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Doublelift explains why Sneaky leaving Cloud9 is a “crazy” mistake

Published: 22/Nov/2019 3:47

by Isaac McIntyre


Team Liquid superstar Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has revealed why he believes Cloud9’s decision to drop franchise veteran Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi in favor of struggling TSM bot laner Jesper ‘Zven’ Svenningsen is a major mistake.

Sneaky is one of the most faithful star players still competing in the LCS, having fronted Cloud9’s League of Legends roster for the entire seven-year period the organization has competed in NA’s premier league.

It shocked fans and pro players alike, then, when the 25-year-old revealed on November 19 that he would no longer be starting for C9 in the LCS during the 2020 season, and would be looking to move away from the organization completely.

Considering Sneaky is one of the most popular and successful North American players with two LCS titles, four appearances in the World Championship top eight, and 339 appearances across 12 season to his name, there are many that believe Cloud9’s treatment of their bot laner is both “disrespectful” and “crazy.”

Riot GamesSneaky’s 338-game, 12-season tenure at Cloud9 could be coming to an end.

Doublelift has been one of the first pro players to step into Sneaky’s defence, explaining that he doesn’t think one bad season in 2019 was enough to treat him like he had failed the org, and admitted he thought it all just “felt bad.”

“I don’t think it’s a big deal that he didn’t have his best year in Season 9, and I think it’s crazy the way that they’re treating him… it just feels bad,” Doublelift said.

“I think Sneaky has always played a ton of solo queue, he’s always been pretty dedicated. I think the meme is that he is just f*cking around and streaming, but he’s still dedicated. He plays more solo queue than even I do.”

The Team Liquid bot laner said he believes Scuderi still has what it takes to compete at the highest level, and with two championship rings, and a Worlds semifinal appearance just a year ago, there’s no reason to drop him over one poor run.

“He’s still good, and he’s obviously got a lot of upsides,” Doublelift added. “I think it’s just weird the way C9 are treating him, it just feels bad right?”

Rumors have swirled that C9 management told Sneaky he would be battling with incoming European star Zven for the bot lane position alongside new signing Philippe ‘Vulcan’ Laflamme, and that he would start as second string.

If the NA star had accepted, it would have been the second time he was dropped to the Academy team for poor performances, after C9 dropped to dead-last in 10th in LCS 2018 Summer before surging to a top-four finish at Worlds.

While Doublelift admits that fighting for your spot in a roster can be “healthy for competition” and can make both stars into better players in the long run, he added that Cloud9 may have “made a mess” of how they told Sneaky the plans.

Riot GamesSneaky lost to Doublelift and Team Liquid 3-2 in the LCS 2019 Summer final.

“It doesn’t seem like they’re actually supporting him, or giving him any sort of respect for sticking by Cloud9 and carrying the brand [for seven years],” he said.

“It sounds like they just said to him ‘yeah, you sucked ass this year, you’re going to fight for your spot.’ Obviously, I’m reading into it pretty hard, but you can see the way he feels about it in his clips. The way he was approached was not respectful.

“Obviously, he feels burned, and that’s sh*tty because he carried C9 for so long.”

TL’s defending champion turned his attention to the fact that he had often called out both Sneaky and Zven in the past for being poor ADCs, or being worse than him while they were battling for LCS titles, but he admitted that was all just shit-talk.

Because he holds Scuderi and Svenningsen in such high regard, Doublelift said he was shocked to see C9 seemed to be eyeing pitting them against each other in LCS 2020 Spring, and reiterated that it was a “big mistake.” 

“I meme him pretty hard, but to be honest, me, Sneaky, and Zven are the best AD carries in the region, we just are,” Doublelift stated.

“You could make arguments for Stixxay, Cody Sun, and maybe Bang, but we’re the best, and we have a great respect for each other. We each have our own strengths, and weaknesses, but we’ve always been good.”

While there’s been a massive amount of public outcry towards Cloud9, and especially Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie and Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer, who admitted they were responsible for Sneaky being shown the door, there seems to be no reversal.

For Sneaky, this means he’s at a crossroads in his competitive career. He’s already a renown Twitch streamer, and could join former pro players like Michael ‘imaqtpie’ Santana and William ‘Scarra’ Li into full-time broadcasting.

There are also a handful of organizations that still have not officially announced their bot laners for 2020, including 100 Thieves and Dignitas, but there’s no guaranteeing Sneaky would be released from C9 to join another roster.

Riot GamesSneaky’s seven-year run with Cloud9 is the longest in LCS history.

For now, it seems like the two-time North American champion could be caught in limbo, as Zven and Vulcan prepare to represent C9 in the LCS next year, and the rest of the league brings together their roster in the ongoing shuffle.

And, if everything else falls apart for Sneaky, at least he’s still got a bright cosplay career ahead of him, if his past entries are anything to go off.

Keep track of all of League of Legends’ ongoing news and transfers in the Championship Series with Dexerto’s dedicated offseason roster tracker.

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Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games developer has responded to a bizarre bug in League of Legends, which is preventing the Ravenous Hydra from working with certain champions’ abilities in-game.

Riot Games introduced plenty of changes in the 2021 preseason patch such as completely revamping the League Item Shop and items to improve the game’s experience before Season 11 kicks off.

Ravenous Hydra is one of the items that has remained in League, but it received some updated stats amid the changes. The item still provides players with lifesteal, in the form of Omnivamp, but Riot has now removed the Crescent Active and added 20 Ability Haste in its place.

However, one thing that has not changed much is the item’s passive ability Cleave, which allows basic attacks and abilities to trigger extra damage, which varies based on the distance between targets.

Urgot's splash artLeague players called for a Ravenous Hydra fix after a glitch was found with champions like Urgot.

There are some champions with abilities that had unique interactions with this item, such as Aphelios’ Severum Q, but players have now noticed a bug, which stops it from working correctly with certain champions.

The issue was raised with League dev Riot Phlox, with one Redditor explaining that champions with multi-hit abilities, like Urgots W, Renekton W, and Warwick’s Ult seem to be where the problem lies.

Riot Phlox responded to the bug, revealing that they are now aware of the unusual damage glitch with Ravenous Hydra and that it would be passed on to the League Dev team.

“I’ll pass this along so we can make sure there are eyes on it, thanks!” the League dev responded, confirming they would soon be working on it.

However, he also revealed that he was unsure just when a fix might be issued for this broken damage bug, adding that they “can’t give a timeframe.”

While it is unclear when the patch will arrive in League of Legends, this will still come as good news to Urgot mains, and those who play similar champs, after they were quite vocal on this issue, as it will soon allow them to have more build options in-game.