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Doublelift explains how Team Liquid’s new roster is “set up for failure”

Published: 27/Mar/2020 6:16 Updated: 27/Mar/2020 10:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has admitted Liquid’s uninspiring LCS Spring campaign may have been doomed from the start, and suggested the defending champions’ star-studded roster was “set up for failure” because of “awful” synergy.

Four-time champions Team Liquid have had their fair share of woes across 2020 Spring so far. Before the split even began, import signing Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen was sidelined with visa issues, and they fell to a 2–4 record.

The former Fnatic star finally made his debut in Week 4, but the problems didn’t let up. First, Doublelift missed a round due to sickness. A week later, the veteran bot laner was formally benched after he admitted he is “fine with losing LCS.”

Liquid now sits in seventh place, with a paltry 7–9 record. For the first time in four splits, TL is set to miss finals entirely. FlyQuest and front-runners Cloud9 currently stand in the way. NA’s defending champs may have to watch as, come season’s end, someone else claims their vacant throne.

According to Doublelift though, their title defense has been doomed from the start. Issues in the star-studded roster, from communication to leadership squabbles, have meant TL’s 2020 lineup was “set up for failure” from day dot.

Doublelift and Team Liquid have had a horrible LCS Spring Split.
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Team Liquid are starring down the barrel of their first playoff-less split since Summer 2017.

Just days out from the crunch-time weekend, Doublelift admitted as much during his March 26 broadcast when asked why Liquid didn’t play aggressively. The NA veteran added there were “a lot of reasons” Spring hadn’t gone their way.

“It’s a bit depressing to talk about. The fundamental problem is all of us see every situation differently. Diagnosing a problem isn’t hard. Finding a solution is. A fix is improving comms… but I think we’ve been set up for failure,” he said.

“Our team has just such awful communication that I never understand what the plan is. If you don’t even know what the plan is in-game, you’re never going to make a proactive play when an opportunity comes up, that’s why we play so passively.”

This communication issue, which Doublelift believes is compounded by the team trying to take a “democratic approach” to shotcalling, has led to their struggles. He wants to be the lead voice again, he added, but he “isn’t allowed.”

“I definitely want to be the main shotcaller again, but I’m not allowed… we are moving forward with a different strategy,” he explained.

“I think a democracy usually works when everyone has an aligned way of thinking but… if you don’t know what the plan is, you’re never going to make a proactive play when an opportunity comes up, that’s why we play so passively.

“We’re not often ready to do something when it happens, and then the opportunity is lost. Our team is just not on the same page. The solution usually is better communications, and that is our worst part right now. They’re really, really bad.”

Doublelift isn’t the only Liquid star to speak out on the team’s Spring struggles either. Former world champion and TL top laner Jung ‘Impact’ Eon-yeong admitted their fans are well within their right to be “angry.” He agrees with them.

At the end of the day, missing playoffs may not be the worst thing for Liquid. The team is in need of a reset, and with 2020’s MSI in real danger of being binned, maybe Peng was right: Worlds may just be TL’s only road to redemption this year.

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Riot touts major Soraka buffs in League Season 11 after item rework

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:45

by Andrew Amos

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While the item rework has hit every champion in League of Legends substantially, there’s few who have been more impacted than Soraka. With the rise of Grievous Wounds, the healer’s power has been cut, but Riot are looking at buffing her to counteract this.

League of Legends Season 11 is almost upon us, and it may as well be renamed League of Legends 2. The item rework is throwing everything you know about the game out the window, with over half of the items being completely overhauled or removed.

Riot has been able to tap into new areas because of the rework though. It’s a lot easier to build stats like critical strike, ability haste, and armor penetration. However, the item rework has also buffed mechanics like Grievous Wounds.

Star Guardian Soraka in League of Legends
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Soraka players get ready: there could be buffs coming your way in League Season 11.

The healing cut mechanic is an absolute life-saver when you’re up against heavy sustain compositions. However, there’s one champion that gets nuked whenever it’s picked up ⁠— and that’s Soraka.

The support has heals on two of her four abilities, and a passive heal on a third. She is the ultimate healer, but it also means she’s easily countered by Grievous Wounds.

Grievous Wounds in Season 11 will be incredibly easy to apply, given the number of items that give it. Riot are aware of where this leaves Soraka though, and are intending on giving her some major changes once the item rework hits live servers.

“Soraka falls into the category of champ we’ll react to once we see exactly how she’s affected,” design director Andrei ‘Meddler’ van Roon told players on Reddit.

This is more than likely going to be buffs to other parts of her kit that aren’t healing, although Riot aren’t ruling out further changes to Grievous Wounds either.

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“That might mean tuning [Grievous Wounds] availability if issues with her balance also affect other healing heavy champs. Could also just mean putting power into her, whether in healing or other aspects, to recognize the new normal.”

Meddler also noted that the Grievous Wounds changes aren’t the be-all-end-all for Soraka. There’s “a lot of other things changing for her,” according to the developers. However, they’re expecting her to take a hit in some way.

With League of Legends pre-season 11 launching with Patch 10.23 on November 10, there’s still some time for tinkering on the PBE. However, if you’re a Soraka main, you need not fear the item rework ⁠— Riot are keeping their eyes out for you.