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Dignitas complete merger with Clutch Gaming, return to LCS

Published: 6/Jun/2019 23:44 Updated: 7/Jun/2019 0:01

by Alan Bernal

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Fans missing the good old days of the League of Legends Championship Series will be happy to hear that they’ll soon see the familiar Dignitas name hanging from the rafters at the LCS Studio.

For months, there have been rumblings that Dignitas and parent company Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) were making a play to get back into the LCS, and the greater esports landscape through Clutch Gaming.

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While there was a deafening silence on the official news front for longtime fans, supporters will be happy to hear that the Black and Yellow will be strongly represented in North America’s pro LoL league very soon.

LoL EsportsClutch Gaming hasn’t had a terrific run in the LCS so far, but hopefully a new look and culture will revitalize the org in big ways.

In a June 6 announcement, Dignitas CEO Michael ‘Prindi’ Prindiville gave the final word on his team’s return as it pertains to the LCS stage, while giving an update for what will become of Clutch Gaming.

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“Dignitas and Clutch Gaming are merging,” Prindi said in an interview with Travis Gafford. “Essentially we now will be helping run and operate that LCS team… League rules require that it stays Clutch Gaming for 2019. In 2020 it will become Dignitas.”

In Prindi’s vision, the reach of both organizations will hopefully come together to create a harmoniously united front for fans to get behind: “We’re really excited about our geographic presence. We got New York, we’ve got L.A., we’ve got Houston. We’re excited about unifying the fans of Clutch now, and the fans of Dignitas in the past.”

The Dignitas CEO is amped for what this “updated” era for the classic org will bring, as they look to be a competitive group while also building “a global gaming-centric new media and entertainment company.”

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“I’m tired of seeing the same people win.”

Old school Dignitas fans might remember their team for being scrappy and definitely one of the more exciting groups to watch on the stage. Now Prindi and co will look toward replicating that kind of magic in the new era.

“We want to be that brand that comes in and produces content that is engaging that brings in the old fans, brings in the new fans, that has fun. But at the same time we can always challenge. One thing I’m a little bit tired of is seeing the same people win.”

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While the current iteration of the team has struggled in recent Splits, Prendi isn’t looking to get “9th and 10th place,” rather “challenge for titles” in a stacked league.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70