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Fiddlesticks rework buffed immediately after League Patch 10.7 hotfix

Published: 4/Apr/2020 1:19

by Andrew Amos


League of Legends developers have shipped a hotfix for Fiddlesticks just days after his rework, as players have struggled to adapt to the Ancient Fear’s new kit.

The Fiddlesticks rework has been a while in the making, and fans have now had a chance to pick him up on live servers. His kit has been modernized, and his animations are truly horrifying.


However, he has fallen a bit flat with players. His win rates in jungle and support ⁠— his two primary roles ⁠— have plummeted post-rework. So, to survive the changes, Riot is giving him a leg-up.

Why is Fiddlesticks getting hotfixed?

Although Fiddlesticks is currently being picked and banned in almost every game, that doesn’t mean he’s strong. Players often want to try the new content as soon as it drops, or take it away from others.


When Fiddlesticks has gotten through the cracks of ban phase, he’s been underwhelming. His jungle win rate currently stands at 43.29% according to stats site, while in support he’s faring even worse, with a 42.82% win rate.

He is currently the lowest win rate champion in both roles, despite climbing to have top 15 ban and pick rates.
Fiddlesticks’ win rate has plummeted, while his play rate has skyrocketed.

Fiddlesticks receiving W buffs in hotfix

It’s reasonable to assume having a champion reworked will affect their win rate. Their playstyle could be completely changed, and everyone will want to play them, not just mains.  However, Fiddle has fallen below the threshold Riot expected of him.


To combat this, he will be hotfixed on April 3 as players try to adapt to his new kit.

The changes focus on his W, which is a huge part of his jungle clear. Its damage is going up by 20 at all ranks. The final tick will also do an additional 2% of missing HP at rank five.

The full change list is here:

  • W damage: 100-340 > 120-360
  • W final tick: 12-16% missing HP > 12-18% missing HP

Fiddlesticks “learning curve” steep, says Rioter

Riot doesn’t expect Fiddle to flounder for long; however, they have highlighted him as a “rare case.”

Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter, lead gameplay designer for League, elaborated that while most champions will climb in win rate as players “learn to correctly play them,” Fiddle could suffer the opposite.


“Fiddle might be a rare case where the playing-against learning curve might match or eclipse the playing-as curve,” he said in a April 3 blog post.

“A certain type of champion design that is very trickery focused can have a similarly steep learning curve for opponents, as they get familiar with the types of tricks that they should be looking out for when playing against them,” he continued.

Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks splash art for League of Legends
Riot Games
The hotfix should help Fiddlesticks players clear their jungle faster.

“Our current expectation is that Fiddle should still have a normal curve where its win rate will climb over the first week because it has a very unique jungle playstyle that will take some time to master.”

The Fiddlesticks hotfix will be shipped on April 3 as part of League Patch 10.7. If he needs further changes, they’ll either hotfix him again, or get some buffs planned for League Patch 10.8 on April 15.


Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.