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Darius and Yasuo’s designer no longer working on TFT or LoL

Published: 16/Sep/2019 23:14 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 23:57

by Isaac McIntyre

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Infamous League of Legends champion designer Bradford ‘CertainlyT’ Wenban has departed the development team, Teamfight Tactics’ lead designer has confirmed. 

CertainlyT has long been a divisive member of the Riot Games development roster, churning out some of the community’s most hated champions in the game.

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Wenban, who first joined the backend team for the MOBA in 2011, created mechanics-loaded characters like Yasuo, Zed, Darius, and Zoe, all of whom have become near-universally synonymous with unbalance in Riot’s flagship title.

Now he has made the switch from character creation and reworks to research and development projects, TFT lead designer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer confirmed this week.

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“CertainlyT has moved on to R&D projects, so CertainlyT is not on the TFT team anymore,” Mortdog said as he played a game of TFT on-stream.

Considering CertainlyT’s infamous reputation in the League of Legends community, many speculated that his swap from design to research may not have been 100% voluntary, but Mortdog clarified on Reddit that the move was mutual.

“He did great things on TFT and will be missed. He’s just on to do even more cool stuff,” the auto-chess design lead confirmed.

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The on-the-move Riot personality also created Zyra, Thresh, and Kalista, and had a heavy hand in reworking Mordekaiser, Graves, Caitlyn, and Warwick. He most recently reworked Akali.

Riot GamesCertainlyT most recently helmed the Akali champion rework.

For many, confirmation of CertainlyT’s departure from the design team is quite welcome. Many of his creations are among the most disliked in the game, drawing hosts of bans during ranked and draft matches on Summoner’s Rift.

Yasuo leads the way in Wenban’s banned creations, with a hefty 45.1% ban rate according to analytics website U.GG at the time of this article’s release. Zed isn’t far behind at 42.6%, and Darius rounded out the top three with 34.6%.

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His recently reworked champion Akali has also been drawing annoyance from much of the community since his additions to the mid lane assassin, with a hefty 29.9% of players banning her in each game despite her mild 5.2% average pick rate per match.

For CertainlyT fans, however, there’s still something to look forward to – Surrender@20 mod Spideraxe recently suggested Wenban has one last release on the horizon, a new character expected in Q4. Fellow designer Stashu is believed to be finishing the development.

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Astralis fined by Riot Games after LEC investigation

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:27 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:33

by Calum Patterson

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Danish esports organization Astralis must pay a €5,000 fine, and must fulfill new requirements, Riot Games has ruled after an investigation into the team’s missing salary payments to players, and the actions of the team’s general manager.

LEC Commissioner Maximillian Peter Schmidt said that “multiple Astralis Team Members had reached out to the League reporting missing salary payments as well as conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager by the interim Astralis General Manager.”

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The LEC investigation found that the missing salary payments were “tied to the specifics of the Danish jurisdiction and human error.”

“Astralis was fully cooperative and swiftly resolved the matter,” the ruling continues. “The League confirmed all missing payments have now been received by the Team Members.”

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Astralis previously played under the Origen brand in the LEC, until rebranding in September.

However, the investigation also found that “the Astralis GM exhibited conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager including the misrepresentation of certain contract terms with the Team Members and a singular instance of verbal misconduct.”

The GM in question is not named. Astralis’s former GM, Martin ‘Deficio’ Lynge, who was there when the team went by Origen in the LEC, left at the same time as the rebranding was announced, back in September.

In addition to the €5,000 fine, Astralis must now meet four extra requirements as an organization in the LEC:

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  • Astralis is required to establish and communicate a direct avenue which Team Members can use to report potential grievances towards the Astralis ownership group.
  • Astralis is required to establish an on-boarding program for their Team Members including an outline of the above as well as an overview of Danish vacation pay and tax/payment/EasyID requirements.
  • The League will schedule check-in calls with all Team Members in the 2021 Season to ensure the above has been executed.
  • Astralis and their General Manager will be officially warned for conduct unbecoming of an LEC Team Manager as we consider the LEC organizations responsible for the actions of their employees.

At the time of writing, Astralis has not commented publicly on the LEC’s ruling.

The organization is best known for its CS:GO team, and rebranded their FIFA and LoL teams to unify the brand under the Astralis banner.