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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

Rell nerfs on League patch 11.3 makes Iron Maiden less tanky

Published: 24/Jan/2021 7:02

by Andrew Amos


Rell is getting a hefty set of nerfs in League of Legends patch 11.3 to make the Iron Maiden less tanky. However, they could have a knock-on effect, where full AP Rell takes over the meta.

Rell has been a rather interesting addition to the League of Legends roster. The first champion in preseason 11 struggled to find her way into the meta at the start, but then has exploded as a power pick in recent patches.

Now, Riot are toning her back. Her utility is just a little bit too strong to justify some of her damage values ⁠— at least in her base kit.

Battle Queen Rell in League of Legends
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Rell is getting some nerfs in League patch 11.3.

The current changes on the League of Legends PBE include nerfs to her W shield, while buffing its damage ratio. Her E is getting nerfed all around ⁠— damage and resistances. Her R, on the other hand, is getting an AP ratio buff.

The changes have led to a mixed response from the community. While Rell mains feel like Riot are trying to streamline her into just maxing Q, Riot are trying to just nerf the rest of her kit to be more in line with her Q, rather than risk increasing her already high win-rate before.

“The goal of the change-list is to very slightly nerf her, and also skew her slightly back towards Q max being correct by weakening the durability gained with each W point. The AP ratios are mostly just extra and aren’t much power at all unless going Shurelya’s,” developer Ray Yonggi said.

“It’s not because we want them to specifically have more damage, it’s because we want all 4 abilities to feel like they are pulling their weight, and unfortunately Q doesn’t feel like it when it’s not maxed.”

However, the increase of AP ratios ⁠— including an extra 40% AP on her ultimate ⁠— have players weary of the potential of full AP Rell. With 110% AP on her ultimate, as well as 60% AP on her Q, she could nuke enemies with a full AP build.


Riot are still tinkering with the buffs, but they’re trying to make sure Rell stays true to her tank identity ⁠— just with a little bit less power right off the bat.

“Basic idea around the Q thing was that Q feels really wimpy if not maxed, but W feels effective no matter what, so the character can feel more punchy if Q max was what people did more often, as it increases the damage and healing per point,” Yonggi added.

The Rell changes are expected to go through with League patch 11.3, penned in for February 3.