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How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends
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How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends

Previously known as IP (Influence Points), Blue Essence (BE) is the main, in-game currency in League of Legends. Every single champion in League can be bought from the shop with BE. However, champion prices vary. Newly-released champions cost 7800 Blue Essence, while old champions cost as little as 450 BE. Aside from champions, Blue Essence can also be spent on rune pages, mastery tokens, and chromas during the Blue Essence Emporium. Today, we’ll cover all the different ways you can earn Blue Essence in League of Legends. We’ll then discuss the best strategies for earning BE fast.  Blue Essence can be earned by leveling up, completing missions, accumulating honor, and disenchanting unwanted champion shards. You can find out how much BE you currently own in the client. Look for the...
My Speedrun Got Rejected, Don’t Let it Happen to You
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My Speedrun Got Rejected, Don’t Let it Happen to You

Your hands are shaking, and your palms are sweating as you glance over at the splits. Seven seconds ahead. This is the run. Just a few more easy hits on the True Final Boss and it's going to be a new PB (personal best). You take the final swing with your ax and kill the boss, slamming your hand onto the space bar to end the split. You nervously look over to check the final time. After weeks of grinding it's finally over. A ten-second PB, enough to climb the leader boards, enough for a new world record. You're so happy, you can't wait to upload this run for your friends and community members to see. You hit the submit run button on SpeedRun.com and eagerly wait for it to be approved. A few days later you wake up and jump online to check the status of your run. You open the website and see...
What is an Any% Speedrun?
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What is an Any% Speedrun?

If you're a fan of video games, and have been around the internet a few times, you've more than likely heard of speedrunning. Speedrunning is the act of completing full games, individual levels, or particular tasks within video games in the shortest amount of time possible. It's quite common for people to look up speedruns of their favorite games, or of games they have just finished playing, to see them get absolutely torn apart by the world's top players. Others may be looking up speedruns because they want to get into speedrunning themselves. If you've done this, there's a good chance you've seen the term "Any%" in a video title, but what does it mean? In this article, we'll explain exactly what Any% means. In short: Any% in speedruns means to reach the end credits of a video game as f...
How to Find the Speedrun World Record for Any Game
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How to Find the Speedrun World Record for Any Game

Over the last few years, speedrunning has exploded into one of gaming's most popular niches. Humans (and sometimes robots) compete to complete video games of all genres, qualities, platforms, and popularities in as little time as possible while following particular rules set in place by a game's respective speedrunning community. Most games will have numerous different categories, ranging from merely completing a game to achieving 100% completion, individual-level times, runs with particular feature or glitch restrictions, or straight-up meme categories. With each speedrun category comes a world record to chase, and we'll show you where and how to find them. How to Find a Speedrun World Record To find the world record for a speedrun, go to Speedrun.com and search for any game you're curi...
Quick LiveSplit Setup Guide For Speedruns (3 Minutes)
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Quick LiveSplit Setup Guide For Speedruns (3 Minutes)

First, head to LiveSplit.org to download the timer. If you're not a Windows user, you'll need to check out the guide for other available timers here in our article Which Timer to Use For Speedrunning? To set up LiveSplit, first, download it from LiveSplit.org. Once downloaded, open it and right-click to go to "Edit Splits" and add the Game Name and Category. From here, you need to also add splits for your speedrun. Additionally, you can style LiveSplit in the "Layout Editor" and set timer hotkeys in the "Settings". LiveSplit Timer Functionality Setup In the newly-downloaded file, open LiveSplit. First, right-click the timer and head to Edit Splits. Then, in the Game Name section, start typing the name of the game. A dropdown will display the best matches from Speedrun.com so you can e...
How to Set Up LiveSplit – In-Depth Guide with Screenshots
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How to Set Up LiveSplit – In-Depth Guide with Screenshots

Timing your speedruns is an essential part of tracking your progress. Furthermore, if you stream on Twitch or upload videos to YouTube, your viewers will enjoy seeing your pace. Bettering yourself with every run feels great and it's thrilling to watch! The timer on your phone may have sufficed as you were adjusting to the idea of splitting and timing your speedruns. However, if you’re ready to really start tracking your time, then you need to set up a more sophisticated timer. To set up LiveSplit you need to download LiveSplit, add splits, establish your hotkeys, and edit the layout. Additionally, you can capture LiveSplit with OBS to display your splits on stream or in videos. https://youtu.be/2S2MbvBr5Rs?t=128 Welcome to the ultimate LiveSplit setup guide. This 'more than you'd ...
How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware
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How to Start Speedrunning – Guide, Tips, Timers, Hardware

At some point, in 2015, after years of watching speedruns, I found a game that I truly wanted to speedrun. I went through a lot of headaches and confusion when getting started up, so I figure I'll save you some trouble. I'll first start off covering the details on a surface level, and then if you need any extra details of how to speedrun, you can keep reading. I hope this guide works as both a quick speedrun checklist, and a thorough enough guide that you'll be able to refer back to it when you're looking into more advanced approaches. I personally believe the best way to start speedrunning is to not overthink it. As a quick guide for beginners to jump in and get started, here's the general overview of the steps you will need to take. How to Start Speedrunning 1. Choose a game 2. Watch ...
What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained
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What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning Explained

Speedrunning has been around for decades now, but gamers have given it a recent surge in popularity. Lots of people who aren't familiar with video games are asking, "What is speedrunning? What's a speedrun? Why is it so, so popular?" At face value, speedrunning can be summed up quite easily. This is what speedrunning is: Speedrunning is the act of beating a video game, or segment of a game, as quickly as possible while adhering to a set of rules which have been established by the game's individual community. Speedruns makes use of leaderboards to track who holds the fastest times for different categories such as Any%, 100%, and other various rulesets. But it's more than that. It's hard work, practice, grit, consistency, strategy, technique, technical knowledge, risk, luck, com...
How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun
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How to Grow a Following in an Obscure Speedrun

When you consider that most obscure games will have just one or two speedruns on the leaderboards if any, I'd say this one constitutes as a blow up, or at very least a "glow up". So, what’s a speedrun that’s obscure? A game that no reasonable person would think to speedrun? Well, probably iCarly for the Nintendo Wii. Let's take a quick look at where the boost in popularity came from and how this applies to building up a following for any speedrun. This game used to be a title with a mostly empty leaderboard, lost to time and history -- a shovelware product that faded into the background of everyone’s collective memories. But thanks to the actions of one person, that has changed. Meet Saltydkdan, a YouTuber (retired from this project) who previously dedicated themself to fully com...
How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)
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How to get the Secret Ending in Hollow Knight (Spoiler Free)

If you’ve completed Hollow Knight’s story, whether recently or long ago, it might have left you a bit… hollow. It is not new having “bad endings” in video games for our main characters, and sometimes those are there for the best. However, despite how tragic Hallownest’s story is, some of us just waited for the credits to stop rolling and show us a better resolution to the conflict presented. If this is your case, fear not, because instead of a post-credit scene, there is a secret, more complex ending, which has a better outcome for our protagonist. It requires some extra work, and that is what we will be explaining in today’s article while keeping out any major spoilers as best as possible. Getting Started What you will first need to have is an item from the Ancient Basic. Though you ...