One of the most popular and hyped-up traditions in League of Legends esports returned on Thursday, with the release of this year’s annual Worlds Anthem, Take Over.
Every year, Riot Games produces and releases a Worlds Anthem, aimed primarily at garnering hype for the League of Legends World Championship, and 2020’s Take Over, marks the seventh installment of the annual tradition. From the Imagine Dragons’ Warriors in 2014, to Legends Never Die in 2017, to RISE in 2018 and now Take Over in 2020, the popularity of the Worlds Anthems have etched them into the game’s culture, and made them a significant part of the esports lore.
The track features Jeremy McKinnon of A Day to Remember, MAX (Max Schneider), and Henry (Henry Lau). An animated music video depicts Faker training someone by pitting him against legendary Worlds players of the past.
This song was originally teased in the image for the Worlds Orchestral Theme. One could see the words “Take Over” reigning over everything. While some may have suspected this could be the name of the new Worlds song, it was not confirmed until a week later.
Take Over follows the journey of a young League of Legends player on the rise. After he crashes his bike while riding with his pink-haired friend, the protagonist has an encounter with a hooded Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, who helps him up and gives him a gemstone with an image of a ward on it. The player takes the gem, and enters a building appropriately named, “The Demon King” (with Faker’s nickname being the Unkillable Demon King, of course). What happens next is a must watch.
This song definitely sticks to the theme of taking the throne but in a much different way. With major players in an anime style, this song not only works perfectly with League’s demographic but also gets fans hyped. This is the case with basically every Worlds song since their inception with, Warriors by Imagine Dragons in 2014. Now fans expect one every year and many could argue that this one definitely did not disappoint.
The video, which was written by the Riot Music Team, Alex Seaver of Mako, and Cal Scruby, and featured artists Jeremy McKinnon, MAX, and Henry had hundreds of thousands of views in minutes after it premiered live on YouTube, and reached the millions count in just a few hours. Worlds is set to begin on September 25.