LIVE: Rampage 2016 kicks off

MANILA, Philippines – Summoners ready!

Rampage, game publisher Garena’s annual event that commemorates the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game League of Legends (LoL), will kick off this Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Now on its 5th year, Rampage 2016 will be highlighted by an intense clash between two of the country’s best LoL pro teams and a bonus celebrity showdown.

Here’s everything you need to know – from schedule to highlights – before the big day:

Acclaim EmpireX vs Imperium Pro Team

The Finals for the League of Legends Philippine Pro Gaming Series Summer Split will also be held this Saturday.

Acclaim EmpireX (AEX), who recently took down rising newcomers GHub Esports and defeating local powerhouse Mineski in Best of 3 games, will be going against Imperium Pro Team (IPT), a formidable team who have only lost in the split once.

Take a look at these teams and their performance so far here.

Cosplay clash

Cosplays bring color to Rampage every year. But to encourage even more cosplayers to come, Garena is giving incentives to guests who will come in costumes this year. 

Guests who come in full costume will get the following:

But what if you just come in semi-cosplay? Bring out your Teemo hat because you may also get free champion skins!

Also something to watch out for is the group cosplay competition called the ‘Cosplay Clash.' It will be done expo-style with 6 cosplay teams screened prior to the event and will each be given a themed area set-up on Saturday. The winners will be partly voted on by the audience.

LoL Merchandise

If you’re the type of fan who likes to sleep with a fluffy Teemo plushie at night, or wear fan shirts to show off your love for LoL – Rampage might just be the merch-heaven you’ve been looking for!

For a complete price list of the merchandise to be sold this Saturday, go here.

Celebrities

A bunch of celebrities – both from the e-sports and entertainment industry – will be gracing Rampage 2016 with their presence this year.

The event will be hosted by Radio DJ Joyce Pring, comedian Jobert Sucaldito, and shoutcasters Ben Joel "Kajo” Naval and Allyza Taylor. Guests should also watch out for performances by DJ Cathy Frey and Rocksteddy.

Also highlighting the event is a celebrity showmatch featuring Alodia and Ashley Gosiengfiao, Rapper Christopher John Rosales Ongkiko aka Shehyee, model Yassi Benitez, Youtuber Emman Nimedez, entertainer and athlete Eric “Eruption” Tai, and actors CJ Navato, Kristoffer Martin, Jack Reid, and Alex Diaz.

Check out the event schedule and venue map here:

 

Will you be going to Rampage 2016? Tell us your expectations for the event in the comments or on X. – Rappler.com