League of Legends ushers in 'A New Dawn' with new cinematic trailer

Riot would like to remind everyone of their own MOBA giant with a new six-minute cinematic trailer.

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Now that The International is in the books and the competitive gaming world still has Dota 2 on the brain, Riot Games would like to remind everyone that there's another MOBA monolith in town. The developer released a new cinematic for League of Legends, putting forth their own champions on display.

While it may be curious that Riot is marketing their game with a cinematic trailer, studio co-founder Brandon Beck notes that such an idea better allows them to show off the diverse characters and their personalities. Given the success that Valve has had with similar cinematic trailers for Team Fortress 2, it's hard to argue with that line of logic.

"A cinematic of this depth leads to Champion discovery," said Beck. "It forces us to go deeper into understanding the characters that we're trying to portray."

Check out the full cinematic below and get better acquainted with the League of Legends cast. Once you're done with that, you can also check out the behind-the-scenes video just underneath that.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    July 22, 2014 5:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, League of Legends ushers in 'A New Dawn' with new cinematic trailer.

    Riot would like to remind everyone of their own MOBA giant with a new six-minute cinematic trailer.

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      July 22, 2014 6:12 PM

      Too bad you can merge the comments from the earlier thread. This party isn't going anywhere

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      July 22, 2014 8:34 PM

      You could just imagine the chat log if this were a real game.

      00:00: Nautalus: GLHF
      00:20: Rengar: Don't chase Kat.
      00:22: Leona: 2v1 she's running into jung
      00:23: Graves: THEIR jungle, idiots. Get back in your lane!!!
      00:25: Ahri: Don't worry easy kill.
      00:27: Jax: .... GG trolls

      00:50: Leona: Oh shit 3v2. Help!
      00:52: Rengar: Goddammit.
      01:00: DARIUS SCORED FIRST BLOOD
      01:03: Leona: Ahri run.
      01:04: Jax: Ahri, B
      01:05: Rengar: BBBBBBBB!
      01:06: Graves: Ahri RUN!

      01:10: Ahri: Sorry, LoL minimized. Fucking steam PM.
      01:11: Leona: FUCKING RUN. I died.
      01:18: Ahri: POKE! Now I run!

      01:32: Ahri: Shit stun.
      01:33: Jax: DID YOU NOT SEE HER PLANTS?????
      01:34: Ahri: Halp!
      01:35: Graves: BRT

      01:58: Jax: Rengar NO, wait for Leona!!!
      02:00 Rengar: Leona is troll.
      02:01: Jax: I hate my team.
      02:02: Leona: Where is their tank?
      02:03: Draven: Where is our tank?
      Rengar has slain Draven

      02:34: Zyra: Why am I the only one focusing Ahri????? Darius stop engaging Jax
      02:36: Zyra: WHERE IS OUR TANK???
      Ahria has slain Zyra

      02:40: Zyra: My team sucks.

      02:50: Katarina: Oh shit, 2v1.
      02:52: Darius: kat, ult
      02:54: Katarina: Where is our tank?
      03:00: Zyra: Kat, use ult
      03:05: Katarina: Report Naut plz
      03:10: Draven: Kat, ULT NOW!!!
      03:18: Katarina: Ok doing it now.

      03:20: Graves has slain Katarina

      03:21: Katarina: Shit.

      03:30: Nautilus: Sorry guys, I rushed Randuins and didn't buy any boots.
      03:32: Nautilus has slain Jax
      03:34: Darius: YOU KSing FUCKFACE!!
      03:36: Zyra: LOL you would have killed him by now if you focused Ahri first.
      03:38: Darius: Naut I fucking hate you.
      03:39: Zyra: I mean you've been at this for a goddamn whole minute.
      03:40: Nautilus: KS = kill secured.

      04:00: Natuilus: HOLY DAMAGE GRAVES!
      04:03: Draven: Graves fed. No one focused.
      04:04: Katarina: I did.
      04:06: Darius: I don't fucking care. I'm going to watch you die.

      04:15: Nautilus: It's okay Darius. 2v1 ain't got shit on me.
      04:30: Nautilus has slain Graves
      04:30: Nautilus has scored a Double Kill

      04:37: Graves has slain Nautilus
      04:37: Graves has scored a Double Kill

      04:38: Nautilus: WTF WAS THAT SHIT??????
      04:38: Graves: LOL I'll take it!
      04:39: Nautilus: THE FUCKING MAP KILLED ME!!!! BULLSHIT!
      04:40: Darius: Should have bought boots, noob


      04:40: Jax: Ahri, B
      04:41: Graves: How long until ult?
      04:42: Ahri: Fuck this CD
      04:50: Leona: I'm up. Bait him to me.

      05:05: Leona: bam
      05:08: Rengar: NICE
      05:10: Ahri: NIIIIIIIICE
      05:12: Graves: GJ
      05:16: Jax: Finish this and rush nex.

      05:28: Ahri: Ults up.
      05:29: Jax: GOGOGOGOG
      05:31: Draven: GG
      05:35: Zyra: GG
      05:38: Katarina: GG
      05:40: Nautilus: geegee
      05:41: Darius: STFU noob. This is your fault.

      05:42: Ahri has slain Darius
      05:42: Ahri has scored a double kill!
      05:42: Ahri has scored an Ace

      05:50: Zyra: Team doesn't know how to focus
      05:52: Katarina: Reports naut
      05:55: Darius: REPORT FUCKING NAUT for KSing
      05:57: Nautilus: Guys I just bought boots of speed. are these good?

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        July 22, 2014 9:14 PM

        I don't normally use the Deadspin/Gawker "+1" replies, but I think this post calls for it. Well-done!

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        July 22, 2014 9:47 PM

        Well done.

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        July 24, 2014 7:26 AM

        hilarious!

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      July 22, 2014 8:56 PM

      Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring

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        July 23, 2014 3:22 AM

        Agreed. This is garbage.

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          July 23, 2014 4:02 AM

          its gotta just be fanservice for people who are really into their waifus already.
          It really goes nowhere and says nothing.

          Nice smoke effects tho

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      July 22, 2014 9:02 PM

      It's fantastic that they made Rengar brutally murder the AD carry just like real life.

      Nice that they made Nautilus TITANIC too.

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      July 22, 2014 9:12 PM

      That was really dull.

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      July 22, 2014 10:48 PM

      What an amazing video! It reminds me of playing that game back for a while.