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Faker and Kkoma split for first time as coach leaves SKT

Published: 27/Nov/2019 15:04 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 15:09

by Joe O'Brien

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SK Telecom T1 have officially confirmed the departure of coach Kim ‘Kkoma’ Jeong-gyun from the team ahead of the 2020 season.

The long-time SK Telecom coach has been with the organization throughout their storied run in League of Legends, the only other constant alongside mid-laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.

With three world championships, a Mid-Season Invitational and eight domestic titles to his name, Kkoma is by far the most decorated coach in League of Legends, and over the years has often been credited as playing a key role in the success of SKT.

While SK Telecom’s coaching staff has included a variety of other coaches over the years, Kkoma has overseen Faker for the entirety of the superstar’s career, and 2020 will mark the first season in which the legendary mid-laner will compete without him on the team.

Kkoma’s departure comes after a bittersweet year for SK Telecom fans, which saw the team claim back-to-back LCK titles in Spring and Summer, but fall short internationally at both MSI and Worlds, eliminated in the semi-finals of both by G2 Esports.

Riot GamesFaker has played his entire career so far with Kkoma as a coach.

While such a year could be considered an unmitigated success for almost any other team in the world, for SKT – especially an SKT that had arguably built a roster stacked with more talent than ever before – anything short of yet another World Championship will undoubtedly have been something of a disappointment.

SK Telecom released a farewell video for Kkoma in which the coach gave some thoughts on his time with the organization.

Kkoma’s new destination has yet to be officially announced, but according to a report by ESPN, he is set to take up the head coaching role for Vici Gaming in China’s LPL. The same report states that Kkoma turned down a seven-figure, multi-year deal with SKT to do so.

Kkoma’s replacement on SK Telecom will be Kim Jeong-soo, often referred to as Coach Kim. Kim previously coached Invictus Gaming to their World Championship victory in 2018, before coaching DAMWON in 2019 and taking the LCK rookies to the Worlds playoffs.

SK Telecom have now also confirmed their starting line-up for 2020, following the departure of jungler Kim ‘Clid’ Tae-min and top-laner Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha, who will be replaced by Moon ‘Cuzz’ Woo-chan and Kim ‘Roach’ Kang-hui respectively.

SKT 2020 starting roster:

  • Kim ‘Roach’ Kang-hui
  • Moon ‘Cuzz’ Woo-chan
  • Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok
  • Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong
  • Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho
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Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary

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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.