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Doublelift explains why Broxah will shine where other LCS imports failed

Published: 27/Nov/2019 4:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Team Liquid superstar Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has backed his new jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen to shine in the LCS, and says the Danish star won’t struggle to adapt to North America like other “washed up” European imports.

NA’s Championship Series has built an unfortunate reputation among the fanbase for importing players who are “just looking for a paycheck” after failing to cut it in Europe and Korea, even going so far as to ignore domestic talent for them.

With the LCS community up in arms over recently offseason moves like Dignitas’ hefty $2.6 million contract for Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon, which has allegedly left them unable to sign other players, and Pobelter and Damonte missing roster spots, it’s no surprise some took TL’s jungle signing as a similar move.

Riot GamesNot everyone in NA is sold with Broxah’s big-money Team Liquid switch.

Fans have raised question marks over the four-time championship org’s decision to dump Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero for Broxah, even comparing it to Team SoloMid’s much-mocked decision to shunt proven talent Doublelift for EU LCS star Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen, which ended with the ADC leaving to Cloud9 this month.

Doublelift has assured fans that he doesn’t think Broxah’s North American move will go the same way as stories like Bora ‘Yellowstar’ Kim, Alfonso ‘Mithy’ Rodríguez, or Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten, all of whom failed to make their mark on the scene.

According to the LCS superstar, his new jungler has already proven that he’s more than up to the task, and Peng explained during his November 26 blog that he had already been “blown away” by Broxah’s maturity and drive to succeed.

“I’m pretty excited to play with this guy, he’s a f*cking tank and he’s so mature for 22,” Doublelift said. “I’m going to tell you guys, I was and am still pretty dumb, at that age and now, but this guy just seems so well put together and mature.”

Riot GamesDoublelift said he was impressed with Broxah’s shining Worlds record.

The TL bot laner pointed to Broxah’s international experience, which includes two miracle runs at the World Championship in group stage, and a runners-up medal in 2018, as well as his two European titles, as proof of his stardom.

Beyond that, Doublelift added that he believes Broxah may be the missing piece of Liquid’s oft-shattered international puzzle, which has seen the squad achieve just once — their 2019 MSI campaign when they lost 3-0 to G2 Esports in the final — and fallen short across two years despite being the best domestic team.

Riot GamesLiquid have struggled to translate their LCS domination to the international stage.

Not only could his “incredible mechanics” and “tons of potential” play a key role in keeping TL on top in North America, Doublelift said, he also believes Broxah isn’t coming to the LCS just looking for a paycheck like many have feared.

“The thing that I always don’t want is to play with a guy who’s checked out, and has come to NA for the paycheck,” he added, before showing a graphic that included players like Huni, Tristan ‘PowerofEvil’ Schrage, and Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik.

“I think, without going too much into it, it’s quite common for people to come to NA and use it as a way for them to make a ton of money before they retire.”

“I know Broxah is not doing that, he came here because he wants to compete, and he’s super driven to find success. If I felt like I was playing with players who didn’t have that competitive mindset alongside me, it wouldn’t sit well with me, I don’t even know if I’d be able to turn up to practice it would be so frustrating.”

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Now, Doublelift’s eyes turn towards Liquid’s third consecutive title defence in LCS 2020 Spring, which is set to begin in January. He turned down his All-Stars invite earlier this week, and has his mind fixed firmly on competitive play.

And as TL settle into their preseason preparations, before scrims kick-off properly in the New Year, Doublelift asked his fans to welcome Broxah into the fold, and celebrate the fact he was pulling on the blue and white of Team Liquid.

“I hope you guys show Broxah a lot of support, I know for some reason he seems to have a lot of haters, and I don’t understand why,” Peng said, “because I think he’s really likeable. Different fan bases just like different things, I guess.”

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TFT patch 11.2 marks Set 4.5 launch: new Festival of Beasts champions, more

Published: 8/Jan/2021 7:42 Updated: 8/Jan/2021 8:43

by Andrew Amos

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TFT patch 11.2 is going to be a big one. The Festival of Beasts is finally coming, with the Mid-Set expansion for Set 4 finally launching on the January 21 patch. Players can expect 20 new champions and a bunch of new traits, as well as a new battle pass.

