As Riot Games releases the LoL Words 2020 song, 'Take Over' has divided fans on social media.
The entire esports scene is looking ahead at League of Legends Worlds 2020 as Shanghai prepares for the sporting event of the year and what looks like it will be the biggest championship to date. More than just watching players sit at a screen and duke it out for first place, LoL Worlds has grown into a spectacle of its own making. With sponsorship, reveals, and performances, the tenth year has promised to blow previous Worlds out of the water.
As with every year, there's a catchy song to promote the competition. In 2020, it's over to a trio of musical talents for "Take Over". The electro track features vocals from A Day to Remember's Jeremy McKinnon, MAX, and K-pop star Henry Lau. It's a typically uplifting journey about the 2020 champion inheriting the title from previous winners - delivering a powerful message about overcoming adversity.
Things go a little Karate Kid when this wannabe champ meets Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok - who is arguably the best LoL player out there. Under the tutelage of Faker, the player learns how to climb to the top of the LoL heap and claim the crown for themself. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan of "Take Over", and it's been royally panned on social media.
In general though, really not liking the "Take Over" messaging for this Worlds.
We're 10 years in, we've taken over.
Feels a bit like a generic song :(
Despite featuring talent like Faker, Gao "Tian" Tian-Liang, and Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong, it's not enough for "Take Over" to take over everyone's harsh critiques. Elsewhere, there's the awkward fact that Faker didn't qualify for Worlds 2020, making his prominent place in the video a little unusual. Last year, Riot released "Phoenix" after the play-in stage to hype the main event. In 2020, "Take Over" was dropped ahead of the entire tournament, which has given fans (and critics) even longer to tear it apart.
It's become a running joke that LoL Worlds songs divide fans, and we all remember how "Phoenix" was equally slammed in 2019 before it gained a cult following. Will "Take Over" follow in its footsteps, or are League of Legends fans bored of the same formula? With Worlds 2020 just around the corner, get ready to hear a lot more of "Take Over" before we find our next Champion.
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