Faker's SKT left red-faced after stopwatch outplay at LoL Worlds 2019 - Dexerto
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Faker’s SKT left red-faced after stopwatch outplay at LoL Worlds 2019

Published: 28/Oct/2019 3:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 3:32

by Andrew Amos

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SK Telecom T1 were left stunned by European underdogs Splyce, as AD carry Kasper ‘Kobbe’ Kobberup pulled out all the stops — and all the watches — to keep his team in the game at Worlds 2019, with a miraculous last-second stopwatch to win a crucial teamfight.

Splyce were heavy underdogs heading into their matchup against Korea’s SKT. The third-seeded European team was touted to be no match to the three-time World champion heavyweights, with most people predicting a swift 3-0.

The series was headed on that trajectory after the European hopefuls were pummeled in games one and two of the series. However, with their backs against the rope, Splyce never stood down from the fight, and showed off their own skills to turn their fortunes around.

Colin Young-Wolf for Riot GamesSplyce needed a bit more than a Fusion Dance to beat SKT.

The game was on a knife’s edge with both teams dancing around the ever-powerful Baron buff to try and blow the game open. SKT’s jungler Kim ‘Clid’ Tae-min saw a window of opportunity to drag in Kobbe’s Kai’Sa with his Skarner Impale, gunning after the vulnerable carry.

However, with the press of one button, SKT were sent into shambles. Kobbe cast his stopwatch mid-way through the Impale cast, cancelling the ability and leaving Clid in no man’s land. With Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong’s Thresh lantern on cooldown, Splyce pounced on Clid, taking him down and securing Baron control as a result.

From there, the game spiralled out of control. With the Baron buff in their hands, Splyce ran it down mid lane. The Europeans picked off Kim ‘Khan’ Dong-ha after an over-eager engage, before they stormed the game home after wiping SKT off the Rift.

Kobbe finished the game with a respectable 4/2/8 statline, although it was jungler Andrei ‘Xerxe’ Dragomir who put in a spectacular Rek’Sai performance that really propelled the team to the win. Finishing with a perfect 7/0/7 score, he constantly shut down Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok and Park ‘Teddy’ Do-hyeon in fights, rendering the carries of SKT useless.

But, people will be talking about Kobbe’s stopwatch for years to come. It was the crucial play that secured the underdogs the game win, and mounted the launchpad for a possible reverse sweep.

However, to the ire of Europe, Splyce fell victim to SKT less than an hour later, with the number one LCK seed closing out the series 3-1. The veterans were too strong for the rookies to handle, no matter how valiant the effort.

Colin Young-Wolf for Riot GamesWhile SKT ended up winning the war, they were left a little embarrassed by this outplay by Splyce.

For their first Worlds appearance though, Splyce can hold their heads high after climbing from the play-in stage to knockouts, a feat few teams before them have achieved.

SKT will now face off against Europe’s last hope, G2 Esports, in the semifinals on November 3 at 3am PST. You can keep up with all of the latest results via our Worlds coverage hub.

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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.