand it at the level he does. But that’s why I’m here. If he says something that I wouldn’t understand if I was a new player, I’ll ask him to explain it or break it down a bit further.”
It’s not the usual type of broadcast Excoundrel would be doing, but it definitely has its value – both to the wider gaming community and personally. It helps bring new players in to a thriving game, gives them the tools they need to understand a complex esports title, and allows the Brit to tick off casting a World final match from his bucket list. It might not be in an official capacity, but some could argue this is more rewarding.
So, if you’ve been sucked in by esports since the start of lockdown, and you’re interested in learning more about League of Legends, then make sure you get this stream on tomorrow (October 31).
You can catch the full action over on Twitch from 09:00 GMT / 05:00 EDT / 02:00 PDT.