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G2 Jankos explains why he “never wants to see” Akali in League again

Published: 12/Feb/2020 3:46 Updated: 12/Feb/2020 3:47

by Andrew Amos

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G2 Esports’ star jungler Marcin ‘Jankos’ Jankowski has been vocal about some of League of Legends’ most overpowered champions, but this time, he’s taking it one step further, saying he wants Akali removed from the game.

It’s no secret that Akali has been one of the strongest champions in League of Legends, especially in pro play. Ever since her rework in Season 8, she’s been a staple pick in the meta ⁠— when she isn’t banned, at least.

She still maintains the highest pick-ban rates in pro play at an astounding 98% even after multiple nerfs. So, pros have urged Riot to take one step further and just flat out remove her from the game, including G2’s Jankos.

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Akali is the most picked and banned champion in pro play in Season 10.

Speaking to the LEC in their latest “Buff-Nerf-Remove” video, the jungler urged Riot to remove the assassin from the game purely because of how hard it is to balance her.

“Remove Akali because I hate the champion,” he said. “I think that she’s [been] too imbalanced for two years in a row that I would like to not see her ever again in my life.”

Many of the other 29 LEC pros seemed to agree with Jankos too. Of the 30 answers given, five of them said to remove Akali, more than any other champion. She was also mentioned by four other pros to receive more nerfs.

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The Rogue Assassin has been targeted in recent patches to hopefully make the nerf wishes a reality. In Patch 10.3, Riot made the first cast of her ultimate targetable on champions only, instead of free targeted, removing some of her engage and escape potential.

They also reduced the movement speed from her W shadow, and increased the energy cost on her Q to make her more vulnerable in lane.

Akali isn’t the only champion LEC players want Riot to deal with though. Lee Sin, another mechanically-intensive champion that has dominated pro play for years, was labeled by the pros as the one character most in need of nerfs.

As for buffs, it was a more mixed bag, with Zed being the flavor of the bunch with four votes. The Shadow Assassin is receiving some interesting changes in Patch 10.4 to make him work better in the jungle, jacking up his passive’s damage to monsters by 50%.

While it’s unlikely the jungler’s pleas for Akali’s removal will be heard by Riot, hopefully the nerfs will suffice enough to remove her from most of his pro games.

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TSM set to sign Huni and SwordArt for their LCS roster

Published: 17/Nov/2020 11:13 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 0:19

by Alex Garton

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TSM are reportedly set to sign top laner Heo ‘Huni’ Seung-hoon and support Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh for their 2021 LCS starting roster.

The 2020 World Championship was disappointing for TSM fans as the organization once again failed to make it out of groups. The team didn’t win a single game at the competition, finishing with a record of 0-6 in their group. Of course, this led to questions from fans on what roster changes needed to be made during the offseason.

The organization has never been afraid of making significant shifts in their roster in a bid for success. However, no one expected the retirement of star midlaner Soren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg, a player that has been at the forefront of TSM’s brand since 2013. His position is set to be filled by Flyquest midlaner Tristan ‘PowerOfEvil’ Schrage.

It appears the organization will not settle with a single change and is reportedly set to sign Huni and is in talks with Worlds finalist SwordArt.

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TSM are finalizing a buyout for Huni from Evil Geniuses

TSM set to sign Huni and SwordArt for 2021 season

According to a report from Jacob Wolf, TSM is finalizing a buyout from Evil Geniuses for domestic toplaner Huni.

Huni will replace toplaner Sergen ‘Broken Blade’ Celik, who is rumored to be heading to the LEC to join Schalke 04. Huni’s value as an LCS toplaner has risen significantly this year as he now acquired NA residency. By signing Huni, TSM opens up a second import slot for another position.

According to a report by Pablo Suarez or ‘BloopGG’, TSM is attempting to acquire support SwordArt for their second import slot.

If the signing is secured, SwordArt will replace Vincent ‘Biofrost’ Wang as TSM’s support.

It is worth noting that the SwordArt move is not guaranteed. As Jacob Wolf states, there are a number of hurdles that need to be navigated by TSM including immigration policy and payments.

Overall, it’s clear TSM is making significant changes in the offseason to secure a team that can achieve both domestic and international success. With a fully revamped roster, it’ll be exciting to see what the team can achieve in the 2021 season.