After landing in the beautiful Los Angeles, I was excited to explore the city. I was then notified that there was a League related event at L.A Live across the street from the Staples Center. There went my Friday night.
However, I was delightfully surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the event!
There was the Rift Walk, the little Summoner’s Rift mock-up that Riot sets up at big events, but let’s focus on the main event, since we’ve talked about the Rift Walk before.
The statues that waited at the main entrance were among my favorite part of the event. They had Annie with Tibbers, Lucian purifying some souls, Tryndamere, Ryze, and a Katarina based off of the “A New Dawn” cinematic.
Past the statues, the L.A Live stage was set up with a set-up for a 5v5 show match and many chairs with little “this or that” signs left on them, which could only mean one thing.
Primetime League was going to be filmed here live! I hadn’t watched much PTL before this, just an episode here and there, but I was nonetheless excited. The PTL crew performed wonderfully live. Of course, it was a little awkward and silly, but the way they worked with the crowd was wonderful.
The rest of the festival led to an All-Star Deathmatch between two teams filled with League celebrities. Team Arcade, coached by Krepo and led by Voyboy, faced off against Team PROJECT, coached by Darshan and led by Aphromoo. Watching was fun, but the crown gem of the League Festival was the next part: the cosplay show.
Cosplayer Jessica Nigri hosted a cosplay segment, showing off some amazing cosplayers in unique costumes. Tasha, Doremi and Sinme of the Spiral Cats were there, showing off their Arcade Ahri and Riven costumes and an amazing Bard costume. Nigri herself was in a Kled cosplay! I left my camera behind for the event and I have never regretted anything more in my life.
The event closed with a full concert of many League of Legends songs, like pieces from the Pentakill album and other champion theme songs. Pentakill’s second album was also teased during the show, and despite the fact that I’m not a huge fan of metal music, the concert was extremely pleasing to see.
The closing medley sent chills down my spine. I could sit and describe it, but you should just watch it for yourself.
My only problem with the event is that it was very ill-advertised. Many people didn’t know that it was happening, friends included. I certainly wouldn’t have known about it without a press e-mail.
The event as a whole was fun! I would absolutely go to another event like this and I highly recommend you should, too.