“NEW META AP SHACO IS OP INSANE CRAZY BURST ONESHOT MADE WHOLE TEAM AFK”
That is one example of many video titles Rabia “Nightblue3” Yazbek puts out on his YouTube channel. That alone has him more than 2.5 million subscribers, launching out plentiful videos that half of the League of Legends community say are “clickbait cancer” while his fans eagerly wait for his new content.
His videos are mainly derived from Twitch, in which he has over 2.2 million followers with more than 200 million total channel views. He currently resides as the #10 in the Top 100 Twitch users based on Followers alone. He has been around in the live stream scene for 8 years and counting—in which throughout those 8 years were filled with League of Legends content, until just recently after his announcement of retiring from the game to focus on the ever-popular battle royale game, Fortnite.
So what brought Rabia all the fame and fortune that he has now? 8 years back, he was one of the earliest to play the first season of League of Legends. Due to the rising popularity of the game, especially in 2011, he began capitalizing it by sharing in-depth information about the game, from the champions themselves to utilizing the roles to their full potential. He would then go on to share his gameplays since the breakout of Twitch in the same year.
In this article, we’ll be looking at Nightblue3; from how he started, to his rise in fame, the controversies, and everything fans want to know about.
Where can I connect with Nightblue3?
Who is Nightblue3?
Nightblue3 or Rabia Yazbek is one of the most recognized Twitch streamers and Gaming YouTubers to ever exist. Lebanese by blood but born in America, he currently resides in Dearborn, Michigan. While there is little to no information about his personal life, what everyone knows is that he is one of the biggest personalities on Twitch especially for the fans of the ever-growing and number one Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, League of Legends—developed by Riot Games.
On Twitch, he currently has more than 250 million followers with more than 200 million total channel views. Over on YouTube, he has a whopping 2.5 million followers and 900 million total channel views. That alone makes him one of the most successful online personalities in the world of gaming, especially in a niche-focused game.
How did League of Legends Make Him Famous?
2011 was the official rise of the now-highly successful MOBA game. Being the first into a game which would later go on to be a major title and meta in current online game does have its perks. He started out his channel on Twitch and would soon follow it up with his YouTube channel. As the game grew, so did his reputation especially on YouTube. While other YouTubers may show montages and “funny moments” in League of Legends, Nightblue3 was all about information. He was pretty much the walking encyclopedia when it comes to the MOBA game. People relied on his words, whether if it’s on Twitch or YouTube. Fans took notes of his plays, especially for those who want to become the best Junglers in their region. Yazbek was and still is a Jungle main and people really admire his plays: not only were they informative but they were definitely fun to watch.
Who are his main champions?
Back then, he was mostly known for being a long-time Rammus player in Season 3. Rammus, if you don’t know, is one of the most versatile and priority pick champions back then, way before 80% of champions had dash abilities and previously right before the nerfs that rendered him rather irrelevant to today’s meta.
Shortly after, he discovered Elise’s prowess as a Jungler, making her his all-time favorite Jungle champion even today.
However, to keep his League of Legends fans find something new in both his Twitch and YouTube channels, he had to keep on playing different champions just for the sake of views even if it means losing his elo.
Even to this day, he is still one of the biggest League of Legends content creator. His contributions to the LoL entertainment is limitless.
Was he ever in a pro esports team?
He used to be part of the pro league for League of Legends, in a substitute position for Team SoloMid back in 2014.
How is his Twitch channel holding up?
According to socialblade.com, he earns 65k daily channel views and around 661 followers a day. The premise of his channel is always the same: play the jungle role but with whatever champion he feels like playing, even if it’s off-meta. Just like any League player, there are days of defeat and days of consistent victories. He plays to impress and he does hit or miss a lot of times.
Back then, he would be teaching new and veteran players on the spot about the essentials of jungling—from knowing when to gank at the right time, which objectives to prioritize first and when/when not to invade the jungle. However, these days, he just plays whoever the heck he wants with items whichever he desires. Are they as informative as his previous streams? No, but he’s still an entertaining chap while hearing Mayushii from Code Geass say, “Tuturu~” everytime someone subscribes. Nevertheless, his fans still have fun watching him play the game.
How about on YouTube?
If anything, just like I said previously, he was a League encyclopedia in human form (with a big emphasis on “was”). Just like on Twitch, he highlights key aspects for a player to win a game especially if it’s a situational matter.
Nowadays, everyone can agree that his videos are particularly…clickbait. Just look at how clickbait-y this video title is:
The older demographic from ages 18 and above will highly agree that his titles, as well as his thumbnails, are screaming for views but his experiment really does work…even if the title is quite too exaggerated versus the actual video.
However, you should definitely give props to his editing. His video content is quite identifiable compared to other League content creators, especially with the usage of anime girl gifs whose mouths oddly sync well with NB3 talking.
Are his latest videos still informative nowadays?
Not at all. It’s more of the entertainment value of off-meta champions this time rather than helpful information. If you’re looking for informative League players, you should go for Dong Huap (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCID1M0bzAxTChjFO8oEyjyw). I’d add in Sp4zie and Professor Milk but they don’t upload League videos anymore.
Do his viewers feel entertained watching his clips? According to the numbers, I’d say yes.
What are the big issues with Nightblue3?
As one of the redditors who used to be an NB3 once said, “Nightblue3 is the Ali-A of League.” This is due to their similarities of despite being pretty good in the games they play, their way of fishing for views do tend to be annoying, especially since they’re highly effective with the younger audience.
Another issue with NB3 is the fact that he does tend to be very toxic in-game, especially if you watch on Twitch. Not only does he flame at times or talk crap to his friend but he just couldn’t stop complaining about Riot Games and their game. This has caused a chunk of his followers to suddenly give up and move on to someone more chill.
Perhaps the largest issue of him versus is own fans is because he’s never an informative channel anymore. He used to be the person with the best How-To’s in League but it all changed and focused more on entertaining the fans even if it means losing his games…and dignity.
Just look at how his fans miss his old stuff:
Does that mean he’s a terrible streamer?
He isn’t terrible per se, it’s just that everyone can agree he’s just using the cheapest ways to earn followers on YouTube. On Twitch, he really isn’t bad especially if you don’t mind him constantly ranting or being a toxic teammate. But skill-wise, he’s very good in the game.
Does Nightblue3 play any other game than League of Legends?
At one time, he did “retire” from League of Legends, based on a tweet he made last March 28, 2018:
“Hey guys I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and I’ve come to the conclusion that I just don’t get the same satisfaction from playing/streaming League anymore.
I’m officially announcing I quit League.
I’ve been playing the same game for 8 years and I feel now it’s time to change things up.
I’m so grateful for all of your guys support up until now.
And thank you to those who plan on sticking around, the future is bright! 😊
However, that didn’t last long and would find himself playing League of Legends again after 2 weeks. Probably because he had to start from scratch all over again and might never compete with the likes of Ninja, Summit1G, and even Ali-A.
Fans did become divided since his “retirement” but now that he’s back doing the usual thing, loyal viewers are as happy as they always are when watching him.
Will Nightblue3 keep his fame up?
As long as he does what he does, pretty sure he’s still ahead of the game unless Riot Games decides to obliterate League of Legends for good just like what happened to RuneScape.