Legends Rising is this year’s documentary released by Riot to accompany the League of Legends World Championship 2015. It’s the spiritual sequel to last year’s Road to Worlds released by the same team. Last year’s film was a great success, but the team decided not to lie on their old laurels and did something even more impressive this year. Legends Rising is a documentary divided into 6 separate sections where the players behind the summoners are revealed. Unlike last year, when they focused on different pro teams, this time around the team decided it would be more personal and emotional to focus on some of the top players in the world, the road they had to take in order to get to where they are, as well as their hopes, dreams, fears, and insecurities. This makes them seem a lot more human and allows viewers to see that things aren’t as easy as they seem and that not everybody is cut out to be a professional player. This is eSports – it’s not playing video games. The field is cutthroat and everybody has to make tons of sacrifices in order to make it. It’s not easy and it deserves a lot more respect than it’s actually getting.
The format this year allowed fans to better connect with players and understand what they’ve gone through in order to get to where they are. They can see the challenges they’ve faced along the way on a more personal level. The film also covers the history of competitive League of Legends and shows how much the field has grown since the start and how much the players have grown. The whole idea behind this year’s film was to take it up a notch and show viewers something new that they’ve never seen before. The creators of the film didn’t want to be dull and repetitive. They’ve definitely succeeded.
The players chosen for the series were SwordArt, Bjergsen, Faker, Uzi, xPeke, and brTT. The six of them were chosen based on their personal background, playstyle, and personality. Each of the players represents one of the major leagues and was chosen based on a long and rigorous process. In the end, the producers seems to have made the right choices, because the end result is a spectacular documentary showing the humanity of some of the best players in the world and their side of the story of how they came to be the best.
The Players featured in the Legends Rising documentary
The players have been divided into couples and each couple of players gets two videos. Here’s a little more information about them.
Faker and Bjergsen
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is SK Telecom 1’s mid laner. He is considered the best player in the world by a wide variety of pros and journalists alike. As a child, his care was more often handled by his grandmother than his mother and today she is the person who is most proud of him. His personality is quiet and to the point – something that often bleeds into his playstyle, though he sometimes uses interesting plays in order to express himself. He says that playing the game and turning pro has allowed him to have more confidence in himself and his abilities. Read more about SK Telecom at Worlds 2015
Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg is Team Solomid’s mid laner. Bjergsen was bullied as a child and didn’t have an easy childhood. However, he managed to rise above it all and became one of the best League of Legends players in the world. Like a real artist, he used his anxiety and depression to fuel his passion which was always video games. Today he is recognized as one of the most formidable mid laners in the world. Read more about SK Telecom at Worlds 2015
The Videos (Episode 1 and 4)
Uzi and brTT
Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao is the AD carry for team OMG. Uzi’s career as a professional player has caused him a lot, including worsening the relationship with his parents. He dropped out of school in order to pursue his passion – a choice that is not approved by most Chinese parents, and Uzi’s were no exception. That didn’t stop him because he does things his own way. He still gets support from his uncle, though, and is close to his little brother who often says that he wants to be like him when he grows up. Unfortunately OMG failed to qualify for the 2015 LoL World Championship.
Felipe “brTT” Gonçalves is the AD carry for paiN Gaming. brTT is very well known for his passion for the game. His current role in the team is not only as their carry, but also as a shot-caller and leader. The team tends to listen to him so his attitude is very important for their morale. He is very charismatic.
The Videos (Episode 2 and 5)
xPeke and SwordArt
Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño Martínez is the mid laner for Origen. He’s won the first World Championship with Fnatic, where he played as a top player and is one of the most experienced and well-known players in the world. He is the core Origen was formed around. Read more about Origen at Worlds 2015
Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie plays as a support for yoe Flash Wolves. SwordArt is one of the main shot-callers of the team, which makes him an important part of it even outside of the game. He is a very energetic player who is good at inspiring his teammates. The pressure he puts on himself is immense, but he is also admired for it and the return is extraordinary. Read more about the Flash Wolves at Worlds 2015
The Videos (Episode 3 and 6)
If you want to learn more about the players, their lives, their inspirations, and their struggles, go ahead and watch the videos. They are truly amazing. The team has outdone themselves this year. The documentary is simply fantastic and should be watched by every eSports fan.
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About the Author: Amna El Tawil is a news reporter and a technology blogger. For the past five years, she has worked for major publications and TV networks in the Middle East, covering one of region’s hotspots. When Amna is not chasing after the truth amidst gas canisters, she can be found cheering her favorite football team on, or unwinding with some online gaming.