League of Legends Players and Fans Meet Their New Unofficial Mascot, a Pigeon

by Matt Best

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(Photo: twitch.tv/nalcs1)

Pigeons can be an absolute nuisance. Living in the downtown core of Toronto, Canada - I know a thing or two about pigeons. If you're trying to walk to the nearest streetcar stop or even just down the street if it's warm out, you better be on the lookout for pigeons.

From my history with the bird, they are fearless. If they're not flying around, they're walking right next to you on the sidewalk. The birds expect you to get out of the way for them, not the other way around.

When I saw a bird at the 2017 League of Legends NA LCS Spring Split Finals, I thought to myself, "Yep, that's 100% a pigeon. There's no other bird out there that has the guts to do what this bird is doing."

Low and behold, a pigeon was on stage during the match between FlyQuest and Phoenix1.

Get to about the 17-second mark of that video. You'll see a two-legged creature just standing on the stage. This bird knows damn well what it's doing there. These birds are not fun to deal with on a day-to-day basis during the warm weather months.

Regardless of how I feel, League of Legends fans embraced the bird. "PIGEON, BIRD, PIDGEON," all graced Twitch chat (Pigeon is spelled as such. Not 'pidgeon'). Casters even loved the bird.

According to WWG's League of Legends Writer and Analyst, James Bates, the bird had a ton of courage to do what it did that fateful day. "Looks like someone in the maintenance department had a pretty bad day on Sunday, as this is the kind of thing that goes down in legend," said Bates. "A bird getting into a stadium is definitely nothing new, but it's rare for it to get quite so much exposure. The part that surprises me isn't that a bird made its way into the stadium, it's that the bird stuck around despite all the noise that must have been going on around it. Pretty brave bird."

At the time, Phoenix1 was losing 2-1 in a best of five series against FlyQuest. After the pigeon showed up, P1 forced a game five and eventually went on to claim third place in the NA LCS. If League of Legends fans give up on the pigeon as their new unofficial mascot, I know a team that would easily accept the pigeon as an honorary mascot.

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.