1. Zilean Is Named After the Game’s Design Director
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Zilean, the great Chronokeeper, is named after Tom “Zileas” Cadwell, a design director at Riot Games. Cadwell’s got an impressive pedigree, with a computer science degree from MIT, and credits at Blizzard on Warcraft III The Frozen Throne and WoW elo boost.
2. The Game References a 14th-Century Italian Knight
The famous duo queue boosting Italian fencing master Fiore dei Liberi had a large influence on martial arts, due mainly to his illuminated manuscripts which have survived for over 600 years. In League of Legends, the character Fiora uses fencing as her fighting style and she has a very similar name.
3. Tristana’s Buster Shot is an Homage to Mega Man
There’s another blue action hero with a buster shot you might have heard of before. The resemblance is uncanny.
4. Hang Out After You Win the Howling Abyss for a Fun Bonus
After you win the Howling Abyss, be patient for about half a minute and the Ice Witch Lissandra will give some cool narration in her frosty aristocratic accent. It was the best of times and the worst of times. It was the time of the three sisters of duo queue boost…
5. Nidalee Highly Resembles Nävis From the French Graphic Novel “Wake”
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Riot, the bestial huntress Nidalee could be based on Nävis from the illustrated series Wake. Nävis is also a jungle dweller who just so happens to have a cougar-like companion.
6. You Can Make a Poro Grow a Black Moustache
Everyone loves the adorable Poros, and they’re even cuter with a giant black moustache. Simply feed it Poro-Snax while playing as Braum and the cute little critter will sprout some facial hair to match its burly benefactor.
According to renowned eSports commentator Leigh Smith, the sound effects for Zac’s squishes were “made from dog food and beans inside a condom slapped against a wall.” Hats off to Riot for their disgusting ingenuity.