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Ballers’ last season tackles Riot’s League of Legends

Ballers, HBO’s American Football version of Entourage, returned its fifth and final season this August. The show follows the post-retirement career of former NFL star Spencer Strasmore, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Usually a show for the jocks, Ballers went into the gamer’s radar when its teaser appeared on lolesports’ Twitter account. Featuring Echo Fox’s owner and former three-time NBA Champion Rick Fox, the teaser showcased the NA esports scene, particularly the LCS. It also showed a quick cameo of NA star Doublelift, doing what he does best.

What the Rock is cooking

Dwayne Johnson is Spenser Strasmore in HBO's Ballers
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprises his roles as Spencer Strasmore

Ballers premiered in 2015, following the story of an ex-NFL player trying to reinvent himself post-retirement. As Spencer Strasmore, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a charismatic player-turned-financial adviser. In his newfound job, he tries to help his former colleagues in the NFL both in and out of the business. In its fourth season, Ballers ended with Spencer suing the NCAA, which prompted him to leave his job in the sports industry.

Fast forward to one year later, the season 5 premiere sees Spencer retired and on vacation. Everyone he’d left in the industry seems to have been doing well. Spencer answers a call and was offered to buy out the Kansas City Chiefs, which he ends up doing. His old partner from the previous seasons Joe, played by Rob Corddry, gives him a call to ask for his help. Joe’s been in a rough patch recently and badly needed assistance from Spencer. However, Spencer informs Joe that he’s busy buying out the Kansas City Chiefs. Joe then sees their relationship to be competitive now, and started expanding his business recklessly.

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Meanwhile, NFL player Vernon Littlefield, played by Donovan W. Carter, considers a life outside of Football. This goes against the plans of his financial manager, Reggie, played by London Brown. Vernon and Reggie attends a League of Legends tournament and experiences the game with front row seats. Reggie tries to get Vernon to make new deals in NFL, Vernon expressed interest in entering esports.

So far this has been the extent of League of Legend’s involvement in the show, but the teaser trailer featuring it showed that there’s more in store for it. As Spencer reignites his Football career as an executive, esports seems to still be out of the menu for him, or at least for now. The trailer teased League of Legends having to play a big part in this last season. As what was stated in the trailer, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish”, so we might just see Spencer jump into esports later in the season.

Where to watch HBO’s Ballers

Ballers has amassed millions of fans worldwide thanks to its star-studded cast. The show stars Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Willer, Donovan W. Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown, Jazmyn Simon and Arielle Kebbel. It’s not yet too late to join in. Ballers season 5 premiered last August 25, and every episode will be streamed on the HBO network every Sunday, 10:30PM.