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First look at Dr Mundo rework for League of Legends revealed

Published: 11/Jun/2020 6:11

by Andrew Amos

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Dr Mundo is the next in line for a major gameplay update in League of Legends. After his rework was announced earlier in June, Riot are now sharing the first major details of how the juggernaut could look when his update is launched.

First it was Wukong, then it was Fiddlesticks and Volibear. Now, Dr Mundo is in line for a much-needed gameplay update, with the top lane supertank finding himself on the outer in Runeterra.

After announcing the rework earlier this month, Riot has shared new details of what players should ⁠— and shouldn’t ⁠— expect from the Madman of Zaun’s rework.

Frozen Prince Dr Mundo skin for League of Legends
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Dr Mundo is next on Riot’s list for a major gameplay update.

Riot do have some clear-cut goals in mind for the rework. They want to keep Mundo’s current identity and design the same, as it’s something League players love. However, they need to modernize his kit, while still keeping it relatively simple.

“He has a lot that currently works well for him, like his super-tank regeneration and the ability to constantly chuck cleavers — both of which you can expect to stay, in some form or another, after his update,” the devs stated in a June 10 blog post.

“Our main goals are to give opponents more counterplay options against Mundo, increase Mundo’s gameplay variance beyond landing cleavers, and bring Mundo into the modern era of League without sacrificing his overall simplicity.”

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Riot have a general idea of where they want to take Dr Mundo, but nothing is solid yet.

The devs have tested numerous different abilities to give League’s super tank. They contemplated giving him max health for every bit of damage he took, but quickly reversed on that. They also made his health scale with resistances, but this became problematic when health shred items smashed through his HP bar even harder.

They even tested out giving Mundo an ability like Malzahar’s Malefic Visions. When Mundo would kill a target, nearby enemies would be hit with a bleed. Once they died, it would spread further, and do more damage. However, this was also quickly removed for not following his “identity.”

Things are still in the very early stages, and nothing has been locked in ⁠— aside from a general direction of where they want to take the Doctor.

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Riot have tested numerous new abilities for Mundo, but nothing has stuck yet.

“We’re still in a phase where everything is super crazy and experimental,” added Glenn ‘Twin Enso’ Anderson, a gameplay designer on the rework. “While none of these early explorations have felt quite right, our muscly purple MD will still be one of League’s marquee megatanks.”

The Dr Mundo rework is set to be launched in Season 11, so don’t expect anything to drop this year. However, we will update you once Riot has a more fleshed out version of his reworked kit.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin

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Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

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One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.