CBS greenlights Rick Fox LoL esports comedy series - Dexerto
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CBS greenlights Rick Fox LoL esports comedy series

Published: 17/Oct/2019 18:46 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 19:02

by Scott Robertson

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Echo Fox founder and former NBA star Rick Fox is producing a CBS comedy series centered on esports and inspired by his real life experiences in League of Legends.

When Rick Fox retired from the National Basketball Association, he refocused his commitment to acting and business. After obtaining success in both, he’s moving into a new venture and combining both of those pursuits into a show.

As first reported by Deadline, CBS has committed a pilot to Fox, and the team responsible for the comedy show Me, Myself & I, creator Dan Kopelman and producers Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV.

The untitled show is reported to be “single-camera comedy” series about a retired basketball player who buys an esports organization in an attempt to reconnect with his estranged son.

The series is clearly inspired by Fox’s real-life experience of purchasing the Gravity Gaming slot in the North American LCS back in 2015, and then founding the Echo Fox organization.

The Player's TribuneRick Fox with the the Echo Fox LoL team

Fox is one of the original founders of the Echo Fox organization, and previously operated as a team co-owner, but is reportedly on his way out of the organization following a decision from the other limited partners. 

According to them, Fox acted “against the interests of the company,” alleging that he tried to poach employees and was detrimental to the process of selling their slot in the NA LCS.

Riot gave an ultimatum for Echo Fox to sell their LCS slot earlier this year. Despite multiple attempts, Echo Fox were unable to do so, so Riot stepped in and facilitated the sale to Evil Geniuses.

This is not the first time esports, or even League of Legends, will be featured on the small screen for a major network. In the HBO series “Ballers”, a sports-meets-Entourage type drama, the premiere episode of this season features a football player attending a LoL event and considering a full time career in pro gaming. 

The episode features numerous LoL cameos including James ‘Dash’ Patterson, the Team Liquid roster, and even Rick Fox himself.

Riot Games recently announced their development plans for an anime series they are creating titled Arcane, but that will be centered on the lore of League of Legends rather than the competitive esports scene.

No news on casting or when the show will come out yet, but since CBS has already committed to the pilot, meaning they would have to pay fines if they pulled out, fans are all but guaranteed to see the pilot hit the airwaves. 

Fox tweeted about the news and tagged his son Kyle, potentially leaving the door open to the opportunity for Fox to whet his acting chops once more.

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Riot dev explains lack of Yasuo & Yone buffs after League win rates drop

Published: 29/Nov/2020 18:01

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has responded to League of Legends players calling for Yasuo and Yone to be buffed after the champions took a significant hit in win rate percentage following the Season 11 item overhaul.

After Riot announced that they would be introducing a massive item overhaul in the 2021 preseason, many players were concerned about the effects it would have on champion balancing in League of Legends.

The 2021 preseason has already seen many balance changes such as the rise of tanks like Amumu and Sejuani, but Riot has been quick to make even more characters viable with League patch 10.24.

However, two popular mid-lane champions, Yasuo and Yone, have seen a massive drop in win rate percentage after the new item update, and the lack of buffs has caused fans to reach out to Riot devs for an update.

Yasuo's Odyssey skin in League of Legends
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Yasuo and Yone were two champions that have been hard by the League Item overhaul.

One Redditor called out to League developer Riot Phlox, asking why there were no pre-emptive buffs for champions like Yone and if there would be any changes in the upcoming patch.

The League of Legends dev explained that, although Yasuo and Yone have been underwhelming so far, he believes that part of that is due to some of the current item builds that players are choosing, and not necessarily their strength in-game.

He revealed that buying Immortal Shieldbow into Infinity Edge was quite strong, compared to the traditional Phantom Dancer start that has been a go-to for players piloting the high-crit damage champions in past seasons.

But, with Yone still sitting at 43% win-rate and Yasuo at 45% in high-elo matches, according to u.gg, Riot Phlox admitted that they might be in need of some adjustments in the future.

“I think Critbros (Yasuo and Yone) still building terrible items on average,” he explained, claiming that he was unsure if buffs would be needed, “still might need buffs but not on fire.”

Despite being two of the most popular characters, the Ionian brothers are currently the worst performing champions in the mid lane.

However, as of now, it is unclear just what Riot has planned ahead of the competitive spring season.