Riot aren’t doing things by halves to kick off 2021 in Teamfight Tactics. The big Mid-Set update for Fates, Festival of Beasts, is set to roll out in patch 11.2 after two weeks of testing on the PBE.

The update features 20 new champions, a bunch of new traits, as well as reworks to the likes of Sharpshooter, Vanguard, Brawler, and more. There’s also new content in the form of a battle pass players can grind. Here’s what to expect on January 21.

Riot is aiming to make critical strikes more accessible for AD champions post-nerfs.
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Tristana is one of 20 of the new champions added in Festival of Beasts.

Festival of Beasts introduces 20 new champions to TFT Fates

20 favorites from the TFT Fates roster will be departing the convergence, being replaced by a new set of champions to bring in the new year. The Festival of Beasts set has a distinct Chinese New Year theme, featuring the all new Lunar Revel skins as well as deity-themed traits.

There’s too much to list here, but if you’re looking for all the information on the new champions and traits, check out our guide here.

Right from day one, players will have the chance to grind the new battle pass too. With 45 tiers ⁠— the same size as the TFT Fates one ⁠— there’s plenty of rewards on offer for just 1295 RP. You can find full details right here.

Firecracker Sejuani in TFT Fates
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Vanguards can now get magic resist as well as tons of bonus armor.

Vanguard, Brawler, more reworks currently in testing

Festival of Beasts isn’t just about bringing in new content. Some of the game’s pre-existing traits are getting reworked as well. Vanguard, Brawler, and Sharpshooter are the big three getting changes in the new set.

Vanguard will now give its users Magic Resist in the trait, making it a bit more diverse. Brawlers will also have access to attack damage, which is very handy if you decide to play the newly-released Shyvana.

Sharpshooters also spread their damage more with 2/3/4 ricochets at 2/4/6 instead of 1/2/3. While they do less damage, it means more Teemo blinds, and more mana-generating bounces.

Spirit Blossom Teemo in TFT Fates
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More bounces equals more Teemo blinds.

Enlightened has been buffed to give more mana, while Cultist is getting a buff to entice people into going the whole hog and playing 9 Cultist instead of splashing in three. Assassin, Duelist, Elderwood, Keeper, Mage, Mystic, and Spirit have all been changed too.

TFT patch 11.2 will go live on January 21. You can find preview patch notes below, courtesy of [email protected].

TFT patch 11.2 preview notes

Festival of Beasts

New Champions

  • Aurelion Sol (4 cost Dragonsoul Mage)
  • Brand (1 cost Dragonsoul Mage)
  • Braum (2 cost Dragonsoul Vanguard)
  • Cho’Gath (4 cost Fabled Brawler)
  • Darius (3 cost Fortune Fabled)
  • Kayle (4 cost Divine Executioner)
  • Nasus (1 cost Divine Siphoner)
  • Nautilus (2 cost Fabled Vanguard)
  • Neeko (3 cost Fabled Mystic)
  • Olaf (4 cost Dragonsoul Slayer)
  • Ornn (5 cost Elderwood Vanguard Blacksmith)
  • Rakan (2 cost Elderwood Keeper)
  • Samira (5 cost Daredevil Sharpshooter Slayer)
  • Shyvana (3 cost Dragonsoul Brawler)
  • Sivir (3 cost Cultist Sharpshooter)
  • Swain (5 cost Dragonsoul Siphoner)
  • Tristana (1 cost Dragonsoul Sharpshooter)
  • Tryndamere (4 cost Warlord Duelist Slayer)
  • Vlad (2 cost Cultist Siphoner)
  • Xayah (4 cost Elderwood Keeper Executioner)

