News


First Two Articles at theScore

My second article for theScore came out today, a strategic preview of some “win conditions” for each LCS Semifinalist team. Check it out!

Last week, I put out an opinion piece arguing that Piglet is the best AD Carry in North America right now, and he helped me out by earning MVP in Team Liquid’s Quarterfinal against NRG a couple of days later. I’m really excited to watch Team Liquid play CLG in the Semifinals. It could be a really close series, and it’s hard to call whether Liquid’s talent advantage will be able to overcome CLG’s great coaching and solid strategic play.

I’ve got a few other things on the go, and a ton of ideas churning around in my head. I’d like to get some infographics out, and I’m working on an LCK-focused piece for next week.

It’s also been a little bit since my last “Positional Power Ranking” article. It would be fun to do another one, but I’m not sure playoffs is the best time. I’m sure I’ll get to it before too long. Let me know what position you’d like to see!


Moving On From Unikrn

I’ve decided to move on from Unikrn, as of the end of March, to pursue a new opportunity.

I began working with Unikrn in July last year, and I really enjoyed the past nine months. Over that time, I’ve published more than 50 articles at Unikrn.com/community, and I’ve still got a piece or two coming this month! I think I’ve grown a lot as a content creator, and I owe that to Unikrn for giving me a platform to get my work out there.

Thank you to Rahul Sood, Bryce Blum, and everyone else at Unikrn for supporting me and giving me this opportunity. I have only good things to say about all of you.

As I get ready for my next chapter, here’s a look back at a few of my favorite articles that I published with Unikrn:

Hai Rise: How Hai’s Return Changed Cloud9

Bjergsen+Doublelift+3: Players to Target in TSM’s Rebuild

NA LCS Mid Laner Power Rankings


Positional Power Rankings and a Content Forecast

It’s again been a little while since I released a podcast episode, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my hands. You may have seen my Mid Laner Power Rankings articles this week, covering both the NA LCS and the EU LCS. The topic and presentation style seem to have really resonated with people, judging by the Reddit discussions (over 1,500 comments on the NA LCS piece!), and that’s awesome. It’s really gratifying to see people enjoying my work, and only slightly less gratifying to see people hating it enough to voice their discontent in a variety of creative ways. : )

A lot of people have been asking whether I plan to do the same for other leagues or other positions. Right now, I have some other things in the works–including a larger LCS playoffs preview project for Unikrn that should come out next week, which I’m really excited about–so I don’t know if/when I’ll do any more positional power rankings. They’re a lot of fun to do, though, so I’m not ruling anything out over the rest of the month.

The rest of March is going to be really interesting for me, not only with the special project for Unikrn that I mentioned, but also with wrapping up the LCS regular season, hopefully digging into another deep analysis article or two (I’ve had a request to do a “deep dive” into the Jin Air Green Wings, which intrigues me), and planning for some things that are going to happen in April. With all of this going on, I don’t have another podcast episode lined up, but if I can fit one in somewhere I will.

I’m very excited to share some more awesome content with everyone, especially over the next six weeks or so, and I hope you’ll enjoy coming along for the ride.


Magic’s 2015 in Review

At the beginning of 2015, I was just another casual fan of League of Legends esports. Now, as the year comes to a close, I’m busy with a lot of different LoL-related projects, and considering my options for my future in esports.

It’s been a crazy, awesome year, with so many great highlights and big moments. The timeline below hits some of the high notes of my esports journey through 2015.

January

Casual fan

February

Casual fan

March

Discover lolesports.com Match History pages

Launch OraclesElixir.com

April

Write several articles at GoldPer10.com, with multiple appearances on the front page of the LoL sub-Reddit

Highlight: “Don’t Call Him Just Consistent: Cop’s Rise to the Top

May

Sign a contract with Fusion eSports as a paid content creator

Discuss paid analyst opportunities with multiple LCS teams

Support LMS broadcasters with data and advice

June

Join Fnatic as a volunteer Statistical Consultant; continued through the World Championships

MonteCristo is linked to OraclesElixir.com and begins using the site to prep for his broadcasts

July

Sign with Unikrn to provide regular analytical articles

Begin providing occasional data analysis to NA LCS broadcasters

OraclesElixir.com is mentioned by Jatt on an NA LCS broadcast

August

Highlight: “Piccaboo: The Hero KT Rolster Needed

Highlight: “On An Island: Top Laner Play in the LCS and LCK

September

Highlight: “Hai Rise: How Hai’s Return Changed Cloud9

October

Launch the True Sight Podcast

Appear on Into the Rift

Highlight: Launch of “early-game rating” metric

November

Highlight: Podcast episode 6, featuring Chris Ehrenreich

Highlight: “Bjergsen + Doublelift + 3“, my most successful article of the year

Highlight: “Addition by Subtraction: Team Liquid’s Hopes for Smoothie“, a personal favourite

December

Discuss paid analyst opportunities with multiple LCS teams; choose not to pursue anything

Highlight: “Is Gamsu the Next Huni?

Pass my one millionth page view of the year

Reach 1,000 Twitter followers

2016

???

Profit


Thank you so much to everyone I have connected with along the way. Special thanks to Ryan Tang, Daniel Biery, Joshua Leesman, Bryce Blum, Christopher Mykles, Chris Smith, Kelsey Moser, Clement Chu, and many others who have encouraged, supported, and promoted me this year.

The future is bound to hold more great things for myself and hopefully for OraclesElixir.com! I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

 


Growth and Change

Since I started this blog less than two months ago, I’ve begun using it for a lot more content than I originally anticipated.

To make sure the site reflects how it’s being used, I’ve switched themes to something a little more article-oriented and less blog-like. I’ll be working on the navigation and design to make sure everything is accessible and easy to work with, so let me know if you run into any issues!

Onward and upward.

-Magic