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Doublelift explains why he’s “fine with losing LCS” after TL roster move

Published: 22/Jan/2020 9:25

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid League of Legends star Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng explained why he’d “be fine with losing LCS” after dropping Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero in search of international success.

Heading into the 2020 season, Team Liquid replaced jungler Xmithie with former Fnatic player Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen.

The move caught many fans off-guard as it came after Team Liquid had claimed a historic four consecutive LCS titles, all with Xmithie on the starting squad. In the two years that they’ve dominated North America, however, Team Liquid have also failed to escape the group stage at the World Championship.

Doublelift commented on the change during an LCS player roundtable, stating that while Xmithie fit the team well, a change was necessary in order to pursue more international success.

“I think [Xmithie] really fit super well, so I really liked playing with him and I think we had a lot of good things going, but I have to support the fact that we made a change. Our goal is not to win LCS anymore. This is going to sound really stupid but I would almost be fine with losing LCS if it meant achieving greater things elsewhere.”

RiotXmithie was part of the Team Liquid line-ups that won both LCS splits in 2018 and 2019.

Doublelift has been on the other end of a similar situation in the past, when he was released from TSM at the end of 2017 despite having won two LCS titles with them.

In an effort to find more success internationally, TSM changed the winning formula they already had, but the change didn’t work out for them. Not only have they not won LCS since Doublelift’s departure, they haven’t made it to Worlds in the two years since. Meanwhile, Team Liquid signed Doublelift and built the squad that has won four consecutive LCS titles since.

It’s not surprising, then, that Doublelift would be conscious of the possibility of repeating TSM’s error, and this is something he apparently expressed to his team.

“I did warn my team about the failure of TSM to keep me and [Biofrost] and Svenskeren, because we had a good thing going, they were too ambitious, and it ended up ruining the team. I think you can be too zealous to make changes when things are going good.”

TL roster change discussion starts at 8:28 for mobile viewers.

This isn’t the first time that Doublelift has expressed some reservations about the latest roster move. Shortly after it was announced that Broxah would be replacing Xmithie, he said that he “definitely wanted to play with him again next year,” and that the change “could be a mistake.”

Unfortunately for Team Liquid, it’s looking likely that they won’t get to debut their full new roster in the first matches of the split. Broxah is currently experiencing visa delays, and is currently expected to miss at least week one of the Spring split, in which TL will face Cloud9 and TSM. Team Liquid Academy jungler Shern ‘Shernfire’ Cherng Tai is currently expected to stand in for him.

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TFT Patch 10.22 hotfix nerfs Morgana after “accidental” buff

Published: 31/Oct/2020 0:36

by Andrew Amos

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First it was Warwick, now it’s Morgana. Riot have had to tone back the Enlightened-Dazzler’s power in an October 30 hotfix after TFT Patch 10.22 gave her some “accidental” buffs.

Morgana reigned supreme after TFT Patch 10.22 as one of the best champions in the game. The Dazzler changes, as well as buffs to her spell damage, made the four-cost unit near unstoppable.

It was by pure accident though. TFT lead developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer revealed the Morgana changes weren’t meant to be shipped. However, Riot were keeping an eye on it instead of instantly reverting it.

“We accidentally shipped the [Morgana] change [in TFT Patch 10.22]. This was not intended and due to an error, but we’re going to leave it for now. Will keep an eye on things and undo via a B-Patch next week if necessary,” Mortdog told players on October 28.

However, the buff was too broken. The Morgana changes didn’t even make the weekend after the patch. Riot pulled the changes almost immediately, shipping a hotfix on October 30 ⁠— two days after the update launched.

It was a total revert of the spell damage buff Morgana received on TFT Patch 10.22, back to 250/400/2000 from 325/525/2000.

Morgana wasn’t the only thing touched in the October 30 TFT hotfix. AP items Chalice of Harmony, Jeweled Gauntlet, and Rabadon’s Deathcap were also changed.

Chalice of Harmony and Jeweled Gauntlet stacking has been a popular choice for Ahri compositions, as well as general Mage builds. However, nerfs to Jeweled Gauntlet’s bonus crit damage and Chalice’s bonus spell power should make them a little less appealing.

The big winner of this is the double-rod Rabadon’s Deathcap. It’s receiving a buff to its total spell power, which might make it a bit more appetizing to players.

There’s still potential for a further TFT Patch 10.22 update next week as part of a b-patch. However, it’s likely there won’t be any changes until November 4’s TFT Patch 10.23.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.22 hotfix notes below.

TFT Patch 10.22 October 30 hotfix notes

Champions

  • Morgana Spell Damage: 325/525/2000 > 250/400/2000

Items

  • Chalice of Harmony Bonus Spell Power: 40 > 35
  • Jeweled Gauntlet Crit Damage: 50% > 40%
  • Rabadon’s Deathcap Total Spell Power: 75 > 80