New Traits

  • Blacksmith: After participating in combat, Blacksmiths will begin forging an Artifact item. The higher their star-level, the faster they work. Once the Artifact is complete, it will be able to bestow upon an ally.
    • Champions: Ornn
  • Daredevil: Every other basic attack, Daredevils will acquire a new target. If that target is out of her range, she will dash towards them. With each attack on a new target, her Combo Rating will increase.
    • Champions: Samira
  • Dragonsoul: On death, this blessing passes to the closest Dragonsoul ally. Active at 3/6/9 units.
    • Champions: Tristana, Brand, Braum, Shyvana, Olaf, Aurelion Sol, Swain
  • Executioner: Executioners’ basic attacks and spells always critically strike targets below a certain amount of health. Active at 2/3/4 units.
    • Champions: Kindred, Kayle, Xayah
  • Fabled: Fabled champions’ spells gain an additional effect. Active at three units.
    • Champions: Neeko, Cho’Gath, unknown
  • Slayer: Slayers gain Lifesteal that increases at lower Health, and deal bonus damage that increases based off their target’s missing Health. Active at 3/6 units.
    • Champions: Zed, Olaf, Samira, Tryndamere, Darius
  • Syphoner: All allies heal for some of the damage they deal with spells and attacks. Active at 2/4 units.
    • Champions: Nasus, Vladimir, Morgana, Swain

Changes to Live from 11.1

Champions

1 cost

Diana

  • Is now a Spirit Assassin
  • HP: 500 >>> 550
  • Spell Shield: 200/300/400 >>> 200/300/450
  • Spell Orbs: 4/5/6 >>> 4/5/7

2 cost

Pyke

  • Is now a Cultist Assassin Slayer
  • Mana: 75/125 >>> 60/120
  • Spell Damage: 125/200/375 >>> 100/175/275

Zed

  • Is now a Ninja Slayer
  • AS: 0.75 >>> 0.8

3 cost

Kindred

  • Is now a Spirit Executioner

Veigar

  • Mana: 0/55 >>> 30/70
  • Attack Speed: 0.6 >>> 0.65

4 cost

Aatrox

  • Spell Damage: 250/450/1250 >>> 350/550/1500

Morgana

  • Is now an Enlightened Syphoner
  • Spell no longer heals Morgana for a portion of the damage dealt. Now instead reduces enemy AD by a percentage.

5 cost

Azir

  • Knock Up Duration: 2 >>> 1.5 sec
  • Slow Duration: 4 >>> 3

Lee Sin

  • Spell Damage: 250/450/1000 >>> 200/375/1000

Yone

  • Armor and MR Reduction: 60% >>> 40%

Traits

Assassin

  • Critical Strike Damage: 30/60/90 >>> 25/60/120
Brawler
  • Now additionally grants 20/50/100/200 bonus AD to the Brawlers

Cultist

  • Galio Health: 800/1400/2000 >>> 800/1325/2000
  • Galio AD: 75/160/280 >>> 80/175/330
  • Galio Star Multiplier: 14% >>> 16%

Duelist

  • Attack Speed per Stack: 12/20/35/60 >>> 12/20/40/60

Elderwood

  • Armor & MR Per Stack: 20/30/40 >>> 15/25/40

Enlightened

  • Mana Bonus: 50/70/100% >>> 50/100/150%

Keeper

  • Shield: 150/225/350 >>> 125/200/250

Mage

  • Reworked from 3/6/9 breakpoints to 3/5/7
    • Mage (3): 80% of spellpower
    • Mage (5): 100% of spellpower
    • Mage (7): 150% of spellpower

Mystic

  • MR Bonus: 40/100/200 >>> 40/120/300

Sharpshooter

  • Number of Bounces: 1/2/3 >>> 2/3/4
  • Damage Reduction per Bounce: 55/50/45% >>> 65/50/35%

Spirit

  • Rework: Spirit will now grant flat attack speed the first time a Spirit unit casts
    • Spirit (2): 20% Attack Speed
    • Spirit (4): 35% Attack Speed
  • Chosen Spirit champions grant double the attack speed
Vanguard
  • Now additionally grants 20/40/70/100 Magic Resist to the Vanguards

Items

  • Giantslayer Max Damage: 90% >>> 80%
  • Hextech Gunblade Max Shield: 400 >>> 300
  • Hurricane Bonus Damage: 90% >>> 80%