Happy Haiku: Fiora

Happy Haiku: I try to dabble in writing haiku poems in Japanese.

Happy Haiku! For Fiora, the Grand Duelist. My favorite champion in all of League of Legends.


(O) Fiora
Furansu no hana

English Translation
(Honorable) Fiora
French flower

– Nhan “Nhan-Fiction” Pham

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MOBA Monday: Maki, the Shrine Maiden

Maki Mug

MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
Custom Creativity

For my favorite game in the world, League of Legends, a hobby of mine is making elaborate custom champions for fun. Though I don’t consider myself a game designer by any means, I find a lot of enjoyment in making my own characters.

I go all out and try really hard to come up with something cool.

For this concept, I really wanted to create a shrine maiden. I chose the name Maki with the 真希  kanji symbols for “truth” and “rare,” respectively, because I think the name itself is both cute yet meaningful.

As always with my concepts, I try to raise the bar each time in some shape or form. For Maki’s concept, a lot of people got involved to add extra touches that are quite awesome in their own right.

Below you will find original artwork, authentic Japanese translations, voice acting (in the works) and other elements. I love the “team” aspect that I get with working with others on custom champ projects.

Be sure to check out the LoL Wiki version as well.

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(Written by Mineko Charat Lucky.)

Maki, the shrine maiden serving in an old Ionian shrine of a once prosperous village, now devotes her life to taking revenge on the one woman who has ruined the peace Maki had before.

Years ago, this village Maki lived in was a peaceful community, thanks to her parents who were powerful guardians of the local shrine, with the ability to summon powerful ancestral spirits, using themselves as the medium. With this ability, they were able to fend off any threat who ever tried to lay a finger on their village, especially the Noxians. Maki was still a young shrine maiden-in-training at the time, living happily and striving to become just like her strong parents. Unfortunately, such good moments didn’t last long.

One day, Maki’s father returned home from hunting empty handed, which was rather unusual, considering he would usually at the very least bring back a couple of jungle fowls. Maki’s mother seems concerned, but when she started to ask, he shoved her aside without a single ounce of emotion. Never has her husband been so cold to her, so Maki’s mother asked more questions. Once again, he ignored her, instead asking if he could be left alone in his room. Grudgingly, his wife accepted, thinking he would perhaps tell her in the evening.

Evening was soon to come, but news of a Noxian invasion came. While the villages were forewarned of it as usual, this time the Noxian’s numbers were in the ten thousands, more than ever before, possibly due to how powerful Maki’s parents were. However, there was no sign of Maki’s father at the frontline. Villagers hurried to the shrine, crying at his room’s door for help. But to no avail, there was no answer. In all the haste, they forced open the door, only to find the room empty with the window open. Maki’s father had fled.

Devastated by this finding, many decided to flee for their lives. Maki’s mother however urged everyone not to bow down to the odds and fight till the end. She told Maki to take the divine weapons that were stored in the shrine and give them to Maki’s father who had seemingly fled. Maki obeyed, and set off towards the mountain.

Two hours later, after searching for her father without rest, Maki found her father accompanying a woman among the bushes. This woman had tails and ears, and seemed to be part-fox. Apparently they were embracing each other, kissing with passion. As she hid, Maki was confused, which turned into anger. As she was about to reveal herself, her father’s body fell away from the fox-lady. His body laid on the floor without any sign of life. Absolutely stunned as to what just happened, Maki stood there in place, unable to move. She overheard the fox-lady talking about how simple-minded men were, easily charmed by pretty women, and that he deserved this death. And swiftly, in the next second, she fled. Continue reading

MOBA Monday: Taste Testing Flavor of the Month

MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.
In League of Legends
, a prominent aspect of the game is the nature of “Flavor of the Month” strategies (or FotM for short.) Basically, FotM refers to what’s in style for a given metagame. It could be the champions being selected, an item build being executed throughout a match or anything else for that matter.

No matter how you slice it, FotM among the League of Legends community has tremendous influence as to what players do for periods of time.

A highly respected player popularizes the new, slick way of using a certain champion.

A trend develops.

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MOBA Monday: Prepping for the Fourth LoL Season

MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.

Season’s Greetings
League of Legends has started its fourth season of ranked play, and I am quite frankly a bit terrified and reluctant to jump on board the rank train … at least just yet.

The beginning of any League season is tricky because everyone is just trying to wedge through the perpetual gate all at the same time, overly eager to get a head start into a high rating. However, what this means is a lot of unpredictable chaos in itself.

You are going to get a lot of mediocre-or-worse players mucking up game quality while the decent-and-up ones try to power their way through the madness. In other words, you aren’t going to know what you’re going to get the moment you queue up for a ranked game at this point.

Your first 10 games, the ones deemed as “match placement,” are also incredibly important. They determine where you will start this season (Silver, Gold and so forth). It is paramount to do well in these games and try to come out the victor in most of them.

If you perform decently, the highest you can end up in is Platinum I. Then again, I have a few Diamond friends who have already found themselves sitting in Gold because of their erratic placement matches that sent them below Platinum level for the season’s start.

Nonetheless, I think they will probably be fine. They’re good enough of players to climb up. But for my sake, I want to make sure I can build up my own rating within a reasonable of time with fewer headaches and less nights where I want to go cry in the corner because of “Elo Hell.”

After all, my goal is to call myself a legitimate Diamond player. I came a little short last season, but I only had myself to blame myself because I went against my own strategies.

This season, I plan on being more disciplined. Continue reading

MOBA Monday: Fantastic 15 (Season Four)


MOBA Monday: MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) is my favorite kind of gaming genre in the world.

The fourth season is basically underway for League of Legends, so I felt it was about time I updated my Fantastic 15.

The same concept still applies: I pick three champs for each given role. Each champ is someone I count as a “main” of mine. As in, if I were to pick any of these champs in any match, I would expect myself to be competent with them. Continue reading