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Doublelift weighs in on NA vs EU rivalry after LoL MSI

Published: 20/May/2019 7:57 Updated: 20/May/2019 8:35

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Liquid’s Yilliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng weighed in on the NA vs EU debate following Team Liquid’s loss to G2 Esports in the MSI 2019 final.

The NA vs EU debate is the oldest rivalry in League of Legends, predating the rise of South Korea and more recently China as dominant forces in international LoL.

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In the last seven years, however, that rivalry has counted only for which region can perform the best before ultimately losing to the best teams from South Korea or China, with the exception of the far less meaningful Rift Rivals in which NA and EU clash directly.

At this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, however, NA and EU met in perhaps their most meaningful head-to-head battle ever, with LCS champions Team Liquid facing LEC champions G2 Esports in the final.

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Riot GamesG2 Esports won MSI in emphatic fashion with a sweep over Team Liquid.

Unfortunately for Team Liquid, the final was rather one-sided in favor of G2 Esports, with the European representative setting a new record for the fastest international best-of-five final win in their 3-0 sweep.

In the wake of their loss, TL star Doublelift was asked about the NA vs EU rival and his own rivalry with Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, the former mid-laner who role-swapped to AD Carry for the start of 2019.

“Perkz played better than me today,” Doublelift admitted. “Can’t argue with results, EU is better.”

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MSI wasn’t without successes for Team Liquid, however. For Doublelift, it marked the first time in his career that he’s managed to escape the group stage of an international event, a result he swiftly followed up with victory over reigning World Champions and tournament favorites Invictus Gaming in the semi-finals.

Though Team Liquid’s accomplishments were somewhat overshadowed by G2 actually taking home the trophy, the first time an EU has claimed a major international title since the Season One Championship, they were one half of a final that signified a major shift in League of Legends’ power balance.

In combination with Fnatic’s second-place finish at the 2018 World Championship – as well as Cloud9 and G2 Esports’ appearances in the semi-finals – this year’s MSI marks the first time since the ascent of South Korea in Season 3 that western teams have legitimately been able to go toe-to-toe with the best of the east.

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As teams now return to their domestic leagues for the Summer Split, it very much seems that this year’s World Championship could ultimately rest in the hands of any of the major regions.

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TFT Patch 10.20b notes: Spirit nerf, Aphelios & Ashe nerfs, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:07

by Andrew Amos

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Ahead of the next update, Riot have slid in a little addendum to TFT Patch 10.20 with a “b-patch” hotfix. The devs are keeping a keen eye on Spirit, Aphelios, Ashe, and more, as they look to tone down the “overperformers” urgently.

While Riot seemingly did away with the b-patches during the latter stages of Galaxies, the mid-update changes are back. In TFT Fates, Riot will be keeping more of a keen eye during the week following a major update to potentially drop even more changes.

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They were happy after the set’s launch initially, but there have been a few overperformers in TFT Patch 10.20 Riot want to tone down ahead of the next update. They aren’t doing too much though, as they want the next patch to be a big one.

“[TFT Patch] 10.21 is shaping up to be a big patch, but these changes felt worth getting out a little earlier. B-Patches are limited to number changes, so bigger changes have to wait,” developer Stephen ‘Mortdog’ Mortimer explained after the October 7 update went live.

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Spirit 4 nerfed, Brawler-Ashe targeted

The major changes in TFT Patch 10.20b are to Spirit, Ashe, and Aphelios. The two champions, and the trait, have been the crux of many of the meta compositions.

Looking at Spirit, Riot has decided the Patch 10.20 changes weren’t enough originally. Spirit 4 is being nerfed by another 10% bonus attack speed, dropping from 80% of the mana cost to 70%. This should hopefully bring it more in line, although without Ahri nerfs being shipped, that remains to be seen.

Brawler-Ashe has been one of the most consistent compositions of the set so far. With Ashe being able to dish out huge amounts of damage with an in-built attack speed steroid, she’s risen to be one of the best units in the set. Riot will be toning that back though, reducing her ability’s attack speed at one and two-star.

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High Noon Ashe in League of Legends
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Brawler-Ashe is getting a notable nerf if you don’t manage to find three-star Ashe.

Aphelios carry is also another popular composition. Riot has deemed his ability to generate turrets a bit too efficient though, so he’s losing some of his starting mana so he can’t automatically start firing away.

Janna and Veigar are also being targeted in TFT Patch 10.20b. Janna’s total mana is going up from 50 to 60, while Veigar is losing damage on his Dark Blossom ability at all levels.

You can find the full TFT Patch 10.20b changes below.

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Spirit Blossom Ahri in TFT Fates
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Spirit is getting nerfed again, but power carry Ahri remains untouched.

TFT Patch 10.20b notes

Champions

  • Aphelios starting Mana: 120 ⇒ 90
  • Janna max Mana: 50 ⇒ 60
  • Ashe Hunter’s Focus Bonus Attack Speed: 50/75/300 ⇒ 45/65/300
  • Veigar Dark Blossom Damage: 500/650/1000 ⇒ 450/600/900

Traits

  • Spirit Attack Speed: 35/80 ⇒ 35/70