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Doublelift explains why replacing Xmithie on Liquid “could be a mistake”

Published: 20/Nov/2019 15:43

by Joe O'Brien


Team Liquid’s star bot-laner Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed that he’s not entirely happy with the removal of Jake ‘Xmithie’ Puchero from the League of Legends team.

Team Liquid announced on November 19 that Xmithie would be departing the team ahead of the 2020 season, later confirming that he will be replaced by former Fnatic jungler Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen.

Xmithie has been a part of Team Liquid since the start of the 2018 season, during which time the organization has dominated the LCS, securing championship wins in Spring and Summer of 2018 and 2019, and becoming the first team in LCS history to claim four consecutive titles.

Despite their domestic success, Team Liquid has been unable to quite compete with the world’s best on the international stage. Though they reached the MSI final in 2019, they have twice failed to escape the group stage at the World Championship.

It seems Xmithie is the casualty of their latest efforts to find a formula that may carry them to Worlds success, news that undoubtedly came as a surprise to many fans – and it seems even Doubelift isn’t entirely convinced by the change.

Team Liquid will not be re-signing Xmithie. Image: Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games.

“Ah, it blows,” Doubelift said while watching Team Liquid’s farewell to Xmithie during a stream, “I definitely wanted to play with him again next year.”

Doublelift even compared the move to the change to TSM after the 2017 season, which saw him removed from the team that had won both 2016 and 2017 Summer titles, and ultimately resulted in the creation of the Team Liquid squad that has dominated since. Meanwhile, Team SoloMid have struggled through their weakest seasons in the aftermath of the change.

“It could be a mistake. That’s what I think. You just don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.”

The Team Liquid star also recounted some of his memories of playing with Xmithie, including how they came to team up originally on CLG. He also highlighted that their win rate together is incredibly high – of their six LCS splits together, they have won five, only missing the trophy in Spring 2015 on CLG.

“My win rate with this guy is f*cking nuts, we never lose, I swear to god. Me and Jake never f*cking lose.”

Doublelift does state that his time playing with Xmithie wasn’t all sunshine and roses – they did argue often over the game, which Doublelift admits was occasionally due to himself being a “pretty demanding player”. Nevertheless, he does conclude that he will miss playing with Xmithie.

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Exactly where Xmithie will end up following his Team Liquid departure remains to be seen, but rumors suggest he could be heading for a return to Immortals, who have re-entered the LCS following their acquisition of OpTic Gaming.

An official date for the return of the LCS for the 2020 Spring split has yet to be announced, but fans can likely expect to see the teams back in action by the end of January.

League of Legends

Tahm Kench rework coming in LoL Season 11: everything we know

Published: 26/Nov/2020 6:17

by Isaac McIntyre


Tahm Kench is set to have his ‘acquired taste’ adjusted slightly in early 2021. The River King will be receiving a mini-rework targeting Devour and Abyssal Voyage during the Season 11 preseason, Riot devs have revealed — and it looks like it will soon be time to unbench the Kench again.

Riot unveiled their plans for the notorious support in a dev blog in late June. Their idea to “carefully balance” the River King, game designer Kevin ‘Captain’ Huang said, was to target his two most iconic abilities: his deep-diving ultimate, and his ‘Devour’ mechanic.

“It’s no secret [Tahm Kench] is one of the champions most famous for being weak for a vast majority of players because his kit is strong for pros,” Huang said. “Tahm has a lot of power that specifically requires the highest degree of coordinated play.”

The main issue with these kinds of champions ⁠— a category other famous picks like Kalista and Ryze also fall into ⁠— is “if they ever rise about 44-45% win rate [in their roles], they simply take over the professional scene,” Huang explained.

Riot’s aim, then, is to tweak his two “high skill cap” moves in the Season 11 mini-rework. TK’s ultimate, Abyssal Voyage, will be switched to his ‘W’ ability, while Devour/Regurgitate will be the River King’s ultimate heading into Season 11.

Tahm Kench could see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 10 mini-rework.
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Tahm Kench is set to see his iconic kit shuffled around slightly in a Season 11 rework.

Abyssal Voyage, Devour being reworked

There’s a few smaller tweaks the devs have already tabled for these two abilities too. Kench’s Abyssal Voyage would become the support’s “new engage tool,” would be “faster” and have a “shorter range”. It would also deal damage, and knock up enemies on arrival.

His Devour ability, which would be headed to the premiere “R” slot, would come with damage (for enemies) or a shield (for allies) depending on targets. On top of that, its cooldown would be stretched, and obviously it would be locked behind a level 6 experience barrier.

“We have moved Devour to his ult slot, where it gets to be significantly more powerful as a spell cast, and therefore less dependent on allies,” Huang said.

“With a longer cooldown and no access to the ability before [level] 6, opponents should also be able to capitalize on its downtimes [in better ways.]”

River King gets more self-healing

Finally, Tahm Kench may be getting a bit more self-healing in his reworked kit, with his Q ability Tongue Lash currently giving the River King a little HP top-up on-hit.

The last time Tahm Kench was handed a balance update outside of minor bug fixes was in League Patch 9.19, last season. His Thick Skin passive had its ‘Grey Health’ bonus changed from 30-100% (based on levels) to 75% at all levels.

Most of Tahm Kench's kit will be changed in Season 11.
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Most of Tahm Kench’s kit will be changed in Season 11.

When will Tahm Kench be updated?

These new changes have been in Riot’s testing chambers for more than half a year now, but it looks like we may have to wait just a little bit longer before the new Tahm Kench actually arrives.

Originally, Riot said the River King’s ability update would arrive “after the Worlds patch [10.19].” That expected release date has rolled up in the distance, arrived, and now is weeks in the rearview mirror; Season 11’s preseason has begun.

The Tahm Kench rework will land after that, Riot Phlox confirmed on Nov. 25.

He said, “The TK rework is coming once preseason is more settled, and we have time to finish up the work and allocate the resources. Really would prefer to have it out before pro starts again, but I sadly can’t just slap a timeline here.”

The plan was originally to “avoid upheaval” around the pro scene, but that appears to have fallen by the wayside, at least for the time being.

Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.
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Riot admits the River King is hard to balance around solo queue and pro play at the same time.

Tahm Kench “thicc” changes, as Phlox called them, aren’t the only ones planned champion-wise in League of Legends’ huge Season 11 shakeup either.

Support Pantheon is being targeted in patch 10.25, in an attempt to shift the Artisan of War top lane again, while Amumu has just been whacked with a hefty chunk of nerfs after the new item reworks fired his win rate into the clouds.