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"Ignite" is the title of a song Zedd produced for the 2016 League of Legends eSports championship, Worlds. It was released via the game's YouTube channel on September 26, 2016, and via Spotify and Apple Music the following day.

BackgroundEdit

League of Legends eSports' Twitter posted a tweet on September 23, 2016, containing a GIF of game character Kha'Zix[1] watching an explosion in the distance. In the middle of the image, the Worlds emblem—with an overlay of Zedd's logo—can be seen. Also that day, Zedd quoted the tweet with the song's release date.

LyricsEdit

There's a fire that burns inside
It's an instinct that never lies
The targets tattooed between our eyes

Stand and fight under the lights on the high stage
A part of your life they can't take away
Just like the blood running through your veins

Everyone's watching through your eyes
There's only two options: win or die
Win or die, win or die

It went from a spark to an open flame
Now destiny's calling out your name
So reply, so reply

And ignite

There's a power that's underneath
And you can see it till you believe
On the edge of infinity

Feel the rush under the lights on the high stage
A part of your life they can't take away
Just like the blood running through your veins

Everyone's watching through your eyes
There's only two options: win or die
Win or die, win or die

It went from a spark to an open flame
Now destiny's calling out your name
So reply, so reply

And ignite
Ignite
And ignite

It went from a spark to an open flame
Now destiny's calling out your name
So ignite, so ignite

VideosEdit

The song's official video was released on September 26, 2016, and portrays scenes from League of Legends and Worlds in an animated style.

On October 26, 2012, an alternate version of "Ignite"—the Finals Remix—was released.

ReceptionEdit

The song has been negatively received by many members of the League of Legends community, who have unfavorably compared it to the 2014 anthem, Imagine Dragons' "Warriors".

In a mixed review, Ryan Middleton of Music Times stated that "the track has a vintage Zedd feel with the gritty electro sound in the drops, but at points it does feel like there is something missing. The vocals are a bit cheesy, but in the end it is designed for game play and to inspire fans for the tournament."[2]

TriviaEdit

  • The song features uncredited vocals from Tim James.[3]
  • A video showcasing the plays behind the "Ignite" music video was released on September 26, 2016.
  • Zedd performed the song alongside an orchestra at the 2016 opening ceremony for Worlds, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[4]

ReferencesEdit

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